By Various Writers
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Dallas Lobos @ Tulsa Desperados By Ryan Michaels
Tulsa was coming hot off their first win of the season, looking to ride that momentum through this week as they played host to the Dallas Lobos. This game would be decided through the air for both of the teams as Shabazz Psynergy and Michael Martin put the game on the strength of their arms. The Lobos struck first going up 7-0 at the end of the 1st quarter, but Tulsa would come back big in the 2nd quarter and put up 17 points to Dallas’ 3 and would go into the half up 17-10. Tulsa kept up the momentum in the 3rd quarter, putting up 7 more points to go up 24-10 heading into the 4th. The teams would trade points back and forth through the final quarter and Dallas would be unable to mount the comeback and fell to the Desperados; 34-23.
Psynergy would be moderately efficient on the day, putting up 353 yards through the air for 3 touchdowns and no interceptions on 34 of 55 passing on the day. This week,Shabazz didn’t seem to have any clear favorite target like he has in the past few weeks, spreading the ball out to all of his receivers, each of whom came down with at least 6 receptions apiece; Mike Osayi being the top target with 10 catches for 113 yards. The Lobos did attempt to get their running game included in the game plan but Royce Robbins was unable to get anything started as he averaged 2.4 yards a carry with 43 yards on 18 carries.
On the Tulsa offensive side of the ball, Michael Martin held his own against Psynergy, who leads the league in passing yards, attempts and completions, putting up good numbers of his own with; 318 yards and 2 touchdowns and 1 interception on his very efficient day of 27 of 35 passing. Martin also spread the ball around the field to his receivers with all but one catching at least 4 passes; the top target being Andre Godspeed with 7 catches for 96 yards and a touchdown. Tulsa’s running game was the main story of the day, with non-contract running back, King-Jack Washington replacing the injured Sonzo Robinson and making the most yards of any running back on the day. Washington outplayed Royce Robbins and his Tulsa teammate, making a case for a contract next season.
Next week Tulsa stays at home and welcomes the Atlanta Swarm, who are just coming off a very contested win against the New Orleans Pharaohs, 10-6. The Dallas Lobos take their talents to Florida to face off against the Tallahassee Pride, fresh off their recent victory to keep their unbeaten record against the Oklahoma City Renegades, 23-17.
Atlanta Swarm @ New Orleans Pharaohs By Jeremy Vega
The Bayou Battle
The buzzing Atlanta Swarm flew across the south to take on the New Orleans Pharaohs. Atlanta came into the Week 6 game riding a two game win streak while the Pharaohs came in with a 2-game losing streak. It was also our first time seeing two top rookie quarterbacks from this previous draft battle it out. Unfortunately, neither quarterback or offense for that matter put on a show. It was, in fact, the defenses that stole the show.
-The First Half-
The first half was all Pharaohs, or maybe all their kicker, or maybe it was just both defenses. The Pharaohs kicker knocked through two field goals giving NOLA the only points of the first half as it ended 6-0. Neither defense buckled against their offensive foe, drive after drive.
A crucial endzone interception throw by Marcus Dunhill cost the Swarm their closest shot at putting some points on the board. Inside LB, Heath McDaniel Senior made the play of the first half when he caught that interception.
The third quarter was exactly the same as the first half, all defenses with an offensive mistake here and there. I could pretty much say the same about majority of the fourth quarter as well. The Swarm kicker finally got his team on the board with a great kick to bring them within just 3 points of tying the game. It wasn’t until the very last drive of the game where Atlanta left their fate up to their rookie QB, who saved his best for last.
Orchestrating an amazing final drive, Marcus Dunhill threw the dagger touchdown to his fullback, when he hit him in the flats.
Both teams will be on the road as the Swarm will head to Tulsa to try and extend their win streak to 4. The Pharaohs will head over to the hot Houston Hyenas for a Southern Conference clash.
St. Louis Gladiators @ Queen City Corsairs By Ethan Kye
A long awaited game took place between the Gladiators and the Corsairs, a match up of student Freeman Peltier and the master QCC Owner.
Starting the first quarter, the Gladiators started off with the ball. They would drive the ball down to the red zone where Dylan Aciel would throw an interception to Corsairs free safety, Achilles Franke. The Gladiators would shut down the Corsairs drive in what would look to be a defensive battle of the ages. The Gladiators would manage to hold the Corsairs to a field goal ending the first quarter.
