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By Jack Brown, Bryant Dynasty, Ethan Kye and Matthew Slinn

Images by Jonny Law

Rank
Team
Record
(Movement)
Recap

1

Louisiana Revolution
8-1
(3)
Louisiana Revolution do it again, defeating another tough team while being on the road. Are they for real? We would say so. Just when you think Streeter is all that the Revolution have as an attack, they flip the script and Quarterback Jonny Pichler proves everyone wrong. Pichler would complete 29 of 36 passes thrown for 347 yards and 6 touchdowns. He was pretty much flawless as can be, but lets not forget HB Reggie Streeter as he would have 196 yards on 21 carries. Pichler would throw 2 touchdowns to both TE Be Robo and WR Chase Earl. On the defensive side of the ball, SS Jeff Melinyshyn and SS Tank Bennett would combine for 17 tackles, 5 assist, 4 pass deflections and 3 interceptions. Linebackers Chuck Diesel and Blake Craize would a also combine for 14 tackles, 6 assist, 1 pass deflection and 1 sack.

2

Denver Nightwings
8-1
(1)
The 8-1 Denver Nightwings actually dropped in the Power Rankings this week, not due to any fault of their own, but because of the statement win by the Louisiana Revolution. Jeremy Vega's team relinquish the top spot despite dispatching the Queen City Corsairs with consumate ease, 24-44. Josh Miller played well, spreading the ball to different receivers nicely and finishing the day with over 300 yards and a pair of TDs, but the real star was running back, Jared McChesney. The workhorse back carried the ball over 31 times at a clip of nearly 7 yards per carry, scoring 3 touchdowns along the way. Queen City simply couldn't stop his legs from turning. Much like McChesney, the Nightwings are rolling into the playoffs, and a trip to the Chicago Wildcats shouldn't do anything to slow them down. They may not be our #1, but they are many people's favourites to take the SFL Championship this season.

