Fighters Offense Lays Groundwork for Future
FRISCO, Texas - With a mix of experienced and novice talent, the Frisco Fighters offense got the job done more times than not this season. An integral part of the team's 11-4 final record, the attack recorded 40 or more points in almost half of its contests. No stranger to theatrics, the offense produced last-minute game-winning scores on three different occasions.
Rookie running back DeMarcus Felton spearheaded Frisco's third-ranked running game, accounting for over half of the Fighters' rushing attempts, yards, and touchdowns. Having scampered for 571 yards and racking up 144 total points, he closed out his season with Offensive Rookie of the Year, All-IFL Rookie Team, and All-IFL Second Team honors. If not for Arizona Rattlers quarterback Drew Powell, Felton would have led the league in carries and ground yardage.
For a receiving group that had to adjust to a quarterback change behind center just four weeks before the postseason, seasoned veteran receiver and indoor football newbie Manny Arceneaux pulled in 38 receptions-the most of any Fighter. Arceneaux and Marques Rodgers each snagged a half-dozen scores.
Along with pacing the team with 416 receiving yards, wide receiver Mark Munson was one of ten IFL pass-catchers with double-digit touchdowns. Munson's average of 13.4 yards per catch was fifth-most in the league.
Malik Henry took over at quarterback against Sioux Falls in early August and tossed eight touchdowns over the next six bouts. In total, he went 66-for-123 for 674 yards.
Opposing defenses were forced to keep a close eye on the multi-talented Jerrod Heard, who posted 15 total touchdowns from assorted positions. Throughout the course of the campaign, he put up 333 rushing yards and 191 receiving yards. He was also periodically thrown in behind center, where he completed 9 of 17 passes for 76 yards.
A key cog on Frisco's offensive front, rookie linemanÂ Maea Teuhema started every regular season contest. As a first-teamer, he was one of four Fighters to be named to the 2021 All-IFL squads. Teuhema was also named to the All-IFL Rookie Team.
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