Written by Baylee O’Shaugnessey, Josh Farnzy, Stefaun Forge, Rae Colston and Matthew Slinn

Images by Axel Raven and Hubba Kimbrel

 

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TEAM: Baltimore Vultures, 6-0 MOVEMENT:  -0

Stop me if you have heard this before…the Baltimore Vultures won…again. Facing their stiffest challenge since Portland took them to OT in week 2, the Vultures responded the way good teams do. They answered the call and found a way to get it done against DC. This is the 2nd instant classic these 2 teams have played. While the Vultures didn’t need a last second TD in this one, DC gave them all they could handle all game long. When it counted the most the Vultures were at their best and are now 6-0.

If there is a weakness to this team it is their running game. Uber talented RB Jimmy Hazzard has only 40 carries and 191 yards on the season. Yes he has 33 catches for 193 so there is that. By comparison QB Jack Wigmore threw the ball 50 times just in this game. Hazzard had 7 carries. Just sayin’. I know if it’s not broke don’t fix it but it’s scary to imagine how much more dangerous and indefensible this team would be with a solid run game. Wigmore had yet another standout performance 31-50 344 3 TDs 1 Int. He continued his ridiculous connection with Ivory Ervin who caught another 13 passes for 159 yards. Mac Chimah provided the big play option in this game 5-109 including a 68 yd reception and 2 TDs. Next up a home date with Denver. If it was the Denver of Season 16 this might have been one of the most epic clashes ever. Unfortunately this is season 17 Denver who have lost 4 out of 5 and appear to trending down from transition to rebuild.

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TEAM: Queen City Corsairs, 6-0MOVEMENT: -0

DOMINATION. That’s the word to describe the Queen City Corsairs’ mauling of the Tulsa Desperados during Week 6. The 24-14 scoreline really doesn’t reflect how in control QCC were of this game. Behind another excellent rushing performance by Jett Zero, the Corsairs controlled the clock, nearly having a ridiculous 33 minutes of ball possession time. Tulsa were barely given a sniff, only spoiling the shutout in the second half with a couple of TDs. It may trouble the offensive co-ordinator slightly that more points weren’t scored, but with the way the defence shut Tulsa down, it didn’t matter. There isn’t really much more to say about this week. Queen City are a team that are playing brilliantly together behind fantastic coaching.  The struggling Carolina visit this weekend. Trap game maybe? This writer says no.

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TEAM: LA Lycans, 5-1MOVEMENT: -0

Los Angeles stick firmly in our Top 3 this week after a 3-20 victory over Fort Worth in a defensive battle. Other than allowing Stephen Hacker to go off between the end zones, LA never looked in any danger of losing the victory, steadily troubling the scoreboard until they were out of sight. Human wrecking ball Robert Johnson was actually limited to under 5 yards per carry, but still managed to rattle off 130+ yards and a touchdown. Johnson really is the engine of this offense and doesn’t look like slowing down. Those of us who have been around the league for a long time may be forgiven for thinking that he reminds us of how Ash Odom used to run the ball in his Queen City days. Sully Richardson played well when he had to, hitting Davius Reid for a crucial TD. The defence was excellent. Fort Worth haven’t got the most explosive of offences right now, but you still have to fill gaps and make tackles. Stand out was once again Rae Colston, who appears to be heading for a DPOTY berth. Next up for Los Angeles is Arizona, who score quickly and with power. This one should be a cracker between two divisional leaders.

TEAM: Florida Storm, 4-2MOVEMENT: ↑1

The Storm isn’t rising, they are raging!! Florida is showing why they made the Championship Game in Season 16. Since their season opening beatdown by Arizona the Storm are 4-1 with impressive victories over Mexico City and Houston and workman like wins over Denver and Jax. In the middle a strange and hard to explain loss to a struggling and inconsistent Fort Worth team. Ironically the Storm will need to batten down the hatches for the remainder of their schedule. After their trip to St. Louis, They host Queen City, Charleston (who is 3-3, 1 GB of them in the Atlantic) and London before finishing up on the road against a Jacksonville team who played them tough the first time and is only getting better as the season goes on.