3

Baltimore Vultures
7-2
(1)
Week 9 of the SFL regular season and the Baltimore Vultures are continuing to hit on all cylinders. Their latest test came on the road with another convincing victory, 34-7 over the St. Louis Gladiators. Their stud HB T-Roy Gaines ran the ball 19 times for 165 yards rushing, carrying the Vultures offense into the endzone 4 times. The swarming Vultures defense was on full display for the league holding the Gladiators defense to just 29 yards rushing on the day. Rookie LB Alvin Mack lead the team with 8 tackles. What could easily be a championship preview game this week is brewing as Baltimore heads home to face S14 Championship Runner-up and fellow Bird Team Sioux Falls, to kick off a Monday doubleheader.
4
Sioux Falls Sparrows
7-2
(1)
Sioux Falls manages to keep things in it with a close win against the Vancouver Legion. Now much like many other Sioux Falls wins, it wasn’t won with an exactly flashy offense. Especially so this week, with less than 200 total yards on offense and just 77 yards through the sky. Yes, 77. Heck Vancouver even out rushed Sioux Falls. Yeah, that was really odd. But at the end of the day, Sioux Falls still was able to pull things out. Meanwhile they also got two picks on the day and forced a fumble. They were able to just stall out Vancouver’s offense for just long enough to make sure Sioux Falls won. Had they been given an extra few minutes, Vancouver would’ve won easy. But fortunately for Sioux Falls, games are only 44 minutes in length. So now they can march freely to hopefully winning more games into the playoffs.
5
Jacksonville Kings
6-3
(-)
The Jacksonville Kings played well in this match up, but they did get the loss in the end. They played a tough game against The Revolution. Quarterback Christian Christiansen would complete 38 of 56 passes thrown for 437 yards and a touchdown. Jared Willis had 22 yards on 11 carries with 2 touchdowns. WR Ken Gossett would have 9 receptions for 74 yards, Mike St.Green would have 92 yards and a touchdown on 4 receptions and TE Jack Wall would have 111 yards on 9 receptions. It would be the 5 interceptions that were thrown that would seal the fate of the Kings. The Kings face off against an old rival Florida Storm. Will the storm shred thru the Kings or will the Kings sit high on the throne?
6
Mexico City Aztecs
5-4
(-)
Mexico City Aztecs just gotta shake off this loss against the Glory. You know that they will and they won't stay down long. Just wasn't a good day for them. The Glory just proved to be to much for them. Offensively and defensively as Quarterback Matt Willson would complete 28 of 44 passes for 297 yards 1 touchdown. He wasn't having a great day as he would also throw 2 interceptions and would be sacked in the backfield 6 times. Willson wasn't the only one having a bad day so was Halfback Phoenix Jones who would rush for 43 yards on 14 carries. The standout on defense for the Aztecs would be Jeffery Daggs who would have 7 tackles 4 assist and an interception. All isn't loss tho as the Aztecs go on the road to face off against the Desperados in Tulsa.
7
Florida Storm
5-4
(2)
Remember when Florida were 0-3 and floundering near the foot of these rankings? No? Me neither. Their recent play has clouded all those dark memories and the Storm team that we know and love seem to be showing up more regularly these days. Yes, they were playing against the worst team in the SFL this season, however you still need to go out and do business, and I would call 31-0 away from home 'doing business'. Obviously the defence should get props for shutting out the Portland Fleet, especially Raymond Jones III and 'Big Sexy' Alex Dominguez for their combined 10 TFLs, but we were most impressed by Ron Cockren and his receivers. Optimus Cline and Jeff Comeau balled out in a big way last weekend, combining for over 20 receptions and nearly 300 yards through the air. That's some high level production. If this team can keep it up and make the playoffs, they are gonna be dangerous. The Storm need to make a statement win. This weekend's rivalry game with Jacksonville could be the perfect time.
8
Charleston Predators
4-5
(-)
Charleston Predators pull out a win against the Toros. It's crunch time and the predators smell the blood of the play-offs in the water. Quarterback T.D. Drew would complete 34 of the 39 passes and 250 yards with no touchdowns. Halfback Keith Swearingen gain 95 yards on the ground with 20 carries and a touchdown. The linebacking core of the predators is pretty top notch with Jack Brown, Jack Hoffman and Tommy Zanardi. The 3 of them would combine for 22 tackles 4 assist 1 tackle for a loss and a pass deflection. They real star of the show would definitely be Kicker Amanda Moyer who would go 4 of 4 on field goals with a long of 46 yards. If it wasn't for the leg of this kicker the Predators could have easily lost this game, but they didn't. The Predators face off against the fleet in their next match up will they beable to sink the fleet or will this pod be defeated.
9
Atlanta Swarm
4-5
(1)
The sputtering Atlanta Swarm were fortunately able to get some traction on the season by winning over Tulsa 37-20. Bryant Dynasty was able to regain form from ye olde Marcus Dunhill and threw for nearly 400 yards while getting 3 touchdowns with 0 interceptions. Meanwhile his offensive compatriot BDG Hollywood carried the ball 16 times for a respectable 62 yards. But through the air he caught for just under 100 yards and never dropped the ball once from his targets. Meanwhile Boo Chisholm had nearly 150 yards alongside a touchdown. On the whole for the day Atlanta was a show and a half in the sky and were able to regain control of their fate in the playoffs. Whether they keep in touch with it? Well, Who knows in these times.
10
Lone Star Glory
5-4
(3)
