From a press release issued by the Professional Indoor Football League: The Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL) announces that Lehigh Valley Steelhawks QB Hunter Wanket, Albany Panthers DL Tito Hannah, and Albany Panthers K Meredith Trout are the Week 10 Players of the Week.
Winners of two straight, the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks (4-4) have been a bit of roll getting back even at .500 right in the middle of the playoff discussion. For the second time in less than a month the Steelhawks needed to rely on the services of their back-up QB Hunter Wanket (6 TM4 220, Central Connecticut St.) who stepped in for the idle starter Adam Bednarik. In their 63-47 victory over Knoxville, Lehigh TMs Wanket picked up the Week 10 Offensive Player of the Week completing 23 of 29 passes for 253 yards scoring four total touchdowns (3 passing, 1 rushing) giving a member of the Steelhawks offense the nod for the second time in as many weeks.
The Albany Panthers ended their franchise long three-game losing streak on Saturday with a 45-42 win over Louisiana thanks in large to a big push up-front from their defensive line. In all the Panthers brought down Bucs QB Chris Mitchell four times as DL Tito Hannah (6 TM3 275, South Carolina St.) earned the Week 10 Defensive Player of the Week picking up two of the four sacks. One key sack came at the start of the 2nd half in which he forced and recovered a fumble sparking the Panthers come from behind win.
Making just his second appearance in a Panthers uniform, K Meredith Trout (5 TM10 205, Graceland) has already been paying off huge dividends for the defending champs. Last Saturday Trout earned the Week 10 Special Teams Player of the Week after going a perfect 5-5 on PAT attempts, 2-3 on field goal tries (20, 24) and notched two Uno TMs giving him a two-game total of 20 points.
Week 11 of the PIFL season features a triple-header on Saturday beginning at 7:00 PM with the first ever meeting between the Albany Panthers (4-3) and the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks (4-4). Then at 7:30 PM the Columbus Lions (3-4) will try to end a two-game losing streak when they host the first-place Alabama Hammers (5-2) who return after a two-week layoff. Closing out the action will be the Louisiana Swashbucklers (3-4) returning home to the Smugglers Den to host the Richmond Raiders (5-2).