Ashley Jackson, Dax Lewis, Ray Bentley
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Another week of action has been penciled into the history books for the Simulation Football League, and with it, another round of accolades to be given out! Our team thought long and hard about this week’s recipients. Ultimately, we decided that while a policy of ‘spreading the love around’ is a worthwhile endeavor, every now and again a team is so white-hot it breaks the mold, all the rules, etc. This week, Erik Barkley’s Corsairs were that very team, absolutely dominating on both sides of the ball, and capturing our first single-team dual award for Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week. Meanwhile, the Vancouver Legion picked up their second recognition of the season with Marc Lopez’ return efforts against Charelston, while Charles Ball continues to, well, Ball Out. Read on and see who this week’s honorees are in the SFL’s Season 14, Week 2 Players of the Week!
Offensive Player of the Week
Queen City is as cold as ice in late January, but their offense is red-hot. Leading the way for the Corsairs with a “heck of a freakin’ performance”, is 3rd year wideout Stephen Hacker. Hacker fell short of the SFL single game record by the narrowest of margins, with 12 catches from AJ Caswell for a staggering 368 yards – good enough for an average of 30.4 yards per reception. He also had 4 touchdowns on the day, with his longest a 76 yard catch and run that Hacker took the distance. To put things into perspective, Caswell had 535 yards passing, which is very impressive, but nearly 70% of them went to Hacker. After just two weeks, Stephen now leads the league in total yardage by more than 190 yards. He also has twice as many touchdowns as the next closest receiver, tallying 6 scores for Queen City.
The Atlanta Swarm moved to 2-0 this week behind the performance of this week’s Runner-Up, BDG Hollewood. The Swarm’s finesse back had 23 carries for 217 yards and 3 touchdowns, and on top of that, he added 7 receptions for another 52 yards. Hollewood currently sits 2nd in the SFL in Rushing Yards with 301, while also sitting at 2nd league-wide with a 6.8 average yards per carry.
Defensive Player of the Week
Teams have different philosophies on defensive formations, based on the players they have, what they’re expecting out of the opposing offense and what they feel most comfortable with. Defenses are known to win games and championships. The Queen City Corsairs have a defensive end that causes havoc on the field, and who is a quarterback’s nightmare: Mr. Jeff Duffy. He is DPOTW due to his standout performance, including 6 tackles, 1 assist, 5.5 sacks, and 6 tackles for loss. Duffy has a great season ahead of him.
Our runner-up for had a fantastic performance as well and that is Mr. Brandon Haight, linebacker for the Charleston Predators.He had 9 tackles, 1 assisted, 1 sack, and 1 tackle for loss, as well as a fumble return for a touchdown.With a few more weeks of experience under his belt , he is sure to become one of the top ranking linebackers this league has to offer.
Special Teams Player of the Week
Now, the section you’ve all been waiting for, the Special Teams player of the week. Arguably one of the most difficult awards to win due to the lack of playing time and lack of players competing for such an award. This week the Vancouver Legion’s Marc Lopez is the return man bringing home the award. For the second week in a row Lopez took a kickoff back to the house, but did so this week with only 3 KR attempts in a BIG Vancouver win over the Charleston Predators. His 93 yard kickoff return helped the Legion to a 41-10 victory over the Predators in the first game in his home country this season. At this rate, Lopez is on pace for 12 KR Touchdowns on the season.
Charles Ball of the Tulsa Desperados is our Special Teams honorable mention of the week as Ball also had his 2nd KR for a touchdown this week in a tight loss to the Arizona Scorpions. Ball had 5 chances to get to the endzone on a kickoff return, and was able to strike the Scorpions where it hurt from 94 yards out in a losing effort.