Against Houston, the Storm started slow. They trailed 10-3 after 1 quarter. They started building the 2nd quarter tying the game at 17 at half. In the 3rd quarter they took control outscoring the Hyenas 14-0 to take 31-17 lead. They then held off an attempted Houston comeback for a 41-31 victory. Ron Cockren lead the offense with 29-44 349 3 TDs and only 1 Int. Charlie Biletsky had an efficient day with17-88 and 2 TDs. EJ Mincin stormed through the Houston secondary for a 9-161 1 TD day. The Storm defense bent but never broke. They allowed over 500 yds to Houston but they intercepted 3 passes to mitigate the damage done. The Storm have the look and feel of team that could make another deep playoff run but their road to the playoffs appears to full of potential potholes and other hazards. Up next atrip to the Gateway to West to take on the Gladiators. Florida will definitely be going into this one fully on notice after seeing St Louis take down Mexico City last week.

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TEAM: Vancouver Legion, 4-2MOVEMENT: ↑3

After dropping 2 in a row on the road, Vancouver arrived home and vanquished the San Diego Mavericks 20-44. QB Tom Pepper was efficient once again, going 27 of 35 for 337 and 4TDs. He is currently the best QB in the league, with the most yards, but also reaching that feat with the highest yards per attempt at just under 10. HB Robert Redford had a monster day, run-in for 84 yards on 21 carries, and catching 14 passes for 103 yards. That kind of production is difficult to counter! It wasn’t all offense though! The defense forced 4 turnovers (3 interceptions and 1 fumble) to keep the Mavericks consistently at bay. They are going to need to keep up the fireworks! Looking at the last half of the season, Vancouver has 4 games against teams in the top 10. The Legion can really make a statement going into the postseason with a solid end to the regular season. But, they could just as easily end up 2-4 as they could 4-2. Vancouver goes to Sioux Falls to take on the Sparrows in Week 7.

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TEAM: Portland Fleet, 4-2MOVEMENT:  ↑1

The Portland Fleet are on a roll, or a wave I guess if we’re going to theme this piece. A highly entertaining 27-34 victory against the high scoring London Knights proves once again that this squad is legit. They have put the early-season jitters in a back pocket and the winning streak just seems to be gathering pace. Twenty points in the second half and another excellent game by Ezekial Love was the deciding factor in victory. Love is proving to be the best young running back in the SFL this season. Now that McChesney has retired, Love seems to be making a claim for MVP. Art Vandelay popped up with a couple of TDs through the air too, crucial when you look at the tight final score. Vernard Patterson was huge in the middle of the line, and the Fleet secondary carried on forging a reputation as a no fly zone, picking off the gunslinger Pichler 4 times. Las Vegas awaits fresh off a Vice Wars win. The last time these two played, Portland were shut out. I severely doubt history will be repeated.

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TEAM: Atlanta Swarm, 4-2MOVEMENT: ↓1

It wasn’t the most dominant of performances… But they came home with the “W.” QB Bryant Dynasty continues his solid outings, though sacks are still rearing their ugly head. CB Jack Napier hauled in 3 interceptions and LB Aquantis Shine forced a fumble! RB BDG Hollewood was counted on early and often, garnering 28 carries for a modest 76 yards. But, what is going on with the receivers? There are too many dropped passes and miscommunications. 6 dropped passes in Week 6. This needs to be corrected going forward. Not 1 of their final 6 games is a foregone conclusion. Next week’s opponent, the D.C. Dragons, will give them a game. We find out the outcome starting on Saturday at 2:20 pm.

