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Each week in the San Diego American Flag Football League (SDAFFL), players from opposing teams are asked to pick the offensive and defensive Player of the Week (PoW).
With eight weeks in, we’ve often seen a recurring pool of the same outstanding players win it week after week; many times winning in both the offensive and defensive positions. In fact, it’s become almost expected that these same people get the nod each week, and it's more of a surprise when then don’t.
When the season started, it was my personal goal to win at least one PoW. In fact, I had a pact with a friend from another team to try to win them together, and nine weeks into the season, he’s got three offensive PoWs, (including a nod he received when his team played against mine) and I’ve got … well, I’ve got a whole lot of spirit!
This week, we celebrate those players who’ve been named Player of the Week for their very first time.
"I was so excited and honored to find out I was selected as Redwing's [Dawgs] offensive player of the week last week!" said Ricky Cervantes.
"It's kind of intimidating, because if you look at past PoWs, it's the same athletic guys week after week and now I come in as the smaller non-athletic type who plays for the fun of the sport and breaks the mold. It was definitely my little engine that could moment.
"After losing three weeks in a row, it felt so good to see my entire team come together last Saturday and win!" Cervantes continued. "It was because of their support that I was able to do what I did last week, and we all worked hard together."
“It’s great to be recognized for my efforts!" said Jason Moore, #28 of Martinis. "But I do this week after week because I have fun doing it and because I really enjoy my teammates and all the friends I’ve made. Do they give an award for that?”
Although his team lost this past Saturday, first-time PoW Jeff Schnable of the Park Manor Blokes remained optimistic.
"It felt really good to contribute to a great team effort this week," Schnable said. "No one gave us a chance to win, but we hung in there and almost pulled off the big upset. I feel like our team is starting to put everything together on both sides of the ball as we approach the playoffs.”
Keenan Jackson of the sentimental favorite team PECs had a more altruistic view on his nod.
"It felt pretty good being named player of the week last week, but I felt I could have done more," Jackson said. "PoW is almost meaningless if your team loses and I would give up player of the week every time for a win.
"I have been playing injured since the first week and last week was the first week that I didn't have pains the whole game," he said. "Our team doesn't have a win right now, but we have fought some close battles. I think if we make a couple more tweaks to our team and actually get the whole team there at the same time, we have a chance to turn some heads. This is my first year in the league, but it definitely will not be my last! Chomp!!!”
As for me, well, if PoWs were like invitations to parties, then I’m sure mine is “in the mail.”
Other first-time PoWs include: #3 Khalif Hayes- #1 on Fifth, #4 Abe Chami- R Gang, #86 Joel Trambley- Redwing, #2 Ryan Tallman- Flicks and #20 Vinny Adame- Fiesta Cantina.
The entire league has a BYE on May 14th, but the competition doesn’t stop. Please join them at R Gang Eatery for the SDAFFL's First Annual Flip Cup Tournament from 2-6pm.
For more information, visit the SDAFFL Facebook fan page.
Know anyone that plays or just enjoys team sports? Come watch a game and show your support.
See why the SDAFFL is as popular as it is! Teams play every Saturday at 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., & 12:00 p.m., at Doyle Park and Rec Center located at 8175 Regents Road, San Diego, CA 92122.
Each week, teams choose the offensive and defensive player of the week for their opposing teams, and sometimes it is the same person! The league also has a team of professional photographers on site taking action shots throughout the games and photos are available for online purchase after processing.
Scores from Week Six
- PECS – 18, True North – 19*
- R Gang Eatery – 19 , Martini’s – 25*
- Park Manor – 25, Bourbon Street – 28*
- #1 on Fifth – 20, Eden – 26*
- Flicks – 19, Redwing Bar & Grill – 28*
- Fiesta Cantina – 18, Baja Betty’s – 39*
- BYE – Urban Mo’s
* indicates winner
A complete and current standings review for the league is available at the SDAFFL homepage.
Players of the Week:
#1 on Fifth
- Offense: #8 Johnny Mullens
- Defense: #3 Khalif Hayes
- Offense: #12 Nick Colletti
- Defense: #85 Tommy Miles
- Offense: #22 Ricky Cervantes
- Defense: #86 Joel Trambley
- Offense: #12 Alex Otero
- Defense: #11 Kenny Hasselbar
- Offense: #87 Steve Calderwood
- Defense: #30 Keenan Jackson
- Offense: #5 Brett Patrick
- Defense: #28 Jason Moore
- Offense: #15 Tyler Searles
- Defense: #20 Vinny Adame
- Offense: #15 Jeff Schnable
- Defense: #21 Shigeru Yamada
R Gang Eatery
- Offense: #22 Eric McDaniel
- Defense: #4 Abe Chami
- Offense: #9 Eric Reissner
- Defense: #10 James Lienhard
- Offense: #28 T.J. Scott
- Defense: #2 Ryan Tallman
- Offense: #19 James Vidovich
- Defense: #4 King Mike
For a full listing of team standings, future schedule, game times or any other information, visit the SDAFFL website.
SDAFFL Mission Statement
The San Diego American Flag Football League (SDAFFL) seeks to promote the positive social and athletic enjoyment of American flag football. Through our league, our events and most importantly our members, we also seek to foster and augment the self-respect of GLBTQA (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Allied) persons and to engender respect and understanding from the larger community.
While particular emphasis is placed on these specific goals, it is a fundamental principle of the SDAFFL that all activities, social and athletic, are conducted to be inclusive in nature and that no individual shall be excluded from participating on the basis of sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, race, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, political beliefs, athletic ability, physical challenge, or HIV status.
All photos (including those above left) courtesy Tom Weigand Digital Photography. To see additional SDAFFL photos or to learn more about Tom Weigand Digital Photography, click HERE.
Russ Edra is the PR contact for the SDAFFL. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.