The Arapahoe Warrior Football Team finished the 2018 season with a 5-4 record and a playoff berth. This season won’t be an easy one for the Warriors after losing 6 seniors and 7 starters on both sides of the ball. Arapahoe will open up the season on Friday, August 30th hosting Elwood. View full interview with Coach Kronhofman below.
Alma, NE- The season was on the line for the Arapahoe Warriors as they needed a must win if they wanted a spot in the playoffs. It was a game that ended up being a high scoring shootout as both teams together put up a 102 total points. This game had onside kicks, fake punts that would lead to first downs and then eventually touchdowns. Arapahoe gets the win 52-50. Arapahoe improves to 5-3 on the year and will wait to see if they sneak into the playoffs which will be released Saturday morning.
1st Q - 9:32 - 48yd TD pass Carson Schroeder to Colton Hearn - Two Point Conversion Good - Arapahoe 8-0
1st Q - 6:16 - 4yd TD run by Tyson McCurdy - Two Point Conversion Good - Tied 8-8
1st Q - 4:12 - 4yd TD run by Gentry Anderson - Two Point Conversion Fails - Arapahoe 14-8
1st Q - 1:07 - 9yd TD run by Daylan Russell - Two Point Conversion Fails - Tied 14-14
2nd Q - 9:22 - 11yd TD pass Daylan Russell to Ehren Smolik - Two Point Conversion Good - Alma 22-14
2nd Q - 6:01 - 5yd TD run by Gentry Anderson - Two Point Conversion Good - Tied 22-22
2nd Q - 2:36 - 16yd TD pass Carson Schroeder to Yordi Gutierrez - Two Point Conversion Good- Arapahoe 30-22
2nd Q - 19.6 - 13yd TD run by Daylan Russell - Two Point Conversion Fails - Arapahoe 30-28
3rd Q - 6:40 - 7yd TD run by Gentry Anderson - Two Point Conversion Fails - Arapahoe 36-28
3rd Q - 3:49 - 52yd TD pass Daylan Russell to Nathan Hock - Two Point Conversion Fails - Arapahoe 36-34
4th Q - 11:19 - 2yd TD run by Gentry Anderson - Two Point Conversion Good - Arapahoe 44-34
4th Q - 10:27 - 14yd TD run by Daylan Russell - Two Point Conversion Good - Arapahoe 44-42
4th Q - 9:05 - 55yd TD run by Antonio Hudson - Two Point Conversion Good - Alma 50-44
4th Q - 1:15 - 2yd TD run by Carson Schroeder - Two Point Conversion Good - Arapahoe 52-50
The Indoor Football announced its awards during the holiday weekend. The United Bowl is Saturday when Arizona hosts Sioux Falls.
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Tommy Armstrong (QB, Nebraska Danger)
Nebraska Danger QB Tommy Armstrong has been named the 2019 IFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Joining the Danger after a distinguished collegiate career at the University of Nebraska, Armstrong quickly proved to be one of the most dynamic players in the IFL.
The University of Nebraska's all-time leader in total offense was hard to contain in his rookie season in the IFL. Armstrong finished his rookie campaign completing 150 of 251 passes for 1,799 yards and 37 touchdowns. A dangerous weapon in the rushing game, Armstrong led the IFL with 720 rushing yards and 26 rushing touchdowns.
Armstrong was named the IFL Offensive Player of the Week in Week 1 and later helped the Danger advance to the conference championships for the seventh year in a row.
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Bakari Triggs (DB, Green Bay Blizzard)
Green Bay Blizzard DB Bakari Triggs has been named the 2019 IFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. Triggs's forceful ability to make plays in the secondary helped the Green Bay Blizzard advance to the playoffs for the first time in seven years.
Triggs concluded his rookie campaign with 47 tackles, six interceptions, one sack, one forced fumble and 10 pass breakups. His six interceptions tied him for the lead in the IFL. His 10 pass breakups were fourth most in the league. The Blizzard defensive back was named the Week 5 Defensive Player of the Week in a game where he recorded an interception for a touchdown. Bell was named a First Team All-IFL Defensive Back at the conclusion of the season.
Most Improved Award: Jarrod Harrington (WR, Arizona Rattlers)
Arizona Rattlers WR Jarrod Harrington has been named the Most Improved Player of the 2019 season. After having a small role with the Rattlers last season in which he totaled just 287 total yards and three touchdowns, Harrington became an explosive playmaker for the Rattlers in 2019 as he helped guide the Rattlers to an undefeated regular season (14-0) and a United Bowl appearance.