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TEAM: Mexico City Aztecs, 4-2MOVEMENT: ↓4

Down 28-24 with under two minutes to play, a big special teams punt block gave the Aztecs a short field and hope to steal a win. The drive looked promising. Until it just didn’t. Matt Willson had two touchdowns and 301 yards passing, but four costly interceptions doomed Mexico City to a 28-24 loss to host St. Louis this past weekend. The Aztecs had two drives in the final five minutes look promising only to end up with passes that ended up in the hands of Gladiator defensive back Nicholas Warner. The Aztec offense could not put together a full four quarters on the ground as Phoenix Jones was held to 40 yards on 11 carries. Defensively, the Aztecs should some stoutness in streaks, but allowing 70 percent third down conversions to the Gladiators was difficult to overcome. The bad news? The Aztecs find themselves at 4-2 and sliding back to the pack in the SFL playoff race. The good news? The rest of the South Division lost this past weekend as well, so they remain one game ahead of Houston for first place. Those same Hyenas are set to pay Mexico City a visit as a crucial showdown for divisional supremacy is set to take place this weekend.

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TEAM: Houston Hyenas, 3-3 MOVEMENT: -0

Remember when Houston was 3-0? Well that was now 3 losses ago. While the offense still piles up yardage, points have been increasing hard to come by. Prior to their 31 point game against the Storm the Hyena offense had totaled only 64 points in the 4 games since their week 1 48 point outburst against Portland. Perhaps the outburst in a losing effort against the Storm will be a turning point for the offense. The defense on the other had been stellar prior to the 41 they gave up to Florida yielding only 86 points in their first 5 games. Given its previous performance, the Florida game appears to be an outlier and until the offense starts turning yards into points the Hyenas have to hope it was.

Against Florida Rookie QB Dave Burr rolled up 419 yards and 3 TDs on 22-38 BUT he also threw 3 Ints which cost the Hyenas 3 possessions and in a 10 point game that can be the difference. Since his dazzling debut against Portland where he threw 4 TDs and 1 Int he has thrown only 9 TDs but 14 Ints. RB Warren Murray his best game of the season with 22-104 and a TD. Could more Murray be the answer to the point production slump? As per the usual WRs DR Sim 7-184 2 TDs and Kyle Finamore 6-171 1TD beasted and feasted. Despite their recent slump the Hyenas are still a very dangerous team and if their offense gets rolling again and their defense returns to form they will be hard to beat. Up next a visit to Mexico City in what should be a wild point a minute affair. The Aztecs are coming off a stunning “upset of the week” type of loss to St. Louis which has them on a 2 game losing streak. It’s not an overstatement to say that this matchup will play a very large role in deciding the South Division.

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TEAM: London Knights, 3-3MOVEMENT: -0

In what was a predictably entertaining clash between tow franchises carrying swathes of promise this season, the London Knights fell to the Portland Fleet, 27-34, moving to 3-3 on the season and remaining 3rd in the North Division. Life was going to be tough against a Portland defence that has been very aggressive at making turnovers since their inception 2 seasons ago, and this proved to be true once again. Jonny Pichler came out firing as per usual this season, throwing into the teeth of Portland’s secondary on more than one occasion, occasionally winning, four times falling foul of an interception. The sheer speed and ability of Vin Calia and Mike St. Green proved dangerous though, the pair once again putting on a route running masterclass. Robert Merrill was a non-factor in the running game, but by this point, we know that this is not how London like to use the former receiver. It was a rough day for the defence, giving up 34 points, but Jeff Gagne was a real stand out. The 3rd year LB has ascended to become a real leader of the Knights defence, ending this game with 14 tackles. The Knights are a whisker away from joining the elite it seems. They are still yet to put a complete game together. A grudge match with Louisiana for Pichler in Week 7 would be the perfect time.

