ThunderHawks Kicker Hendrix is IFL Player of the Week
Grand Rapids, Michigan - Word is getting out that the West Michigan ThunderHawks of the Indoor Football League are off to great start in 2010. The team is 3-0 for the first time in franchise history and for the second consecutive week, the team has claimed an IFL Player of the Week award. This week's winner, kicker David Hendrix, notched 15 points in his team's 57-51 win on Sunday over the Rochester (N.Y.) Raiders. The former All-American from Grand Valley State University, who led the nation in field goals made in 2003 with 25, made 3-of-4 field goal tries and 6-of-7 extra point kicks. The first field goal, a 50-yarder spotted at the ThunderHawks' own 8-yard line, came midway through the second quarter and cut the Raiders' lead to 17-10. He then added a 25-yarder just before halftime that brought West Michigan within 24-13. The two first-half makes were especially important considering the offense was sputtering and needed the points to stay within striking distance of Rochester. The final field goal, from 31 yards, came with 8:42 remaining and increased the Hawks lead to 43-37. Both teams then scored a pair of touchdowns in the game's final five minutes to cap West Michigan's second straight win over the Raiders. Hendrix, who has past indoor experience with the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz and Peoria Pirates, has five field goals on the season, all in home games at the DeltaPlex Arena. Wideout Emmanuel Spann handles the long-snapping duties while quarterback Brad Iciek holds on ThunderHawks' field goal and point-after tries. Hendrix helped GVSU win back-to-back Division II national championships in 2002 and 2003. Previously, he prepped at Stevensville-Lakeshore, where he earned All-State and All-Area recognition as both a junior and senior. He also set the school record for points scored in a season and career for the Lancers. Joining Hendrix as the IFL's best in Week 5 were Offensive Player of the Week Charles McCullum, a quarterback for the Kent (Wash.) Predators and Defensive Player of the Week Luis Vasquez, a defensive lineman from the Arkansas Diamonds. In Week 4, West Michigan quarterback Brad Iciek, also a former standout at Grand Valley State, was tabbed IFL Offensive Player of the Week for his phenomenal performance in his pro debut. Iciek looked like a seasoned indoor veteran, going 27-of-40 for 326 yards and five touchdowns in the 59-55 home victory over Rochester. The Grandville, (Mich.) native started 8-of-9 in the opening quarter as the ThunderHawks raced out to a 20-7 lead on scoring tosses to Bryan Pray, Robert Height III and Nathan Fricke. Iciek added a second quarter TD pass to Emmanuel Spann and a second strike to Pray in the fourth quarter as the hosts won the first of back-to-back weekend visits from their Atlantic East Division rivals. While at GVSU, Iciek (pronounced Eye-check), led the Lakers, an NCAA Division II perennial powerhouse, to a 36-4 record during his three years as a starter including a run to the 2009 DII National Championship game. In November, he became only the third student-athlete to be selected as a finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy for three consecutive seasons. The award is presented annually to the best Division II player in the country. Last year he passed for 3,194 yards, 35 touchdowns and only three interceptions and was named to the All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference First Team and finished his career as the most efficient passer in school history, throwing for 8,461 yards and 98 touchdowns. The Lakers won the GLIAC conference crown all three years under Iciek's direction, and the school has strung together a total of five straight titles overall. At Grandville, Iciek made the grade as a Detroit News All-Stater and First Team All-O-K Red Conference selection. He threw for 1,973 yards and 21 touchdowns during his senior season and also played baseball and basketball for the Bulldogs. Joining Iciek as the IFL's best in Week 4 were Defensive Player of the Week Donta Moore, a defensive back for the Wichita (Kan.) Wild and Special Teams Player of the Week Antwan Harris, a kick returner from the Fairbanks (Alaska) Grizzlies.
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