Lone Star Glory prove that they are for real with a strong showing both offensively and defensively. The Defense of the glory really showed out keeping Quarterback Matt Willson to just one touchdown. The star of the night foe the glory on defense would be Strong Saftey Lincoln Kingseed Sr. with 11 tackles 4 assist 1 pass deflection and an interception. The Glory offense were firing on all cylinders as quarterback Ace Fenech would complete 26 of 35 attempts for 288 yards and a touchdown, but it would be the ground game that would get going as Halfback Ike McBridw would have a day rushing for 112 yards on 13 carries and a td. Fullback Cameron Collier was no slouch as he would have 1 rushing touchdown and 1 receiving touchdown. The Glory move on to face off against the Corsairs. Will they sink the Corsairs or will they be shipping out.
11
Vancouver Legion
4-5
(4)
Well Vancouver didn’t exactly do what they needed to do in order to keep touch with the best of the best in the league. Slipping further into the cluster of 4-5 teams after their loss to the Sioux Falls Sparrows 20-16. Now much like 2016 the game itself seemed to be getting close to something good for Vancouver, but they never were really able to get anything done. Mainly because they had a bit of a pick fixation. Despite their defense holding Sioux Falls to under 200 total yards on the day. But Vancouver threw 3 interceptions compared to only one touchdown on the day. Things in general were just kind of ugly for the Legion. Sioux Falls got the better of them and that’s that. Now for them they have to march forward. For Pepper, keep the picks down, for everyone else, I mean, you’re doing okay. Just don’t blow it.
12
Arizona Scorpions
4-5
(1)
The good new for Arizona? Anthony Wyo and the rest of that Scorpions defense are playoff ready - the bad news? The offense has the varying consistency of badly made eggs in the morning. Early in the season, Ashley Jackson was near perfect. She could not put a foot wrong. She was accurate, smart with the football, using DJ Moses at the right times and finding her receivers left, right an centre. Since Week 5, her QBR has dropped to 76.8 and the Scorpions have gone 1-4 in that time as a result. The game in Week 9 against Carolina was no exception. James Hands flashed a couple of times deep, DJ Moses played OK, but it just wasn't there offensively against a Carolina defence that is middle of the road in the SFL. Now, Arizona was one of our dark horse picks to make it to the playoffs this season, and they still can do it. Jackson has to be the leader though - she needs a big game against the upcoming Vancouver Legion.
13
Las Vegas Fury
4-5
(4)
The Las Vegas Fury pulled another victory out of their magic bag this week with the the Fury defense doing a lot of heavy lifting. Doubling down on the Chicago Wildcats to a score of 40-20, CB Thomasina Ramen and SS Max Jackson both hauled in interception return touchdowns as the Fury offense had a bit of trouble finishing the endzone. QB Tom Ramen completed 30 of his 44 attempts for 252 yards and a score. His 3 interceptions were not as costly as his opponent's ET King. Ramen and co will need to tighten up those mistakes as they take their show on the road to face the defending champion Atlanta Swarm in Week 10.
14
Carolina Skyhawks
4-5
(4)
The Skyhawks just keep on refusing the quit don't they! Last week's 14-33 victory over the Arizona Scorpions was a statement win - the statement being that 'We aren't out of this thing yet'. Now, before we get too ahead of ourselves, Carolina are still 4-5 and technically out of the playoff seedings, but that could all change if they can build on this momentum. Arizona are by no means a scrub team - in fact, they are tough as heck, so besting them by nearly 20 is a strong victory. Despite throwing 2 picks, Sully Richardson hit on more than 80% of his passes, continuing to be one of the most accurate QBs in the SFL. Logan Jack showed up in both facets of the game from RB, rushing for over 100 yards and making nearly 200 all-purpose yards against one of the best defences in the league. Jack was the X-factor in this game. Well, until you read about Rachelle Colston's 3 interceptions. Colston has been quiet this season but Week 9 was her coming out party. She stuffed the Scorpions drives on 3 occasions and will need similar performances down the stretch if Carolina has any hope of reaching the playoffs. This week the Skyhawks travel to Houston in a huge game for both teams. Could a win be the defining moment of their season?
15
Houston Hyenas
4-5
(4)
Honk honk! Here comes Houston! Better stay away from these savanna stingers or they’ll steamroll your team the way they did London. Like, holy moly, I don’t think most people would ever expect the hyenas would nearly hang 50 on a team, but in one of their signature late season surges Houston flattened the Knights 49-27. The main imputes of this clobbering came in the form of 5 turnovers from the Hyena defense. Including not one, but two forced fumbles on the Knights which of course they recovered both. Meanwhile on Houston’s offense they absolutely slaughtered the Knights still very young defense. With Kentez freaking Johnson throwing for 4 touchdowns while only throwing one interception. Which all things considered is a fantastic day at the office comparable to his S11 OROTY campaign. Warren Murray also came back to form and was able to rush for an additional 2 touchdowns. On the whole, this game went very well for Houston and thrusting them back into the playoff hunt. But they gotta win if they want in.
16
Queen City Corsairs
3-6
(4)