Harrrington became the go-to offensive playmaker for Arizona this season as he caught 54 passes for 696 yards and 14 touchdowns. Additionally, he added 574 kick return touchdowns. His 1,324 all-purpose yards led the Rattlers this season and was fourth in the IFL. Harrington was twice named IFL Special Teams Player of the Week this season.
At the end of the season, Harrington was named as the Second Team All-IFL WR.
Adam Pringle Award: (Quinton Pedroza (WR, Quad City Steamwheelers)
Quad City Steamwheelers WR Quinton Pedroza the recipient of the 2019 Adam Pringle Man of the Year Award. The award, named after a very influential and highly respected member of the former West Michigan Thunderhawks, is given to the player or coach who exemplified outstanding service and dedication to their surrounding community.
In addition to being named a First Team All-IFL Wide Receiver in 2019, Pedroza also gave back to the Quad City community in the form of substitute teaching. Through teaching, Pedroza became an active adult role model in Quad City children's lives.
Franchise of the Year: Arizona Rattlers
The Arizona Rattlers have been named the IFL Franchise of the Year. Selected by their peers, factors considered for achieving this award consisted of attendance, sales, public relations, marketing, on-field performance, community involvement and overall representation of the IFL.
"It all starts at the top with (Owner) Ron Shurts," said Rattlers President Chris Presson. "Ron has set the tone throughout the organization from the outset. Kevin (Guy) and I have tried to continue to build on that and carry forward what we know he expects. Our staff on both the business side and the football side come together daily to do what's best for the organization."
Presson added,"Special thanks as well to the Phoenix Suns and Talking Stick Resort Arena for helping to continue to drive our business forward. Thank you as well to the Indoor Football League and our partners who strive everyday to get better."
The Rattlers organization continues to build a sterling example of success on and off the field. This season the Rattlers averaged about 15,000 fans per game and will advance to their second United Bowl championship in three years.
Executive of the Year: Jeff Lamberti – Iowa Barnstormers
Iowa Barnstormers Owner Jeff Lamberti has been named the 2019 IFL Executive of the Year.
"I am honored to receive this award given all the outstanding owners and business executives we have in this league," said Lamberti. I am pleased we are in a position to grow the league and make this the premier indoor football league in the country."
Lamberti helped guide the Barnstormers to their first-ever championship last season and a third consecutive United Conference Championship this season. Under Lamberti's leadership the the Iowa Barnstormers continue to be a beacon of success on and off the field.
Best Fan Base: Arizona Rattlers
For a third consecutive season, the Arizona Rattlers have the IFL's Best Fan Base. The award is given to the team with the fans that show the most enthusiasm, energy, and overall appreciation for their team. Fans at the "Snake Pit" show up and create a raucous environment for each and every home game
Best Game Operations: Green Bay Blizzard
The Green Bay Blizzard have been awarded Best Game Day Operations. The Blizzard pride themselves in putting on a great show for their home fans, constantly creating the most interactive and innovative on-field promotions. This season, the Blizzard held a variety of theme and giveaway nights and even held a post-game laser show to help make the Resch Center one of the most entertaining venues in the IFL.
Best Cheerleader/Dance Team: Arizona Rattlers
The Arizona Rattlers have earned the Best Cheerleader/Dance Team award in 2019. The "Sidewinders" continue to establish themselves as one of the preeminent dance teams in all of indoor football. The award is based on talent, attractiveness, uniforms and crowd interaction.
Community Relations Award: Quad City Steamwheelers
The Community Relations award is presented to the team that best exemplifies outstanding service to their community. The Quad City Steamwheelers continue to distinguish themselves as leaders in the Quad City area with their support of a variety of community programs.
Hospitality Award: Sioux Falls Storm
The Sioux Falls Storm have earned the Hospitality Award in 2019. The hospitality award is given to the team that provided the best overall experience for the visiting team while on the road. The Storm earned the award as the team was judged to have the best host hotel, pre- and post-game meals and other accommodations that exceeded expectations.
Best Website/Social Media: Cedar Rapids River Kings
The Cedar Rapids River Kings have been awarded Best Website/Social Media in 2019. After rebranding in the offseason, the River Kings earn the award based on a variety of factors such as aesthetics, ease of use, up-to-date information, content and fan interaction.
