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Rank
Team
Record
(Movement)
Recap

1

Florida Storm
8-2
(-)
The difference may have only been 15 points, but this Florida team completely destroyed their Atlantic division foes. It was not a close battle, it was not a hard win, it was Florida toying with their opponents and putting their neck on the Preds’s throats. The boot itself stepping on Charleston was Charlie Biletsky, the man made himself look like Keith Swearingen look amateur with 180 yards through the game with JW Doyle also picking up a few yards but still making his impact felt. Cockren on top of all that threw for over 200 yards and while he may have thrown 3 picks, he didn’t even need those to win as his defense throttled the Predators. Florida just needed to win the game to lock a spot in the big dance, and they did that in many spades. The Storm have at the bare minimum locked out a Wildcard spot however the division is still up for grabs. Jacksonville is up their rear and they need to win to lock out the division. Now luckily for them, that win should come easy, for its a game against former WR Optimus Cline and his currently 0-10 San Diego Mavericks. While I am sure Max Paul doesn’t wanna go easy, he probably also doesn’t want to lose either.

2

Denver Nightwings
9-1
(-)
There is an air of inevitability about Denver. Even when the Nightwings look like they are in a close game, the result never seems in doubt. Jeremy Vega's team entertained the struggling Louisiana Revolution in Week 10 and for the first half at least, the scoreboard was close. That was the only thing that was close though. The Nightwings offense outgained Louisiana by nearly 200 yards - the D shutting down the Revs' passing game to the tune of 113 yards - and the Time of Possession is probably more one-sided than I've ever seen. All the big names for Denver did what they needed to do in the second half, allowing the Nightwings to pull away for a comfortable 17-30 victory. Jarred McChesney, Josh Vasquez and Bryce Battle all had impactful performances, McChesney especially, pounding the rock 33 times for 145 yards and a couple of scores. Florida and Denver seem like a class apart at the moment. I can't wait to se if they meet in the playoffs. One more thing - congratulations to Denver for clinching the West Division title.

3

Baltimore Vultures
7-3
(1)
The Baltimore Vultures hosted the Lone Star Glory this week. The Vultures keep doing just enough on offense and defense to keep winning. QB Jack Wigmore completed 20 of his 29 passes for 184 yards, 2 interceptions and no touchdowns. This passing attack included every person on the receiving core. RB Troy Gaines had 20 carries for 49 yards, 2 touchdowns and one lost fumble. Leading tacklers were SS Troy Loshaw and LB Alvin Mack with 11 and 13 tackles, respectively. FS Giovanni Bolt had 3 interceptions and SS Troy Loshaw had 2 interceptions. The Vultures would send the Glory back to Texas with the 24-16 loss. This week the Vultures will find themselves on the road playing the Mexico City Aztecs.
4
Jacksonville Kings
7-3
(1)
How does a team score 37 points on just 249 yards total offense? No really... I’m asking. Somehow, the stars aligned for the Kings and each phase of the game scored a TD: passing offense, running offense, kick return, and defense. That is what you call a complete game! It also helps that they have the 2nd fewest turnovers in the league, are 7th in takeaways, and 5th in turnover differential. The Kings played their game against the Skyhawks without a turnover, and coasted through the second half to victory. Despite a couple head-scratch inducing defeats this season, it is hard to imagine anyone looking forward to going against this team in the playoffs.
5
Fort Worth Toros
7-3
(1)
Fort Worth has only allowed two opponents more than 30 points for the entire season, and even though the Aztecs scored a season-high 33 on the vaunted Toros defense, it wasn't enough to keep up with Cam Curtis and the offense. Curtis, who now has more touchdowns than interceptions for the season (and the least amount of INTs among all quarterbacks), has looked confident taking over under center from last season's Xander Gold, and if he and Jason "Thrilliams" Williams can keep it up, there's a good chance that we won't have a dark horse candidate for the big game - it'll be a raging bull, instead.
6
Las Vegas Fury
6-4
(2)
Rookie quarterback Colin Pierce showed tremendous poise in a tight contest - leading his Fury down the field for the winning score with a minute left to help Las Vegas beat Sioux Falls, 22-17. The rookie’s response has to be an encouraging sign for things to come, as the two teams traded leads in the final quarter. He ended the day with 288 yards passing and 1 TD vs. 0 INTs, as his stock seems to be rising at just the right time of year.
The defense frustrated Sparrow quarterback Julian Tyree - forcing four interceptions and controlling much of the contest after allowing an opening drive touchdown. Vegas did have to watch Denver clinch the West Division this weekend, but the dramatic win put the Fury at 6-4 and squarely in playoff position, for the moment. If Pierce can outplay his rookie counterpart this week - Gladiator Christian Brown - a playoff berth seems all but a certainty.
7
Mexico City Aztecs
6-4
(2)
Usually 33 points is enough to put you over the top, but against the top-ranked defense in the league? The Mexico City Aztecs came up short five points to the Fort Worth Toros and slipped to 6-4 for the season. While they're still likely to make the postseason, their path just got a little bit harder, with their final two games against Baltimore and the Houston Hyenas. Offensively, everything has been clicking for the Aztecs with a few bumps and interceptions along the way, but their defense will need to tighten up if they want to keep the team in the running.
8
Lone Star Glory
5-5
(1)
The Lone Star Glory found themselves at Vulture Field this weekend. QB Ace Fenech completed 48 of 62 passes for a whopping 455 yards and only one touchdown pass; however, his 5 interceptions seemed to negate all that work. His favorite receiver was RB Ike McBride who had 16 receptions for only 56 yards. McBride also carried the ball 10 times for only 10 rushing yards. SS Lincoln Kingseed led the defense with his 8 tackles and one interception. At the end of the evening the Glory found themselves down 24-16. Lone Star will host Queen City this week.
9
Vancouver Legion
6-4
(2)
Annnnnndd. Exhale.

