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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Indoor Football League (IFL) Kicker News

September 29, 2015 - Spokane sign kicker Pat Clarke
"Pat Clarke (K, 6-3, 210, Buffalo) joins the Shock for his first season as a member of the IFL. Clarke spent the 2015 season with the PIFL's Lehigh Valley Steelhawks where he converted on 88 percent of his extra point attempts. He was flawless on his field goal attempts within thirty yards and converted on a long of 46-yards during the season. Prior to beginning his professional career, Clarke played his collegiate football at Buffalo University. After taking over for the final three games during his freshman season, Clarke would go on to handle the teams place kicking and kickoff duties over the next three seasons. He finished his career converting on 65 percent of his field goals with a career long of 51-yards. During his senior season, he converted on 93 percent of his point after attempts. Clarke played his prep career at Hargrave Military Academy and is originally from New Castle, Delaware." - OSC

September 1, 2015 - Nighthawks acquire kicker Rockne Belmonte
"Wichita Falls Nighthawks have acquired 2014 IFL Special Teams Player of the Year, Kicker Rockne Belmonte from the Cedar Rapids Titans in exchange for Defensive Back James Ackel.Belmonte started the last three seasons for the Titans." - OSC

June 30, 2015 - 2015 All-IFL Team
First team kicker: Jeff Budzien (Green Bay Blizzard) 
Second team kicker: Rockne Belmonte (Cedar Rapids Titans)

May 16, 2015 - Jeff Budzien kicks game winner for Blizzard over Wichita Falls
"For the second time in the last five games, Jeff Budzien played hero for the Green Bay Blizzard. The field goal kicker, a native of Hartland, booted a game-winning 20-yard field goal to give the Blizzard a 37-36 win over Wichita Falls on Saturday night at the Resch Center. Budzien also booted a 39-yard field goal as time expired in a road victory over Cedar Rapids on April 25. Green Bay (5-4) took over at its own 5-yard line with 2 minutes, 47 seconds remaining and needed seven plays to put Budzien in position for the win." - Green Bay Press Gazette

April 25, 2015 - Jeff Budzien named Specials Teams Player of the Week
"In another exciting Green Bay Blizzard/ Cedar Rapids Titans bout, Blizzard K Jeff Budzien connected on a 43-yard field goal, with no time remaining, to give the Blizzard a 52-49 upset victory over the Titans.... Budzien (5'11, 180, Northwestern) converted four of seven field goals as well as four of five extra points to give the Blizzard the edge. Of kickers with 15 or more Field Goals, Budzien leads the IFL in conversion percentage (58) and is second among kickers in points scored with 75." - IFL

April 25, 2015 - Jeff Budzien kicks game winner for Blizzard over Rapids
"Kicker Jeff Budzien kicked a 39 yard field goal as time expired to send the Green Bay Blizzard (3-4) home with a win and snap their 3 game losing streak at Cedar Rapids.... The Titans tried to freeze Budzien by calling timeout, but the Northwestern standout was not fazed. His kick was straight down the middle from 39 yards out to close out the game and send the Blizzard home with a win." - Our Sports Central

April 2, 2015 - kicker Brady Beeson re-signs with Tri-Cities Fever
"Despite a great performance (which earned him IFL Player of the Week for Special Teams) in the game last week, kicker Brian Jackson has been released so that he can continue his normal work and family life, the Fever thanks him for helping out when we needed a kicker on short notice. The Fever is pleased to announce that Kicker Brady Beeson (6’1” 215lbs) from Saint Thomas; has been re-signed to the team for the remainder of the 2015 season. Brady had been with the Portland Thunder of the AFL this season and spent the last couple with the Fever." - Fever

April 1, 2015 - Tri-Cities Fever kicker Brian Jackson named Specials Teams Player of the Week
"In his first game with the Fever this season, kicker Brian Jackson earned Specials Teams Player of the Week.  In Week 5 the Fever traveled to Wichita Falls, TX and returned home with a 58-48 victory. Jackson, a long time indoor/arena veteran, was perfect for the game converting on all three of his field goal attempts (long of 51-yards) and all 7 PATs for a total of 16 points.... Honorable Mention: Rockne Belmonte (K, Cedar Rapids Titans), Jeff Budzien (K, Green Bay Blizzard), Christopher Diaz (K, Colorado Ice), Norris Wrenn III (KR, Billings Wolves)." - abcFoxMontana

March 29, 2015 - new Fever kicker Brian Jackson perfect in first game
"The Tri-Cities Fever bounced back from its worst loss in franchise history with a 58-48 victory over the Wichita Falls Nighthawks on Saturday night at Kay Yeager Coliseum.... The strong first half was highlighted by kicker Brian Jackson, who was signed early this week. His first field goal was from 43 yards out, and then hit a 44-yarder in the final seconds of the first half and he ended the night 3 for 3 in field goals and converted all 7 extra-point kicks for an impressive opening performance." - KHQ

March 29, 2015 - Titans kicker Rockne Belmonte goes long in win over Ice
"The Cedar Rapids Titans defeated the Colorado Ice, 39-29, in front of 4,326 fans Saturday at the U.S. Cellular Center. After the Cedar Rapids offense sputtered for much of the first three quarters and were led by four field goals from kicker Rockne Belmonte (two from 50-plus yards away), defensive back AriusWright supplied two pivotal plays in the second half." - IFL

March 22, 2015 - Zach Pulkinen kicks OT game winner for Axemen over Wolves 47-44
"The Bemidji Axemen won their first game of the season in a back and forth overtime battle against the Billings Wolves.... New cornerback Tony Grimes intercepted Darakatalib in the endzone on the first play of overtime to give the ball back to the Axemen. The Axemen offense then went on to set up former Bemidji State kicker Zach Pulkinen to kick a 33-yard gaming winning field goal. This was the first overtime game in Axemen history." - IFL

March 12, 2015 - Wichita Falls Nighthawks re-sign kicker John Bailey

February 24, 2015 - Iowa Barnstormers sign kicker Josh Gable

February 23, 2015 - Billings Wolves sign kicker Blake Erickson

February 4, 2015 - kicker Merf Trout traded to Colorado 
Merf Trout (Graceland College) was traded to the Colorado Ice from the Green Bay Blizzard. The Ice released kicker Phillip Welch (Wisconsin).

January 12, 2015 - Sioux Falls Storm re-sign kicker Parker Douglass
"Douglass, a South Dakota State alum, earned All-Conference first team honors his senior year with the Jackrabbits, was named GWFC Special Teams Player of the Year in both 2005 and 2006 and set 19 school records in his four seasons with SDSU. In 2014, Douglass made 20 field goals. He converted 59% of his field goals and 93% of his extra points, which were both tops in the league. Parker was apart of the Second Team All-IFL squad and earned the IFL's Special Teams Player Of The Week; finishing with 8-8 on his kicks (1-1 FG, 35 yarder, 7-7 PATs) in week one." - OSC

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