Going into the second quarter, the Corsairs would start off with that ball after the Nacho Sincario intercepted Dylan Aciel. Queen City would then go down the field to score two more touchdowns in the second quarter. St. Louis would finally get on the board with a Matthew Martin field goal in the last two minutes of the second quarter. The Corsairs would punish the Gladiators for that field goal by moving down the field to score again ending the first half, 24-3.
The second half was all Queen City. The Gladiators couldn’t pull together a game scoring drive in any of their possessions. The Corsairs would dominate over the Gladiators in a 62-3 victory, trouncing the Gladiators with a history making score. Ash Odom would be the game MVP with a total of 288 yards on the ground and 4 touchdowns. Can the Gladiators recover from such a sound beating? Watch the next six games and find out.
London Knights @ Baltimore Vultures By Jeff Melinyshyn
If you want to talk about an early game of the year leader, look no further than what happened in Baltimore this past Sunday. Gerald Smith, in his first career game as Head Coach, almost orchestrated the greatest comeback in London Knights history. Through the first three quarters on Sunday, London scored only 16 points. In the 4th quarter alone, London scored 22 points. It was the most intense last 3 minutes of any London Knights game I have covered for them. The first score for London in the 4th came with 3:38 left on a quick out in the end zone to James Hands to make it 28-23 with the PAT. London then executed a great onside kick by Austin Powers, but the drive stalled. After a Baltimore punt, Lee marched London down the field and eventually a Donnie Hands 47-yard touchdown catch to give London the lead then, after a successful 2-point conversion from Ray King-Ball the score was London 31-28. Following a Shea Carroll 75-yard touchdown on horrible coverage by rookie Jeff Melinyshyn, he would then return the kickoff 94 yards to put London back on top 38-35. Jeff Melinyshyn would blow another coverage and Carroll would bring Baltimore to the London 7-yard line on a 70-yard catch. Daley Holder would score the game winning touchdown. Like all season, the breaks and luck just were not on London’s side. 5 Nathan Lee turnovers, including one late on that could have been the game winning drive was killer. Lee finished with 423 passing yards and 2 touchdowns. Donnie Hands had his best game as he finished with 118 yards and a score. His brother James finished with 119 yards and a score. Tristan Carr went bananas as he finished with 163 yards on 15 catches. After not getting a lot of sacks recently, Tyrone Zeus recorded his first in a couple games. London is going to need to start winning if they want any shot at the playoffs, although another loss and that dream will be over. London will face a hot Carolina team that is coming off a bye. London could potentially cause the upset.
As for Baltimore, they did just enough to get the win. Their defense was handed turnovers and they should have probably won handedly. Baltimore quarterback, Mike Dazzo threw for 409 passing yards and 4 touchdowns along with 3 interceptions. Troy Gaines had another monster performance with both a rushing and receiving touchdown. He finished with 77 yards rushing and 56 yards receiving. He has been a solid rookie and should have entered the conversation for Offensive Rookie of the Year. Garren Malone had 56 yards receiving and 1 score, Daley Holder caught the game winning touchdown and had 52 yards receiving. Shea Carroll went bonkers, 220 yards and a score. Carroll must be a nomination for player of the week honors. Defensively, free safety Giovanni Bolt led the Vultures in tackles with 9. 2nd overall pick, Aman Takkess led Baltimore with 2 sacks. Giovanni Bolt also had 3 interceptions off Nathan Lee. The win for Baltimore moves them to 3-3 in the Eastern conference behind Carolina and Queen City. They are set up nicely to make a run for a playoff spot. They have to continue to beat the teams they are supposed to beat. Next up is Chicago, who is coming off a big win against Indy on Sunday. Baltimore needs two more losses from Queen City and 3 from Carolina if they want to be back in the race. It should be fun to watch to see how the top of the Eastern conference plays out.
Tallahassee Pride @ Oklahoma City Renegades By Hunter Jones
The Tallahassee Pride defeated the Oklahoma City Renegades 23-17 on Sunday, their third win on the road this season. This win marks the Pride’s 22nd consecutive regular season win, a streak that started back in Season 9.
