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By Matthew Slinn, Bryant Dynasty, Joey Schwindt, Jack Brown, Ethan Kye and Jett Zero

Images by Jonny Law

Rank
Team
Record
(Movement)
Recap

1

Baltimore Vultures
3-1
(2)
Baltimore Vultures pulled off the upset against a hot Denver Nightwings at home. T-Roy Gaines wasn't used much in the run game but I don't think Baltimore was planning to use the run attack against the Nightwings. This to me was one heck of a match up to see and well worth watching again. Both teams were firing on all cylinders. Baltimore moves to 3-1 on the season while proving they are a top tier team. Baltimore moves on to play Vancouver next. I expect this to be a pretty good game for the Vultures playing at home, but the legion could come in with a cold front - we'll have to wait and see on this one.

2

Sioux Falls Sparrows
3-1
(-)
The Sioux Falls Sparrows rebounded from their trap game loss to Charleston in Week 4 by narrowly beating the Las Vegas Fury, 27-19 at home. Holding the Fury offense to -6 yards rushing and preventing a Redzone score in the final minute was just what the Sparrows needed to improve to 3-1 on the season. AJ Levye and Jay Ringgold led the Sparrows defense with 7 tackles apiece on an evening where they allowed 450 years through the air. Colin Hart looks to continue his dominant run as the final point of the Sparrows offense adding another 186 yards of rushing with the Fort Worth Toros in his sights.

