Written By Ashley Jackson, Images by JR Lawless
Week One POTW Awards
Season 15 has finally started and there was no shortage of excitement as new rookies and 2 new SFL teams, the Portland Fleet and the Fort Worth Toros, took center stage. Players and Coaches received the chance to show off what they have been working on over the off season and it was an amazing sight to see. As the lights die down from Week 1 and we gear up for Week 2, lets not forget some top ranked performances that deserve recognition. Here are the SFL’s POTW and Runner up awards. Ashley Jackson and Slinn Shady combed through the stats of this week carefully for our candidates that #madeanimpact on the field, win or lose. Now we present to you the fruits of our labor. We hope you enjoy and if you don’t see your name, don’t worry, there are many more weeks to come!
Offensive Player of the Week
Atlanta still seems to be on a roll with the wins as they start their season 1-0. In this playoff rematch, the Baltimore Vultures felt the sting of defeat largely due to the performance of our OPOTW winner, Bryant Dynasty – the rookie quarterback for the Atlanta Swarm in his Regular Season debut.
The Stats Sheet
Bryant Dynasty ATL QB – 29 completions out of 29 Attempts for 379 yards, passing 4 TDs with a longest pass of 46 yards and QBR of 138.7.
Dynasty is trying to create just what his name suggests with his stellar performance and if he keeps playing like this, they will be back in championship contention in no time. Congratulations Bryant on a job well done. #Hair Flip!
OPOTW Runner Up
Even though Chicago lost the battle with Mexico City, our runner-up for OPOTW definitely deserves a mention. He is Mr. Shann Varner, TE for the Chicago Wildcats. He had 7 receptions, 191 yards and 2 touchdowns, boasting 27.3 yards per catch with his longest being 76 yards. Varner will always give you a reason to #throwittoaTE.
Congratulations Shann “The Man” Varner for your effort!
Defensive Player of the Week
Defensive POTW goes to cornerback Dean Maddox of the Vancouver Legion. Even though the Legion lost a very close game to the Jacksonville Kings, Maddox showed why he deserved this prestigious award. He had 10 tackles and a spectacular 83 yard interception that resulted in a TD. QB’s beware, if Maddox is on the field , don’t throw it over there! Congratulations Dean!
10 tackles, 1 INT for 83 yards and a TD
DPOTW Runner Up
During the Lone Star Glory’s debut performance under new management, defensive end, Mr. Jukin Roukyn, deserves praise for the difference he made contributing to their unexpected win over the Arizona Scorpions. He managed to get 6 tackles and 3 key sacks that kept Arizona out of the end zone a few times. Congrats on make those key plays when needed Jukin!! #HOFwatch
Special Teams Player of the Week
Special teams need love too because they often find themselves making key plays that will help you win games! The Denver Knightwings kicker, Kramer Jackman, did just that and helped his team win in a big way. The Yoga Master struck again making 4 field goals out 4 attempts and his long field goal was 57 yards, which is an SFL record. “May the force be with you, Obi ‘One Kick’ Nobi”. Congrats on your great performance this week Kramer!!
STPOTW Runner up
STPOW honors goes out to rookie class member, Art Vandelay, Wide Receiver, Portland Fleet. Despite the loss, Art showed off his ability to make a positive difference. He had 1 punt return for 2 yards but where he shined was 8 Kick Returns for 184 yards and averaging 23 yards per reception. If its one thing to know about Art, “He Has Hands” Congratulations Art!