RAIDERS SWEEP PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARDS
QB Smith, DB Marshall, K Stevens earn honors for their performances against the Knoxville Nighthawks
The Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL) has named Richmond Raiders QB Warren Smith, DB RoShawn Marshall, and K T.C. Stevens as the Week 4 Players of the Week.
QB Warren Smith
In last week’s lone Week 4 matchup, the Richmond Raiders (2-1) made a clean sweep in the Player of the Week awards beginning with Quarterback Warren Smith (6’1 200, Maine) earning the Offensive Player of the Week honor by completing 21 of 26 passes for 232 yards and 4 TD’s. Smith also ran for a touchdown among his five carries for 14 yards. In just his second start of his rookie campaign, Smith helped erase a late first half 22-13 deficit leading the Raiders on a 24-0 run extending into the early moments of the second half helping seize the lead for good. Richmond would go on to extinguish Knoxville 51-36.
DB Roshawn Marshall
Defensive back RoShawn Marshall (6’4 270, Montgomery JC) is one of the key returnees from a stout 2012 defense. On Saturday, Marshall grabbed the Week 4 Defensive Player of the Week after making some key plays one of which included a forced and recovered fumble leading to a Raiders touchdown. Marshall also defended the pass on Knoxville’s last play of the game, knocking the ball to the turf on fourth down to give the Raiders possession. After falling behind early, Marshall and company held the Nighthawks to just 14 second half points pushing the Raiders to their second consecutive victory.
K T.C. Stevens
Kicker T.C. Stevens (5’9 175, Hampden-Sydney) is no stranger to winning Special Teams honors winning the award three times in 2012. Stevens earned his first Special Teams Player of the Week award of the 2013 season finishing with a game-high nine points in Saturday’s victory over Knoxville. At the end of the first half, he also nailed a career-long 52-yard field goal giving the Raiders the lead for good. It was also the longest field goal made in the PIFL this year.
The Raiders are off this week but return to action Saturday, April 13 with a home date against the Lehigh Valley SteelHawks. Kickoff is at 7:00 at the Richmond Coliseum. For more information please visit www.richmondraidersprofootball.com.
The PIFL Communications Office contributed to this report.