3

Denver Nightwings
3-1
(2)
The Denver Nightwings finally fall and there are no undefeated teams left in the SFL this season, but like riding a bike you fall of sometimes, but you get right back up and do it again. This is what Denver has planned - they fell off but definitely expect them to get back up and pick up where they left off. The Nightwings are a tough team and they proved that playing on the road at Baltimore and only losing by 3 points. I feel sorry for London as they will have to play an eager team in the Nightwings who are trying to prove that they still have what it takes to punish teams.
4
Vancouver Legion
3-1
(-)
Remember when Vancouver was looking to be an S14 fluke team after losing in week one? Honestly, I don’t think anyone really thought that at that point BUT the point still somewhat stands. After Week one, Vancouver has rattled off three straight wins. The most recent of the bunch coming against the Queen City Corsairs off the heels of smashing the Kings who the Legion themselves lost to (so does that mean in turn that Vancouver is better than Jacksonville? Seems to be that the cycle is never-ending). Now, this week there was one specific thing that separated Vancouver and Queen City. That being the running game. With Vancouver getting well over double the rushing yards of Queen City and running it in once, that one, of course, turned out to be the difference in the contest. Vancouver, much like last season, is using the run as a major factor in their offense. With new bell cow Robert Redford getting his pay and more each time he takes the field. On the whole, Vancouver is looking like a relatively strong team with a chance to make a deep playoff run.
5
Atlanta Swarm
2-2
(2)
It wasn't a given that the Swarm would come out of this Week 4 clash unscathed, especially considering what the Predators had done to Sioux Falls a week prior, but Bryant Dynasty and co did enough to make victory a formality. The aforementioned rookie played fairly well, hitting over 75% of his passes and getting into the end zone twice (through Siege Falco and BDG Hollewood). Hollewood had more success than he has the previous 3 weeks, making more of a mark in the game. The real winner here though was the defense, holding Charleston's rushing game to under 65 yards. The young defensive line really stepped up, with Billy Rae Valentine standing out getting 3 TFL's. Sammy Steele was perfect on the day, and you had better believe the Swarm will be confident heading into Week 5.
6
Mexico City Aztecs
3-1
(3)
Mexico City didn't just beat the unbeaten Louisiana Revolution - they destroyed them. Matt Willson didn't have his best game, throwing 3 picks to only 1 TD, but he got the Aztecs in the right positions and they scored when necessary. Phoenix Jones got into the end zone twice, as well as Laura Horrell, the young FB. Mike Daggs was once again the go-to man in the passing game and Andre Krimm fulfilled his promise by sacking Jonny Pichler. The Aztecs next travel to Houston, a team they will be expecting to beat, but only if they play to their best.
7
Chicago Wildcats
3-1
(3)
The Wildcats dominated the London Knights (41-20) in Week 4 on the road in England. This win brings Chicago to a good starting record of 3-1 and to #7 in the rankings after week 4. E.T King with 171 passing yards, 4 passing touchdowns on 15 completions and Ash Odom with 153 rushing yards, 1 touchdown on 24 carries led the way on offense for the Wildcats. On defense, Buddy Blaze had the most tackles with 10.
8
Arizona Scorpions
3-1
(5)
Well well well, Arizona! If you told me a few weeks ago that they would have unloaded on Jacksonville of all teams, I would’ve probably advised you to consult a professional. But well, they did it. They actually did it. Through the air, primarily, too! The name of the game of Arizona’s offense is air efficiency. Ashley Jackson stands currently head and shoulders above the rest in both completion percentage (85.12%) and in QBR (114.7) and she didn’t let up in this affair. Putting up actually above her average in completion percentage at a whopping 87%. These insane stats and more lead Arizona to put up nearly 500 total yards on offense with a first-year offensive coach. Eddie has done very well so far to make his offense into a powerhouse of efficiency. They rarely make mistakes. Now they head in to play Charleston in what many would’ve thought would be a defensive struggle is now looking to be an offensive shootout. It’ll be a good one.
9
Jacksonville Kings
2-2
(4)
JAX! JAX! JA... oh. That wasn’t supposed to happen. After losing 38-17 to the Queen City Corsairs the Kings were looking to get back on top against what should’ve been a not too difficult Arizona team. Instead, they go out and lose 38-17 to Arizona. No, I’m not joking, Jacksonville seems to be stuck in a Groundhogs Day-style loop of the same scoreline over and over again. This time getting flattened by Arizona’s offense who put up nearly 500 total offensive yards on the Kings. Now, this didn’t help the CC didn’t even have the courtesy to make a nice completion percentage (68.29%) and he gave the Scorpions two interceptions which just helped them soar on by. Now the question becomes, where do they go from here? Losing back to back isn’t exactly normal for J-ville, this upcoming week is home against their arch-rivals Carolina and I’m sure they wouldn’t like to lose to them 38-17 again. But hey, ya never know around here. Just hope breaking the cycle doesn’t involve jumping off a building.
10
Louisiana Revolution
3-1
(4)
Louisiana's unbeaten streak ended at 3 games as they were humbled on the road at Mexico City. The trip south of the border wasn't a kind one, although there are still positives to be taken from it. Jonny Pichler had one of his best games of the season, registering over 230 yards and 3 touchdowns. Cody Scott got a TD in his last game for the Revs and Chase Earl produced well too. The main story was the shutting down of Reggie Streeter on the ground. Streeter was held to 3.1 yards per carry, which stunted the Louisiana gameplan. Defensively, they were aggressive as always, making 3 picks, 2 going to Tank Bennett, and I believe they will bounce back in a big way against Portland next week. Louisiana won't be dropping out of the top 10.
11
Queen City Corsairs
2-2
(3)
Now look, it isn’t all bad for these simulation scallywags. It’s not like it was a thrashing on their end and honestly, they’ve been a very good team from the jump of the season. But they’ve gotten some bad shakes. Most recently coming this week against Vancouver. Where their major weak side was shown. They don’t run the ball. Now look, I’m no Bo Schembechler style “Three yards and a cloud of dust” guy who likes every game to end 13-7. But here? Queen City leaning as much as they do into the pass proved to be their downfall. It’s nothing inherently wrong with the execution, more so the philosophy. Queen City went toe to toe with Vancouver all throughout the game, but couldn’t seal it at the end because well, their main solution is to take to the sky. 45 passes to 12 rushes are not exactly normal per se. Now they head off to play a St. Louis team that has zero clue whether they want to be a good team this season or not. Hopefully, their choice is to the benefit of the Corsairs.
