Written By Josh Farnzy, Ethan Kye, Ray Bentley, Rae Colston, Baylee O’Shaughnessy, Jack Brown and Jason Miller
Images by Tyler Falk
Written By Josh Farnzy, Ethan Kye, Ray Bentley, Rae Colston, Baylee O’Shaughnessy, Jack Brown and Jason Miller
Images by Tyler Falk
|The Vultures are continuing their dominance in the SFL by beating down the Sparrows. Wigmore is playing solid with the 8th best QBR in the SFL. The defense to me is leading the way only giving up 24 points in two contests which is 3rd best. They also have the best TO Diff with +5. So as you can see as long as this defense is still dominating then we should see Baltimore remain the top spot. And they will face their toughest challenge yet going up against the #2 ranked team the Denver Nightwings in a Season 15 Semi Final rematch.|
|The Nightwings came in after week one’s drubbing of the Sparrows apparently not feeling as if they’ve not quite done enough and saw the Dragons as a method to take out their anger, and take out their anger they did. Three touchdowns in the first quarter alone with one of them being a pick six. But that wasn’t what made this game special for Denver, it was what the defense did. 0 points. A shut out. Those are rare in the SFL and have only been getting rarer over the league’s history. McChesny rushed for over 200 yards against DC and the defense turning the ball over twice. Now after the first quarter things certainly died down for the Nightwings kicking 3 field goals throughout the course of the game to put it at 30-0. Still though, Denver has come out into Season 16 after last season’s semi final loss showing that the championship drive is nowhere near dead. Now who is on the docket for week 3? The team that beat them the last time around, the Baltimore Vultures. Oh boy, what a poetic match up. Should be massive for whoever can come out on top.|
|The completest of complete game thus far goes to the Legion’s 48-23 dismantling of Atlanta on Sunday. The Legion’s secondary has been the best in the league all season. Kyler Murray’s near-length-of-the-field-pick-6 salted the game away for sure, but the work Murray, Ashley Rose-Finch, Marc Lopez, Maajor Key and Dean Maddox have done in coverage has been spectacular.. Quarterback Tom Pepper was poised - breaking 300 yards and tossing 3 scores, while the Vancouver offense was balanced by another strong Robert Redford ground game. Can they go 3-0? A showdown with new division opponent Portland awaits this weekend.|
|The Jacksonville Kings couldn't follow up a strong performance in Week 1, going down to their old adversaries 10-17. Ina low scoring affair, stiff defense was the order of the day, to the detriment of running back, Jared Willis, who appeared to have been cursed by POTW honours from the previous week. CC had a decent game at QB, finding Greyson Willis in the endzone for 6, but decent isn't gonna cut it on the road against a good team like Florida. The Storm just seem to have Jacksonville's number in most cases and the same played out last week. The 1-1 Kings next travel to San Diego to take on the Mavericks, a game in which they are favourites but need to be wary of succumbing to the upset.|
|Impressive defense carried the Aztecs to their initial W of the season. A relentless effort held the Knights to only 200 total yards of offense. Offensively, Mr. Jones had a thing or two going on: 118 yards on the ground along with a trifecta of scores. K.J. Barrett showed up huge in the passing game for a second straight week of shattering the 100-yard barrier. Mexico City might only be 1-1, but this defense has the Aztecs at the more dangerous end of the teams at .500.|
|Well, you’d never think that Arizona of all teams would be the ones to come out with a high flying offense and never mind win an offensive shootout, but here we are after week two and Arizona won 33-30 over the Charleston Predators in a fight for the ages. With Ashley Jackson going interception free the whole game and throwing two passing TDs. DJ Moses alongside also had a decent day out with 66 rushing yards. The defense on the other hand did its job as one should expect, picking off TD Drew twice over the course of the 44 minute extravaganza. All capped off with a last second field goal by Larry Barr in order to seal the win. With all that in mind, these first two games have been a good sign for the Scorpions, now under their third season of Eddie Gauge’s ownership. To hold on and at least make it a game against Baltimore and then to beat Charleston is no easy task but Arizona has risen to the challenge and despite being 1-1, they look among the better of the 1-1 crowd. Now they host London in a very real opportunity to improve to 2-1 on the year. Should it work out, they’ll be in prime position early in the season to make something of it.|
