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Game 1 2019 Sioux Falls StormWritten by Kayley Shade, Director of Media Relations

SIOUX FALLS, SD -
The Sioux Falls Storm open the 2019 season at 7:05pm on Saturday, February 23 against the newly rebranded Cedar Rapids River Kings.

The Storm begin this season ready to raise the bar as they look to reclaim the top spot in the IFL. In 2018, the Storm posted a 12-4 record but fell short of hoisting the United Bowl trophy after a 42-38 defeat by the Iowa Barnstormers. The Storm return seven from last years squad including wide receiver Damian Ford, quarterback Lorenzo Brown, defensive lineman Claude Davis, kicker Miles Bergner, defensive back Trey Wafford and offensive linemen Forrestal Hickman and Lawrence Martin.

 



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2019 Offensive and Defensive Line Sioux Falls StormWritten by Kayley Shade, Director of Media Relations

SIOUX FALLS, SD -The Sioux Falls Stormhave strengthened our offensive and defensive lines with the addition of Melvin Owens, Shaquille Wallen, Jalen Cousar, Kevon Perry and Brandon Robeson. These players will all come in to compete for spots and work to help the Storm with the 2019 season.

Owens (6'4, 330) enters his rookie season in professional football with the Storm. Melvin had 22 career starts during his career at Mississippi Valley State University.

Wallen (6'5, 320) enters his first season with the Storm. Shaquille played for the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks of the National Arena League (NAL) during 2018 season and spent the 2017 season with the Florida Tarpons of the Arena Pro League (APF).

 
Solomon St. Pierre Signed Sioux Falls StormWritten by Kayley Shade, Director of Media Relations

SIOUX FALLS, SD - The Sioux Falls Storm are excited to announce the signing of defensive back Solomon St. Pierre for the 2019 season.

St. Pierre (5'11, 180) will be entering his first season with the Storm. He played for the Sioux City Bandits of the Champions Indoor Football League (CIF) during the 2018 season. After compiling 55 tackles, two tackles for loss, 11 interceptions and 13 pass break-ups Solomon was named the CIF's 2018 Co-Defensive Player of the Year, CIF All-League team and was a Northern Conference First-Team selection.

Solomon played collegiately at the University of Sioux Falls where he tallied 163 tackles, two tackles for loss, 22 interceptions, 18 pass break-ups, five touchdowns, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He was a two-time All-American and was a HERO Sports National Preseason Defensive Player.

 
Two Quarterbacks Signed Sioux Falls Storm 2019SIOUX FALLS, SD - The Sioux Falls Storm are excited to announce the addition of quarterbacks Tra'Von Chapman and Michael Whitley for the 2019 campaign.

Chapman (6'1, 205) will be entering his rookie season with the Storm. Tra'Von played three seasons at the University of Akron as a wide receiver and quarterback where he earned a Third-Team All-Mid-American Conference (MAC) selection.

Whitley (5'11, 195) joins the Storm for his rookie season as a member of the Indoor Football League. Michael played collegiately at Lakeland University where he was a two-time Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Offensive Player of the Year after compiling 7,404 total yards, 6,101 passing yards and and 59 passing touchdowns.

 
Runningbacks for 2019 Season Sioux Falls StormWritten by Kayley Shade, Director of Media Relations

SIOUX FALLS, SD - The Sioux Falls Storm are pleased to announce the signings of running backs Calen Campbell and Harold Cooper Jr. for the 2019 season.

Campbell (5'8, 185) will be entering his rookie season in professional football with the Storm. Calen played his final two seasons of his collegiate career at Lindenwood University where he played at running back, wide receiver and kick returner. Calen earned Honorable Mention All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) honors as a senior.

 
Storm add to wide receivers 2019 seasonWritten by Kayley Shade, Director of Media Relations

SIOUX FALLS, SD -
The Sioux Falls Storm are excited to announce the signings of wide receivers John Prather, Kent Shelby, Xavier Hawkins and Markis Sumpter to the 2019 roster.

Prather (6'1,195) will be entering his first season with the Storm. He spent time with the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League during the 2018 season. John played collegiately at Carnegie Mellon University where he tallied 191 receptions for 3,068 yards and 25 touchdowns. Prather earned All-Eastern College Athletic Conference, All-Presidents' Athletic Conference and All-University Athletic Association First Team selections.

