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
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."
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
(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."
SIOUX FALLS, SD - 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.
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 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!
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 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.
SIOUX FALLS, SD - The Sioux Falls Storm played the Iowa Barnstormers on Friday, June 8th in a week 16 showdown. This game was one of the most intense games of the season as the Storm would win 51-49 as the clock struck zero.
That first quarter was a back and forth battle with the Iowa Barnstormers striking first after a 16-yard touchdown pass
by Drew Powell to Ryan Balentine. The Sioux Falls Storm would score back to back touchdowns to take a 14-6 lead. The scores came off a 37-yard and 29-yard touchdown passes from Lorenzo Brown to Damian Ford. The Barnstormers would trail at the end of the quarter 14-13 after a 10-yard touchdown reception by Brady Roland from Drew Powell.
Iowa would be the first to score in the second quarter after a Donavan Williams five-yard rushing touchdown, giving them their first lead of the night at 20-14. Sioux Falls would answer with back to back touchdowns to re-take a 28-20 lead. The first score was a two-yard rushing touchdown by Lorenzo Brown and then the Lorenzo Brown would hit Judd Harrold for a wide open 26-yard touchdown. Iowa would score on three consecutive drives to end the half with a 35-28 lead. First the Barnstormers would score on a four-yard touchdown pass by Drew Powell to Brady Roland, next on the ensuing kickoff the Barnstormers would earn team safety and lastly Donavan Williams would get a three-yard rushing touchdown.
SIOUX FALLS, SD - The Sioux Falls Storm played their last regular season road game of the 2018 season in a week 15
contest against the Green Bay Blizzard on Friday, June 1st. The Storm defeated the Blizzard 60-21.
The first half was low scoring. The Blizzard would be the only team to score in the first quarter after a four-yard touchdown pass from Bryan Hicks to Kezlow Smith. The Storm would own the second quarter with three consecutive scoring drives to propel the Storm to a 19-7 lead to end the half. The first score came from a 12-yard quarterback keeper by Lorenzo Brown, then Lorenzo Brown would hit Judd Harrold for a 13-yard touchdown and lastly Damien Ford would reel in a 14-yard touchdown from Lorenzo Brown.
Sioux Falls opened the second half with a 56-yard kickoff return by new-comer Damond Powell. The Storm would go on to score four consecutive touchdowns to end the quarter with a score of 47-7. First the Storm capitalized off a Blizzard turnover with a 11-yard touchdown pass by Lorenzo Brown to Judd Harrold, next Lorenzo Brown found Damond Powell for a 28-yard touchdown and then Lyle McCombs reeled in a three-yard touchdown from Lorenzo Brown.
SIOUX FALLS, SD - The Sioux Falls Storm moved to 8-3 on the season after defeating the Cedar Rapids Titans 56-45 on Friday, May 18.
The first quarter would be low scoring with the Titans striking first after a six-yard touchdown pass by Jake Medlock to Javon Bell. The Storm would tie it up 7-7 after a 10-yard rushing touchdown by Marques Rodgers. The Titans would end the quarter with a 51-yard field goal by Michael Georgetti and a 7-10 lead.
Sioux Falls would score on back to back drives to begin the second quarter and take their first lead of the night 15-10. The first score would come from the Thunder Defense with a team safety and then Claude Davis would block the Titans 56-yard field goal attempt where Chad Stoterau would recover the ball in the end zone for a touchdown. Cedar Rapids would answer with back to back touchdowns to retake a 15-23 lead. The Titans scored on a 16-yard touchdown pass by Jake Medlock to Marquel Wade and then a 27-yard pick six by James Calhoun. Sioux Falls would end the half with a 18-23 deficit after a 19-yard field goal by Miles Bergner.
The third quarter would be a back and forth bout. The Storm would capitalize first after a three-yard quarterback keeper by Lorenzo Brown, putting the Storm on top 25-23. The Titans responded back with a one-yard quarterback keeper by Jake Medlock, catapulting the Titans to a 25-30 lead. The Storm countered with a one-yard rushing touchdown by Lorenzo Brown, giving the Storm a 32-30 lead. The Titans would end the quarter with a 32-37 lead after a 21-yard touchdown pass by Jake Medlock to Javon Bell.