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On Sunday we saw a battle between the two best teams the SFL has to offer in the Season 14 Championship game between the Atlanta Swarm and the Sioux Falls Sparrows, with the Swarm prevailing to capture their first SFL title with a 10-27 victory. This match-up featured the #3 seed at the #1 in what ended up being a grueling test for both squads. The crowd was loud and into the action from start to finish. The events started with the announcements of the four newest franchises to the SFL: the relocated Lone Star Glory and Louisana Revolution, and the expansion Portland Fleet and Fort Worth Toros. Another first for the league was a raucous, live halftime show that featured the Hurricane Shane Band.
Before the game started, it had been announced that Atlanta Swarm (and possible MVP contender) Marcus Dunhill was retiring from the league after an amazing career to become the next Director of Player Personnel. Dunhill, chasing that championship ring, was looking to end his successful career on the highest of notes and help Atlanta capture their first SFL Championship – something he was able to do even after tight end Jamaal Wooding was taken out of the game with a broken arm early in the first half.
For most of the that half, the Swarm and Sparrows battled in a tight 3-3 game. Both defenses were on display, as the teams would go back and forth with drives that inch down field only to be halted by the other’s defense.With only a few minutes to go in the half, Dunhill hit running back B.D.G. Hollewood for a touchdown to give Atlanta the 3-10 lead as the teams went into their respective locker rooms.
In the second half, things would open up for Atlanta as they mounted a few long drives that resulted in seventeen points. After a quiet first, Siege Falco, (the league’s #5 receiver) came up with a few key catches, including his 1st career postseason touchdown to help seal the victory. The Atlanta offense saw big contributions from all its stars, as B.D.G. Hollewood would finish with 96 rushing yards and 77 receiving yards (and that 1st half TD, to boot). Boo Chisholm also came up big with 99 receiving yards and a touchdown as well. The story, again, was the Player of the Game, Marcus Dunhill. The game MVP finished with 27 completions out of 38 attempts for 282 total yardsds with 3 TDs and 1 int. On the defensive side of things, Jay Miraculous led the Atlanta Swarm with 14 tackles, while A. Levye and his 12 tackles led for the Sparrows.
Sioux Falls came into this game with a 2-headed rushing attack featuring the league’s 2nd ranked running back Colin Hart and fullback Jaylin Wells. Wells led the Sparrows with 50 rushing yards and their only touchdown. Sioux Falls’ quarterback Julian Tyree finished the game with 261 yards passing, but also 3 costly interceptions.
Both teams played their hearts out and left everything on the field. This game was exactly the finish this season deserved, as neither squad disappointed in what was arguably one of the most thrilling Championship Games to date. Now the Simulation Football League turns to Season 15, with a record 22 teams vying to be the next Champion. Up next are the new teams, new coaches and new faces, all looking forward to another season of exciting simulation football in Season 15.