Queen City's tumble down the rankings continue as they travelled to Denver and couldn't keep up with the Nightwings' sheer firepower, succumbing to a 24-44 defeat. As the record shows, the Corsairs are 3-6 and most definitely on the outside looking in, a position that is unfamiliar for the team in black and green. Despite the negativity surrounding this season, let's look at some positives from last week. Chris Curtis has had an excellent season in the wake of Stephen Hacker leaving the team, and Deezer Powell has shown some flashes too, with the former having a nice game in Week 9. Quiet against Denver, James Matthew Jr. is an elite tight who is lighting up the receiving charts. AJ Caswell has thrown the 2nd most TD's of any QB. This passing game can be great. Defensively, QCC has gone through somewhat of a transition this season, and it showed against Denver. Jeff Duffy is always going to play great, but the rest of the cast need to step up. The Corsairs @ Denver should be a table-topping crunch game - instead it was a procession. Queen City have some evaluating to do for next season.
17
Fort Worth Toros
3-6
(2)
Fort Worth Toros have yet another tough loss against a strong defensive team. They did play well so there is really no negatives to take away from them on their field of play. Offense and defense showed up as did their kicker Taco Sicario who would go 2 for 2 on field goals with a long of 44 yards. Xander Gold would complete 13 of 19 passes for 144 yards and a touchdown. HB Jason Williams would have 130 yards on the ground on 35 carries. WR Stephen Hacker would have 58 yards. On 4 receptions and a touchdown. The Linebacking core of E.K. Vinson, J.L. Browning and David Horrell would all combine for 18 tackles 7 assist 1 tackle for a loss and 2 pass deflections. The Toros have a even tougher match up as they face a hot Louisiana team. Can the Toros lead the charge and defeat the Revolution or will the Revolution get another win on thier belt.
18
St. Louis Gladiators
4-5
(2)
The St. Louis Gladiators are on the cusp off the playoffs. They don't look like they're quite ready for it though as the visiting Baltimore Vultures left the Colosseum with a 34-7 victory. The offensive ranks of the Gladiators needed to do their part but rookie HB Kairo Martinez only carried the ball 10 times for 20 yards. His backfield mate and fellow rookie QB Javier Vasquez took to the air 47 times and completed 35 for 261 years and the only touchdown for the team. The veteran Gladiator defense didn't seem to leave the trenches as they were gashed for 398 yards of offense and 4 rushing touchdowns. They'll need to rally to fight for their playoff lives and the visiting London Knights will be their next obstacle in Week 10.
19
Chicago Wildcats
4-5
(5)
QB ET "The Chicago" King and his Chicago Wildcats have lost their luster and the city should be rioting. After starting the season with a stellar 4-1 record, they have since lost 4 in a row. King was responsible for 27 completions on 48 attempts, 293 yards and a score. He was also to blame for 4 picks, two of which were returned for defensive touchdowns. HB Robert Johnson started his rookie campaign with a bang but sizzled out in this game only managing 38 yards on 12 carries. Three different defenders pulled in an interception but it wasn't enough of a spark to turn the tide. They'll need to find one come Week 10 if they want to defend the Thunderdome against a white hot Denver Nightwings squad.
20
London Knights
2-7
(1)
London’s season has been one of very high high and very, very low lows. If their position on this list isn’t indicative enough as is of this past game, it was one of the lows. Losing 49-27 against Houston in Queensway. Now it isn’t to say that things were completely atrocious, they did score 6 times after all and have 384 yards total on offense! Angus MacLaine threw for a touchdown too! Oh he also threw 3 picks, Sheesh. Oh London also lost two fumbles, resulting in 5 Total turnovers by London? Oh no, that is not good at all. Yeah once more for London, it seems to be that even with some decent improvements throughout the season, they still have some major kinks to iron out through the day. Of course the main thing is to keep these players around, and as of now, they do seem to be keeping things in straight order and keeping players. Now granted, things seem to be heading that way for London, there is a shot for them.
21
Tulsa Desperados
3-6
(1)
Once again, Tulsa just kind of, existed this week when they hosted the Atlanta Swarm and went off to lost 37-20. They were able to eek out just over 300 yards on the days. But meanwhile their opponents went around for just under 450 yards. Meanwhile the team just really wasn’t any way to get anything going like in the past few games or even the entire season. Once more Tulsa just sputtered on while Deacon nickens threw for 254 yards for 2 touchdowns, meanwhile he also threw a pick… yikes. Meanwhile the only receiver to get things done was of course major money maker Gabe Manning. But even then not too much could have been done. But alas now they sit at 3-6, playoffs aren’t exactly in their cards. But hey, at least they can end on a high note, starting against Mexico City… Let’s see how this ends.
22
Portland Fleet
1-8
(-)
This was a tough week for the Portland Fleet and the memories of the big 4th quarter comeback against Houston seem like a distant myth. The men in orange can't seem to find the end zone for love nor money at the moment, and it's killing their chances to even come close to winning games. The defense is good. Yes, stats don't lie but they cover up the fact that they are on the field for the majority of the game most weeks - the loss to Florida was no different. On offense, there are some good pieces. We really like how Connor Weston plays at receiver, and Art Vandelay has shown promise as a slot guy, but Matt South just can't link drives together consistently. Obviously, the lack of running game is an issue and Portland's main priority going into the off-season. Truezmann needs some work as he transitions from fullback. Could it be time to write this season off? If I was Portland, definitely not. There are still three opportunities for victory here, starting with Charleston this upcoming weekend.