Gonzalez Returns as IFL Special Teams Player of the Week – Presented by Celsius

By: Mick Moninghoff
Pirates Writer
August 26, 2021

WORCESTER, MA – For the second time this season, the Indoor Football League has named Massachusetts Pirates kick returner Laquvionte Gonzalez as the IFL Special Teams Player of the Week. In week 18, Gonzalez returned four kickoffs for 111 yards and a touchdown in the Pirates 51-19 victory over the Iowa Barnstormers in the final game of the regular season at Phoenix Field at the DCU Center last Saturday.

Gonzalez set up the Pirates first score of the game with a 36-yard return. Later in the half he returned a Gabriel Rui kickoff 50-yards for a touchdown. It was his third kickoff return for a touchdown this season.

When the game was over Gonzalez had 139 all-purpose yards on the night with one yard rushing, 27 receiving and 111 coming on kick returns.

Gonzalez, 5-10, 185 lb. from Cedar Hill, TX, finished the season with 45 returns for 957 yards, which was third most in the league. His three returns for touchdowns were a league best as was his average of 21.3 yards per return.

His 57-yard kickoff return vs. Arizona in week 13 was the second longest this season in the IFL.

This season Gonzalez, who played collegially at Texas A&M, Kansas and Southeastern, set Pirates’ All-Time records with kickoff returns, yards, the longest return and touchdowns.

Gonzalez is also the Pirates second leading receiver with 35 receptions for 353 yards and nine touchdowns. He averages 10.1 yards per catch and 27.2 yards per game.

The Pirates open the 2021 playoffs at Phoenix Field and the DCU Center on Saturday night at 7:05 when they host the Bismarck Bucks.

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