Written by Matthew Slinn, Jack Brown, Bryant Dynasty and Ethan Kye
Images by Jonny Law
Written by Matthew Slinn, Jack Brown, Bryant Dynasty and Ethan Kye
Images by Jonny Law
|The Denver Nightwings are back on top of your SFL Power Rankings this week because they did what they've done all season. They took care of business against a still-struggling Chicago Wildcats, winning 37-13 on the road in The Thunderdome. HB Jarrod McChesney didn't showboat this week but ran all over the Wildcats defense taking 29 carries in for 2 scores and 142 yards. An elite defensive performance by the Nightwings should be celebrated as they hold Chicago to just 186 yards of total offense. Waiting in the wings looking to play spoiler in Week 11 are the Las Vegas Fury as a Vice Wars rematch, expect fireworks from this one.|
|Sioux Falls came storming into what many could consider a championship preview against the Baltimore Vultures and, after going quiet for the middle bit there, stormed back at the death to win 20-17. Meanwhile in an odd way, Sioux Falls had an extremely productive offense all things considered. Breaching 200 yards in the air in a way that isn’t exactly super common for Sioux Falls while on the ground it was the same old show of Hart and Wells rushing for over 200 yards and getting both of the team’s touchdowns on the day. Really, it was another day at the old SFL Office for the Sparrows, except this time they were going up against the ever hungry Baltimore Vultures who are also nipping on Denver’s heels for the championship. Sioux Falls is basically a lock for the playoffs, but they can’t let their guard down yet. Even if it’s against a team lower on the totem pole like Arizona, they need to win to keep pace.|
|Let’s see how long I can go in this entry without mentioning the obvious! The Baltimore Vultures came in at the top of the world, clearly looking to keep in line with the Top 5 and not fall into the wild card jamboree. They’ve been doing a decent job at it, too. Keeping Sioux Falls out of the end zone except for that one time Julian Tyree snuck right on in for a TD which is, peculiar to say the least. Jack Wigmore was able to throw for 221 yards on the day also notching a passing TD, to two interceptions but what are you going to do about that. The Vultures played Sioux Falls to the death, losing off a last second field goal. But it shows that should these two meet in the playoffs which is a very real possibility, they know that so long as T-Roy Gaines doesn’t fumble it (dang it! I mentioned it) they should be in it to win it. This week they have to travel to London for a showdown against a Knights team trying to prove they belong in the playoffs, should be a fun matchup.|
|The Louisiana Revolution fall to the charge of the Toros in this match up, but this was one heck
of a game to watch. Yes the Revolution can be beaten and it showed. Even though they lost
and wore their own funeral attire its not to say that this isn't good, on the contrary they have
been lights out. QB Jonny Pichler would complete 21 of 31 passes for 204 yards and 2
touchdowns connecting with Chase Earl who had 3 receptions for 26 yards and Seren Storm
who had 4 receptions for 32 yards. HB Reggie Streeter did what he's been doing all season
long. He carried the ball 31 times for 175 yards and 2 touchdowns. On the defensive side of the
ball the standouts would be Linebackers Blake Craize 7 tackles 3 assisted and Chuck Diesel 6
tackles 3 assisted. CB Evan Arthur would have 4 tackles 1 assisted 3 pass deflections and a
interception. The Revolution fall to 8-2 on the season but are still competitive as ever. They
stay at home as The Fleet pull into the docks to face off against the Revolution with hopes of
revenge. Will the Revolution drop one again or will they continue to keep their foot on the gas?
