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.