Coming into the game, both teams had top 10 scoring offenses, but it was the defense that separated the two. The Pride ranked 6th in the league with 17.0 points allowed per game coming into the contest, while the Renegades ranked 20th with 32.2 points allowed per game.
Renegades quarterback, Deacon Nickens was held to a season-low 155 passing yards, the first time he’s failed to achieve 200 passing yards all season, while also not scoring a touchdown, another first for him this season. Part of that was due to Renegades running back, J.W. Doyle having a bigger role in the offense this week. Doyle tied his season-high for carries with 28, running for 81 yards and two touchdowns, another season high.
Pride quarterback, Christian Christiansen threw for a season-high 293 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Pride running back, Jaye Eniola had 28 carries for 157 yards, averaging 5.6 yards per carry, a season low. Eniola would be more involved in the passing game, however, posing season highs in receptions (6), yards (27), and touchdowns (1). Newly acquired Pride wide receiver, Greyson Willis showed out in his debut, adding 6 catches for 112 yards, outgaining fellow Pride wide receiver Ken Gossett by five yards on the same number of catches.
The Pride return home next week to face the Dallas Lobos and look to continue their winning streak in pursuit of another perfect regular season. The Renegades will go on the road against the Sioux Falls Sparrows, looking to end their four-game losing streak.
Indianapolis Red Devils @ Chicago Wildcats By Chris Colon
The 1-4 Red Devils come into Chicago to face the 1-3 Wildcats at The Thunderdome in Chicago, Illinois. It was all Wildcats. Rookie RB #25 Jared Willis, scored his first TD of his career early in the first quarter. Indianapolis’ offense struggled all first half to get anything going. The Wildcats were on the prowl both on defense and offense. The Red Devils struggled to put points on the board and couldn’t get a stop on defense. Toward the end of the 1st quarter, Chicago’s Jared Willis scored his second TD of his career. Chicago’s defense were attacking all first quarter, forcing Indy to punt with a minute left in the 1st. The Red Devils were finding themselves in deep waters against a hungry Wildcats team, moving the ball really well. Chicago clicked on all cylinders and ended the 1st quarter on a fairly dominant drive, starting the 2nd Quarter past the 50 yd line. However, Indianapolis finally got a stop and forced Chicago to punt the ball away. Indianapolis now gained confidence, moving the ball up. RB Swearingen ran up the middle but only to be smashed backward by DT #71. A few plays later and Indy punted the ball away. Chicago’s offense stayed on the attack, though Indy’s defense came through with a pulverizing sack, forcing a punt. Chicago’s FS, Zach Andrews came out of the game with a terrible elbow injury. Indy moved the ball effectively as they found ways to move toward the end of the 1st half. Chicago stopped the Red Devils after the 2 minute warning, forcing a beautiful punt that pinned Chicago in their own 5. The Wildcats Jared Willis finished the first half with a beautiful run.
First Half stats:
Indianapolis: 38 pass yards, 29 rush yards, 67 total yards, 8:58 T.O.P.
Chicago: 114 pass yards, 71 rush yards, 185 total yards, 25:13 T.O.P.
Both teams did not commit a turnover.