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TEAM: Arizona Scorpions, 3-3 MOVEMENT: ↑8

The Arizona Scorpions were down on total yards to the Sioux Falls Sparrows, first downs, time of possession – yet still came out with a dominant 13-34 victory to move to .500 and rocket back up the Power Rankings. The reason? Turnovers. The Scorpions turned over the Sparrows offense 5 times, causing a fumble by Julian Tyree and adding to the insult with 4 interceptions. It was the epitome of defensive aggression, giving up yardage and first downs in the endeavour to harass the offense into a mistake. Coupled with an offence that scored quickly and decisively, and ball control didn’t need to play a factor. Ashley Jackson was accurate, apart from an INT, hitting deep passes to the Hands brothers including one to James Hands for a TD. The real story of the night though, was the awakening of DJ Moses. Moses has found this season tough, but put any concerns that he may be off the boil to rest with a 3 TD performance. Down the stretch, Moses reaching great form will be crucial. All of the previously mentioned interceptions went to the secondary, Everett Garrison, Vernard Smith and the evergreen Eddie Gauge picking Tyree off. Gauge also pounced on the fumble to take his personal turnover tally to 2. Arizona travel to LA in Week 7. LA will be a completely different kettle of fish to Sioux Falls. Scoring quickly may be needed, but being this aggressive on defence could prove to be the Scorpions’ undoing.

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TEAM: St. Louis Gladiators, 3-3MOVEMENT: ↑9

The Gladiators maximized all four of their interceptions – and are 3-3 at the halfway point of the season following a huge 28-24 victory against Mexico City. Two Nicholas Warner interceptions in the final 4:33 left to play inside the Aztec red zone preserved a hard fought win after long Mexico City drives threatened to steal the lead. One interception came with little more than a minute to play and Mexico City driving following a blocked punt. Geralt Winkler also had two interceptions, including a 58-yard pick-six and an INT that sparked a key St. Louis touchdown drive. Quarterback Christian Brown was effective going 28-for-32 for 264 yards, three touchdowns and only one interception. He was able to spread the ball around, but it was Paul Dillavou that made the biggest plays (11 catches, 115 yards, 2 TDs) to keep the St. Louis offense moving along. The win pulls the Gladiators to .500 at the halfway point in the season. They continue their three-game homestand as they welcome the Storm this weekend to Missouri.

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TEAM: Charleston Predators, 3-3MOVEMENT:↑7

 

Charleston is a tough team to figure out. They opened the season by holding Las Vegas to 5 points in a 17-5 win. Then they beat a retooled and thought to be back in form Louisiana team in week 2. Looking Predatory! Then suddenly they became Prey losing 3 in a row to DC, Carolina and Fort Worth. Now this past weekend their Predatory side re-emerged as they dominated Lone Star in a 31-21 win that wasn’t as close as the score. Now at 3-3 the question remains who is the real Charleston? Seems like it won’t be known until season’s end.

Against the Glory QB TD Drew put on a master class performance 23-26 (88%) 372 yds 2 TD and 1 Int. With RB Keith Swearingen unable to get started (31-55) against Lone Star, Drew and the Predator passing game stepped forward. WR Ken McCarro led the way with 8-129 and 1 TD. TE Lyriic DaVinci provided the Robin to McCarro’s Batman with 6-103. Normal Stud WR Buchanan Simons was held to only 2 catches for 73 yds but one of those catches was a 64 yd TD so there is that. Defensively the Predators hunted all day long. They intercepted 3 Glory passes, contained the dangerous Glory receivers and shutdown the Glory run game outside of 1 67 yard carry by Ike Mc Bride. The starters on D held Lone Star to 14 points, the other 7 were yielded by the backups. Perhaps this is a turning point in the Predators season? An early indicator could come this week as they welcome San Diego to town. The Mavericks having gotten their first win 2 weeks ago, lost last week to Vancouver in a manner that will have them ornery and ready to fight. This game could be tough.