A defensive-minded game had the Legion tight with San Diego throughout the contest. In what had to be the longest play of the season for Vancouver fans, the ball would find its way to the turf to help the Legion to an important 16-12 divisional win.
Robert Redford continued his hot tear on the ground, racking up 153 yards and a touchdown. Meanwhile, Tom Pepper struggled to get the league’s best passing game motoring despite a San Diego secondary that was torched on a pass-only attack against Charleston a week prior. The defense stepped up. Rookie Achilles Paptonis was in the backfield often and Maajor Key had a crucial INT and fumble recovery to help keep the Mavericks from the end zone on a couple occasions.
Only 243 yards of total offense allowed. Well done.
10
St. Louis Gladiators
6-4
(5)
The Gladiators have stopped the slide at exactly the right time, against a divisional opponent, taking them to 6-4 and at the head of their division. It was a case of mature performances all-round, some from younger players, especially on the offense. Christian Brown played low-key but efficiently, giving the Gladiators exactly what they needed to claim the narrow, 21-23 victory over the Atlanta Swarm. Brown's hookup with Eagle Mondavi was working all game, the receiver gaining over 115 yards in a big game. Kairo Martinez ran for some tough yards as well, helped out by full back, Bill Cherry, who chipped in with what proved to be a crucial TD. Defensively, St. Louis remained a nightmare to pass against, Colin Douglas and Drew Really grabbing interceptions. St. Louis have another huge home game again this weekend, hosting a 6-4 Las Vegas team on a 4-game winning streak. The Gladiators stopped one streak in Week 10. Can they stop another in Week 11?
11
Houston Hyenas
5-4
(1)
Due to an error at League Headquaters regarding the Houston Hyenas at London Knights playbooks, the subsequent game played between them has been declared null and void for the season and will be re-matched on Wednesday, April 12th with all-new playbooks submitted. As the game will not be recorded in the standings, we here at Power Rankings feel that it would be unfair to change the rankings of either team from their previous position within the rankings.
12
Los Angeles Lycans
5-5
(2)
After a loss to the Portland Fleet this week, the Los Angeles Lycans find themselves for the first time this season on the outside looking in for a play-off spot. Their playbook this week seemed as infected as Tom Ramen’s appendix. The Lycan’s defense did their best to keep the Lycans in the game, but QB Sully Richardson’s 5 interceptions kept the tired defense on the field for an eternity. The Portland Fleet would defeat the Lycans 21-6. The Lycans will host the Carolina Skyhawks this week where Rachelle Colston, Jack Flash, Forrest Stark, and Sully Richardson will take on their former teammates.
13
Charleston Predators
5-5
(-)
The Predators this past weekend decided to make like a massive sperm whale in the Atlantic Ocean during the later 18th and early 19th century and get killed during a storm. A Florida Storm, no less! Yeah Yeah puns aside the Preds just were never able to get it into gear against their divisional foes. The offense in particular was just straight up non existent. No touchdowns, only field goals. Keith Swearingen spent the game shaking off the rust from barely touching the ball last week against San Diego and only got up to 80 yards while his foes total got 180 through the time. TD Drew on the other hand did okay. Not much to really say beyond that, just that he was okay. It still didn’t help that at the end of the day the Predators did not look like a playoff calibre team in the heart of playoff crunch time and that really is the big thing to take away from all this. They just do not seem ready. They get two more shots and if they win both it brings them to 7-5 which is very much a playoff record, only question is will they rise to the challenge.
14
Tulsa Desperados
5-5
(5)
The Desperados struggle to move the ball on the ground. Everyone knows it. When a team is this one-dimensional you can almost guarantee a mediocre record. Against a woeful defense in Arizona this week, Tulsa managed only 196 yards passing and 45 yards rushing. The usually excellent Desperados run defense even struggled this week, giving up a gargantuan 232 yards. Things are trending the wrong way in Tulsa right now, despite winning 5 of their last 7 games (against lower tier opponents). Only a couple of their victories have been “easy,” and most losses have been rough. I’d like to say they are only a couple pieces away from being playoff contenders. But, it looks like some serious moves may be coming this off-season.