Starting out of the gate, Chicago didn’t lose a beat in the second half. Quarterback E.T. King found a great target in Jared Willis. Willis was having a blast running and catching the ball all game. Willis brought the ball past the 50 and King threw a pretty spiral to Receiver Austin Matrullo who was brought down at the IND 25 yd line by three defenders. On the attack, Chicago sensed another score. Indianapolis struggled on the series. E.T. King completed a fantastic pass to receiver Cory Carter. The ball sat now on the IND 8 yd line. Throwing a beautiful pass to the back pylon, E.T. King connected with Austin Matrullo for a passing TD to go up 21-0 with 6:56 left in the 3rd quarter. Indianapolis were in desperate need of a score. Chicago just kept hitting hard all game long. Off the kickoff, Indianapolis were starting to get the ball moving, bringing the ball up to midfield. Gold star RB Keith Swearingen ran a guy over to bring the ball past the 50, only for the Wildcats defense to force a punt with 2:24 left in the 3rd. Not much happened going into the 4th. Indy couldn’t get much going against the Wildcat defense. Chicago took their foot off the gas as Indy was finally able to stop them as they forced a punt with 7:30 left in the game. Needing a score, Indy needed one desperately and was finally able to get going. Throwing into coverage, QB Tom Pepper was able to complete a crazy pass. A couple plays later and Swearingen ran for a first down on 4th down and was able to continue the drive as IND then completed a nice pass to the CHI 2 yd line, though they were pushed back a couple plays to 10 yd line. Pepper chose to go for it on 4th down and was stopped. However, Indy’s defense forced a safety as Chicago took over. Getting the ball back, Pepper again moved Indy up field. As the 2 minute warning arrive, Pepper was heard chanting in his huddle. “We need a score here. It won’t mean much but we can’t end this game not scoring as an offense.” Head Coach James Richards called a play into Pepper’s headset. Indianapolis were determined to score a touchdown. Pepper looked for targets but decided to check down to fullback Frank Castle who bobbled the ball but found a way to catch it and run downfield. Ball on the 17 now and Pepper completed a pass to the 5 yard line. Smelling the endzone now Indianapolis was close to scoring a TD. With 40 seconds left, Indy scored on a garbage time score, bringing the score to 21-9 as they kicked the onside kick with 38 ticks left. Chicago took over with great field position. Wanting to add insult to injury, Chicago seemed to want to score with a win easily in the bag but were forced to punt. Indy now took the ball at their own 4 yd line, passing the ball and completing a pass near midfield. Indy going into the bag too often, threw a pick 6 as Chicago scored on an int to bring the score to 28-9 as the Red Devils had time for only one play as they were stopped on the play. As the game ended and Chicago won their second game in dominating fashion as Indianapolis now lost their 5th game of the season.
End of game stats:
Chicago: 184 pass yards, 88 rush yards, 272 total yards, 34:33 T.O.P.
Indianapolis: 194 pass yards, 56 rush yards, 250 total yards, 21:19 T.O.P. and 1 interception
Denver Knightwings @ Vancouver Legion By Jeff Melinyshyn
In another close contest in the Week six SFL slate of games on Sunday, Denver traveled up to Vancouver. The scoring started with a 2 yard Jonathan Sanchez touchdown at the 4:52 mark of the 1st quarter. Denver would then drive down the field for a game tying touchdown by wide receiver Logan Keel, who was wide open on an out route. It looked as though Vancouver was playing man on the play. There was no underneath coverage or help over the top. Denver quarterback, Josh Miller laid the ball perfectly to the outside shoulder of Keel. This would be the last score of the 1st half as both defenses would step up in the 2nd quarter. Denver would take the lead on a 27-yard field goal at the 6-minute mark of the 3rd quarter. With time winding down in the 3rd quarter running back, Kody Hill took a handoff and went right up the middle and his offensive line created a big hole for him as he was gone from about his own 35-yard line. His 89-yard touchdown run help give Vancouver the lead back and that would all they needed as they would add a field goal in the 4th quarter. Kody Hill would finish the contest with 150 rushing yards and 2 catches for 5 yards. Jonathan Sanchez would vulture a touchdown away from Kody as he finished with 17 rushing yards and a score. Quarterback, Mark Biddix would only throw for 124 yards and zero touchdowns but 3 interceptions. The leading receiver for Vancouver was Brett Killian who hauled in 10 catches for 104 yards. Linebacker Frank Champion led the defense with 9 tackles. Corners Trey Lawson and Maajor Key had 1 interception each. Vancouver escaped this game luckily. Biddix will have to step up Week 7 when they travel to Alaska to face the storm.
For Denver, this loss stings. It drops their record to 2-4, tied with Vancouver but based on tie breaker are sitting below Vancouver. As for Denver, quarterback Josh Miller had a mediocre performance against Vancouver. He threw for 178 yards, 1 score and 2 interceptions. That is two possessions that they gave to Vancouver. Running back Jarrod McChesney finished with 86 rushing yards. He will look to get into the end zone next week. Jockamo Jones was the leading receiver for Denver as he finished with 62 yards and no touchdowns. The lone touchdown game from Logan Keel. The leading tackler for the Denver defense was AJ Shaun the free safety. The interceptions of Biddix came from AJ Shaun and BJ Armstrong, the corner for Denver. Denver can get some home cooking this week as the face the ever tough St. Louis Gladiators. Both teams lost last week and both will be looking to get that win.
