Veteran defensive back and kick/punt returner Koma Keleka put on the performance of the ages in the SFL’s and team owner Ronnie Nickens return to Cleveland, after the franchise was led astray for a season to Las Vegas. Keleka returned the opening kickoff for a score and never stopped the highlight reel in a 56-30 shocking thumping over Carolina, giving Cleveland its first win of the season under new head coach Macc Wavy Jr. and sending Carolina spiraling to 0-3.
Keleka finished with 380 return yards and three return touchdowns (two kickoffs, one punt), made 10 tackles and intercepted two Mark Biddix throws. If the greatest kick returner hadn’t cemented his legacy and Hall-of-Fame spot, he has now. Keleka now has 11 kick returns for touchdowns – six more than second-place Jace Jefferson and is the only player in league history with more than one punt return for a score. Keleka has played for three different franchises in nine historic seasons.
Carolina had the opposite effect. Returner Braeden Gutherie was injured in the first half, subbing in Johnny English. While English also returned a kickoff for a score, all of Cleveland’s points tired him out and combined with the insurmountable deficit, contributed just 36 yards on 13 carries. The Skyhawks face the unbeaten Pride Sunday, while the Stallions head to winless St. Louis.