Italy: Surprise rushing leaders as IFL passes midpoint of season

As the Italian Football League heads into the second half of the 2022 season, AFI presents the leaders in the offensive categories of passing, rushing, and receiving yardage.

The Firenze Guelfi and Parma Panthers have four players each among the 16 in the three categories while the Milano Seamen, Ancona Dolphins and Milano Rhinos have two apiece. The Lazio Ducks nd Bologna Warriors are represented by one player. Only two teams are not represented, the newcomers, the Modena Vipers and Verona Mastini.

There is one unique fact. Not only is there a tie for rushing leader, but it is also between two players from the same team, the Firenze Guelfi.


Photo: Manuella Pelegrini

Parma Panthers QB Brook Bolles tops all passers in the Italian Football League in overall yardage having thrown for 942 yards in 5 games. Gabriel Cousineau of the Bologna Warriors has thrown for 833 yards in 4 games, good for 2nd while Ancona Dolphins QB Collin DeGalbo is 3rd with 819 yards and 11 TDs in 4 games. Luke Zahradka of the Milano Seamen has thrown for 799 yards and a league-best 13 TDs in 3 games while Milano Rhinos QB Daniel Santacaterina is 5th with 644 yards in 4 games.


Photos: Daniella Betazzi

Firenze Guelfi players occupy the top three spots in rushing with QB Andrea Fimiani and RB Ahmaad Tanner deadlocked at 459 rushing yards each. Teammate Jared Gerbino is 3rd overall with his 386 yards while Ancona QB Collin DeGalbo is 4th with 316 rushing yards in 5 games.  Modest Pooda of the Parma Panthers has 196 yards rushing in 5 games while his QB Brook Bolles is the 5th leading rusher with 184 yards.


Photo: Dario Fumagalli

Milano Seamen WR Markell Castle is the leading receiver in terms of yards gained in the IFL with 468 yards and a league-leading 7 TDs. Well behind in 2nd spot is Nick Diaco of the Panthers with 286 yards. Lazio Ducks TE Ryan Curtiss has 251 receiving yards in 3 games good for 3rd while Jared Gerbino of the Guelfi is not far behind in 4th with 240 yards in 4 games. Milano Rhinos WR Simone Boni winds up in 5th with 227 yards.

Photos: Manuella Pelegrini, Dario Fumagalli, Daniella Betazzi

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