|What a strong week it was for the Florida Storm. They zip into playoff contention, into a 6-4 record and into the top 5 of the Power Rankings with a comprehensive 38-20 victory over the out-of-sorts Jacksonville Kings. Since their disastrous start to the season, the Storm have gone 6-1, their only loss coming at the hands of the Las Vegas Fury. Last weekend was a statement win, one that solidifies the Storm's claim to a playoff spot come October. Now, they need to make sure they keep this momentum going. A large banana to slip up on comes this week in the guise of the Charleston Predators, a team that are reeling after an unexpected defeat on the road against Portland. The Storm need to channel whatever motivation they had against the Kings and use it to full effect. It could mean a lot less pressure rides on Week 12.|
|As little as 6 quarters ago, the Jacksonville Kings were sitting pretty, up big at half-time against the Louisiana Revolution and looking at a strong case for being the best team in the SFL. Two big losses later, they are 6-4 and staring at a potential dogfight through Weeks 11 and 12. The Week 10 loss to the Florida Storm will have hurt in a multitude of ways, none less than the fact that these two teams are state rivals as well as SFL rivals. To stop this late season skid, Jacksonville need to get back to what they do well - balance the run and the pass and get pressure on the QB. It starts this week at Fort Worth. If things go badly, we could see Jacksonville inexplicably fall out of the top 8 in these rankings.|
|Mexico City Aztecs start the game off slow in the first half against the Tulsa Desperados in this
match up. I looked like the Aztecs were gonna drop this one to what looked like a high powered
Desperados. It wouldn't take to long before QB Matt Willson would take control of the situation
and vault them to victory over the Desperados. Willson would connect for 20 of his 26 passes
for 219 yards and 3 touchdowns, but also would throw 2 interceptions but that would be in the
first half of the game. Fullback Laura Horrell would get a number of carries in this game as she
would have 23 carries for 58 yards. Her rushing counterpart Phoenix Jones would have 9
carries for 54 yards. Willson would connect with WR Richard Montague had 4 receptions for 70
yards and 2 touchdowns. Willson's favorite target TE Mike Daggs would have 5 receptions for
76 yards and a touchdown. On the defensive side of the ball Linebacker Dexter Jackson would
have 11 tackles 4 assisted tackles and 2 tackles for a loss. Jeffery Daggs would help out the
Koalas as he would get 2 interceptions against the Desperados. The Aztecs move to 6-4 and
face off against the Queen City Corsairs who will be traveling to Mexico.
|The Swarm’s clamoring to keep themselves in touch with the playoff picture kept steam where they came on in to The Hive and very easily kicked the Fury right back to the strip, beating them 37-20. But also crossing the massive occasion of BDG Hollywood finally passing Johnny English for the most rushing yards in a career in SFL history. Crossing the threshold to become what some may say is the GOAT. Bryant Dynasty also threw for a decent amount of yards, a little over 250 yards in change. Meanwhile their defense actually held up very well. Holding Las Vegas to a grand total of just 9 rushing yards for the entire game. Which to say the least, even in this very anti HB season 9 yards is still extremely low. So good job to them on that. Now Atlanta sits clinging on to the 11th seed purely off tiebreakers over St. Louis. If they want more comfort, a win or two these next two weeks would be quite splendid. Oh and look who they face, Chicago! Well I’ll say, good luck to them.|
|My lord was that a Week 10 statement by the Vancouver Legion offense. The big play was working all day against Arizona's usually stout defence and a multitude of players had huge games. Tom Pepper had his best game in a very long time, Robert Redford showed us that there are other running backs other than Reggie Streeter in this league and Brett Killian found his speed boost once again. The Legion are a team with momentum right now and clear ambitions to make some noise in the post-season. The journey continues in Week 11 at home to the Carolina Skyhawks. This is a game they must (and are expected) to win.|
|The Houston Hyenas are playing for their playoff lives and won in a 44-37 slobberknocker against the Carolina Skyhawks. Workhorse HB Warren Murray came to play rushing 28 times for 269 and 2 TDs. QB Kentez Johnson only threw 14 completions for 138 yards and a score but did not have any costly turnovers. The Hyena defense gave up 586 of offense but were still able to secure 3 takeaways, with one fumble returned for a touchdown. Cai Cash lead the team tackles with 8 but also had a killer punt return touchdown. A critical playoff speed bump lies ahead for Houston as they stay home and welcome the St. Louis Gladiators to kick off the Monday night games of Week 11 in the SFL.|
|The Lone Star Glory lost one they really needed for their playoff push against the Queen City Corsairs, 13-10. This causes a slip in playoff rankings to 10. They started strong scoring all of their 10 points in the first quarter but couldn't do much after. FB Cameron Collier had another monster game, toting the ball 26 times for 127 yards and the Glory's only TD. SS Lincoln Kingseed Sr. was the busiest Lone Star defender this week drawing up 9 tackles. They'll look to change their playoff fortunes going back home in a saloon shootout with the Tulsa Desperados in Week 11.|
|Wow!! Just wow! You guys managed to bring down one of the toughest teams this season. The
game plan was there and the stars aligned and by stars i mean the stars on the team.
