Two Greyhounds Players Achieve "UIF Player of the Week" Honors
Two Greyhound players were awarded "UIF Player of the Week" honors for their outstanding performances in the River City Rage game played last Saturday night at WesBanco Arena which the Greyhounds won in impressive fashion 55-37.
Winning "UIF Defensive Player of the Week" honors for the Hounds is defensive end Jeffery Candler. Candler became this year's first UIF unanimous choice for Player of the Week. Against the River City Rage he tallied 8.5 total tackles of which six were solo tackles and five were assists. 2.5 of those tackles were for a loss totaling 32 yards. Candler also recorded one sack and a fumble recovery in the end zone for a touchdown.
Candler is 6' 2" and weights 245 lbs. and is a native of Desoto, Texas. Jeff played his high school football in Arkansas as a tight end and defensive end and earned team captain, All Conference, All Region and MVP Honors. He then attended Iowa Weslyan College where he played defensive end and linebacker where he became team captain attained All Conference and NAIA status and won the Freddy Arcina award and the Die Hard Award.
Garnering "UIF Special Teams Player of the Week" status is defensive back Durrell Preston. Durrell returned a total of 6 kickoffs in the game for a total of 111 yards averaging 18.5 yards per return. His longest return was for 27 yards.
Preston is a 5' 10" 177 lb. defensive back and attended St. Augustine High School in St. Augustine Florida where he played cornerback and returned kick-offs and punts. While at St. Augustine High he was a three (3) year selection as 1st Team All-State and 1st Team All-County selection. Durrell attended Youngstown State University and played cornerback and free safety. Professionally he has played defensive back for the Daytona Beach Thunder prior to joining the Greyhounds.
The UIF's Offensive Player of the Week this week was the Rock River Raptors running back Patrick Hall who carried the ball 19 times for 73 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Lexington Horsemen. His longest run was 28 yards and he also grabbed six catches for 25 yards and one TD.
In last Saturday's game the River City Rage hung with the Ohio Valley Greyhounds until the late in the second quarter when John Wehrle made two straight field goals putting the Greyhounds up 28-20. After halftime, Oscar Davenport ran in from a yard out to extend the lead to 35-20. Derek Kutz then made an 18-yard field goal for the Rage. The Greyhounds then scored on a Willie Austin touchdown catch with 1:13 left in the third, making it 41-23. In the fourth, Jeffery Candler ran back an interception 40 yards to put Ohio Valley up 48-23. Willie Austin added his second touchdown of the night, making it 55-23. The Rage then scored on Muhammad Abdulqaadir's third TD run and Moses Regular caught a 16-yard pass from Anthony Fisher. Leading the way for the Greyhounds was Chandler who finished the game with 10.5 total tackles (2.5) TFL, two sacks and the interception returned for a TD. Abdulqaadir finished with 80 yards rushing and three scores to lead the Rage. In week 9, the Greyhounds will visit the 3-3 Extreme and the Rage will visit the 4-3 Raptors.
The Hounds will be playing the Bloomington Extreme at Bloomington this Saturday May 19th. . This is a rematch of the April 7th game that saw the Greyhounds upend the Extreme at WesBanco Arena by scoring 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter for a 41 - 33 victory.
Tickets are now on sale for the Rock River Rapters Game on June 2nd and future home games and may be purchased by check, money order, or credit card. Season tickets may be purchased at the: WesBanco Arena Box Office - 2 Fourteenth Street - Wheeling, WV (304) 233-4470
The Greyhound office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am. to 5:00 pm and may be reached by calling (304) 232-1918 for additional information.
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