|Late. Hit. I’m more so writing that as a way to move on myself from that and now that it is out of the way but honestly, Charleston shouldn’t focus much on that either. Barely losing to Arizona in of all things an offensive gun show. Not exactly what you would expect from the two best defensive teams in the league over the past few seasons. But alas, that’s what we got. Oddly enough as well, the Preds got an Offensive POTW nod from Buchanan Simons after getting 168 yards from TD Drew as the Preds got just under 400 yards of total offense. Which for them is a major accomplishment. But still even after all that they lost out after Jack Brown laid out a late hit. But still, good game for the Predators. Now they look forth to week three against a much weaker looking Sioux Falls team than previous years. Should they win, it should greatly benefit the team.|
|After their dominant victory over the Florida Storm in week 1, the Lone Store Glory travelled to Raleigh, North Carolina looking to ride away with another victory against the Carolina Skyhawks where they were the 7.5-point favourites. The Glory would draw blood first with an interception by SS Doug Day that resulted in a field goal. Unfortunately for the Glory, this is the only time in the game that they would have the lead. Lone Star was able to move the ball down the field all day; however, they Skyhawk’s defense would not allow them into the end zone. Their first touchdown, a pass to Cameron Collier, did not come until late in the fourth quarter. QB Ace Fenech completed 34 of 46 passes for 237 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Greg Soto led the receivers with fourteen receptions for 79 yards. Ike McBride had 14 carries for 63 yards. The defense was led by Brain Craven with 8 tackles and Doug Day with 7.5 tackles and an interception. In the end, the Glory would fall to the Skyhawks 30-17 and be 1-1 on the season. Lone Star will travel to Houston next week to take on the Hyenas.|
|This team has been one of the biggest surprises in all the SFL. QB Christian Brown has done quite well. Having the highest QBR out of the rookie class has been quite a surprise. Just like any other rookie in this league he will need to keep those INTs down if he wants to continue this hot streak they are on. Cause with a defense like this if he can stay consistent then they will be a dangerous team. STL goes to a struggling Louisiana team where they could be looking at a 3-0 start.|
|Well, well, well...what a difference a week can make. 7 days after getting humbled by the Lone Star Glory, Florida game out and put on a defensive show, besting the Jacksonville Kings 10-17 to get their season off the mark. Ron Cockren played accurate ball, the secondary was great against the Kings' dangerous receivers and Charlie Biletsky is already showing a knack for finding himself in the end zone with the ball. All of this combined was enough to best the Kings, a team Florida always give a great game to. Week 3 sees the Storm staying home against another tough opponent in Charleston. Flordia may be slight favourites, and will need to live up to that marker if they want to continue a rise up the rankings.|
|So, that didn’t work.
Five Swarm turnovers were too much to overcome in their 48-23 defeat at the hands of the Legion. BDG Hollewood was bottled up (16 carries, 52 yards), and though the passing game made some progress - it was too little, too late once Vancouver went up 27-7 on a pick-six. The Swarm showed some fight to make the score respectable at game’s end. For Atlanta fans, if you believe in momentum from one game to another, that 16-point fourth quarter lends some optimism for a strong start in Week 3 as they travel to Queen City.
