The Storm begin this season as the underdog as they look to reclaim the top spot in the IFL. In 2017, the Storm posted a league best 15-2 record but fell short of hoisting the elusive United Bowl trophy after a 50-41 defeat by the Rattlers.
The Storm return some familiar faces with veterans like wide receivers Mike Tatum, Judd Harrold and Melvin German, quarterback Lorenzo Brown, defensive lineman Claude Davis and defensive backs Jermaine Robinson and J'Vontez Blackmon.
The Indoor Football League (IFL) has announced a partnership with Vidswap to create an IFL Instant Replay Challenge s
system for the upcoming 2018 season.
For the first time in IFL history, IFL coaches will now be able to challenge the call on the field via a new real-time instant replay system.
Like the NFL, a team's head coach may request a review of a particular play by throwing a challenge flag. Per a challenge of a play on the field, the Referee acts as the replay official and initiates a video review of the previous play.
Today, the Indoor Football League (IFL) announced revisions to the 2018 IFL regular season schedule. Due to a legal matter involving the former league of the Bloomington Edge and the West Michigan Ironmen, those teams will be unable to participate in the IFL for the upcoming 2018 season. The IFL looks forward to welcoming both teams back to the league for the 2019 season.
The IFL and its member teams will proceed with a revised scheduled featuring six teams: the Arizona Rattlers, Cedar Rapids Titans, Green Bay Blizzard, Iowa Barnstormers, Nebraska Danger and the Sioux Falls Storm. Each IFL team will play a fourteen (14) game schedule over seventeen (17) weeks with the exception of the Green Bay Blizzard and Cedar Rapids Titans, who will play 15 games.
All six teams will remain in the same division and the schedule revision will not change the 2018playoff qualifications. The top four teams will qualify for the opening round of playoffs, which will be held during the weekend of June 22nd. The #1 seed will host the #4 seed and the #2 seed will host the #3 seed in the first round. The United Bowl will be hosted by the advancing team with the best record and will be played during the weekend of July 6th.
SIOUX FALLS, SD - The Sioux Falls Storm have signed two local players with defensive lineman Chad Stoterau and
quarterback Dillion Turner for the 2018 season.
Stoterau (6'3, 285 lbs) will be entering his rookie season in the Indoor Football League (IFL). During his collegiate career at Northern State University, he tallied 126 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, five sacks and two fumble recoveries. Stoterau was a two-time All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) First Team selection.
Turner (6'2, 220 lbs) will also be entering his rookie season in the IFL. He played collegiately at Dakota Wesleyan University where he was a All-Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Second Team selection. During his senior season, he was a true dual-threat completing 63 percent of his passes, while rushing for an average of 95 yards per game. He tallied eight rushing touchdowns and 39 passing.
SIOUX FALLS, SD - The Sioux Falls Storm have signed two diverse threats for the 2018 season. Wide receiver Sterling
DuBose and running back Lyle McCombs look to make a huge impact on the upcoming season.
DuBose (6'2, 215lbs) is entering his rookie year in the Indoor Football League (IFL). Sterling played in 32 games at San Diego State University where he recorded 111 receptions for 3,259 yards, 10 touchdowns. He also had 42 tackles, four forced fumbles and nine interceptions.
McCombs (5'8, 195lbs) spent the 2017 season with the Nebraska Danger of the IFL. While with the Danger, Lyle accumulated 466 yards and eight touchdowns helping him earn offensive player of the week during week 4. He played his collegiate career at the University of Connecticut where he tallied 2,681 yards and 11 touchdowns. McCombs was a preseason Doak Walker Award candidate during his senior year and a Freshman All-American.
SIOUX FALLS, SD -The Sioux Falls Storm is thrilled to announce the return of three standout wide receivers, Mike Tatum, Judd Harrold and Melvin German for the 2018 campaign.
Tatum (5'10, 170lbs) enters his sixth season in Sioux Falls. In 2017, Mike rushed for 90 yards along with four touchdowns and caught 39 receptions for 433 yards and nine touchdowns. Mike was a key component in the return game garnering 181 return yards. He was named IFL Offensive Player-of-the-Week during Week 6 of the 2017 season.
Harrold (6'5, 230lbs) will be returning for a fourth season. During the 2015 season, he accumulated 68 receptions for 818 yards and 22 touchdowns. Judd returned to the Storm late in the 2017 season where he had two receptions for 40 yards.
German (6'3, 215lbs) is entering his third season as a wide out in the Indoor Football League (IFL). Melvin appeared in 14 games during the 2017 season and tallied 19 catches for 277 yards and four touchdowns.
SIOUX FALLS, SD - The Sioux Falls Storm are excited to announce the signings of quarterbacks Quinn Epperly and Paul
Jones for the 2018 season.
Epperly (6'2, 220lbs) attended rookie camps for the Dallas Cowboys, New York Jets and New York Giants. Quinn spent time with the BC Lions of the Canadian football League (CFL) during the 2017 season.
Before his professional career, Quinn had a standout collegiate career at Princeton University. He completed 100 of 171 (58.5%) passes for 981 yards and four touchdowns, rushed 70 times for 244 yards and 12 touchdowns during his senior season. During his junior season, Epperly matched the Princeton single-season record for passing touchdowns, he broke the NCAA consecutive completion record when he completed 29 straight passes and broke the Princeton single-game completions and touchdown passes record. He finished 10th in the Walter Payton Award voting as the FCS National Player of the Year.
