By Chris Colon, Hunter Jones, and Zack Sandlin
Offensive Player of the Week
Colin Hart RB Sioux Falls – 26 carries, 324 rushing yards, 12.5 yards per carry, 4 touchdowns, 6 catches, 32 receiving yards
You’re talking about a GAME? Colin Hart, RB of the Sioux Falls Sparrows had himself a GAME. Going 324 yards and 4 TD’S on 26 carries. Colin was a beast this week rumbling down the field and could not be stopped at all. Congratulations Colin, you were a man beast this week.
Marcus Dunhill QB Atlanta – 34/42, 80.95% completion, 466 passing yards, 5 touchdowns, 2 interceptions
Marcus had a fascinating week throwing the pigskin. His receivers benefited greatly as a result. Throwing for 5 touchdowns and 466 yards and completing 34 out of 42 passes attempted achieving an 80.9% completion percentage.
Reggie Streeter RB London – 35 carries, 259 rushing yards, 7.4 yards per carry, 3 touchdowns, 11 carries, 102 receiving yards
So word on the street is Reggie ball out. Golley, boy did he ball out. A Stark contrast to just a season ago with London. Going from predominantly being a pass heavy team to this season having a more balanced team. Reggie was certainly one of the difference makers for London.
Defensive Player of the Week
Let me start this off by saying that this was a wild week for defenses. When trying to break down these stats, this has got to be some of the most impressive lineup of defensive stat-lines that I think I’ve ever seen. This was not an easy decision to make. With that disclaimer out of the way, here are my picks for the DPOTW.
Dillon Roland LB Chicago – 13 tackles, 9 assisted tackles, 1 interception
Roland was roaming the defensive frontlines for the Wildcats as he accumulated an impressive 22 total tackles and 1 INT. 22 tackles. You don’t see that every day. The even crazier thing is that he wasn’t the only one to put up 20ish tackles! Rolland helped put the Wildcats in position to win this week against the Aztecs, and while they came up one point short, it was not because of a lack of effort by this man.
Brandon Haight LB Indianapolis – 11 tackles, 2 assisted tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 3 pass defenses
Brandon was all over the field for the Spitfire defense. While his team didn’t come away with a victory this week, Brandon’s individual effort is something to look at as an upside and a building block for the Indianapolis defense moving forward.
AJ Levye S Sioux Falls – 7 tackles, 3 assisted tackles, 2 interceptions
AJ may not have had the flashy numbers that some of the others did this week, but he had a very complete game from his defensive secondary position. 10 total tackles and 2 takeaways is an impressive feat that likely would have on him POTW honors on just about any other week.
Author’s note: Avry King (LB Queen City) and Peyton Ellison (DB Indianapolis) both accumulated 20 total tackles. There were multiple others with 10+ this week as well.
Special Teams Player of the Week
Giovanni Bolt FS Baltimore – 4 kick returns, 166 return yards, 41.5 yards per return, 1 return touchdown
In what was apparently his first week of returning kicks, Baltimore Vultures free safety proved to be an absolute playmaker, returning four kicks for 166 yards and a touchdown. That averages out to 41.5 yards per return. It’s unclear why the Vultures chose now to let Bolt return kicks, but it certainly is a promising start.
Gabriel Manning WR San Francisco: 5 kick returns, 177 return yards, 35.4 yards per return, 1 return touchdown
San Francisco Sharks wide receiver Gabriel Manning does it again. Manning returned five kicks for 177 yards and a touchdown, averaging 35.4 yards per return. His most recent touchdown gives him a league-leading four return touchdowns this season and a win against the Tallahassee Pride. Along with the most return touchdowns in the league, Manning has also scored three return touchdowns for the second consecutive season.