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TEAM: Louisiana Revolution, 2-4       MOVEMENT: ↓3

Revolution QB Tommy Utah was picked on by Swarm CB Jack Napier in Week 6. Napier intercepted Utah 3 times! But let’s face it, this was not all Utah’s fault. Louisiana HB Reggie Streeter was injured on his 2nd carry of the game, and did not return. With that, they were in an uphill battle.It just simple proved to be too much. This is a team that relies on the run game. With that blow to the offense, they just couldn’t quite recover. The good news is that Streeter will be ready to go this weekend. The bad news is that they travel to London this week. Not only is that jet lag something awful, but the Knights are playing some good football this season, even though they just lost 2 in a row. This should be a good game versus two fairly evenly matched teams. Louisiana plays London on Sunday, September 5th, at 2:45 PM EST.

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TEAM: DC Dragons, 2-4MOVEMENT: ↓3

After coming out of the gate 2-1 and looking like a playoff team the Dragons have lost their fire. The high flying offense of the 1st 3 weeks had scored only 24 points in the 2 games leading into this matchup with Baltimore. They put up 27 against the Vultures which could signal an the beginning of an offensive revival. The defense which had seemed to recover and regain form after yielding 55 to Vancouver in week 1 gave up 42 to Mexico City in week 4 and 33 this past week to the Vultures leaving it as question mark down the stretch. There is a good and bad to that, the good is that the D handles the teams it should. The bad is the teams that roll up big numbers against the D are teams whom DC would meet if they were to make the playoffs. Correcting course and returning to early season success won’t be easy for DC. Their final 6 games are ATL, @POR, QCC, JAX, @LON.

Against the vaunted Vulture D QB Shabazz Psynergy had a decent day 25-38 278 1 TD but also 2 Ints and in 1 score game all possessions are vitally important. That is amplified x10 against a team the quality of Baltimore. RB Kevin Seay was a one man wrecking crew with 23-129 and 2 TDs on the ground and 8-47 in the pass game. WR Jeff Banfield led the way among receivers with7-122 and 1 TD. He was the only DC WR or TE with more than 3 catches and over 50 yards. The Dragons will attempt to get back on track when they welcome the Atlanta Swarm to town. Winners of 4 of 5 with the loss being to Queen City the Swarm are not an ideal opponent to rebound against. With their season on the line though expect DC to come with fire.

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TEAM: Las Vegas Fury, 2-4MOVEMENT: ↑7

In the chaos of a frantic last minute drive, the rookie quarterback was poised enough to calmly deliver his biggest score of the year. Because of it, the playoffs remain a realistic goal for the Fury. John Blades slipped unnoticed into the back of the end zone and caught the ball from Joseph Green with 29 seconds remaining in the game to help Las Vegas top Denver in Vice Wars IX, 20-16. The dramatic score was bookended with a 74-yard strike to tight end Tybeerious Bovine to open the scoring. In the middle of those big plays? Lots and lots of quality Vegas defense. Specifically, Tom “Blitz” Creeg was outstanding. Creeg was all over the field making key plays, including 10 tackles, 4 PDs, two tackles for loss and an interception to devastate the Denver offense. Collectively, the Fury defense held Denver to 271 total yards of offense, including only 26 yards rushing. Denver was only able to garner three total third down conversions on the game to keep them off the scoreboard. At 2-4, Las Vegas remains firmly in the division race as the first half of the season has reached a conclusion. A win this weekend against visiting Portland would go a long way towards making them a viable contender down the stretch run.

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TEAM: Denver Nightwings, 2-4MOVEMENT: ↓4

Sometimes the vice feels just right. Sometimes it breaks your heart. It was the latter this past Friday for the Nightwings as a last minute touchdown for Las Vegas gave the Fury a 20-16 win in Vice Wars IX. The late score overshadowed a valiant defensive effort for the bulk of the contest. Nick Kindler shifted the momentum of the game with a 78-yard interception return for a touchdown. The defensive line unit of Marlon Marshall, Hugo Reynosa and Dez Troyer combined for eight tackles for loss to keep Las Vegas in long second and third downs. The young offense looked out of sync. Eric Price connected on most of his passes, but three of them found Fury hands for interceptions. The Vegas defense smothered Baylee O’Shaughnessy – holding the Denver feature back to 24 yards on 18 carries. Denver converting only 3 of 12 third downs halted any thoughts of reversing momentum as well. This one hurts. Vice Wars always does when you’re on the wrong side of the scoreboard. This one happens to drop Denver to 2-4. They travel to Baltimore to try and reverse their fortunes this weekend.

