After starting the season 2-0, the Explorers had a brutal loss to their rival, the Michigan Stags, in week 3. They followed it back up with a win thanks to pure field goals in week 4 to start the season 3-1. A promising season so far, only 5 wins away from a guaranteed .500 season, which will be the best Columbus has seen in a few seasons.

OPOY Watch:

Austin Ekeler – Ekeler has been a huge spark to the Explorers giving them a Running Back they have not had in years. He has rushed for 289 yards and 6 touchdowns in the first quarter. He was actually injured for 3/4 of the game in week 4, so he has done that in basically 3 games. He also has 64 yards receiving.

Trey Quinn – Quinn has been another big addition to the Explorers’ offense. Columbus traded their first round pick for Quinn this past offseason. He leads the team in receptions with 16 and yards with 183. He also adds 2 touchdowns to the stat book.

Joshua Dobbs – Dobbs has significantly improved during training camp this season, but his passing is still subpar as he has only completed less than 60% of his throws and virtually did nothing the last two weeks. His running game keeps the team alive as he leads the team with 311 yards. He has thrown for  581 yards and 5 touchdowns.

DPOY Watch:

Carl Lawson – Lawson has emerged as a premiere playmaker in the SFL and his Q1 performance has proved that claim. He leads the team in sacks with 4, stuffs with 3, and is second on the team in tackles with 19.

Sam Hubbard – Hubbard has partnered up with Lawson to form the Bash Brothers. He has 3 sacks so far on the year along with a forced fumble, making the tag team duo a scary matchup each week.

Marcus Cooper – Cooper has been a top player for the Explorers over the last several years. He has shown he has not slowed down, especially in his week 4 performance where his secondary shut down the opponent and held the team to 9 points. He leads the team in tackles with 24 and adds a sack and 4 deflections.

STPOY Watch:

Cole Hedlund – Hedlund found success in the D-League this past season and that success has transferred flawlessly to the SFL. He is perfect on the season going 7/7 on field goals and 12/12 on extra points.

Daniel Petermann – Petermann is the returning STPOY. He has slowed down a little this year as his average is almost cut in half, but he showed last week he still has the big play ability as he took a kick 70+ yards. He averages 26.6 yards per return.

Deonte Harris – Harris is a rookie that led the entire nation as a return man in college. He has shown his versatility on both kicks and punts as he averages 27.3 yards per kick and 8.5 yards per punt.