Salina Liberty Named 2018 CIF Franchise of the Year

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SALINA – The Salina Liberty have been named the 2018 CIF Darlene Jones Franchise of the Year. The award is one of four to be won by the team, the league announced Friday.

This Franchise of the Year Award, named in honor of the late Darlene Jones, the first league commissioner in CIF history, is given to the best overall franchise during the season. Attendance, public relations, marketing, efforts to improve the CIF, performance on the field, community involvement and overall participation and representation of the CIF were all taken into consideration.

The team also received the award for best media relations. This award is given to the coach that did the best overall job with his team both on and off the field.

Liberty CEO Ricky Bertz was also named the 2018 CIF Executive of the Year. This award is given to the CIF Team Owner, General Manager, or Front Office Employee that performed above and beyond for the 2018 season. Team management and guidance, participation on league matters, sales, leadership, efforts to improve the league, and overall representation of their respective team and the CIF.

Also among the award winner was Liberty running back Dominique Carson, who was named the CIF CO-Offensive Player of the Year. In his first season with the Liberty, Carson ran the ball 126 times for 667 yards and 18 touchdowns and caught 27 passes for0 345 yards and 6 receiving touchdowns. He shares the award with Sioux City running back Darrian Miller, who was also named League MVP.

The 2018 Champions Indoor Football league All-Conference and All-League teams will be announced on July 3.

The full list of 2018 CIF Year End Awards is below:

Darlene Jones Franchise of the Year – Salina Liberty
This award is given to the best overall franchise during the season. Attendance, public relations, marketing, efforts to improve the CIF, performance on the field, community involvement and overall participation and representation of the CIF were all taken into consideration.

Executive of the Year – Ricky Bertz, Salina Liberty
This award is given to the CIF Team Owner, General Manager, or Front Office Employee that performed above and beyond for the 2018 season. Team management and guidance, participation on league matters, sales, leadership, efforts to improve the league, and overall representation of their respective team and the CIF.

Best Fan Base – Quad Cities Steamwheelers
This award is given to the team with the fans that showed the most enthusiasm, character, energy, and overall appreciation for their team.

Game Operations – Texas Revolution
This award is given to the team that did the best job with game presentation including; half-time shows, giveaways, music, on-field promotions, etc.

Dance Team – Omaha Beef
This award is given to the team that is considered to have the most talented cheer/dance team. Factors that were taken into consideration were uniforms, class, routines, and crowd interaction.

Community Relations – Amarillo Venom
This award is given to the team that exemplified outstanding service and dedication to their surrounding community.

Media Relations – Salina Liberty
This award is given to the team that had outstanding performance in media relations for the 2018 season.

Coach of the Year – Dominic Bramante, Duke City
This award is given to the coach that did the best overall job with his team both on and off the field.

League MVP – Darrian Miller, Sioux City Bandits
156 carries – 632 yards – 25 rushing touchdowns – 18 receptions – 150 yards – 3 receiving touchdowns

Co-Offensive Player of the Year – Darrian Miller, Sioux City Bandits
156 carries – 632 yards – 25 rushing touchdowns – 18 receptions – 150 yards – 3 receiving touchdowns

Co-Offensive Player of the Year – Dominique Carson, Salina Liberty
126 rushes – 667 yards – 18 rushing touchdowns – 27 receptions – 345 yards – 6 receiving touchdowns

Co-Defensive Player of the Year – Solomon St. Pierre, Sioux City
55 tackles – 11 interceptions – 2 tackles for loss – 13 pass break-ups

Co-Defensive Player of the Year – Jayson Serda, Duke City
88 tackles – 5 sacks – 17 tackles for loss – 3 fumble recoveries – 1 interception

Special Teams Player of the Year – Greg Conry, Sioux City
22/34 field goals – 75/86 point after attempts – 149 total points

Rookie of the Year – Solomon St. Pierre, Sioux City
55 tackles – 11 interceptions – 2 tackles for loss – 13 pass break-ups

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