|The (1-0) Las Vegas Fury travelled to San Diego to take on the (0-1) Mavericks. QB Colin Pierce had an impressive game completing 23 of his 30 passes for 316 yards and two touchdowns. WR Mason Kirby would be the leading receiver with four receptions for 132 yards and one touchdown. John Blades had five receptions for 45 yards and the other receiving touchdown. Scott Johnson had 24 carries for 51 yards and one rushing touchdown. Otis Boudreaux contributed to the scoring with his 52-yard field goal. The defense for Vegas really came to play today for the Fury denying the Mavericks the end zone and making them settle for two field goals. LB Slinn Shady had ten tackles and one pass deflection. SS Max Jackson had nine tackles and three assisted tackles of which three were for losses. FS Nicky Colontrelle, CB Merrick Itera and LB Day Drewery each had an interception. It appears that the Fury have overcome their endzone issues from last season. They would defeat the Mavericks 24-6. The Fury will travel to Los Angeles next week to play the (2-0) Lycans.|
|In the glitz and glamor of LA, the Lycans were able to cop a dub over their SoCal rivals in San Diego thanks to a dominant defensive show not conceding a TD. This week? Okay yeah it was the exact same thing but this time in a city known for a different type of star, Houston! Once more the Lycans were able to show off their defensive prowess with a whopping 6 turnovers and crushing the Hyenas to the tune of 30-13 and setting themselves up well with a 2-0 record heading into week three. Now let’s see who they are taking in on that week... oh wow, it’s Ramen’s former team! These matchups are always fun, and this time should be no different.|
|After a first game riddled with turnovers, the Revolution offense couldn’t create a drive beyond one that occurred in the middle of the second quarter. Unfortunately not enough, the defense did step up yet again causing fits for their opponent, the Fort Worth Toros. The defense is really a positive for this team. But, the turnovers and lack of offense are a serious concern. QB Pichler went 15 of 31 for 124 yards, 0 TDs, and 3 Interceptions. For those that may be wondering, that is a QBR of 19.49. HB Reggie Streeter was the lone bright spot for the offense with 27 carries for 101 yards. There were no second half fireworks this time. The Revolution desperately need to figure out their strategy on offense quickly or their season could be over before it gets off the ground. Louisiana lost to Fort Worth 9-7.|
|Did the Toros make a statement this week against the Louisiana Revolution? Not quite. Unable to get into the end zone the entire game, K Taco Sicario made 3 of 3 field goals to allow them to squeak by with the win this week against the Louisiana Revolution. QB Cameron Curtis went 20 of 29, but for only 171 yards and 1 Interception. HB Jason Williams took 21 carries for 71 yards. Seemingly everyone on the defense was making plays to keep them in this game. Solid defense aside, they need to figure how they will consistently move the ball before we can see them making it to the postseason. Inconsistency is starting to become the consistent thing on the Toros offense. Though they kicked their way to a 9-7 victory, needless to say, that is not a winning combination.|
|Carolina got off to a rough start dropping their season opener to the Las Vegas Fury. This week the Skyhawks would host the (1-0) Lone Star Glory as a 7.5-point underdog. The Skyhawks found themselves down 3-0 early in the first quarter due to an interception that resulted in a field goal. The Skyhawks would score their first touchdown early in the second quarter and take control of the game from that point on. Xander Gold would complete 24 of his 28 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns. Heath McDaniel had seven receptions for 73 yards, and Harish Prasad had four receptions for 35 yards and one receiving touchdown. Logan Jack rushed for 66 yards and had one rushing touchdown. Whistle Jones was 3/3 on the day for field goals with a long of 50 yards. Carolina’s defense stepped up and would not allow the Glory into the end zone until late in the fourth quarter. The defense was led by rookie FS Monte Wyatt with 9.5 tackles, one pass deflection and one forced fumble which was recovered by Carolina. Trystan Hatley’s interception late in the fourth quarter would seal the deal and the Skyhawks would defeat the Glory 30-17. Carolina will travel to Florida next week to take on the Storm.|
|The Corsairs were looking to go 2-0 but were defeated by STL 23-20. It was a hard fought game. After taking this loss they have dropped 7 spots in the latest rankings. Having QB AJ Caswell throw 4 picks is not going to help this team win for sure. RB Jett Zero had a nice game on the ground. They need to get him more involved as the team will win when he has a solid game on the ground. That seems to be the key if they want to get back up to where they were in the rankings last week. They will be looking to bounce back against an Atlanta team that is looking to bounce back themselves.
