The third week of AAF action is in the book, and players with local ties continue to make big impacts for their teams, particularly on defense, where IUP’s Max Redfield and Pitt alum Shakir Soto made splash plays for the top two defenses in the league.
• Max Redfield, Birmingham Iron SS (IUP)
Redfield started for the third time for the Iron defense, and made a huge impact on the end of Birmingham’s 28-12 victory over Atlanta with a game-sealing interception.
Redfield also recovered a fumble, defended two passes and had three tackles.
• Shakir Soto, San Diego Fleet DT (Pitt)
Despite continuing to come off the bench, Soto continues to make an impact on the defensive line for San Diego. In Sunday’s 31-11 victory over San Antonio, Soto had a huge sack just before halftime.
He was also second on the team with five total tackles — four of them solo — and had a tackle for loss and another quarterback hurry.
• Tim Lewis, Birmingham Iron head coach (Pitt)
The Iron improved to 3-0 with yet another stifling defensive performance. Birmingham has allowed just 21 points on the season, the lowest in the league.
• Tre Tarpley, Memphis Express FS (Central Catholic)
Tarpley made his third start at free safety for the Express. He was fifth on the team with four tackles on defense and also had a special teams tackle against Orlando.
• Scott Orndoff, Orlando Apollos TE (Seton LaSalle, Pitt)
Starting his third game for the Apollos, Orndoff caught two passes for 41 yards in his most extensive usage in Orlando’s passing game as the Apollos improved to 3-0 with a 21-17 win over Memphis.
• Jaryd Jones-Smith, San Antonio Commanders T (Pitt)
Jones-Smith made his second straight start at left tackle as the Commanders averaged 5.9 yards per carry on the ground against San Diego.
• Dontez Ford, San Diego Fleet WR (Sto-Rox, Pitt)
Ford continues to be the third receiving option for the Fleet. He made two catches on three targets for 15 yards on Sunday.
• Larson Graham, Birmingham Iron T (Duquesne)
Played in a reserve role.
Darius Prince, San Antonio Commanders WR (West Mifflin)