DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Trey Wafford (DB, Sioux Falls Storm)
The Sioux Falls Storm capped another impressive regular season campaign with a thrilling 69-61 triple overtime victory against the Green Bay Blizzard. In a high scoring affair, it was a defensive play that proved to be the deciding factor as Storm DB Trey Wafford (5'11, 200lbs, Middle Tennessee State) intercepted a Green Bay Blizzard pass to seal the win in the third frame of overtime. Wafford finished the game with 5 tackles and 3 interceptions. The Storm finish the regular season with a record of 11-3, good for a three-way tie for first place with the Iowa Barnstormers and Arizona Rattlers. Through the league's tiebreaker process, Sioux Falls was awarded the #3 seed in the playoffs and will face the #2 seed Arizona Rattlers in round one.
Honorable Mention: Davontae Merriweather (DB,Arizona Rattlers), Robert Metz (LB, Green Bay Blizzard), Keith Jones Jr. (DL, Iowa Barnstormers), Davion Belk (DL, Nebraska Danger)
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jamal Miles (KR, Arizona Rattlers)The Arizona Rattlers clinched the #2 seed during the playoffs with a 59-23 road victory over the Nebraska Danger. In a mostly one sided contest, the Rattlers broke away in the second quarter, courtesy of a special teams touchdown. Pinned deep in their own zone, Nebraska attempted a long field goal try. Arizona returner Jamal Miles (5'10, 180lbs, Arizona State) fielded the short kick, and returned it 58 yards for a score. Via the tiebreaker system, Arizona will host the #3 Sioux Falls Storm on Saturday night in first round playoff action. The Rattlers defeated the Storm in both regular season matchups, 39-33 in Week One and 48-40 in Week 8.
Honorable Mention: Sawyer Petre (K, Arizona Rattlers), Javon Bell (KR, Cedar Rapids Titans), Tyrell Pearzon (KR, Iowa Barnstormers), Miles Bergner (K, Sioux Falls Storm)