Written by Baylee O’Shaugnessey, Josh Farnzy, Stefaun Forge, Rae Colston and Matthew Slinn
Images by Axel Raven and Hubba Kimbrel
The Baltimore Vultures remain at the top of our Power Rankings after an emphatic 17-45 defeat of the Tulsa Desperados. Jack Wigmore went for distance over efficiency, hitting just over 50% of his passes for a whopping 444 yards and 5 TDs, with…wait for it, no turnovers. Luck seemed to be on the side of the Vultures as ball after ball was batted down without major consequence. But, as the successful say, you make your own luck in this world. Jimmy Hazzard featured nicely when he was given a chance, especially in the passing game. Mac Chimah was nothing short of spectacular and the secondary had a field day, picking off Jay Cue 3 times whilst limiting him to under 300 yards. We don’t want to start crowning the Vultures as champions just yet, especially with the strength of their division, but times are seeming rather ominous, much like they did in Season 15.
Was this victory early signs of an SFL championship level season from Arizona? Only time will tell, but a tough 12-20 victory over the much-fancied Fort Worth Toros should put the SFL on notice. This Arizona Scorpions team is much more than just hype. This first quarter started in cagey fashion, Arizona struggling to gather much momentum resulting in a 6-0 deficit in favour of the visiting Toros, but that lead wasn’t going to last long. A touchdown pass from Ashley Jackson to her favourite receiver, Donnie Hands was coupled with a score by DJ Moses, who ran the ball hard all game, catapulted the Scorpions into a 8-point lead at the half. The 8-point margin would not be relinquished for the entirety of the second half, Arizona proving their defensive prowess by keeping the Toros out of the end zone. Both strong teams cancelled each other out, hitting two field goals each during two quarters of hard-nosed action. Special mentions must go to defensive backs Parker Thomas and Vernard Smith IV, who combined for three interceptions and a couple of PD’s, giving Camero (SLINN SHADY TO COMPLETE)