The Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL) announces that Lehigh Valley Steelhawks WR Tyrone Collins, Louisiana Swashbucklers DB Greg Harvey, and Richmond Raiders KR Joseph Jean-Pierre are the Week Nine Players of the Week.
For the first time since Week 3, a Lehigh Valley Steelhawks (3-4) offensive player comes home with the Offensive Player of the Week award with WR Tyrone Collins (6'0 195, Wagner) earning the Week 10 nod. In Sunday's 60-51 win over Columbus, Collins nabbed a game-high 13 receptions for 140 yards and one touchdown giving him a touchdown reception in five consecutive games. Lehigh's victory ended a season-high three-game losing streak while Collins now ranks fifth in the PIFL in receptions (43), 14 behind team-leader WR Thomas Gilson.
The Louisiana Swashbucklers (3-3) continue to be the PIFL's hottest team winning their third consecutive game with a 45-37 victory over Knoxville this past weekend. DB Greg Harvey (5'10 185, Florida A&M) earned the Week 9 Defensive Player of the Week picking up his fourth interception in three games. Harvey pitched in with eight tackles helping beat Knoxville for the second time in three weeks.
For first time all season someone other than a kicker earns the Special Teams Player of the Week award as KR Joseph Jean-Pierre (6'2 220, Virginia Union) of Richmond (5-2) sparked their 16-point 4th quarter comeback victory over Albany with two of the game's biggest plays. First spark came on the last play of the 3rd quarter with a 52-yard kickoff return for a touchdown while the ladder came on an on-side kick recovery which eventually led to the Raiders grabbing their first lead of the game. Richmond ultimately held off Albany 51-49 thanks to a game-winning 25-yard field goal from kicker T.C. Stevens.Week 10 of the PIFL season includes a double-header beginning with the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks (3-4) looking to get back to .500 when they pay a visit to the Knoxville Nighthawks (2-6). The day will conclude with arguably the PIFL's hottest team in the Louisiana Swashbucklers (3-3), winners of three straight, traveling to take on the struggling Albany Panthers (3-3), losers of three straight.