15
Arizona Scorpions
5-5
(3)
When you see that an offense put up 540 yards and 44 points you expect them to have won, which the Scorpions did against Tulsa this past week. What you don’t expect is for them to have turned the ball over 4 times. In a season that is marred with “coulda’-shoulda’-woulda’” moments, turnovers (avg. of 3 interceptions per game) have been a major factor in the league’s 2nd best passing offense not scoring enough points to have a better record than 5-5 at this point. This, combined with the SFL’s 2nd worst passing defense makes a hard road. This team is dangerous... but they have been more a danger to themselves this season.
16
London Knights
4-5
(1)
Due to an error at League Headquaters regarding the Houston Hyenas at London Knights playbooks, the subsequent game played between them has been declared null and void for the season and will be re-matched on Wednesday, April 12th with all-new playbooks submitted. As the game will not be recorded in the standings, we here at Power Rankings feel that it would be unfair to change the rankings of either team from their previous position within the rankings.
17
Carolina Skyhawks
5-5
(3)
Another day, another clunker. Back in Week 8, this team looked to be turning a corner as they battled and beat front runner Baltimore. However, this is looking more and more to have been an anomaly. It is easy to get caught up in all the hype of big chances like that game. But this week’s game versus Jacksonville, and the one before it (a less than one TD victory against the lowly Portland Fleet), are extremely telling of the truth: Carolina is just simply not deserving of top tier respect. They have a strong core, but both a 15th ranked offense and defense tell the tale without even watching the film. There will need to be adjustments in order to get over the hump and into the postseason once again.
18
Atlanta Swarm
4-6
(2)
It all seems to be falling apart for Atlanta at the wrong time! Three losses in a row have taken them from a strong 4-3 position to a spot languishing in third in their division at 4-6. The Swarm went down to St. Louis in Week 10, losing 21-23 on the road in a tightly contested divisional game. Bryant Dynasty, once again, suffered from some sophomore slump inconsistency, hooking up with his receivers a couple of times (Boo Chisholm caught 2 TD passes) only to throw 3 picks to a formidable pass defense in St. Louis. BDG Hollewood was effective when he touched the ball, but he failed to cross the end zone for 6. The best player on the field for Atlanta was the aforementioned Chisholm, his experience proving crucial in big moments. Boo and his partner in crime, Siege Falco have been bright spots in an up and down season for Atlanta. There is still a chance for the Swarm to make the playoffs, but a lot of things need to go their way.
19
Portland Fleet
3-7
(3)
The Portland Fleet hosted the Los Angeles Lycans this week. RB Ezekial Love continues to be their primary weapon on offense with his 34 carries for 170 yards and 2 rushing touchdowns. Portland’s defense were the heroes of this game. They picked QB Sully Richardson off 5 times including a pick 6 from CB Chris Stach. They also held the Lycan’s offense to only 2 field goals. The Fleet will travel to Charleston to play the Predators this week looking for another W.
20
Louisiana Revolution
3-7
(1)
The Revolution's first half performance against a formidable Denver squad gives them the edge over Sioux Falls in this week's Power Rankings, despite the eventual loss. It was same old, same old for Louisiana. Reggie Streeter did his thing, rushing for over 100 yards, honorary LB Tank Bennett tackled everything that moved, and yet, the passing game was toothless. Jonny Pichler threw the ball 19 times with an accuracy of just over 50%, only gaining 113 yards and passing 2 interceptions. This lack of faith in Pichler's arm is probably well-founded at this point after a very down season, and it is no surprise that the player and franchise have decided to part ways after this season. Yes, there will be somewhat of a Revolution in Louisiana at the QB position with their once talismanic passer moving to new pastures. Wherever he lands, it will hopefully work out well for both parties. This just put a whole SFLm of young QBs on notice. Louisiana will be watching.
