Written by Josh Farnzy
Images by Tyler Falk
Somewhere between Denver kicker Kramer Jackman’s strong foot and the field goal posts 38 yards away, the fortune of two franchises split into two. In a championship match worthy of the name, where Florida and Denver traded leads all afternoon long, the Nightwings managed to splice together a final gutsy drive to get Jackman in range for a Season 16 title-winning 38-yard field goal as time expired to win, 31-30. Jackman, who announced several weeks prior that Season 16 would be his last, delivered a no-doubt, walkoff-career-into-the-sunset win for the ages. Running back Jarrod McChesney capped a likely-MVP season with a title game MVP trophy for his mantle – running by and often
through many Storm defenders – for 152 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown on the ground and 85 yards on 14 catches and two more TDs as a receiver. Broken tackles are not recorded as stats, but fair to say McChesney was sublime in his ability to turn short gains into positive plays. The win gives Denver their second SFL championship and some redemption after falling short last year despite the best overall regular season record. The trophy returns to the Mile High City in what many are calling the best SFL title game of all time.
Storm surge was intense