 
2019 Season Sioux Falls StormWritten by Kayley Shade, Director of Media Relations

SIOUX FALLS, SD - The Sioux Falls Storm are pleased to announce the signings of defensive backs Qumain Black, Eldrick Bright, DeShawn Hathorn, DeeJay Johnson, Branden Leston, Garrett Reece-Scott, DeAndre Scott and Ridge Turner for the 2019 season.

Black (6'0, 195) enters his first season with the Storm. He signed as a undrafted free agent with the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL) in 2015. Qumain played collegiately at East Central University where he tallied 85.5 tackles, three tackles for loss, one sack, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, six interceptions, two touchdowns and 12 pass break-ups. He was a Don Hansen All-Super Region Three Third-Team selection and was an All-Great American Conference (GAC) First Team selection.

Bright (5'9, 185) returns to the Storm for his second season with the Storm after missing the 2018 season due to injury. Eldrick played collegiately at Western New Mexico University where he garnered 99 tackles (64 solo), 4.5 tackles for loss, one forced fumble and seven pass break-ups.

 
Dwayne Orso-Bacchus 2019 Season Sioux Falls StormWritten by Kayley Shade, Director of Media Relations

SIOUX FALLS, SD - The Sioux Falls Storm are excited to announce the signing of offensive lineman Dwayne Orso-Bacchus to their 2019 roster.

Orso-Bacchus (6'7, 285) joins the Storm for his rookie season as a member of the IFL. He played collegiately at the University of Oklahoma where he played in six games as a redshirt freshman in 2015 and one game in 2016 at defensive end before switching to offensive line as a junior.

 
Written by Kayley Shade, Director of Media Relations

WR 2019 Sioux Falls StormSIOUX FALLS, SD - The Sioux Falls Storm are excited to announce the signings of wide receivers Damian Ford, Corey Jones and Brandon Sheperd for the 2019 season.

Ford (6'3, 200) will be returning to the Storm for his second season. During six games in the 2018 season, Damian recorded 31 receptions for 401 yards and eight touchdowns. He earned week 16 IFL Offensive Player of the Week after grabbing two touchdowns and 162 yards.

"We are excited to have Ford back for 2019 and to have him as we kick off the season," said Head Coach Kurtiss Riggs. "Damian became our leading receiver in the latter part of the season as we went on our playoff run. Damian understands the game very well and has an excellent feel for what we try to accomplish offensively."

 
Offensive Linemen Return Sioux Falls Storm 2019Written by Kayley Shade, Director of Media Relations

SIOUX FALLS, SD - The Sioux Falls Storm are pleased to announce the return of offensive linemen Lawrence Martin and Forrestal Hickman for the 2019 season.

Martin (6'3, 320) will be returning for his second season with the Storm. Lawrence anchored the offensive line last season to help the Storm rush for over 1,000 yards, pass over 2,000 yards and score 90 touchdowns. Helping him earn All-IFL honors during the 2018 season.

"We are very fortunate to have the best center in the league Lawrence Martin," said Head Coach Kurtiss Riggs. "Lawrence has tremendous athleticism for an athlete his size and along with the strength that stymies many defensive linemen."

 
2019 Sioux Falls Storm Coaching StaffWritten by Kayley Shade, Director of Media Relations

Sioux Falls, SD - Head Coach Kurtiss Riggs and the Sioux Falls Storm announce today the hiring of Andre Fields and Jose Jefferson. In addition, coaches Brian Hermanson, Cory Johnsen, Blake Wilson, Paul Keizer and Terrance Bryant have also signed on for the 2019 season.

"We are fortunate to have an amazing staff that includes the return of a veteran and the new addition of a veteran coach. Andre Fields will come back and help Coach Hermanson with the Storm defense, he will coach the defensive backs along with the special teams. Jose Jefferson will bring a wealth of experience and is one of the first coaches that the Storm have brought in from outside of the Storm family," said Head Coach Kurtiss Riggs. "We have an experienced staff that has been together for a long time and has been a part of many championship seasons, but are very lucky to get Coach Fields back and add Coach Jefferson to our staff."

 

IFL Announces 2018 Coaches MeetingMeetings to be held in Tucson, AZ on Dec. 1

Tucson, AZ - The 2018 Indoor Football League (IFL) Coaches' Meetings will be held Saturday, December 1 in Tucson, AZ with IFL League Office and coaching representatives from each IFL team in attendance.

