After starting the season 2-2, we are now headed into week 9 with the same result in the last 4 weeks, making their season record 4-4. The Steelmakers started off this quarter of the season with two straight losses, with the team looking like Youngstown’s East Side, run down. The Defense gave up 76 points, letting the other teams’ offense lay the hammer instead. Thanks to a huge turnaround the last two weeks, the Steelmakers stay in playoff contention, only one game behind the 4th seed. They held Tallahasse to 13 points in their Week 7 win and scored 7 times in a shootout with Fargo in Week 8. Here’s to hoping we see an above .500 record in the second half of the season.

OPOY Watch:

Lil’Jordan Humphrey – Humphrey has played in the slot all season as a huge target both physically at 6’4″ and statistically as he leads the team in Yards, Touchdowns, and Receptions. He had the play of the game in Week 8 with a game winning 36 yard touchdown reception with 56 seconds left in the game.

Brody Oliver – Oliver is right behind Humphrey in the statistical category and has come alive these last 4 weeks after a slow start. The 2x All-American has 4 touchdowns on the season, which is second best in a very crowed room as 7 players have touchdowns this season.

Zack Bailey – Bailey may not be the most flashy offensive lineman on the team as he does not lead the team with big holes, but one thing he does lead the team in is not giving up a single sack on the season. If Bailey can go the entire year without giving up a sack, he is in contention for a starting spot in Boston.

DPOY Watch:

Alexander Myres – Myers and the Defense have given up a lot of points, but so has the rest of the league. Stats can be deceiving, but Myres leads the team with 2 interceptions and leads the team in tackles.

Jordan Bradford – Bradford was rarely talked about in the first 4 weeks, but has since blown up. He has 28 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 hurry, and leads the team with 6 stuffs.

Tyler Castillo IV – Castillo IV has been moved around from the #1 to the Nickel all season and has since found his way back to the starting 2 Corners. That has been in thanks to his team leading 4 deflections.

STPOY Watch:

Michael Walker – Walker has not slowed down a single step. After 8 weeks he is still the league leader in punt yard average and total yards.

Dakari Monroe – Monroe has established himself as the Special Teams ace. He now has 8 tackles on special teams through the 8 weeks. There have been discussions of getting him in the DB rotation with any more losing streaks.

Jack Fox – Fox still leads the league in average and is top 5 in net average. His field position has been great 11 punts inside the 20 and 0 touchbacks.