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TEAM: Lone Star Glory, 2-4 MOVEMENT: ↓3

One week after staving off what could have been a devastating upset loss that may have ended their playoff hopes Lone Star stumbled again at home against Charleston. The Glory have just never found consistency this season on either side of the ball. It seemed like a close 17-10 loss to Vancouver in week 2 was a good omen, virtually no one holds the Legion under 21 points so if the Glory did it surely it was a sign of better things to come. Not so much. The reality for the Glory is that they are a Harish Prasad Convention Curse fumble and a heroic 2nd half rally against 1-5 Sioux Falls away from being 0-6. On the bright side they have 6 games left to rediscover their playoff form from last season and fight their way back into contention.

Against Charleston, the game was not as close as the score. It was 31-14 late in the 4th when Lone Star scored a consolation TD.  QB Ace Fenech finished with decent number 26-42 326 2 TDs but also 3 Ints. RB Ike McBride had an ok day 17-117 1 TD. Only ok because 67 of those yards came on 1 carry meaning 16-50 on the rest of her carries. The receiving core struggled mightily against the stout Predator D. TE Adam Williams led the way with 6-73. Williams was the only WR or TE with more than 5 catches and he tied with Deuce Fenech for the lead with 73 yards. The Glory Defense completely shut down Keith Swearingen 31-55 but had no answers for TD Drew and the Predator passing game. It has definitely been a rough go so far for the Glory. They will look to rebound when they travel to Fort Worth to take on the equally struggling Toros. It might be a stretch to call this an elimination game but with both teams at 2-4 and neither seeming to have found their form the loser of this game will be in dire straits as far as the playoffs go. That’s just The Walk of Life.

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TEAM: Jacksonville Kings, 2-4MOVEMENT: ↑3

Marcus Dunhill doing Marcus Dunhill things. The Jacksonville signal-caller turned in a virtuoso performance – slinging for 33-for-39, 453 yards passing, five touchdowns and 1 INT to help the Kings blast past Carolina, 42-14. Many of those passing yards went to Greyson Willis – 230 of them and two touchdowns to be exact – who kept finding separation from the Carolina secondary. The offensive showcase was made possible by a feisty defensive effort that helped turned the Skyhawk offense over four times. Strong safety Greg Gaines intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble to frustrate the Carolina offense. Even playing from ahead, Carolina had no answer for a precision passing game that used the whole field. This two-game win streak suddenly props the Kings up to 2-4 and the playoffs do not seem like the unreal stretch they were a couple weeks ago. They host Tulsa this weekend where a win draws them even closer to the playoff contender pack. And if Marcus Dunhill keeps doing Marcus Dunhill things, look out.

RANK: 20
TEAM: Fort Worth Toros, 2-4MOVEMENT: ↓8

Things just aren’t going well for the Fort Worth offense right now. The 3 points scored against a stout LA defence illustrates that better than anything. The result was a 3-20 loss in a defensive game which also demonstrated how good the Toros defence is. If they could just get the O working smoothly, they should be back up into playoff consideration in no time. Cameron Curtis was, almost unfairly, asked to throw the ball 56 times, no doubt a product of being behind during the game. Zero TDs and four picks later, well…you get the picture. Stephen Hacker was a one man receiving group for much of the game, until it came to the end zone. As previously stated, defence wasn’t an issue. Ayden Davis showed his ability once again with a pick and 37 yard return, and Delaney Nash was busy all game, flying around the field, making a couple of tackles behind the line. Fort Worth have a great chance to get back to winning ways this weekend as they host Lone Star. They will be favourites in this divisional clash. They need, now more than ever, to take advantage.

