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By Bryant Dynasty, Jack Brown, Erik Surrett, Ethan Kye, Jett Zero, Joey Schwindt and Matthew Slinn – Images by JR Loveless

Rank
Team
Record
(Movement)
Recap

1

Atlanta Swarm
1-0
(-)
The defending champions, Atlanta Swarm, kicked off their Season 15 campaign in heart-attack fashion. Avenging one of their two losses last season, the Swarm handed the reins to rookie quarterback Bryant Dynasty after the retirement of last season's MVP Marcus Dunhill. He delivered with 379 passing yards and 4 TDs through the air with 181 yards and 3 TDs landing in the hands of POTG Boo Chisholm, including the game winner. Celebrating will have to wait as the Swarm head into a SFL Championship game rematch against the Sioux Falls Sparrows in Week 2.

2

Sioux Falls Sparrows
1-0
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The team that was one game away from winning the SFL Championship in Season 14, picked up where they left off against the Portland Fleet in Week 1. Albeit they played their opening game against a brand new expansion team, the Sparrows had a great game in all areas. Jay Ringgold got 2 picks for 33 yards, Colin Hart had 166 yards rushing and 2 TD's and Julian Tyree completed an outstanding 81% of his passes for 224 yards. Sioux Falls is going to be a force to recon with once again in Season 15.