Best Mascot: Green Bay Blizzard
The Best Mascot of the 2019 season goes to the Green Bay Blizzard. No stranger to this award, Bruiser along with his nephews Blizz and Bling bring an unbridled excitement to every home game as well as the community. The Green Bay mascots were named the most creative, energetic and talented mascots in the IFL.
Best Media Relations: Tucson Sugar Skulls
The Tucson Sugar Skulls have been awarded Best Media Relations. A first-year organization, the Sugar Skulls earned this distinction based on their media involvement, press releases, game notes, articles, media guides and overall content.
Best Game Broadcast: Iowa Barnstormers
The Iowa Barnstormers have been awarded Best Game Broadcast. The Barnstormers earned the designation based on their game direction, graphics, in-game commentators, storylines and appearance.
Offensive Player of the Year: E.J Hilliard (QB, Quad City Steamwheelers)Quad City Steamwheelers QB E.J Hilliard has been named the 2019 IFL Offensive Player of the Year.
Hilliard (6'3, 210, Valdosta State) led the IFL in passing yards (2,739) and was second in passing touchdowns (57) as he led one of the most explosive offenses in the IFL this season. In addition, Hilliard added 462 rushing yards and 18 rushing touchdowns. He finished his stellar season completing 205 of 330 passes for 2,739 yards, 57 touchdowns against just three interceptions. His three interceptions tied for fewest in the IFL.
Hilliard connected with First Team All-IFL Wide Receivers Keyvan Rudd and Quinton Pedroza to help the Steamwheelers lead the IFL in passing yards per game (194.9) and rank third in total yards per game (265.4).
At the end of the season, Hilliard was named the Second Team All-IFL QB
Defensive Player of the Year: Davontae Merriweather (DB, Arizona Rattlers)
Arizona Rattlers DB Davontae Merriweather has been named the 2019 IFL Defensive Player of the Year.
Building off a 2018 season in which he totaled 52 tackles, Merriweather (6'1,200, West Texas A&M) developed into one the IFL's preeminent defensive backs in 2019. Merriweather finished his 2019 campaign with 103 tackles, three tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries, four interceptions, one sack and 12 pass breakups. His 103 tackles led the IFL while his 12 pass breakups tied for second.
Merriweather's stellar defensive play helped fuel the Rattlers dominant defense this season and helped propel the team to their second United Bowl appearance.The Rattlers led the IFL in fewest points allowed per game (36.4), fewest pass yards allowed (134.5), interceptions (21) and defensive touchdowns (8).
At the conclusion of the regular season, Merriweather was named a First Team All-IFL Defensive Back selection.
Special Teams Player of the Year: Marques Rodgers (KR, San Diego Strike Force)
San Diego Strike Force KR Marques Rodgers has been named the 2019 IFL Special Teams Player of the Year.
One of the most dynamic weapons in the IFL, Rodgers (5'10, 180, Western New Mexico) earned his way into IFL history as he accounted for 2,229 all-purpose yard this season, third most all-time. He became just the second player to top 2,000 all-purpose yards since 2009 (Tyler Williams, 2017).
Rodgers finished his season with a league-leading 1,322 kick return yards, 70 receptions for 783 receiving yards and nine touchdowns He also added 124 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns. Rodgers returned one kickoff for a touchdown as well. The San Diego wide receiver totaled 100 points on the season.
Following the season, Rodgers was named First Team All-IFL Kick Returner and a Second Team All-IFL Wide Receiver.
Most Valuable Player: Daquan Neal (QB, Iowa Barnstormers)
Iowa Barnstormers QB Daquan Neal has been named the 2019 IFL Most Valuable Player.
In his first season at quarterback for the Barnstormers, Neal (6'2,215, Elizabeth City State) led the IFL in passing touchdowns and helped the Iowa Barnstormers advance to the United Conference Championship for a third consecutive season.
Neal finished his season completing 225 of 317 passes for 2,642 yards and 59 touchdowns against just three interceptions. His 59 touchdown passes were the most in the IFL while his 2,642 passing yards were second most. Neal found his way into the IFL record books as his 71 percent completion percentage was third-most all-time. A threat running the ball, Neal rushed for 649 yards and 24 touchdowns. Neal's 24 rushing touchdowns ranked second in the league.
Neal was named IFL Offensive Player of the Week three time during the season and was named as the First Team All-IFL QB.Head Coach of the Year: Corey Roberson (Green Bay)
After leading the Green Bay Blizzard to playoffs for the first time in seven years, Corey Roberson has been named IFL Head Coach of the Year.