|The Sparrows fall from grace these first two games has been talked about a lot this week. They are coming in at 18th. The run game has not been there and this team isn't known to air it out so something will have to change. I have said before I think Jailyn Wells moving to SD was a move that would hurt them in the beginning. We are seeing that now. But SXF has been here before. They are still a team to fear in the SFL. They are hosting the Charleston Predators this week. So hopefully we will see the Sparrows of old. If not then its going to be talked about even more which will also make them drop even more in the rankings.|
|Strong safety Shaud Allen had an all-pro day that safeties dream of in Portland’s 30-20 win over Tulsa. Allen picked off 3 passes - returning one to the house - to give the Fleet the cushion they needed to control the action. Second-year DT Vernard Patterson registered two sacks and looked unblockable for much of the game. Quarterback Matt South made all the key throws to alternate with Ezekiel Love’s 86 yards and a touchdown on the ground to keep the Desperados just off balance enough. With such a high number of INTs in the league, there is something to be said for South’s accuracy on Saturday. Portland’s reward for a first win? A Great Northwest clash against 2-0 division foe Vancouver.|
|Give Mexico City some credit for a decisive defensive gameplan. That said, London's offense is searching for answers - and points after dropping a 21-9 decision this past week. Back to the drawing board on offense.
The Knights defense showed some umph. Rookie linebacker Syrok Black led the game in tackles - showing up at many key points in the ballgame.
Speaking of rookies, first round pick kicker Jack Lewis connected on all three of his field goal attempts and looked like a poised veteran lining up those boots.
Expect the offense to step up their game this weekend to match the effort and execution of its defense and special teams.
|Houston, we may have a problem. Week one was pretty much entirely understandable going up against a team that was right at the top of the league team with a brand new QB is not an easy task. But this is kind of big. Now LA has shown they aren’t a team to slouch with these first two weeks, but six turnovers is inexcusable for anybody. The offense had the firepower, getting the same amount of yards as the Lycans, but they weren’t able to put up the stat that matters most, points. The Lycans were thanks to having half as many turnovers. Now Houston finds themselves in an 0-2 hole that’s going to be tricky to dig themselves out of. But they can start that journey against a beatable Lone Star team. Should they win, things will be okay. If they don’t, well, 0-3 is pretty hard to balance.|
|The (0-1) Mavericks hosted the (1-0) Las Vegas Fury. Once again, the Mavericks moved the ball down the field; however, they just could not score a touchdown as they would settle for 2 two Nico Cappuccino field goals. QB Javier Vasquez would complete 26 of his 41 passes for 276 yards. RB Jaylin Wells had himself a night with his 16 carries for 105 yards. The leading receiver for the Mavericks was Shea Carroll with 6 receptions for 73 yards. The defense was led by FS Ray Lenearl III with 9 tackles, 1 assist, 1 tackle for loss and one interception. Mike Ryan would also have an interception. The Mavericks would fall to the Fury 24-6. The Mavericks will host the Jacksonville Kings this week hoping to get their first franchise win.|
|Tell me if you’ve heard this one before: turnovers and third down conversions are key to winning football games...I’ll let you wait until this record stops skipping...OK good. The Desperados’ rookie gunslinger Jay Cue threw four INTs - 3 to Shaud Allen - in what became a 4-0 deficit in the turnover battle. Also, Tulsa converting only 2 of 8 third- and fourth-down plays shut things down quickly. Tulsa is 0-2, but still have a lot going for them. Gabriel Manning is making Gabriel Manning plays. Cue is throwing picks, but also showing some flashes. The defense was solid behind rookie linebacker Jonel Ritter’s 11 tackles, 3 TFLs have him in the very-very-early conversation for DROY. Stay tuned for more to come from these guys.|
|Yikes, okay, I’ll make this as quick as DC’s hopes to win were dashed from them. Let’s start with the upsides, after the first quarter Shabazz Psynergy had a decent game. Also in the second half they held Denver to six points. Not too bad. Now to the negatives, okay, uh, where do we start? The teams rushing offense was borderline non existent despite having two running backs and while they functioned well between the 20s, could not do anything to actually get points on the board as the score suggests. But look, water under the bridge and now they look south of the border to play Mexico City. Hoping once again to just make it competitive. If they do, then hey, maybe they’ll shimmy on up.|