"The IFL Coaches Meetings continue to play an important role in preparing each team for the upcoming season of play. The meetings offer critical communications on rules, procedures, and strengthening the level of play on the field. I look forward to a productive and prosperous meeting," stated IFL Commissioner Michael Allshouse.

 

2019 IFL Schedule

70 Game Schedule Begins on February 22, 2019

The Indoor Football League (IFL) is proud to announce its 2019 regular season schedule. The 17-week, 70-game schedule kicks off on Friday, February 22 and concludes on Saturday, June 15.

Four new members join the IFL for the 2019 season. Two established organizations in the Bismarck Bucks and the Quad City Steamwheelers join the IFL and are joined by new expansion members in the Tucson Sugar Skulls and the San Diego Strike Force. Together along with six incumbents: Arizona Rattlers, Cedar Rapids River Kings, Green Bay Blizzard, Iowa Barnstormers, Nebraska Danger, Sioux Falls Storm, ten teams will battle for the 2019 United Bowl crown.

Each IFL team will play a fourteen (14) game schedule over seventeen (17) weeks. The teams will have three (3) bye weeks, which will occur sporadically over the course of the season.

"The IFL has experienced tremendous growth over the last season," said IFL Commissioner Michael Allshouse. "We are pleased to be able to bring our exciting sport to more fans across the country. With the growth of local rivalries, we look forward to one of the most exciting seasons of IFL play in recent memory."

 

San Diego Expansion IFL Sioux Falls StormSan Diego Strike Force will commence IFL play in 2019

The Indoor Football League (IFL) is proud to announce the addition and partnership of the league's newest team the San Diego Strike Force, be based in San Diego, CA.

The Strikeforce will play at the Valley View Casino Center and will begin IFL play in the upcoming 2019 season. The team will be owned by Roy Choi.

"We are happy to be a part of the San Diego community and bring the exciting action of indoor football to San Diego, California," said Team President Greg Anderson.

 
2019 Storm season LB
Written by Kayley Shade, Director of Media Relations

SIOUX FALLS, SD -The Sioux Falls Storm are excited to announce the signings of linebackers T.J. Neal and Tyrell Robinson to the 2019 squad.

Neal (6'0, 235) is entering his rookie season with the Storm. He played three seasons at the University of Illinois where he tallied 245 tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and five pass break-ups. T.J. played his senior season at Auburn University where he accumulated 15 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss.

"T.J. is a LB that has played with two prominent programs at the FBS level," said Head Coach Kurtiss Riggs. "A very intelligent and athletic LB that we believe will improve our defense from last year."

Robinson (6'4, 230) is entering his first season with the Storm. He played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (CFL) during the 2018 season. Tyrell played collegiately at the University of Oregon where he finished his senior season with 12 tackles in nine games.

 
Miles Bergner Signed 2019 Storm Season
Written by Kayley Shade, Director of Media Relations

SIOUX FALLS, SD - The Sioux Falls Storm are excited to announce the return of kicker Miles Bergner for the 2019 season.

Miles (6'0, 225) will be returning for his second season with the Storm. During the 2018 season, Bergner completed 65% of his field goals (ranked first in the league), made 77 extra points (ranked second in the league) and scored 143 total points (ranked first in the league). Bergner was named to the First Team All-IFL squad at the conclusion of the
2018 season.

He played collegiately at the University of South of Dakota where he is the Coyotes' all time leading scorer with 276 points. Bergner was the 2016-17 USD Male Scholar Athlete of the Year and was named a First Team All-Missouri Valley Football place-kicker. Miles was one of 11 players selected to the FCS ADA All-America Team.

 
Written by Kayley Shade, Director of Media Relations

SIOUX FALLS, SD - The Sioux Falls Storm are pleased to announce the signings of defensive lineman Claude Davis, Charles Williams, Desmond Jackson and Sergio Phillips for the 2019 season.


Davis (6'5, 265) will be returning to the Storm for his fifth season. During the 2018 season, Claude tallied 29 tackles, two

he Sioux Falls Storm are pleased to announce the signings of defensive lineman Claude Davis, Charles Williams, Desmond Jackson and Sergio Phillips for the 2019 season.

sacks, 3.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, four pass break-ups and one block. Claude was named to the All-IFL Second-Team Defense roster back-to-back years in 2016 and 2017.