Las Vegas Fury @ Mexico City Aztecs By Merrick Itera
Mexico City vs. Las Vegas A match-up between the perennially playoff-bound Mexico City Aztecs and the hard-nose rushing attack of the S18 Expansion Las Vegas Fury was what the fans wanted to see in Week 6, and the Simulation Football League delivered exactly what was asked for in Estadio Azteca down in Mexico City, Mexico on Monday Night. The Aztecs were led into battle by All-Pros HB #27 Ray Bentley and K #15 Kole Varner, whose combined Rushing/Special Teams attack had earned them a 4 game winning streak. Standing defiant in the center of the field was the Las Vegas Fury, who boasted an All-Pro of their own; SS #37 Max Jackson - who had led his squad through ups and downs all season long. 1st Half The Aztecs 1st series was carried by Bentley and Barrett, though they stalled and had to settle for playing the field position game early. The Fury ran into problems of their own on the offensive end, with the Aztecs Defense standing tall and forcing P #7 Dustin McRack onto the field. Mexico City's O-Line crumbled under the constant pressure from DT #98 Mike "Fats" Johnson and his brothers in the trenches, surrendering possession with a punt. Las Vegas seems unsure of the gameplan, bringing P #7 Dustin McRack in almost as soon as they took the field. Mexico City spearheads an energized charge down the field, working HB #27 Ray Bentley often on the ground and expertly mixing some strikes down the field and securing the yardage to put K #15 Kole Varner in range. He stays perfect, Las Vegas 0 - Mexico City 3 QB #11 Thomas Ramen and Co. begin to mount a charge of their own, draging their way into Aztecs territory. Running free on a broken assignment, WR #16 Brett "Too Much" Funk hauls in a beautiful toss and takes it to the house. After the extra point, the Fury take the lead. Las Vegas 7 - Mexico City 3 The Aztecs methodically move into las Vegas territory, but are unable to push far enough for their special teams unit. HB #28 Robert Redford dethrones CB #24 King Wallis as he fights a war of attrition with the Mexico City defense. WR #81 John Blades executes a crucial 3rd down conversion but FS #31 Nick Daggs stonewalls the Fury advance in back to back plays to force a punt. QB #? Matt Wilson stays poised under the Las Vegas pass rush, finding WR #86 Richard Montague for a chunk while the Fury defense was still finding it's bearings. They recover quickly though, pressuring the MXC offense into a punt. Las Vegas fed their HB often as he repeatedly slammed into and through the Aztecs D line. WR #16 Brett "Too Much" Funk slipped through the MXC secondary's perimeter, securing a bomb from his QB, hanging another TD on the Mexico defense. Las Vegas 14 - Mexico City 3 The Aztecs sprint down the field, racing the halftime clock and trying to pull closer to their opponents. Stalled deep in enemy territory, K #15 Kole Varner drills ANOTHER clutch kick, bringing him to 15/15 on the season. Las Vegas 14 - Mexico City 6 2nd Half The Fury received the ball to start the 2nd Half. CB #24 King Wallis made a predatory pounce to deflect a deep toss to keep the Las Vegas air attack in check momentarily, but QB #11 Thomas Ramen gashed the right side of the secondary for big yardage to put his team in position to tack on some more points, but FS #44 Jeffrey Daggs pulls his squad out of the deep water, annihilating the Fury's momentum in one blow with an 85 yd. Interception return for a touchdown, nearly leveling the playing field halfway through the 3rd Quarter. After the 2 point conversion, the game is all knotted up at 14 all. Las Vegas 14 - Mexico City 14 Las Vegas looks to recover any shred of it's bravado still remaining on the field, sticking to the plan and feeding HB #28 Robert Redford the ball on multiple successive plays. Mexico City's defense looks hungry now, almost as if they sense blood in the water. Las Vegas surrenders advantageous field position to the home team, relying on their defensive unit to hold back what everyone feels inexorably approaching. HB #27 Ray Bentley imposes his will on the rattled Las Vegas defense. With FS #35 Anthony Wyo stopping an otherwise sure TD run, QB #12 Matt Wilson starts to hunt for the killshot, finding TE #83 Mike Daggs underneath the uprights and delivering an expertly placed ball to put Mexico City up by 