ATLANTA, GEORGIA – The National Arena League is proud to announce the league’s recipients of the Week Seven Players of the Week. The league had three outstanding contests from this past weekend, and from those games the following winners for Offensive, Defensive, and Special Teams Players of the Week were selected:
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Darius Prince (WR, Lehigh Valley Steelhawks)
Coming off the bye week, the Steelhawks were looking to make a statement to show their early offensive successes have not been a fluke. One of the league’s leaders in all receiving categories showed he was well rested with a standout performance in the teams 95-28 victory over the Corpus Christi Rage. Prince led the team with six catches for 105 yards and four touchdowns. He now sits second in the league in receiving scores with 11.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: David Hyland (DB, Jacksonville Sharks)
Playing in his first game of the season for the Sharks, Hyland an arena vet, put the defense on his back in a hard bought 37-28 battle against the Columbus Lions. The shutdown corner recorded 9 tackles on the night, but it was his blanketing of receivers that stood out. He was able to defend a league high five passes in a single game while holding the league’s top receiver to his lowest output on the year (61 yards).
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Brandon Renford (KR/WR, Lehigh Valley Steelhawks)
The Steelhawks were able to hit pay dirt in all phases of the game this past weekend against Corpus Christi, including two special teams scores. It was Renford, who was honored for the Week Five Special Teams honor as well, who stood out once again with 115 return yards including a 56 yard return for a touchdown. There have only been four kick returns for touchdowns on the season thus far in the NAL, with the Steelhawks having three of them (Renford 2, Tralli 1, Ross 1).
Week Eight NAL Action has all eight teams in action. Three Saturday, 7pm games kickoff the weekend as the Corpus Christi Rage travel to Jacksonville to take on the Sharks, the Monterrey Steel head east for a matchup with the Columbus Lions that has huge playoff implications, and the Dayton Wolfpack go north to take on the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks. On Sunday the Georgia Firebirds head to the mountains of Boone, NC to face the High Country Grizzlies in a 3:30pm tilt.
Fans can learn more about each team in the NAL, follow league news, and stay tuned for all player transactions by visiting its website at www.NationalArenaLeague.com
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The National Arena League is set for initial kick off in March of 2017. With a playing style resembling traditional arena rules, the NAL will be announcing additional member league teams in the coming weeks. For more information regarding expansion opportunities or partnerships, contact Commissioner John Gregory at 501-529-8484 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.NationalArenaLeague.com.