"Claude Davis is a seasoned vet that can do many different things," stated Head Coach Kurtiss Riggs." Claude is athletic enough to play multiple positions and do it at a high level."


Williams (6'2, 250) is returning for his second season with the Storm. During the 2018 season, he was able to accumulate five tackles, one tackle for loss and one block in three games. Charles played collegiately at Northwood University where he tallied 156 total tackles, 17.5 sacks, 38 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, five pass break-ups and one block.


"Charles is a great athlete that was able to come in at the end of the season and help contribute," said Head Coach Kurtiss Riggs. "We look for Charles to come in immediately and compete for a starting job."

 
Lorenzo Brown to Sioux Falls Storm 2019
Written by Kayley Shade, Director of Media Relations

SIOUX FALLS, SD - The Sioux Falls Storm are excited to announce the return of quarterback Lorenzo Brown for the 2019 season.

Brown (6'0, 205lbs) will be entering his ninth season with the Sioux Falls Storm. Lorenzo is the Storm's all-time leader in rushing yards (2,648) and touchdowns (97). He also ranks third in Storm history in passing yards and touchdowns.

He is a versatile player both through the air and on the ground. During the 2018 season, Lorenzo completed 168 passes for 2,203 yards and 38 touchdowns. He also rushed 139 times for 607 yards earning 24 rushing touchdowns. Brown earned Second Team All-IFL honors in 2018.

"Lorenzo is coming off a very good season and still has room to grow," said Head Coach Kurtiss Riggs."We are fortunate and excited to have Zo back. His last 6 games of the season were some of the best football he has played in his career."

 
Written by Kayley Shade, Director of Media Relations

Trey Wafford Signed 2019 Sioux Falls Storm Season
SIOUX FALLS, SD -The Sioux Falls Storm are pleased to announce the return of defensive back Trey Wafford for the 2019 season.

During the 2018 season, Trey was named to the First Team All-IFL squad after accumulating 88 total tackles (59 solo), four tackles for loss, one forced fumble, four fumble recoveries, three interceptions and five pass breakups. Wafford was named the 2017 IFL Defensive Rookie of the Year while he emerged as one of the most physical defensive playmakers in the IFL after he concluded his rookie campaign with 129 tackles, six tackles for loss and 12 pass breakups.

Trey (5'11, 200lbs) played collegiately at Middle Tennessee State University where he finished his senior season ranked sixth on the team in tackles with 53. In his final year at Middle Tennessee State University, he tallied 7.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, three hurries and three pass breakups.

 
Written by Kayley Shade, Director of Media Relations

SIOUX FALLS, SD - The Sioux Falls Storm are excited to announce the return of Drizzle for the 2019 season.


Drizzle does his part to make sure the Storm Shelter is the loudest, most exciting venue in theIndoor Football League's

The Sioux Falls Storm are excited to announce the return of Drizzle for the 2019 season.

(IFL). The IFL's smallest mascot brings the biggest entertainment to Storm Nation with a fast-paced introduction riding in on a four wheeler, has tremendous fan engagement and community outreach.


Drizzle has over 20 years experience as a performer including stints as Riff from Barney & Friends, Radio City Christmas Spectacular shows and Santa & Friends shows. Drizzle has been absent the past couple seasons as he's been advancing his acting career on the broadway scene.


"This might sound funny but Drizzle was one of our biggest off-season recruits," said Storm owner Todd Tryon. "We are totally revamping our in-game experience and it starts with one of the best mascots in the country. You will notice a large presence of Drizzle over the next couple years, not only during our home games but in our schools and the rest of our community."


2019 Sioux Falls Storm season tickets are now available for purchase. Visit www.siouxfallsstorm.com or call Allison at 605.274.6686 to renew/purchase your tickets.
 
Darrian Miller Sioux Falls StormWritten by Kayley Shade, Director of Media Relations

SIOUX FALLS, SD -
The Sioux Falls Storm is excited to announce the signing of running back Darrian Miller for the 2019 season.

Miller (5'10, 200lbs) will be entering his first season in the Indoor Football League. He previously played for the Sioux City Bandits of the Champions Indoor Football League (CIF) during the 2018 season. He was named the CIF's League MVP and Co-Offensive Player of the Year in 2018 after garnering 632 rushing yards, 25 rushing touchdowns, 150 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns.