21
Sioux Falls Sparrows
3-7
(2)
The Sparrows saw a golden opportunity slip through their hands ...er wings...feathers?...when a last-minute touchdown doomed them to a 22-17 loss against Las Vegas. And now the playoffs seem to all but have slipped away as well. After a sensational opening drive that saw Julian Tyree storm the offense down the field for a quick score, the offensive well dried up - throwing four interceptions. Running back Colin Hart put together solid numbers (118 yards on 23 carries) and Gunner Lewis had a huge fourth quarter to help bring Sioux Falls a late lead. The defense played solidly all game. Cam Frosby has two sacks, four tackles for loss and seven total tackles to lead the way for the Sparrows. But the defense allowed that last late drive to give up the lead with a minute remaining. Mathematically, the yellow birds cling to hope. They need a win against first-place Denver this week, a win in Week 12 and a near-perfect storm of games to finish exactly the way they need them to in order to have a chance at the playoffs.
22
DC Dragons
2-8
(1)
DC you son of a gun you did it again! You went out and won a game and once more it was a road win! Ya know those aren’t exactly easy to come by around here. It also must have felt well to win against a rival from the good old days Queen City 13-10. The Dragons didn’t exactly win it convincingly, but on the whole, it was one of those great games between two teams with nothing to lose and DC were the beneficiaries pf the game. Shabazz Psynergy threw for 239 yards through the 44 minutes and Kevin Seay had a day where he just wasn’t used with just 16 yards total on the day. The Dragons didn’t need much and they did just that. With a bonus field goal being the only thing that split them from the Corsairs. But as the season winds down for the Dragons in their first season back, a second win does nothing more than boost confidence for next season. A team many would posit as a lock for 1-11 or even 0-12 to not only be competitive but win a few games is impressive. Maybe a win next week over Houston for 3 would be nice.
23
Queen City Corsairs
3-7
(3)
Oh boy, a sad season for what is supposed to be one of, if not the the greatest teams in the SFL history gets its proverbial cherry on top with a loss to a team that, up until this past week, had only won one game in the whole season. Nevermind that, but they also, for all intents and purposes, should have won. All the stats went their way, offensive yardage, time of possesion, turnovers, a whole manner of things they were either on par with or outperformed their old foes. But just could not do anything to put points up on the board, which while wasn’t exactly bountiful for DC either, they just could not do anything with it. The Corsairs all season long have had that problem of just not being there, leading them to fall to their 3-7 record and are staring down the barrel of their worst season since moving to Buffalo. So since playoffs are well out of the picture now, they are left with two games to play and hopefully two more wins for them to avoid the worst. Next week they hit the road for Denton and play the Glory of Lone Star. A win would be a nice morale booster, but who ever knows with them this season.
24
San Diego Mavericks

0-10
(-)
The Hail Mary prayer on the final play from scrimmage was not answered, but another quality performance from the winless Mavericks makes the franchise’s first seem just around the corner. One week after facing a relentless Predator passing attack, San Diego’s defense made adjusts to take away deep ball opportunities against the SFL’s best in Tom Pepper -surrendering only 180 passing yards and zero touchdowns through the air. The offense looked good in small batches, but had trouble running the ball against a stout Legion defensive front. Shea Carroll had a solid game, including the team’s only touchdown to cut the Legion lead to one before halftime. A few plays here and a few plays there, and we could be talking 1-9. Alas, it was not to be. They are getting close, though. Stay tuned.