RANK: 21
TEAM: Tulsa Desperados, 2-4MOVEMENT: ↓4

Sonzo Robinson had 6.1 yards per carry. That stat was about as good as it got for the Tulsa Desperados, as they meekly fell at home 24-14 to the Queen City Corsairs. The stifling QCC defense and power running game meant that Jay Cue had to be perfect to win this one. He wasn’t. Cue threw 3 picks which consistently halted any glimpse of momentum Tulsa may have been gaining. He is still making rookie errors in his second season and I’m sure Tulsa will be looking for an improvement after spending a high draft pick last season. Tulsa did get 14 points however they came through the pure athleticism of Gabriel Manning. Manning returned two kicks for a touchdown, a rarity that maybe happens once every couple of seasons. Beside that, the Desperados just need to look to this weekend. A journey to Jacksonville is a winnable one. It needs to be.

RANK: 22
TEAM: Carolina Skyhawks, 2-4MOVEMENT: ↓6

The defense was inconsistent stopping the passing game. The offense was sputtery and committed four costly turnovers. The Carolina Skyhawks were throttled by Jacksonville, 42-14 – moving them into a tie with their divisional rivals for third place in the Atlantic. It was an unceremonious way to close out the first half the season. There have been bright spots for the squad this season, but a 2-4 record and uphill climb await them in the second half. The Carolina offense currently ranks 21st in total yards and 23rd in rushing yards per game (49.5). The coaching staff will need to search for ways to unlock and unleash Logan Jack for the stretch run to bring the offense more balance. The defense ranks 20th in yards allowed and 22nd in passing yards allowed. The Skyhawk defense must find a way to become more suffocating – especially on third down. Fast. No rest for the weary, as they travel to Queen City this weekend to try and topple the undefeated Corsairs.

RANK: 23
TEAM: San Diego Mavericks, 1-5MOVEMENT: ↓5

The Mavericks need to get Tom Cruise on the phone. I hear he does his own stunts! Perhaps he can spark something that will last for the team from sunny San Diego? 3 interceptions, a fumble, allowing 3 sacks, even with the defense getting 2 interceptions of their own they still allowed Legion QB Pepper to have a 77 completion percentage, and take a harsh loss: 20-44. Just one week after riding the high of taking down the potent Arizona Scorpions for their first win, they were shot out of the sky by the Vancouver Legion. Say it isn’t so, San Diego… Say it won’t be just a 1 win season. Looking at the rest of the schedule, there is not much time to breathe. This team needs to find its way. These Mavericks need to get to jinking, bat-turn this season, and gain angles on the rest of their opponents. You showed us what you could do… Now, get back at it! The Mavericks fly to Charleston to battle the Predators in Week 7.

RANK: 24
TEAM: Sioux Falls Sparrows, 1-5MOVEMENT: -0

If you avoid the 5 turnovers on offense, this stat line looks fairly decent for the Sioux Falls Sparrows, who drop to 1-5 and stay at the bottom of our Power Rankings. The Sparrows displayed a large volume of offense through the air and on the ground. The issue, apart from the turnovers, was the inability to cross into the end zone regularly enough. Tyree had a bunch of yards, but gave the ball away 5 times including 1 fumble – on the road to Arizona, that’s simply not going to get it done. Colin Hart managed to cross the whitewash in the first half but other than that, a couple of Field Goals was all Tyree had to show for his efforts. The Sparrows defence would have needed a Season 15 type performance to hold Arizona below 20. Alas, it didn’t happen and Sioux Falls whimpered to the end of the contest. The Sparrows are struggling to go blow for blow with teams – a visit from Vancouver next week is unlikely to be any different.