 

Bismarck Bucks Join IFLBucks will commence IFL play in 2019

The Indoor Football League (IFL) is proud to announce the addition and partnership of the league's newest team, the Bismarck Bucks.

"We are thrilled to announce the addition of the Bismarck Bucks to the IFL," stated IFL Commissioner Michael Allshouse. "The addition of the Bucks continues to solidify our geographic footprint and intensifies local rivalries. We are looking forward to a long and productive partnership with the team and city."

The Bucks will compete as new members in the IFL's 2019 season. The team will compete in the Bismarck Event Center.

In addition to joining the IFL, the Bucks have also announced that Rod Miller has been named the team's head coach. Miller joins the Bucks with over 20 years of coaching experience including stints with the Philadelphia Soul, Green Bay Blizzard and the Wichita Falls Nighthawks among others. Most recently Miller was the defensive coordinator of the Omaha Beef in 2018 and was the head coach in the China Arena Football League in 2017.

 
The Sioux Falls Storm is seeking passionate and motivated team players to join their internship program. The program is designed to give top candidates real-life experience in the sports industry, in addition to providing educational and networking opportunities and career advancement opportunities. Interns must commit to internship season dates, February-July and are expected to work Storm home games.

Qualifications/Expectations:
  • Candidates must attend Storm home games (7 regular season plus playoffs).
  • The ability to work flexible hours to include nights, weekends and holidays is required.
  • Candidates must be innovative, independent, energetic, and organized while possessing excellent communication skills.
  • Candidates must exhibit professional appearance and behavior at all times.
  • A background/major in sports is not required, but is a plus.

To Apply:
  • Email cover letter, resumes and references to internships@siouxfallsstorm.com.
  • All applications must be received by Friday, January 26, 2018

 

Steamwheelers Will Commence IFL Play in 2019

MOLINE, IL. - Quad City Steamwheelers officials announced today they have joined the Indoor Football League (IFL), for the 2019 IFL season. The Steamwheelers played in the Champions Indoor Football League this season after a nine-year hiatus from competition. The Quad City franchise won the "Fan Base" of the year and broke attendance figures for the CIF and the move to the nation's premier league (IFL) will match perfectly.

"We are thrilled to be part of the IFL," said Team Owner Doug Bland. "The Quad City fans will now get to see old rivals like the Iowa Barnstormers and the Green Bay Blizzard as well as teams that have been around for 25 years like the Arizona Rattlers," said Bland.

The IFL is just as excited to gain a franchise like Quad Cities which fits their business model as well as their geographical footprint.

"The IFL and the other IFL owners saw what Doug and Crystal Bland did with the QC franchise in 2018 and knew that they were people we wanted to have part of our League," said IFL Commissioner Mike Allshouse.

 

IFL Tucson Expansion 2019 seasonTucson Indoor Football Officially Announce Plans for the 2019 Season

TUCSON, Ariz. - Tucson Indoor Football today announced the launch of a new expansion team in the Indoor Football League (IFL), that will play at the Tucson Convention Center (TCC) Arena starting in the 2019 IFL season.

"This is Tucson's team," said Team Owner Kevin Guy. "We love the market and want to be a part of the growth of the downtown district. We feel Tucson is a perfect fit in the Indoor Football League. It fits our strategic plan of developing a western conference. It is a high scoring, fast paced game where fans can reach out and interact with the players. We look forward to building a passionate fan base by putting a great product on the field."

Kevin and Cathy Guy are the Majority Owners of Tucson Indoor Football franchise. Kevin has spent 19 seasons in arena and indoor football, 14 as a general manager and head coach, and ten seasons with the IFL's Arizona Rattlers. In his time with the Rattlers, he has become the winningest head coach in the history of the team, passing Danny White this past season. He has played for six world championships and won four in his ten seasons with the team.

 
Storm Fall to Barnstormers 2018 United BowlWritten by Kayley Shade, Director of Media Relations

SIOUX FALLS, SD - The Sioux Falls Storm traveled to Des Moines, IA to play in their ninth consecutive championship appearance. The showdown plotted the Sioux Falls Storm against the Iowa Barnstormers in the 2018 United Bowl Championship game on Saturday, July 7th. The Storm would fall short in recapturing the United Bowl trophy after a 42-38 loss to the Barnstormers.