7. Las Vegas 14 - Mexico City 21 With their Gold Star HB trying to will the team back into the contest, Las Vegas pushed past mid-field on the ground. The Aztecs defense is confident now, swarming the ball faster in this half and bewildering the Fury QB. Pushed back past the 50, P #7 Dustin McRack pins the MXC offense on the 1 yd. line. Mexico City begins to control the clock, grinding into the 4th quarter with continuous hammerblows on the ground. Seeing a defensive lapse, WR #86 Richard Montague keeps the drive alive with a great catch, allowing MXC to continue the push. Continuing his shut-down play, FS #35 Anthony Wyo breaks up a conversion attempt to force a punt. Las Vegas starts on their own doorstep, leaning on the run to get them away from their own endzone at the cost of the gametime remaining. Still seemingly unsure of their Rookie QB, Las Vegas stays on the ground, making the unconventional decision to go for it on 4th Down with less than 5 minutes remaining on their own 26 yd. line. Desperation appears to be totally in control of the away team at this point. MXC starts with astoundingly good field position, keeping the ball on the ground and between the sidelines, bleeding the clock and going up by 2 scores with a 3rd kick from K #15 Kole Varner. Las Vegas 14 - Mexico City 24 The Fury still look dazed, finally giving CB #38 Fran Ogawa a pass attempt that he could make a play on, securing the INT and taking it to the endzone, putting the Aztecs up by 17. Las Vegas 14 - Mexico City 31 SS #37 Max Jackson manufactures some faint hope with a KR TD, his 4th on the year. It brings the game within 2 scores, but with less than 3 minutes left in the game it seems little more than window dressing at this point. Failing to recover the onside kick, Las Vegas brings the defense back onto the field. HB #27 Ray Bentley resumes his punishing rushing attack, gaining enough yards to leech all of LV's timeouts, essentially sealing the game for the home team. ILB #99 Levant Irvine prevents an otherwise guaranteed rushing TD with a great open field tackle, but the pyrric victory seems hollow as the clock continues to evaporate along with the Fury's chances of victory. Scoring 25 consecutive points, MXC wins a dynamic contest against a game challenger in the Las Vegas Fury. Thanks to a phenomenal 2nd half adjustment resulting in two back-breaking INTs for TDs which made the difference in this showdown, MXC keeps pace with the defending champion Alaska Storm as we head into the 2nd half of the season. In stark contrast, the upstart Fury - which showed huge amounts of progress in the 1st week of the season - have fallen back to earth, landing firmly within the quagmire of the Western Conference's bottom half.
San Francisco Sharks @ Alaska Storm By Rob Roby
First Half: The 2-2 San Francisco Sharks invaded the 5-0 Alaska Storm waters in week 6 of the Simulation Football Leagues’ season 11. The Storm jumped out to a 10-0 lead scoring an 89 touchdown to wide receiver Optimus Cline. The Sharks responded back on a 65-yard pass play from Rob Roby to tight end Matt Burnham late in the first quarter making it a 10-7 game in favor of the Storm. The Sharks rallied back to make it a 10-13 game when Ron Cockren threw a 30-yard passing touchdown to fullback Jason Williams to extend the lead to 20-10. The overpowered Storm was too much for the Sharks and further separated the game 27-13 with a red zone rushing touchdown from FB Williams. The Storm’s QB passed for 262 yards and a TD in the first half, while despite him trailing; Roby threw for 212 yards and a TD in the first half.
Second Half: Wide receiver Jeff Comeau further extended the Storm lead 33-16 midway through the 3rd quarter as the Storm flexed their defending champs muscle down the stretch. Optimus Cline scored a 55 yard TD reception to the house which put the game at 41-16 with 5 minutes left in the 3rd quarter. The two teams played a game of contention as both traded a pair of field goals through the last two minutes of the game. The Storm added insult to injury on a late TD pass to WR Robert Merrill making it a 51-19 game. The Alaska Storm improved to 6-0 and will host the Vancouver Legion (2-4), while the Sharks fell to 2-3 and host the Mexico City Aztecs in Week 7. For full stats, recaps, news and league standings, go to www.simulationfl.net.