DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Ricarlo Bell (DL, Cedar Rapids Titans)With a 34-27 victory over the Green Bay Blizzard, the Cedar Rapids Titans have won consecutive games for the first time since 2016. Defense was the name of the game for the Titans, limiting their opponent to under 30 points in back-to-back weeks. DL Ricarlo Bell set the tone, registering 4 tackles (3 for loss), 2 sacks, and forcing 2 fumbles. With his exceptional day, Bell has moved into first place with an IFL leading 7 sacks and 4 forced fumbles during the 2018 campaign. The Titans will finish the regular season with a road trip to intrastate rival, the Iowa Barnstormers.
Honorable Mention: James Calhoun (DB, Cedar Rapids Titans), Josh Jenkins (DB, Green Bay Blizzard), Tyrell Pearson (DB, Iowa Barnstormers), Trey Wafford (DB, Sioux Falls Storm)
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Damond Powell (KR, Sioux Falls Storm)Dezmin Reed (6'1, 235 lbs, Appalachian State University) is the second Storm player to be honored in Week 16. Tied at 49-49 against the Barnstormers with 5 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Iowa lined up for a game-winning field goal attempt. Reed then made the play of the game, bursting through the line of scrimmage and blocking the attempt.
After a scramble for the loose ball, Iowa was able to recover, but was tackled in their own end zone, resulting in a safety for the Storm and a two-point victory as time expired.
Honorable Mention: Javon Bell (KR, Cedar Rapids Titans), B.J Hill (KR, Green Bay Blizzard), Raheem Harvey (KR, Iowa Barnstormers), Miles Bergner (K, Sioux Falls Storm)