The first quarter saw only one touchdown coming off a Iowa six-yard touchdown pass by Drew Powell to BJ Butler, putting the Barnstormers up 7-0.

The second quarter was a back and forth bout with Sioux Falls striking first to tie the game when Lorenzo Brown took in a 11-yard rushing touchdown. Iowa would retake a 14-7 lead after Drew Powell found Ryan Ballentine for a 42-yard touchdown. Sioux Falls would tie it up again after a two-yard touchdown pass by Lorenzo Brown to Damond Powell. Iowa would go on top 21-14 after a Drew Powell 23-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Ballentine. Sioux Falls would end the half with a 21-17 deficit after a 28-yard field goal by Miles Bergner.

 
 
Written by Kayley Shade, Director of Media Relations

SIOUX FALLS, SD - The Sioux Falls Storm (12-3) will face the Iowa Barnstormers (12-3) in 2018 United Bowl

The Sioux Falls Storm (12-3) will face the Iowa Barnstormers (12-3) in 2018 United Bowl Championship on Saturday, July 7. Kickoff is slated for 7:05 PM (CT) at Wells Fargo Arena.

Championship on Saturday, July 7. Kickoff is slated for 7:05 PM (CT) at Wells Fargo Arena.


The Storm defeated the Arizona Rattlers during the first round of playoffs to advance to their ninth consecutive United Bowl. In that game, quarterback Lorenzo Brown completed 13 out of his 22 attempts for 167 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Brown also rushed for 72 yards and three touchdowns. Running back Lyle McCombs had seven rushing yards with one touchdown and 68 receiving yards with one touchdown. Wide receivers Damond Powell had 55 yards and two touchdowns while Damian Ford had 40 yards with one touchdown. Kicker Miles Bergner was perfect on the night, hitting two field goals and nine extra points. Kick returner Damond Powell had 176 return yards and one touchdown. Defensive back Damond Smith II led the Thunder Defense with 13 total tackles. Linebacker Dezmin Reed had one pass break-up and one block. Defensive linemen Claude Davis and Louis Palmer had .5 sack.

 


The Indoor Football League (IFL) is proud to announce the 2018 Team Awards for outstanding achievements during

The Indoor Football League (IFL) is proud to announce the 2018 Team Awards for outstanding achievements during the IFL regular season.

the IFL regular season.


Franchise of the Year: Arizona Rattlers

For the second consecutive season, 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.


"This honor is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our players and coaches, front office staff, support staff and of course our incredible fans who continue to support our team," said Rattlers owner Ron Shurts. "It's our mission to support our city, provide a great experience to our fans and help grow the sport of indoor football in Phoenix. A huge thank you to our partners, fans and all of our supporters. This isn't possible without them!"


After winning the United Bowl last season, the Rattlers organization built on their success in 2018. On the field, Arizona tied for the best record in the IFL (11-3) and again advanced to the playoffs. Additionally, the organization set a new IFL and new team single game attendance record this season of 18,381 fans.


Executive of the Year: Ryan Hopson (Director of Sales) - Green Bay Blizzard)

Green Bay Blizzard Director of Sales Ryan Hopson has been named the 2018 IFL Executive of the Year.


"I am honored to receive this recognition from the IFL," said Hopson. "To even be considered in this category with other executives in the league from whom I have learned so much, is humbling. This award would not be possible without the unwavering support of Blizzard owners Larry and Kathy Treankler, my family, our front office and intern staff, sponsors and fans!


Hopson guided the Green Bay Blizzard to team attendance records in 2018. Despite a 2-12 season, the Blizzard had the highest average attendance since the team joined the IFL in 2010. In addition, Hopson also oversaw a 33 percent increase in sponsorship from 2017 to 2018.


Best Fan Base: Arizona Rattlers

For a second 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" showed up in record numbers this season as the team set not only a new IFL new single game attendance record of 18,381 but a new team record as well!

 

Lyle McCombs Most Improved Player 2018Storm RB Lyle McCombs and Titans K Michael Georgetti Take Home Honors

The Indoor Football League (IFL) is proud to announce the Most Improved Player and Adam Pringle Award for the 2018 season.