Quarterback Xander Gold would complete 26 of 37 passes for 206 yards 2 touchdowns. Gold
would connect with WR Stephen Hacker on 6 receptions for 41 yards and a touchdown and
again to Robert Garrett Jr. On 7 receptions for 88 yards and a touch down. Halfback Jason
"Thrilliams" Williams would carry the ball 21 times for 140 yards and scoring twice on the
ground. On the defensive side of the ball Free Safety Jonathan Taylor-Skonseng would be busy
as he would have 10 tackles 1 pass deflection and a interception to boot. His teammate E.K.
Vinson would be just as busy as he also would have a great day with 10 tackles 5 assisted a
tackle for a loss and a pass deflection. The Toros right now sit outside the play-off picture
looking in and they could very well slip in if everything goes right for them. The Toros face off
against the Kings in a must win scenario just to keep their play off hopes alive. Will the Kings
roar louder or will the be gored by the Toros?
|Many people's bet for a late season surge into the playoffs, the Charleston Predators took a step away from that theory with a loss on their travels to the lowly Portland Fleet. In a defensive game, the Predators couldn't out fight the 2-8 Fleet and succumbed to an unexpected 13-20 defeat. Obviously, this result goes a long way to keeping Charleston out of the playoffs, a scenario far from the minds of many in the SFL at the start of the season. However, a very tough schedule and unexpected losses like the one last week have derailed the season up to now. Upcoming in Week 11 are the red hot Florida Storm. The Predators are at home, so they go into the game with that advantage, but the pressure of this needing to be a win could be too much.|
|We keep saying it, but the fact still remains...after an excellent 3-1 start, the wheels seem to have fallen off the season of the Arizona Scorpions. Week 10 was particularly discouraging. It was discouraging not because they lost (Vancouver are an excellent team) but the manner in which they were defeated. The Scorpions lost 49-21, giving up a raft of yardage on defense. Now, this experienced roster are the perfect characters to bounce back from this game, and that resurgence needs to be now. It doesn't exactly get any easier against a Sioux Falls team coming off a huge victory in Baltimore, but the way Arizona play could match up well with the Sparrows. It is crucial that it does.|
|The swashbucklers of the SFL stole one from the Lone Star Glory 13-10 at home. While outgained 307-263 yardage-wise, the Corsairs did everything they needed to win after the second quarter keeping the Glory scoreless. WR Chris Curtis pulled in 6 grabs for 82 yards and the score. LB Jared Crowe dominated with 14 tackles on the day. The Mexico City Aztecs are waiting to welcome the Corsairs in a Week 11 showdown.
|The St. Louis Gladiators get another victory and move to 5-5 on the season off the foot of kicker
Amy Schillizzi. Sxhillizzi was 5 for 5 on field goals with a long of 52 yards. She put the team on
her shoulders and kicked the Gladiators to victory. The Gladiators defense was able to take the
ball away 4 times and the offense would help set up the Amy Schillizzi to kick her field goals.
Quarterback Javier Vasquez would complete 23 of 34 passes for 195 yards with no
touchdowns. He would also throw 4 interceptions just as the opposing QB Angus MacLaine
would in that match up. WR Paul Dillavou had 7 receptions for 100 yards but unable to find the
endzone. On defense CB and Head Coach Drew Really would double up on interceptions and
his fellow CB Joshua Duerr would also have a interception along with FS Geraldt Winkler.