3

Jacksonville Kings
1-0
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We have Jacksonville ranked at #3 in this weeks power rankings. The Kings are just leaving off from where they started last season. They managed to get the win over Vancouver, but not without a battle in a close game, 23-21. Christian Christiansen would pass for 292 yards 1 touchdown and 1 interception. The Kings had success moving the ball with WR Greyson Willis (11 receptions for 132 yards) , WR Ken Gossett (10 receptions for 114 yards) and HB Jared Willis ( 29 carries for 113 yards). Jacksonville goes into Week 2 1-0 against long time rival the 0-1 Florida Storm.
4
Baltimore Vultures
0-1
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Baltimore just missed out on an opening weekend victory over the defending champs. QB Mike Dazzo completed 76% of his throws, but was sacked 4 times. RB T-Roy Gaines scored twice while racking up 72 yards on the ground. Gaines finished the day with 83 all-purpose yards, but only a 3.3 ypc average. On defence, the line failed to generate pressure on the Swarm with just 1 sack on the night. However, FS Giovanni Bolt turned in a fine performance with 8 tackles and 156 yards from kick and punt return duties. Baltimore was in this game until late and should be a playoff favourite in Season 15.
5
Denver Nightwings
1-0
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Well that’s Vice Wars 6 done and dusted. In a Monday night that mimics two of the most hilarious parts about the University of Michigan. A massive upset to start the season in the 4th Battle of the Carolinas, then for the nightcap, an absolute stomping from an arch rival. Now granted, Denver was very much on the Ohio State end of that ordeal, they were still a part of that performance. After a hard Season 14 that for all intents and purposes could be considered a failure for the boys from the 720, the Nightwings wanted to come back to Richard Snowden Stadium and open up Season 15 with a bang - and a bang there was. A bang in terms of a massive blowout of their arch rivals. Giving rookie HB Scott Johnson a rude awakening in his first SFL outing, holding him to just 1.1 yards per carry off 11 touches. Meanwhile Barry Barkley picked off Tom Ramen twice in his first game in Denver. The D-line showed up by taking Ramen to the ground 5 times as the Nightwings cruises to drop 40 on Vegas in Vice Wars. 18 of which put up by kicker Kramer Jackman. Now with the score line, if you remove one zero the score becomes 4-20. Which is a very nice number to go along with a very nice performance from Denver. Now this upcoming week the Nightwings shimmy on Northwest to Oregon to take on the Fleet after they put up a performance that should’ve been the reason to send in the federal law enforcement. So for Denver? It looks like they’ll continue to fly high through another game.
6
Queen City Corsairs
1-0
()
The Queen City Corsairs showed that they are, once again, the real deal this season with a statement win on the road against 3-time champs, Florida Storm. In a low scoring affair, the fierce Corsair defence stunted Florida to only 10 points, only letting in a TD late in the game. Albert Begin played a large role from free safety getting his name in pretty much every defensive stat list, but it was the emergence of tight end, James Matthews Jr. that will be most pleasing. Matthews Jr. torched the Florida defence to the tune of 120 yards and a TD. We'll see if the men in green can keep up this road momentum as they head to new kids, Fort Worth.
7
Mexico City Aztecs
1-0
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After a whirlwind of an off-season, the Mexico City Aztecs looked to silence any doubters with a statement victory over the Chicago Wildcats, 34-21. Matt Willson may be missing HOFer Ray Bentley in the backfield but still put on a show passing his way toward 286 yards and 3 scores. The Aztecs will lean on their stingy defense, responsible for 5 Interceptions and 5 sacks, as they head to St. Louis for a Week 2 matchup.
8
Vancouver Legion
0-1
()
The Legion faced the Jacksonville Kings in Week 1 in a rematch of last season's incredible Quarterfinal game that ended in OT with a FG for the Legion to give them the big win. The rematch was just as exciting and close where Jacksonville won by just 2 points (23-21). This very competitive matchup shows that both teams will be some of the best in the league once again. Robert Redford and Tom Pepper lead the way for the Legion offense with Redford rushing for 102 yards on 20 carries and 2 touchdowns and Pepper completing 72% of his passes for 209 yards, with a nice 7.2 YPA.
9
Lone Star Glory
1-0
()
At #9 we have the Lone Star Glory. The Lone Star Glory put up an impressive first game win against the Arizona Scorpions. The Glory managed to pull off 24-10 win against The Scorpions and Eddie's first time play calling. The Glory were able to pull of the win with rookie play caller. QB Ace Fenech who would pass for 244 yards 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions. His main targets would be WR Liam Hammer ( 8 receptions for 145 yards),
Dave Axis ( 7 receptions for 71 yards and 1 touchdown), and let's not forget HB Ike McBride ( 19 carries for 65 yards and 1 touchdown). Lets see how they fare when they face off against the Vancouver Legion.
10
Louisiana Revolution
1-0
(-)
The Revolution had the benefit of playing a rebuilding St. Louis team and it showed in the final score of 30-10. QB Johnny Pichler was a heralded free agent pickup, but threw 3 interceptions. The real star this week for the Revolution was RB Reggie Streeter who amassed 134 yards rushing on 32 carries with a score. Defensively the Revolution feasted on a rookie quarterback with 7 interceptions. CB Evan Arthur was the player of the game on defense with 3 interceptions and a score. Louisiana was solid on defense, but will need to fix the gun slinging mentality that Pichler brings as they run up against better teams in Season 15.
11
Carolina Skyhawks
1-0
()
Finishing just outside the points in our Week 1 Power Rankings, in come the Carolina Skyhawks after pulling off an early candidate for upset of the season by beating their rivals to the south in Charleston in the 4th Battle of the Carolinas. Now while the game itself only presented a 3 point spread, beating the Preds 24-21, actually watching the game, Carolina was in full control after stopping the Preds from entering the end zone after a Trystan Hatley pick right at the back. Then came the Logan Jack show. Racking up 20 receptions as a halfback. Almost all of them being a very simple flat route towards the sideline. This absolutely destroyed Charleston’s borderline legendary defense that in the first half had borderline zero pressure out towards the edge on the line of scrimmage. Once Charleston’s offense was diffused it was all easy sailing from there for the boys from Raleigh. Taking down TD Drew 3 times in the backfield and at least through the first half, keeping Keith Swearingen contained. Yeah Keith kind of ran over them. Granted that’s okay, the damage was done. Carolina had won the game once Logan Jack trampled the Preds on defense. After this massive upset, the Skyhawks send themselves to Sim City to take on the embarrassed Fury and to keep their season strong and maybe climb into the Top 10 next week. Depends on how our Power Rankings crew feels about it.
12
Houston Hyenas
1-0
()
Houston were long time playoff contenders at one point, so it pleases me to see them back in the winners column, albeit at the expense of the injury prone Warren Murray. The exciting running back went down early against the Fort Worth Toros, giving the Hyenas a one-dimensional offence and forcing the team to heavily lean on its defence. Well, the Hyena D showed tremendous bite, forcing turnovers that yielded 14 points which essentially made the difference. Rookie LB Brody Gulch was one of those players to make a difference, scooping up a fumble to run home and score. Murray is thankfully back for the game against Arizona, but how will he fare against an Eddie Gauge led defence?
