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July 23 Playoff Sioux Falls StormWritten by Kayley Shade, Director of Social Media Marketing

Sioux Falls, SD
- The Sioux Falls Storm (16-1) will face the Spokane Empire (13-4) in the United Bowl Championship on July 23rd. Kickoff is set for 7:05 pm at the Storm Shelter (Denny Sanford PREMIER Center). The sponsors of the IFL United Bowl Championship are Waterbury Heating & Cooling and Coleman Heating & Air Conditioning.

The Sioux Falls Storm will host a special Law Enforcement Night program at the game to honor the brave men and women that wear the "badge" and protect our city streets and community. The Storm will also be hosting a fundraiser for Dylan Bourassa of Harrisburg, a 13-year-old athletic teenager who enjoys playing football and basketball. Dylan was recently diagnosed with Malignant Ewing's sarcoma, a primary bone cancer that affects mainly children and adolescent. Because of the cancer, Dylan will need to have his left leg amputated from the calf down at the Mayo Clinic in August.

 

United Bowl Championship Sioux Falls Storm 2016Representatives from Sioux Falls Storm, Spokane Empire and the IFL League Office to be in attendance

The Indoor Football League (IFL), in conjunction with the Spokane Empire and Sioux Falls Storm, will be holding a joint media day at 3:00 PM CT on Friday, July 22 in the Sioux Falls Convention Center in regards to the 2016 United Bowl Championship game.

Owners, coaches and select players from the Intense Conference representative Spokane Empire (13-4) and the United Conference representative Sioux Falls Storm (16-1) will be available to issue statements about the upcoming game and answer questions.

Among the players in attendance for the Spokane Empire will be captains QB Charles Dowdell, LB Nick Haag, DB Josh Ferguson and OL Dave Lefotu. The representatives for the Sioux Falls Storm will be QB Lorenzo Brown, WR/RB Korey Williams, and LB Tyler Knight.

 
Written by Kaylie Behring, Storm Media Intern

Sioux Falls, SD -
The Sioux Falls Storm captured their sixth consecutive United Conference Championship after defeating the Cedar Rapids Titans on Saturday, July 16th in a 54-28 battle.

Cedar Rapids would score first after Dylan Favre hit Lemans Casimier with an eight-yard pass to take an early lead of 7-0. The Storm would answer with back-to-back touchdowns when Lorenzo Brown found a gap for a one-yard run into the endzone, and Tyler Knight returned a 36-yard fumble, bringing the Storm lead to 13-6. The Titans would score one final time before ending the first quarter after a three-yard run by Venric Mark, bringing the score to 13-13.

The Storm continued their momentum in the second quarter after an 11-yard run by Lorenzo Brown, and a 22-yard field goal by Justin Syrovatka, extending the Storm lead to 23-16. Nicholas Belcher of the Titans would kick a 21-yard field goal, bringing the score to 23-16. Caleb Holley recovered a fumble in the endzone, ending the half with a score of 30-16.

 

Individual Awards To Be Named Throughout Week

The Indoor Football League (IFL) is proud to announce the 2016 Coach of the Year and Special Teams Player of the Year.

Coach of the Year: Billy Back (Wichita Falls Nighthawks)

Wichita Nighthawks Head Coach Billy Back has been named the 2016 IFL Coach of the Year.

Coming off of a disappointing 5-9 inaugural season, the Nighthawks made a coaching change and signed Back, four-time championship winning head coach. Under Back's supervision the Nighthawks finished the season 11-5, made their first playoff berth and sported the top offense in the IFL.

On offensive guru, Back spearheaded a dynamic offense that led the IFL in the following offensive categories: points per game (62.6), yards per game (298.6) and passing yards per game (226.3). The Nighthawks ranked second in the IFL in rushing touchdowns (53) and red zone conversion (75%). In addition the Nighthawks scored 1,001 points in 2016, becoming just the second team in IFL history to top 1,000 points scored on the season.

Under Back's tutelage, the Nighthawks had five players named to the All-IFL teams in 2016 including QB Charles McCullum, WR Jordan Jolly, K Rockne Belmonte, RB Tyler Williams and DL Walter Thomas.

Special Teams Player of the Year: Korey Williams (WR/RB, Sioux Falls Storm)

Sioux Falls Storm WR/RB Korey Williams is the 2016 IFL Special Teams Player of the Year. Returning to the Storm after spending several seasons in the CFL, Williams immediately added his explosive speed to the Storm?s special teams unit, making it one of the most dangerous in the IFL.

Williams (5?11,185, Northwestern Oklahoma St.) made his mark quickly for the Storm having a kickoff return for a touchdown in his first game in 2016. Williams would then follow that with five more kickoff return touchdowns during the season. Williams? six total return touchdowns led the IFL and is the most by any IFL player since 2009, the league?s inaugural season.

 
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