Former Hyena Linebacker Rodney Panai would have 9 tackles 2 assisted tackles and 1 tackle
for loss. The Gladiators go on the road to face off against a formidable Houston Hyena's team
who has won their last to games. Can the Gladiators pull off a win against this pack of Hyenas
or will they fall to 5-6.
|Las Vegas once again trudges on with their relatively lackluster season by coming in and losing out to Atlanta 37-20 while only gaining a grand total of… 9 rushing yards. No I’m not joking, 9’s the total. Now granted Tom Ramen was able to do okay in the air, throwing for 264 yards and got a touchdown to boot! Oh, and 3 interceptions to boot, and got sacked 4 times. Yikes. So Las Vegas rolls along through another week with a very weak offense and a decent enough defense with Day Drewery gaining 7 tackles. Las Vegas at this point is basically hopeless to getting into the playoffs. Coming close to completing their first season away from pure mediocrity, now tumbling right on down to among the bottom of the league with the second worst rushing offense in the league and an above average passing attack. Las Vegas can now look to end out the season on a strong note, they can start that by winning Vice Wars, the classic. Let’s hope they win.|
|No team in this 15th season of the SFL has had more heartbreak than the Carolina Skyhawks. Despite throwing for 400+ yards for the second time this season QB Sully Richardson and co, were outshined by the Houston Hyenas on the road, 44-37. The human cannon Richardson overtook Bryant Dynasty for the league lead in Pass Yards with 408 from 45 completions on 62(!) attempts and 3 TDs also gave up 2 damning interceptions. LB Forrest Stark lead the defense with 7 tackles and will look to have a heavy workload again next in Week 11 against Robert Redford and the Vancouver Legion.|
|The Tulsa Desperados drop yet another game in this close battle. This game came down to one
point being the deciding factor.Tulsa got off to a great start in the first half of the game but
slowly let off the gas in the second half to allow the Aztecs to come back and win the game.
Quarterback Deacon Nickens completed 23 of the 37 passes thrown for 231 yards and a
touchdown. Nickens would connect with WR Khoury Jones 7 times for 80 yards and a
touchdown and would connect with WR Gabriel Manning 5 times for 102 yards. On Defense the
Linebackers were very busy as DJ Majesty would have 12 solo tackles 4 assisted and 2 tackles
for a loss. Espnn Ry'ale would have 7 tackles and 4 assisted. Strong Safety Cain Vasquez was
also busy as he would have 8 tackles 5 assisted tackles and a interception. Tulsa travels to
Texas to face off against the Glory. Can Tulsa make the right changes to pull this off on the road
or will they fall to 3-8 on the season.
|Even in the confines of the Thunderdome, the Chicago Wildcats couldn't find solace or end their slump, losing to the Denver Nightwings 37-13. Rookie WR hauled in 8 of his 9 targets for 99 yards and two scores but still wasn't enough of a spark to right the ship. Another rookie standout but on the defensive side, FS Jack Hacksaw raked in 9 tackles and a pick. Despite dropping their last 5 games the Wildcats are still hanging on as they look to beat an Atlanta Swarm team they have already bested back in Week 5, also the last team they had a victory over.|
|I think I speak on behalf of the community when I say that it was great to see Portland take another victory this weekend. The defense showed up, like it has most of the season, and the offense did just enough to beat the Predators, 20-13. Matt South played above his usual level and Jon Truezmann had his most effective game since transitioning from fullback. The Fleet will most likely be looking to next season now, trying to figure out a way of improving on this season. They have some nice pieces on both sides of the ball. It's time to build a squad which allows them to shine.|
|London Knights take yet another tough loss. It's not that they haven't been playing good football
its just they haven't been able to close out the close ones. The Knights have faced of against
the Gladiators numerous times in the Fish and Chips bowl usually coming out on top of the
Gladiators, but not this time only losing for the second time to the Gladiators. Quarterback
Angus MacLaine would complete 24 of the 41 passes he would throw for 209 yards and a
touchdown. MacLaine would connect with WR Fox Highwind would have 3 rec for 58 yards and
the only touchdown in the game. Kicker JT Dulany would go 2 for 2 on field goals with a long of
29 yards. On the defensive side of the ball rookie LB Jeff Gagne would have 11 tackles 2
assisted tackles and a pass deflection. SS Jack Russell would have 9 tackles 4 assisted tackles
a tackle for a loss, a pass deflection, and an interception. Cornerbacks Tanner Hendrix and
Brandon Ewing would combine for 4 tackles 2 assisted tackles and a interception a piece.
London has been eliminated from the play off picture but don't expect them to give up all hope
as they try to throw a wrench into the play off race. Baltimore will be traveling to Queensway
and look for the knights to try and clip some wings here.