It feels like 1930 again here in Youngstown after a 4 game win streak to get the Steelmakers back into playoff contention. Business is booming once again and now hold a one game lead over the last seed in the Conference with 4 weeks to go. The offense has been on fire and unlike the 1st two Quarters of the season, the Defense has been able to keep games in check. Make sure all you fans get to church this week and hope your Steelmakers can hold on to the playoff berth.

OPOY Watch:

Dylan Hecker– While he does not stand close to leading the league or the team in rushing yards, Hecker has been a playmaker all season regardless. Game after game, he has some kind of big play and he has shown he can produce with a team leading 6 touchdown runs and one more through the air.

Jesper Horsted – Horsted was brought into Columbus to compete for the starting position with Willson and Rader and he has shown why. He is 3rd on the team in receiving yards and is 2nd in touchdown catches.

Chris Schleuger – A run blocking master, Schleuger leads the team in holes and leads a unit that is in the top 3 in rushing yards. He also ranks towards the top of the league with holes.

DPOY Watch:

Olive Sagapolu – A one man wrecking machine, plugging holes and eating up blockers. Sagapolu has 3 sacks, 3 hurries, and 2 stuffs on the year

Andy Smigiera – The 2nd year player moved into the starting role after a poor start to the season, and under his tenure, the team is 4-0. Smigiera leads the team in tackles and interceptions, and adds 2 deflections and a stuff.

Kevin Strong – Strong has had a 2nd quarter, racking up a couple sacks to lead the team with 4. He also leads the team in hurries with 12 and adds 7 stuffs, 1 deflection, and 1 forced fumble.

STPOY Watch:

Michael Walker – After 12 games and 4 more to go, Walker still leads the league in Punt Return Yards and Average. He is top 7 in Kick Return Average and Yards.

Cole Hedlund – Hedlund ranks 5th in the league in Points scored and is on pace to have the best FG% in Youngstown History.

Orlando McKinley – With 8 tackles on Special Teams, McKinley has been one of the few aces on the Unit.