Most Improved Award: Lyle McCombs (RB, Sioux Falls Storm)
Sioux Falls Storm RB Lyle McCombs has been named the Most Improved Player of the 2018 season. After missing the entirety of the 2017 season due to injury, McCombs returned to the field in 2018 and helped guide the Storm to an 11-3 record and a United Bowl appearance. Starting every game this season, McCombs ranked fourth in the IFL in rushing yards (437) and rushing touchdowns (15). McCombs was not only a threat as running back as he accumulated 1,020 all-purpose yards and ranked third on the Storm in receiving yards (308). At the end of the season, McCombs was named as the Second Team All-IFL RB.

 

Media Day To Be Held On Friday, July 6 at 3:00 PM CT

2018 United Bowl Media Day Sioux Falls Storm
The Indoor Football League (IFL) in conjunction with the Iowa Barnstormers and Sioux Falls Storm, will be holding a joint media day at 3:00 PM CT on Friday, July 6 at the Wells Fargo Arena regarding the 2018 United Bowl Championship game.

Owners, coaches and select players from the Iowa Barnstormers (12-3) and the Sioux Falls Storm (12-3) will be available to issue statements about the upcoming game and answer questions.

Among the players in attendance for the Iowa Barnstormers will be QB Drew Powell, WR Brady Roland, DL Keith Jones Jr. and LB Zachary Allen. Among the representatives from the Sioux Falls Storm will be QB Lorenzo Brown, RB Lyle McCombs, DB Trey Wafford and DB Jabari Gorman.

In addition, IFL Commissioner Michael Allshouse will be present to give opening remarks and to answer questions regarding the game.

 

2018 All-IFL Teams Announced Sioux Falls StormArizona, Iowa and Sioux Falls Lead Way With Eight Selections Each

The Indoor Football League (IFL) is proud to announce 2018 All-IFL First and Second Team Selections.

The Arizona Rattlers, Iowa Barnstormers, and Sioux Falls Storm lead the way with eight All-IFL selections each.

A year after winning their first United Bowl championship, Arizona finished the 2018 season with an 11-3 season and had eight players earn All-IFL recognition. After helping the Rattlers lead the IFL in rushing yards for a second season in a row, RB Darrell Monroe and OL Lamar Mady were named to the First Team All-IFL list. On defense, DL Joshua Gordan and DB Arkeith Brown were also honored with First Team accolades. WR Anthony Amos, OL Steven Gurrola, DL Chris McAllister and K Sawyer Petre were named to the Second Team All-IFL list.

After an 11-3 season and their first playoff victory since 2009, the Iowa Barnstormers have advanced to their first United Bowl championship! Leading the All-IFL list for Iowa is QB Drew Powell. A dual threat QB, Powell led the IFL in rushing (945) and passed for 34 touchdowns in 2018. After leading the IFL in receiving yards (793), WR Brady Roland makes his third consecutive appearance as a First Team All-IFL selection. After finishing the season with the IFL's top ranked defense, three members of the Barnstormers defense have been selected to the First Team in DL Keith Jones Jr, LB Zachary Allen and DB Bryce Enyard. OL Brandon Haskin, OL Ken Van Heulle III and DB Jourdan Wickliffe were named as Second Team selections.

 
Written by Kayley Shade, Director of Media Relations

SIOUX FALLS, SD - The Sioux Falls Storm open the 2018 IFL Playoffs with a thrilling overtime victory over the defending champion Arizona Rattlers. The Storm pulled out a 69-68 win on Saturday, June 23 to advance to their ninth consecutive United Bowl.

The Storm pulled out a 69-68 win over the Arizona Rattlers on Saturday, June 23 to advance to their ninth consecutive United Bowl.

The Rattlers would strike first with a three-yard rushing touchdown by Jamaal Miles, giving them an early 7-0 lead. The Storm would tie it up after a five-yard quarterback keeper by Lorenzo Brown. The Rattlers would go up 14-7 after a 41-yard touchdown pass by Verlon Reed to Dezmon Epps. The Storm would tie the game again after a 31-yard touchdown pass by Lorenzo Brown to Lyle McCombs. The Rattlers would take a 20-14 lead after a 21-yard touchdown pass Verlon Reed to Anthony Amos and a failed PAT. The Storm would end the first quarter with a 21-20 lead after a 33-yard touchdown pass by Lorenzo Brown to Damond Powell.


