Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Week IFL Players of the Week Announced

The Indoor Football League announced the Week 13 Players of the Week.
Offensive Players of the Week: Charles McCullum (QB, Cedar Rapids Titans)
The Cedar Rapids Titans earned the biggest win in franchise history with a dominating 52-18 victory over the two-time defending champion Sioux Falls Storm. QB Charles McCullum (6'3, 205, Stillman) led the way for the explosive Titan offense that used game breaking plays to put points on the board. McCullum finished the game completing 11 of 17 passes for 145 yards and 4 touchdowns. The mobile signal caller added 97 yards rushing on 13 carries and 2 scores. McCullum kept the #1 ranked Storm defense off balance all night, using the passing game as well as his scrambling ability to move the chains. Of McCullum's 6 touchdowns, two of the scores came from plays of over 40 yards (49 yard TD pass to Desmond Tardy, 46 yard TD run). Next up for the Titans is an important road matchup with the Green Bay Blizzard.
Defensive Player of the Week: P.J. South (DL, Chicago Slaughter)
P.J. South (6'5, 270, Central Missouri) becomes the third Chicago Slaughter defender to be named Defensive Player of the Week in 2013. A week after falling to the Texas Revolution in Allen, TX, the Slaughter avenged that loss with a 42-30 home victory over the Revs. The Slaughter defense stifled the Revs offensive unit, limiting the team to 133 yards of total offense. South wreaked havoc in the Revs backfield all game long, tallying 9 tackles (4 for loss) and 2.5 sacks. With the win, the Slaughter are the first team to 7 wins and sit in first place in the United Conference with a 7-4 record (1/2 game ahead of Cedar Rapids and Sioux Falls). In another important conference matchup this weekend, the Slaughter head to Sioux Falls to take on the Storm.
Co-Special Teams Player of the Week: Kenny Viser and Derek Earls (DB, LB Green Bay Blizzard)
In a season full of highly competitive games with dramatic finishes, Green Bay vs. Nebraska in Week 13 might rank at the top of the list. Trailing 47-40 late in the 4th quarter, the Blizzard drove down the field to tie the game at 47 with a Lucien Walker 1 yard TD plunge. The Danger returned the ensuing kickoff to the 15-yard line, setting up a 43 yard Joe Houston field goal attempt with seconds remaining in the game. If you remember back to Week 11, Joe Houston kicked the Danger to victory over the Colorado Ice as time expired, converting a 42-yard attempt for a 69-66 win. This time, the Blizzard did not give Houston a chance as DB Kenny Viser (6'0, 203, Idaho State) blew through the Danger line, diving to block to the attempt. LB Derek Earls (6'3, 235, Arizona) was "Johnny on the Spot" recovery the loose ball and raced into the end zone for the game-winning touchdown as time expired. The 53-47 victory is the 3rd in a row for Green Bay and their 4th out of their last 5 games, putting the Blizzard right back into the thick of things in the United Conference playoff race. The Blizzard host the Titans this weekend.

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