DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK:Rashard Smith (DB, Sioux Falls Storm)The defending IFL champions Sioux Falls Storm made sure the route to the United Bowl goes through Sioux Falls as they ended the Barnstormers 11 game win streak 45-24 in Week 18. DB Rashard Smith cemented the Storm?s victory and eighth consecutive playoff appearance as he returned an Iowa interception 49 yards for a touchdown giving the Storm a 21 point lead with less than five minutes remaining. The 2016 First Team All-IFL DB also added eight tackles on the night. This is Smith's second IFL Defensive Player of the Week award this season. The Sioux Falls Storm face a rematch with the Iowa Barnstormers in the United Conference Championship this weekend for the right to represent the United Conference in the 2017 United Bowl.
Honorable Mention: Kwame Bell (DL, Colorado Crush), Azziz Higgins (LB, Colorado Crush), Tyler Knight (LB, Sioux Falls Storm), Robert Haynes (LB, Wichita Falls Nighthawks)
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK:Miles Bergner (K, Colorado Crush)After taking the Wichita Falls Nighthawks to the brink in Week 17, the Crush followed it up by taking the Arizona Rattlers to the edge in Week 18. The Crush pushed the Rattlers to overtime narrowly falling 47-44. K Miles Bergner followed up his Week 17 Special Teams Player of the Week performance with an even more impressive Week 18. Bergner nailed all five of this field goals (19,25,35,38,42) as well as converted all five of his extra point attempts. In total, the Crush kicker scored 20 total points for the team in Week 18. Over the last two weeks of the season, Bergner was a astounding nine for nine on both field goal attempts and extra point attempts. The Crush?s loss to the Rattlers ended the team?s 2017 campaign.
Honorable Mention: Daniel Lindsey (KR, Colorado Crush), Trevor Kennedy (KR, Spokane Empire), Tyler Williams (KR, Wichita Falls Nighthawks), Sawyer Petre (K, Arizona Rattlers)