In his first season as full-time head coach of the Blizzard, Roberson turned around a team that had won a combined five games over the last two years and guided them to a 9-5 record in 2019. Roberson's guidance helped the Blizzard earn the #4 seed in the playoffs and a playoff home game.
A former IFL player and defensive coordinator, Roberson orchestrated the Blizzard defense that ranked second in the IFL in points allowed (37.2). Under Roberson's tutelage, DB Bakari Triggs was named IFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. Additionally, Triggs and DL Silverberry Mouhon were named First Team All-IFL selections while OL Vincent Calhoun was named a Second Team selection.
Former McCook Community College Volleyball standout Ashley Carson signed her letter of intent to continue her volleyball career at Coker College a Division
II school in Hartsville South Carolina. Listen to Full Interviews with Ashley Carson and MCC Volleyball Head Coach Hayley Kobza.
Avanthony “AV” Banks, McCook Community College sophomore basketball player, signed a national letter of intent Monday to continue his career at York College.
“Coach (Tree) Burkes is getting a great one in terms of talent and the kind of kid he is,” said outgoing MCC Men’s Basketball Coach Brandon Lenhart.
“York is a lot like McCook, and I’ve grown to really like what smaller cities can offer,” Banks said. “After visiting there and meeting the coaching staff and players, it just seemed like the right fit for me.”
The Panthers went 15-16 this past season. Banks will join former MCC teammate Kafani Williams in York. Coach Burkes is in his sixth year at York which competes in the NAIA.
Banks, a 5-10 guard from Portageville High School in Missouri, spent his first season at MCC unable to play because of ankle injury. This past season Banks played in all 31 games and averaged 8.0 points, and 2.0 rebounds. He made 62 of 153 shots from the 3-point line – the sixth most 3-pointers in Region IX. He also made 40.5 percent of his 3-point shots (seventh best in the region.)
He scored double-digit points 12 times in the past season with a season-high 21 points in the first game of the season.
Banks said his favorite on-court memory came on Jan. 29 when he made a key 3-pointer in the closing minutes in MCC’s upset win over North Platte Community College. Banks scored 17 points in that game including making all four of his 3-point shots, all five of his field goals and three-of-four free throws.
One of his favorite campus memories is one of his first at MCC. In August of 2017 he arrived to participate in the Bridge To Success Program – a program that brings students to campus three weeks early to take a developmental English classes prior to enrolling in English Composition during the fall semester.
“That’s when I got to know my teammates Ron (Rice) and Peanut (Cunningham), and got to know people on campus and what was expected of me,” Banks said.
“Those were good times and I developed camaraderie,” he said. It also exposed him to the advantages of a smaller town and a college with a family atmosphere. “I’m definitely going to miss that.”
Banks is a psychology major and would like to go on to graduate school to become a relationship counselor.
“He will be successful on and off the court at York College,” Lenhart said. “I love him and will miss him.”
Lincoln – University of Nebraska senior linebacker Mohamed Barry was honored Monday morning, as he was chosen to the Butkus Award Watch list.
Barry is one of 12 linebackers named to the 51-member watch list, as the 51 watch list members honor the No. 51 that Butkus wore during his Hall of Fame career. It is the second watch list Barry has been named to, as he was on the initial Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list released earlier in the summer.
Barry, a 6-foot-1, 230-pound linebacker, returns to anchor the Huskers’ defense after an outstanding junior campaign. The Grayson, Ga., native led the Huskers and ranked second in the Big Ten with 112 tackles, including 55 solo tackles, and added 11 tackles for loss and two sacks from his inside linebacker position. His 112 tackles were the most by a Husker since NFL All-Pro Lavonte David totaled 133 stops in 2011.
Barry, a 2018 All-Big Ten selection by both the coaches and media, led NU in tackles in nine of 12 games, including seven double-figure efforts. He posted a career-high 12 tackles against Colorado and had 11 stops six other times as a junior. For his efforts, he was chosen by the Husker coaching staff as the team’s defensive MVP last season.
The finalists will be announced on Nov. 25, and the winner will be announced on or before Dec. 10. Trev Alberts is the only Husker to win a Butkus Award, as he was honored in 1992.
Formed in 1985, the Butkus Award was expanded in 2008 to honor linebackers at three levels while supporting causes important to the Butkus family. They include the I Play Clean® initiative promoting training and nutrition instead of performance-enhancing drugs, and the Butkus Takes Heart™ initiative encouraging early cardiovascular screening among adults.