13
Tulsa Desperados
1-0
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The Tulsa Desperados rolled to a 24-17 point victory, escaping a real shootout with an improved London Knights squad. Free Agent acquisition, Gabe Manning went off on his last team rumbling to an outrageous 10 receptions, 266 recieving yards and a score. Looking to get a hot start to their season, the Desperados head to the Windy City in a bout with ET King and the Wildcats.
14
Charleston Predators
0-1
()
The Predators had a very close battle in Week 1 with their rival Carolina. Losing to them (24-21). This loss puts in question that Charleston might not be as good as they were last year and puts them in the middle-bottom of the rankings after Week 1. With this said, the Predators had a good game. Keith Swearingen was a highlight for Charleston with 145 yards and 2 touchdowns on 22 carries. Jack Brown was another strong point for them with 11 tackles and 2 assists.
15
Chicago Wildcats
0-1
(-)
Sitting here at #15 we have the Chicago Wildcats, which is a surprise seeing as they had a pretty good season last season. Even though the Wildcats took a loss they put up a incredible passing game. QB E.T. King would pass for 443 yards and 3 touchdowns while being sacked 5 times and throwing 5 interceptions. Owner and TE Shann Varner had a heck of a game sporting 2 touchdowns and 7 receptions for 191 yards. Lets not forget WR Cory Carter ( 7 receptions for 104 yards and WR J.C. Torres ( 13 receptions for 110 yards). In the end it was the Mexico City Aztec's defense that would help put the Wildcats away. I would expect to see the move up the power rankings, but currently they are off to a rough spot like last season.
16
Florida SStorm
0-1
()
The Storm stumbled in Week one with a narrow loss to Queen City. WR E.J Mincin led the Storm attack with 11 receptions for 103 yards and a 9.4 ypc average. The offense struggled with pass protection throughout the game and will surely tune up the line coming into Week two. Defensively the Storm struggled to get after the QCC quarterback. However, LB Erich Hammer turned in a solid day with 9 tackles. In all it seemed like both sides of the ball were still shaking off some rust after a busy offseason. Florida will need to up the intensity and figure out who the leaders on both sides of this team will be as the season progresses.
17
Fort Worth Toros
0-1
()
This week, the SFL unleashed two brand new teams onto the scape of sim football. The Portland Fleet and well, this team here, Fort Worth. The Toros in their first week took on the Houston Hyenas and uh, while it was most certainly better than the garish performance in Portland, it wasn’t spectacular. With the first TD thrown by the Toros coming in the form of a Pick 6 thrown to Ethan Kye in the first quarter of the game from former NOLA signal caller Xander Gold and on the whole, the first half was ugly. Merely putting up 2 field goals, both in the second quarter in a first half that would make any person despise the very game that the SFL uses (trust me, I saw it with my own eyes). Now granted I’m the second half things got a lot better for Fort Worth. Out scoring the Hyenas in the second half 20-17 and on the whole having a miles better performance and actually making a game of the whole ordeal. Losing out 33-26 after the final siren. The main takeaways here? On the whole, Fort Worth looks to be a team with some very solid foundations, especially in offensive skill positions like in QB Xander Gold, HB Jason Williams outrushing Warren Murray, alongside WRs Stephen Hacker and Cam Curtis alongside TE Robert Garrett (there, threw ya TEs a bone). Paired up with some decent secondary players especially on the corners in Nacho Sicario and Ayden Davis. But of course like any new team, they have some serious developments needed. More so on the defense than offense. Fort Worth is going to struggle, but they certainly have a decent team on their hands right off the bat. Now this upcoming week they host the team that birthed the Toros in the Queen City Corsairs who are hot off the heals of a massive win over the Florida Storm in The Eye. It’s a tough call, but the Toros do have it in them. They just got to get it.
18
Las Vegas Fury
0-1
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Vegas had it tough heading into Denver on Monday night, with Jeremy Vega coming back into the fold as the Nightwings' owner/Head Coach. They headed back to the locker room after the game with 40-20 up on the scoreboard, and a Player of the Game Award for Jarrod McChesney. On the much more positive note, the pass heavy offense looked good for the most part and rookie tigght end Garrison Blue already looks like a red zone monster, snagging two close range TD's later in the game. Next up the Fury face the Skyhawks in an all avian clash. Expect the running game to perform better and expect Slinn Shady and co to tighten those cleats and shut down Logan Jack.
19
London Knights
0-1
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The London Knights weren't able to hold off the Desperados late in the Fourth Quarter of their Season 15 Opening tilt ultimately falling 24-17. New faces, Free Agent HB Robert Merrill and Rookie WR Fox Highwind were able to display their worth early and will be called on as the Knights stay on the continent to face the newly rebranded Louisiana Revolution in their opener. Angus McClaine and company will need to keep improving if they want to secure their first win this season and the team's first since beating the now defunct New Orleans Pharoahs in Week 4 of Season 14.
20
Arizona Scorpions
0-1
(-)
The Scorpions had a rough first game of the season against the Lone Star Glory, one of the newest expansion teams in the SFL. Arizona lost (24-10) and couldn't seem to get it going all game. Their rushing game struggled with only 52 total yards rushing and Ashley Jackson's 2 interceptions hurt the Scorpions as well, setting the Glory up with good field position and killing any momentum they had. Ashley Jackson had a great game otherwise with throwing for 172 yard and impressive 83% completion rating and 1 touchdown. Eddie Gauge was the fuel for Arizona's only 10 points with 2 interceptions that both led to the Scorpions 10 points.
21
St. Louis Gladiators
0-1
(-)
Here we are at #21 in the power rankings and we see St. Louis near the bottom. Are we surprised? No!. The Gladiators have been here many times so it shouldn't come at any surprise. The Gladiators got it handed to them by former head Coach now owner Gerald Smith. The score was 30 - 10, but this comes at a tough loss as many of the Gladiators players move to Louisiana in the off season. The new offense that the Gladiators put together had a tough time working together. I hope to see this improve as the season moves on. Rookie QB and Offensive Coordinator had a tough breakin in as he would throw 7 interceptions in that game and 1 being taken back by for Gladiator Evan Arthur. Look to see St. Louis improve and for their defense to make every game a slug fest.
22
Portland Fleet
0-1
(-)
The upstart Fleet ran into a vengeful Sioux Falls team and the young roster showed some promise, but ultimately failed to threaten in this one. One bright spot was WR Connor Weston who caught 7 passes for 107 yards and a score. Defensively LB Frank Champion turned in a dominating performance with 14 tackles, 6 TFL, and 1 interception. Champion will need help from is ship mates to solidify the defense as Portland navigates the treacherous waters of an inaugural campaign and finds its direction.
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