Written by Baylee O’Shaugnessey, Josh Farnzy, Stefaun Forge, Rae Colston and Matthew Slinn
Images by Axel Raven and Hubba Kimbrel
What more can be said about the Baltimore Vultures, “awesome”, “amazing”, “most complete team in the SFL”. The list goes on and on. Through 5 weeks they are 5-0 and have been very impressive in doing so. That being said, here are some things no one is talking about. 2 of their wins are against teams currently in the bottom 6 of the league standings, 3 of their wins are against teams currently with losing records. I know you play who is on your schedule. However when compared to the other undefeated Queen City who has 3 wins over teams currently in the top 7 in standings, all 5 of their wins are against teams in the top 16 of the standings (yes 2 of their wins have come against teams currently with losing records), it leaves room for debate. However if the Vultures continue on their present course and finish atop the standings they could end the debate. The great thing is they play each other week 11 in Baltimore.
The Vultures latest victory was a dominating 34-0 performance over Las Vegas. Shutouts in the SFL are rare, dominant ones like this are even rarer. Interestingly Baltimore dominated this game on offense by passing. They only ran for 58 yards but had 2 TD runs. Normally in dominant performances, it is the run game that leads the way by controlling the ball and demoralizing the opponent, a tribute to their completeness. QB Jack Wigmore had a stellar game 36-44 418 2 TDs 1 INT. WR Ivory Ervin was unstoppable racking up 16-239 and 2 TDs. The Defense, OH THE DEFENSE! They came out looking like that other Baltimore team’s defense from the year 2000. Intercepting 5 passes and limiting the Fury to 255 yards of total offense for the game. Keep in mind 255 yards is a quarter for teams in some games. The Vultures will take their destructive forces on the road this week to DC to take on the stumbling Dragons who have lost 2 in a row. Last year’s Vultures-Dragons game came down to the final play, what could happen???
Two second quarter touchdowns by Jett Zero and excellent control of ball possession allowed Queen City to defeat the Houston Hyenas 7-20, keeping this surprise undefeated streak alive and also keeping pace with the Baltimore Vultures in the North. The defense kept Houston out of the end zone for most of the game, but it was Zero who was the star. Scoring a powerful short run at the start of the 2nd, Zero went one better, rumbling his way to a 35-yard touchdown, barrelling through three Houston defenders on his way. The former fullback has had his critics since his transition to running back, but this season has proven to be a very successful one so far. AJ Caswell made no mistakes, managing the game nicely, and the defense made Dave Burr look like the rookie he is, picking off the QB three times, one of those coming from fellow rookie, Cody Griffin. Griffin has looked more than comfortable back there at #2 CB this season. Queen City have looked every bit the 4 time champions that they are. A tricky Week 6 trip to Tulsa will test their mettle even more.