12
Las Vegas Fury
2-2
(1)
The Las Vegas Fury could not stymie the wrath of the Sioux Falls Sparrows in the closing seconds of a 27-19 thriller. Tom Ramen continued on his MVP calibre season, shouldering the entire Fury offense almost single-handedly to the tune of 450 yards and 1 TD on 59 attempts. Their offense.was stopped on all five of their trips to their red zone however, Merrick Itera snagged 2 interceptions and will look to have his hands full stopping the electric Gabriel Manning and the Tulsa Desperados.
13
Carolina Skyhawks
2-2
(3)
Carolina Skyhawks pull off the win against the Portland Fleet. You wouldn't have expected this game to be as close as it was with Carolina being highly favoured, but in this game of battleship, the Skyhawks would sink Portland's chance to win causing the Fleet to fall 0-4. This wasn't one of Carolins's best outings, but a win is a win as they move to 2-2 on the season. I am looking to see how Carolina fates against the storm this week as this should be a good matchup against the Kings. Stay tuned to see if they can weather it or if their feathers will get ruffled.
14
Charleston Predators
1-3
(2)
Once again, Charleston will be cursing the severity of their schedule. After last week's surprise win over the Sparrows, the Preds didn't seem to be at the races in this one at Atlanta. Granted, heading to the defending champions is always going to be tough, but the way in which they lost will be most disappointing. Keith Swearingen had his worst game of the season, rushing for only 62 yards without affecting the scores. T.D Drew showed that he may need to lean on Swearingen as the season continues, throwing only 1 TD to 2 INT's against a swarming Atlanta secondary. The pass defense improved and Josh Riese played very effectively, coming away with 2 INT's. This will need to continue in a big way if the Predators are going to get any change out of their Week 5 opponents, Arizona.
15
Lone Star Glory
2-2
(2)
The Glory picked up a nice (23-10) win against their in-state rival, The Fort Worth Toros. Lone Star is now at #15 in the rankings going into Week 5, with a .500 record of 2-2. Ike Mcbride was big on offense for the Glory with 65 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns on 21 carries. Lincoln Kingseed SR. was the head of Lone Star's defense with 9 tackles, 2 assists, 2 pat-downs and an interception.
16
Houston Hyenas
2-2
(2)
A 17-0 half time deficit against the Florida Storm was too much to overcome for a Houston Hyenas squad who are struggling with consistency. Warren Murray continued his sparkling form, although Kentez Johnson threw 6 interceptions in a game which saw the ball turned over 11 times. 5 of those turnovers went Houston's way and Brady Clarke and the rest of the Hyena's secondary can be very pleased with their night's work - it just wasn't enough. Johnson needs to clean up the picks if Houston are going to have any chance against an in-form Aztecs side.
17
Florida Storm
1-3
(2)
Florida finally got the monkey off their backs and got their first win. It must be so sweet to get that winning feeling back again for a storied franchise like the Storm. As predicted in the 'Keys to Victory' article, J.W Doyle broke his duck by gracing the endzone with his presence twice, although Ron Cockren continued his stuttering start to the season, throwing 5 interceptions. 'Riverboat' Ron needs to be careful not to cause so many leaks in the Storm offense, lest it sinks next week. The defense was as sturdy as ever, picking of Kentez Johnson a ridiculous 6 times, Most of the secondary made a pick, with Andrew Francis snagging two from strong safety. Florida next takes a trip to the Lone Star state to take on the Glory. They will be hoping to use this victory as a springboard up the rankings.
18
Fort Worth Toros
1-3
(3)
 The Toros had a tough (23-10) loss against their in-state rival, The Lone Star Glory. This is Fort Worth's 2nd loss in a row, putting them at a 1-3 record and 18th in the rankings through 4 weeks. On a positive note, Xander Gold threw for 272 yards and a touchdown on 25 completions for the Toros. Xander's big targets were Robert Garrett Jr. averaging 14.8 yards per reception with 89 yards on 6 receptions and Stephen Hacker averaging 29 yards per reception, with 3 receptions for 87 yards and a touchdown. E.K Vinson was the anchor on defense for Fort Worth with 12 tackles and 4 assists.
19
St. Louis Gladiators
2-2
(1)
These are not Jonny Pichler and Diesel Dawson's St. Louis Gladiators anymore and the rookie backfield of Javier Vasquez and Kairo Martinez have helped dispel that notion. An efficient outing of 17 on 23 attempts led to 187 passing yards and a score by Vasquez helped the Gladiators secure a second victory on the season. Expectations and morale were lifted even higher by a 19 carry, 133 rushing yard day by Martinez, a big chunk coming off an explosive 95 yard TD run. Todd Duppstadt was a one-man wrecking crew hitting Deacon Nickens for 3 sacks on the day. The Gladiators head back to the Coliseum to welcome AJ Caswell and the Corsairs in Week 5.
20
Tulsa Desperados
1-3
(2)
The Tulsa Desperados have hit a wall early in their Season 15 campaign. They fell 20-3 to the St Louis Gladiators in a rout where they didn't seem to even leave the locker room. With an early-season feel that this was The Gabe Manning show, things now seem lacklustre as he just managed 6 receptions for 73 yards. With an offense held scoreless and slowed down, the Desperado defender standing tallest was linebacker DJ Majesty, leading the way with 9 tackles. There is no retreat for these outlaws and they need to plan accordingly as they welcome the Las Vegas Fury in Week 5.
21
London Knights
0-4
(-)
The Knights remain winless after a rough (41-20) loss at home in Week 4 against the Chicago Wildcats. This losing skid to start the season for London brings them into the 2nd to the last spot in the rankings at #21, only ahead of Portland at the bottom. Vin Calia had 7 receptions and 127 yards for the Knights and Jack Russell led the defense in tackles with 10.
22
Portland Fleet
0-4
(-)
MAYDAY! MAYDAY! Come on Portland your ships keep sinking and you haven't even left the harbour yet. The defense is there but the offense seems to be shooting blanks. Portland still sits at the bottom of the power rankings like the bottom of the ocean. They have all the tools to get going but seem to be lacking to get that offense going. It's still early in the season tho so I am looking for them to turn the ship around and set their sights on some wins. I am sure we will soon see what assistant offensive coordinator Art Vandelay has to do with the help of the offense. Keys to winning is to get Truezman going and South to connect more with his receivers.