The Rattlers would retake a 27-21 lead to begin the second quarter after a eight-yard touchdown pass by Verlon Reed to Anthony Amos. The Storm would regain a 28-27 lead after a 49-yard kickoff return by Damond Powell. The Rattlers would respond with a five-yard rushing touchdown by Jamaal Miles, giving them a 34-28 lead. The Storm would retake a 35-34 lead when Lorenzo Brown found Damond Powell for a 14-yard touchdown. The Rattlers go on to score back-to-back touchdowns to take a 48-35 lead. The first touchdown was a 11-yard touchdown pass by Verlon Reed to Jamaal Miles and then a pick six by Nathan Lindsey. The Storm would end the half with a 48-38 deficit after a successful 41-yard field goal by Miles Bergner.

 

 
Written by Kayley Shade, Director of Media Relations

Week 18 Storm vs ArizonaSIOUX FALLS, SD - The Sioux Falls Storm (11-3) are traveling to Phoenix this Saturday to take on the defending champion Arizona Rattlers (11-3) for the semifinal round of the IFL Playoffs.

The Storm look to get back on track against the Rattlers after dropping their last three contests, including the 2017 United Bowl and two regular season games during the 2018 season. The last time the teams faced off was on April 16th where the Storm lost 40-48. In that game, quarterback Lorenzo Brown completed seven of his 18 attempts for 122 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions, while rushing 11 times for 41 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Lyle McCombs had six carries for 69 yards and one touchdown and had two receptions for 22 yards. Wide receiver Mike Tatum caught four passes for a game-high 92 yards and one touchdown, he also rushed four times for 26 yards and one touchdown. Kicker Miles Bergner went a perfect two for two on field goals and hit four out of five extra points. Defensive back Jabari Gorman grabbed one interception.

 

2018 IFL Players of the Week 17 Sioux Falls StormRB Jamal Tyler, DB Trey Wafford and KR Jamal Miles Honored


The Indoor Football League (IFL) is proud to announce the Vidswap.com Players of the Week for Week 17 of the 2018 IFL season.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jamal Tyler (RB, Iowa Barnstormers)
The Iowa Barnstormers clinched the #1 seed in the playoffs with a 54-21 win over the Cedar Rapids Titans. The win earned the team home field advantage during the postseason. Iowa did most of their damage on the ground against Cedar Rapids, rushing for over 163 yards as a team. Pacing the attack was RB Jamal Tyler (5'10, 185lbs, Pittsburgh
State). The first year rookie carried the ball 12 times for 79 yards and 2 TDs. The Barnstormers host the #4 seed Nebraska Danger on Friday night in the first round of the playoffs. The teams split their 2018 regular season series 1-1.

Honorable Mention: Verlon Reed (QB, Arizona Rattlers), Kezlow Smith (WR, GreenBay Blizzard), Damien Ford (WR, Sioux Falls Storm), Lyle McCombs (RB, Sioux Falls Storm)


 
FInal Score June 16 Sioux Falls Storm 2018Written by Kayley Shade, Director of Media Relations

SIOUX FALLS, SD - The Sioux Falls Storm defeated the Green Bay Blizzard after a triple overtime battle at the Denny Sanford Premier Center on June 16th. The Storm moved to 11-3 after a 69-61 win.

The Blizzard would strike first with a 11-yard touchdown pass from Bryan Hicks to Jereme Jones to take an early 7-0 lead. The Storm would quickly tie it up after a 40-yard touchdown pass from Lorenzo Brown to Damian Ford. The Blizzard would go up 20-7 after scoring back to back touchdowns. The first touchdown was a six-yard rushing touchdown by B.J. Hill and then Bryan Hicks hit B.J. Hill for a eight-yard touchdown. The Storm would end the first quarter with a 18-yard touchdown pass from Lorenzo Brown to Damian Ford, cutting the Blizzard's lead to 20-14.

The second quarter was a back and forth bout with the Blizzard getting on the board first with a 14-yard touchdown reception by Kezlow Smith from Bryan Hicks, giving the Blizzard a 27-14 lead. The Storm answered with a two-yard rushing touchdown by Lyle McCombs, to bring the score to 27-21. The Blizzard would extend their lead to 34-21 after a 31-yard pass by Bryan Hicks to Kezlow Smith. The Storm would end the half with a 34-24 deficit after a 33-yard field goal by Miles Bergner.

 
 
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