Written by AJ Stryker, Images By Jonny Law

Players of the Week – Week 3

August is the hottest month of the summer and the games that took place this week were even hotter, with fierce competition, triumphs and heartbreaks. Some teams held all the cards from start to finish and then some games were battles down to the last second, which always makes this sport fun and exciting. I have our list of picks for Players of the Week that need to be recognized for their hard work and dedication on the field. Without further ado, these are the picks for Week 3!

Offensive Player of the Week

Ashley Jackson, Quarterback, Arizona Scorpions

Arizona had a stunning 23-17 victory over the Forth Worth Toros bringing their record to 2-1. This hasn’t been the case since they were the OKC Renegades back in Season 11. One of the reasons for such a victory is the surgical and methodical gameplay of our OPOTW, Mrs Ashley Jackson. She was able to make 29 completions out of 36 attempts, 252 yards passing, 2 touchdowns and her longest completion went for 24 yards. However, she also went the game without a turnover and she has one of the highest completion percentages for the SFL at 80.56%. Kudos A.J. Striker, keep up the good work lady!

Runner up

James Matthews Jr., Tight End, Queen City Corsairs

Our OPOTW runner up really shined and showed why having “Good Hands” are important. He is Mr James Matthews Jr. of the Queen City Corsairs. Matthews made a huge contribution with 12 catches for 170 yards and 3 touchdowns. His longest reception was good for 35 yards and he averaged 14.2 yards per catch. He battened down the hatches in this one. Congrats James!

Honourable mention must be given to Mr Robert Redford, running back for the Vancouver Legion. Redford had a commanding performance with 181 yards and 2 touchdowns from just 15 carries. He averaged 12.1 yards per attempt and his longest run went for 75 yards. Congrats for making an impact for your team Robert!

Defensive Player of the Week

Kappa Jones, Strong Safety, Queen City Corsairs

Defense can win games and championships and our DPOTW made all the difference in the world with his all-star performance on the field. Queen City’ s own, Mr Kappa Jones, dominated the secondary and his performance helped seal the win over the Kings as they defeated a luckless Jacksonville 17-38. Jones put in a fantastic performance with 8 tackles but more importantly, 3 key interceptions that helped put the game away for good. Turnovers stifle opponents and if he keeps this up, HOF nominations will be right around the corner! Congratulations Kappa!

Runner up

BJ Loveless, Linebacker, Arizona Scorpions

DPOTW runner up for Week 3 is none other than Mr BJ Loveless. He had an all-round great performance, staying busy on the field, with 18 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 pass deflection and 1 key interception that helped his Scorpions edge past the expansion franchise, Fort Worth Toros. He seemed to be omnipresent for this game and his efforts made a big difference. Congrats BJ on all your hard work.

Honourable mention goes to defensive tackle, Mr Rhett Sawyer for the Las Vegas Fury! Sawyer is known as one of the top DTs that this league has to offer and he showed us why this weekend; putting up 6 tackles, 4 tackles for loss and 4 game-changing sacks. A quarterback’s nightmare indeed. Congrats Rhett!

Special Teams Player of the Week

Mat Fenech, Kicker, Louisiana Revolution

Special teams have a way of keeping you in the game and most importantly, can make or break the game for you entirely. Our Special Teams Player of the Week came through with nerves of steel and that was Mr Matt Fenech. With his leg of iron, he managed to get his team into overtime and kicked the game-winning field goal from 49 yards out, snatching possible victory away from the Tulsa Desperados 31-34. Great aim and precision are all you need to succeed, and that you have. Congratulations Matt.

Runner Up

Merrick Itera, Cornerback, Las Vegas Fury

We love playmakers. Playmakers like our SPOTW runner up, Merrick Itera. While his speciality is locking down receivers, he was brought out onto the field as a special teams member to block a punt. Itera had 5 tackles, but his blocked punt (recorded as a forced fumble) was definitely worthy of this award for this play breaking performance. When special teams are firing on all cylinders, your game is as good as won. Well done Merrick!

And last, but certainly not least, our SPOTW Honourable Mention goes out to Mr Rob Emms, Kicker for the Chicago Wildcats. Emms made 4 out of 4 field goals this weekend with a long of 51 yards. Rob is a symbol of high quality and reliability and Chi-Town must be thrilled to have him. Congrats Rob on a job well done. 

And those are your players of the week! Congratulations to all nominees and good luck to everyone as we head into Week 4 of the SFL’s 15th season. See you on the field!