Written by Ashley Jackson, Jacob Clear, Tony Benefield
Images by Jon Bond
Showing off is the fool’s idea of glory. As you think, so shall you become. Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own. –Bruce Lee
Week 9 was a defining moment for some teams as they realize they are closer to the championship game. Some others are realizing they are on the brink of extinction for the season. The last line of Lee’s quote definitely encompassed this week as a whole. Coaches and players adapted what was useful for their team and discarded what wasn’t to make their own unique style of play. The Players Of The Week were a product of that hard work and decision. While we still have your attention and your time, here are the picks for Week 9!
Offensive Player Of The Week: Bryce Battle, WR, Denver
Our Offensive Player Of The Week for Week 9 is Denver Nightwings Wide Receiver, Bryce Battle, who hauled in 6 Receptions for 119 Yards and 3 Touchdowns which would prove critical in Denver’s 37-27 win over the Atlanta Swarm. Denver’s strong season continues, and Battle has been a huge part of that, ranking 5th in Receiving Touchdowns heading into Week 10 with 8 all up. He’ll look to be a potent threat again this week against Louisiana’s secondary. Congratulations Mr. Battle!
Runner Up: TD Drew, QB, Charleston
Our Runner Up for Week 9 is Charleston Predators Quarterback, TD Drew. Drew led the Predators to an inspiring 41-9 win over the San Diego Mavericks, where he threw 29 Completions from 43 Attempts for 425 Yards and 4 Touchdowns. Drew heads into Week 10 against a Florida Storm team with all guns blazing, but with 16 Touchdowns to his name on the season, Predators fans can be assured the ball is in safe hands. Well done Mr. Drew!
Honorable Mention: Reggie Streeter, RB, Louisiana
The Honorable Mention must go out to Louisiana Revolution Tailback, Reggie Streeter, who found MVP form again on the weekend with a gargantuan performance in their 19-17 loss to the Sioux Falls Sparrows. Streeter ran for 195 Yards on the ground with just 15 Carries, 2 Touchdowns and 121 Yards through the air. Another huge performance will be required from Streeter walking into a matchup against the Denver Nightwings, who are second in the league in Rushing Yards allowed per game at 69. Way to ball out Mr. Streeter!
Defensive Player Of The Week: Austin Brigham, CB, Baltimore
Baltimore needed to stay ahead of the pack in regards to Post-Season seeding, and this past week against the Queen City Corsairs Austin Brigham played light’s out Defense en route to a 3 INT day! While defenders this season are definitely making it look like an easy thing to do, a hat trick is still an almost guaranteed way to end up on our list, and Brigham got it done. I look forward to seeing Austin’s continued growth under a very effective Baltimore secondary and expect him to continue to show these flashes of brilliance as the season comes to a close. Congratulations Mr. Brigham!
Runner Up: Adam Leach, CB, Ft. Worth
Fort Worth needed a bounce-back game, and they got it against the Houston Hyenas this past weekend with their Defense stepping up and shutting down Houston’s passing game. Corner Back Adam Leach did his best to support that effort with a 90 Yard Pick Six to close the door on the Hyena’s chances in this game. That, along with his 2 Pass Defenses and 4 Tackles, really helped Fort Worth stay in command of the game all the way through, so he gets the nod here. Great work Mr. Leach!
Honorable Mention: Monte Wyatt, FS, Carolina
16 Tackles! That’s all that needs to be said for Monte Wyatt this week. Oh, and the Forced Fumble. I mean, in a game where Carolina was able to force Portland into a 1-dimensional Offense, Wyatt stepped up and did what he could against the rushing attack of Ezekiel Love and stopped more than one run that could have gone the other way in a close game where 1 TD run would have been the difference. 16 Tackles in 1 game is a huge accomplishment that not many SFL players can hope to attain so shout out to Monte for getting it done. Great job Mr. Wyatt!
Special Teams Player Of The Week: Dustin McRack, P, Las Vegas
Some people on Special Teams know how to #makeanimpact to have direct effects on the game. Our Special Teams Player Of The Week did just that and then some! In a game of the year victory, the Las Vegas Fury won against the Arizona Scorpions 25-23. Special Teams Player Of The Week was none other than Punter, Mr. Dustin McRack for the Fury. McRack had a magical performance of 7 Punts inside the 20 Yard Line with 4 being inside the 5 Yard Line and a forced Safety! If he keeps this up, he will be in the Hall of Records before you know it. Congratulations Mr. McRack!
Runner Up: Maxwell Falck, K, Sioux Falls
Runner up for Special Teams Player Of The Week helped his team win a narrow yet satisfying victory this week. The Louisiana Revolution battled the Sioux Fall Sparrows and SXF won 19-17 because of their Kicker, Mr. Maxwell Falck. He had 4 Field Goals made out of 4 Attempts and his longest field goal was 55 Yards. Fantastic perfomance from a fantastic player. Way to go Mr. Falck!
Honorable Mention: Otis Boudreaux, K, Las Vegas
Honorable Mention also goes out to another Las Vegas Fury member for helping them take the win with 3 seconds left in regulation. He is kicker, Mr. Otis Boudreaux. He had 3 Field Goals made out of 3 Attempts and his longest field goal was 33 Yards. One of which was a game winner. Great job Mr. Boudreaux!
Congrats to all of our awardees!