Jones (6'5, 225lbs) will be entering his rookie season in the Indoor Football League (IFL). Over his remarkable high school career, Paul passed for 5,667 yards and 60 touchdowns. He was selected to play in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 member and All-WPIAL honoree.
SIOUX FALLS, SD - The Sioux Falls Storm have added two new faces to the defensive unit with the signings of linebackers Ace Clark and Robert Haynes for the 2018 season.
Clark (6'3, 240lbs) spent the 2017 season with the Cedar Rapids Titans of the Indoor Football League (IFL) where he garnered 84 total tackles (44 solo), four sacks, five tackles for loss and one interception.
While at Western Carolina University, Ace tallied 340 total tackles (169 solo), six tables for loss and two interceptions during his career. He was aunanimous First Team All-Southern Conference selectionduring his senior season, a All-Southern Conference Second Team selection during his junior year and a Southern Conference All-Freshman team member as a freshman.
SIOUX FALLS, SD - The Sioux Falls Storm are pleased to announce the signing of defensive back Trey Wafford for the
Wafford was named the 2017 IFL Defensive Rookie of the Year while playing for the Nebraska Danger. 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. His 129 tackles ranked second in the IFL. Trey posted double-digit tackles in five games and was a First-Team All-IFL Defensive Back at the conclusion of the season.
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.
The Indoor Football League (IFL) is proud to announce its 2018 regular season schedule. The 17-week, 56-game schedule kicks off on Friday, February 23 and concludes on Saturday, June 16.
The upcoming 2018 season will be special for the IFL as it marks the league's 10th season of play. The IFL enthusiastically celebrates ten seasons of indoor football tradition and affordable, family-fun entertainment. A commemorative 10th Anniversary logo will be incorporated into all league and team materials, including all official IFL game balls.
"We are very proud of the history, heritage and passion that has developed within the IFL over the past 10 seasons," said IFL Commissioner Michael Allshouse. "The league is appreciative to all of teams, communities, players, coaches, and most importantly, the fans, that have allowed the IFL to thrive for a decade."
Two new members join the IFL for its tenth anniversary. The Bloomington Edge return to the IFL after a five-season absence and their presence is also joined by the West Michigan Ironmen. Together, along with six incumbents; Arizona Rattlers, Cedar Rapids Titans, Green Bay Blizzard, Iowa Barnstormers, Nebraska Danger, Sioux Falls Storm, eight teams will battle for the 2018 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 2018 schedule is the most balanced in league history, featuring each team playing the other seven teams in the league twice.
The 2018 season will also mark the first time in IFL history where all eight teams will belong in the same division. The top four teams will qualify for the opening round of playoffs to be held during the weekend of June 22nd. The #1 seed will host the #4 seed and the #2 seed will host the #3 seed in the first round of the playoffs. The United Bowl will be hosted by the advancing team with the best record and will be played during the weekend of July 6th.
The regular season officially kicks off on Friday, February 23rd with a matchup of two 2017 IFL playoff teams when the Nebraska Danger host the Iowa Barnstormers. Opening Weekend also features a rematch of the 2017 United Bowl with the defending champion, Arizona Rattlers, taking on the Sioux Falls Storm.
The Indoor Football League (IFL) is proud to announce the 2017 Team Awards for outstanding achievements during the IFL regular season.
The Arizona Rattlers have been named the 2017 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.
"We are incredibly honored to be recognized as Franchise of the Year in our first season with the IFL," said Ron Shurts, Owner of the Arizona Rattlers. "It's a testament to our front office, our coaching staff, players, dance team, and most of all our great fans in the Rattler Nation."
In their inaugural season in the IFL, the Rattlers were named Intense Conference Champions and are advancing to play in the United Bowl championship on Saturday July 8. During the season the Rattlers led the IFL in attendance averaging 12,852 fans per game. In addition , the Rattlers set not only a new team record with of 15,189 on May 20 but a new IFL attendance record as well.
The Indoor Football League (IFL) is proud to announce the Vidswap.com Players of the Week for Week 18 of the 2017 IFL season.
After defeating the Wichita Falls Nighthawks 59-44 in the final week of the regular season, the Nebraska Danger will be advancing to their fifth consecutive Intense Conference Championship. The Danger are advancing to the playoffs based off the strength and decision making of QB Drew Powell. Powell tied a Danger team record against the Nighthawks, rushing for five touchdowns on the night. Powell?s five touchdowns were the most by an IFL player this season. The dual-threat QB also completed 17 of 23 passes for 167 yards and one touchdown in the Danger?s victory. He also rushed for 71 yards. This is Powell?s second IFL Offensive Player of the Week award in the last three weeks. The Nebraska Danger travel to take on the Arizona Rattlers Saturday night for right to represent the Intense Conference in the United Bowl.
Honorable Mention:Andrew Pierce (RB, Spokane Empire), WR Devin Mahina (WR, Salt Lake Screaming Eagles), Lorenzo Brown (QB, Sioux Falls Storm),Verlon Reed (QB, Salt Lake Screaming Eagles)