By Hunter Jones
Offensive Player of the Week
Chris Curtis, Wide Receiver, Queen City Corsairs: 12 catches, 184 yards, 2 TDs
The last time Chris Curtis had a game like this was Week 1 against the Houston Hyenas, in which he had nine catches, 158 yards but no touchdowns. This week against the Swarm, he’s broken those season-highs with 12 catches and 184 yards and also added two touchdowns on top of that. The only real stat category he didn’t have a breakthrough in was in yards per catch, but even so it’s still a solid 15.3 YPC.
Honorable Mention: QB Michael Martin, Tulsa Desperados, 25/33, 307 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs
One could argue that the Tulsa Desperados are one of the hottest teams in the league right now, with four wins in a row and averaging 28.8 points in that span. Part of that is due to quarterback, Michael Martin. While his TD-INT ratio is only 8:6, his completion percentage has been over 70% in all but one game, their Week 7 win against the Atlanta Swarm. This week, Martin had a 75.8 completion percentage along with a season-high 3 touchdowns and no interceptions, his first week without throwing an interception.
Defensive Player of the Week
Pat Ketza, Cornerback, Atlanta Swarm, 2 INTs, 10 total tackles
Atlanta Swarm cornerback Pat Ketza, got the only two interceptions thrown by Corsairs quarterback, AJ Caswell. Unfortunately, the Swarm couldn’t get the win and their secondary were largely ripped apart by Chris Curtis’ game-breaking performance. This is Ketza’s first multiple interception game this season, and his game brings his season total up to five. On top of his two interceptions, Ketza racked up 10 total tackles in the game.
Honorable Mention: Slinn Shady, Linebacker, London Knights, 18 total tackles, 1 TFL
In one of the crazier endings of the week, the London Knights edged out the St. Louis Gladiators on a last-second field goal, winning 17-16. While a couple of players can make their case for being on the defensive player of the week, having nearly 20 tackles in a game is amazing, even for a linebacker. His game against the Gladiators also put Shady in first place in the league for total tackles with 85 tackles to his name, an average of 10.6 tackles per game.