Power Rankings

Week 6 SFL Power Rankings

Record:  5-0 (Tied 1st in West)

Week 5 Result: 48-35  win over Oklahoma City

Rank Change:  –

Week 6 Opponent: Sioux Falls

 

This past Sunday, the Mexico City Aztecs staked their claim as the number one team in the SFL for Season 9. Oklahoma City led the Aztecs 35-24 at the half, but unfortunately for them, Mexico brought The Wall, keeping the Renegades scoreless for the second half. King Wallis, Pablo Zamora and Chase Story were all instrumental in nullifying Oklahoma’s air attack, while owner/cornerback Joey Lynn notched an interception. On the offensive side of the ball, it was the spicy Mustard Bird himself, Dijon Swann, that had 3 crucial receptions, moving the chains for a first down each time and keeping Mexico City marching downfield. In addition to this, Matt Willson almost had a 400 yard game, and the Altered Beast himself, Ray Bentley, became the first rusher this season to break 1,000 yards. Mexico City travels to the Dakotas this week for a rematch against Sioux Falls and would love to add another Sparrow feather to their victory headdress.    -Orbdad

Record:  5-0 (Tied 1st in West)

Week 5 Result:  34-23 win over Sioux Falls

Rank Change:  +1

Week 6 Opponent: Alaska

 

Record:  4-1 (Tied 2nd in East)

Week 5 Result:  24-20 win over Tallahassee

Rank Change:  +3

Week 6 Opponent: Baltimore

 

In a highly anticipated matchup between two Eastern Conference foes, the Atlanta Swarm ended Tallahassee Pride’s undefeated season in a nail-biting win. The Swarm’s defense stopped this high-powered offense led by Christian Christiansen and J.Calvin Kim. They held the Pride to -6 rushing yards and forced 3 interceptions, two of which by Colin Lamarche and Mahmoud Ajlouni were in the red zone. Nic Nitro also had a interception in the game. Atlanta scored the go-ahead touchdown with 30 seconds left in the game on a deep throw from Mandel to Vinson, who alongside Boo Chisholm and Kody Taylor, had a huge game. This was a hard fought battle by two tough teams as the first half score was only 3-0. The final score was 24-17. Atlanta heads to Baltimore next who are having a mediocre season at 3-2, but have shown an ability to rebound in recent weeks.     -Mahmoud Ajlouni

Record:  4-1 (Tied 2nd in East)

Week 5 Result:  24-20 loss to Atlanta

Rank Change:  -2

Week 6 Opponent: St. Louis

 

Two words were on the minds of Tallahassee Pride fans when the clock ran out in Atlanta this past Sunday: “What happened?” The game was a tense defensive contest through three quarters until it exploded in the fourth. Running back J. Calvin Kim had been neck-in-neck with Mexico’s Ray Bentley for rushing supremacy, but up against Atlanta, he ended up losing four yards on fourteen carries, while catching a season-high 12 passes. It wasn’t all dire, however, as Kenneth “Kenny Geezus” Gosset balled out, recording 163 yards on just 9 receptions and the defense had every single star player record at least a tackle. Frank Goodin’s ego might be a little bruised after that contest, but the Pride aren’t; they’re tackling the St. Louis Gladiators at home this week and are ready to get back on the road to the playoffs after a small stumble in Atlanta.    -OrbDad

Record:  4-1 (Tied 2nd in East)

Week 5 Result:  42-24 win over St. Louis

Rank Change:  -1

Week 6 Opponent: Chicago

 

The last time the St. Louis Gladiators went up against the Corsairs, fans assumed that Queen City was on its way to making a statement that they are the winningest team in the SFL. How did the rematch go? The Corsairs still came out of the Gateway City with a win, but nowhere near as impressive as when they brought the full fire and fury down on the Gladiators for Season 9’s opening game. The defense put up some impressive numbers, including 7 tackles for losses from 4 players (Stenzo Woods Jr, Avry King, Alex Cross and Colton May) and one 42-yard interception by Avry King. Offensively, Queen City outpaced the Gladiators by just over 100 yards, with AJ Caswell throwing just one interception to Ethan Alexander’s 2. Next week, Queen City returns home to take on the Chicago Wildcats in the Battle of the Great Lakes.    -OrbDad

Record:  3-2 (Tied 3rd in West)

Week 5 Result:  55-28 win over Dallas

Rank Change:  +4

Week 6 Opponent: Houston

 

Record:  3-2 (Tied 4th in East)

Week 5 Result:  59-44 win over Cleveland

Rank Change:  –

Week 6 Opponent: Atlanta

 

Record:  3-2 (Tied 4th in East)

Week 5 Result:  52-31 win over Carolina

Rank Change:  +1

Week 6 Opponent: Queen City

In what was seen by many as a revenge game, owner Shann Varner got the better of his former team in a big way, scoring 45 points before the intermission. Much of the offensive explosion was due in part to Dion Hawkins, who had a career high 282 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns. Rodrick Moore scored touchdowns on all 3 of his receptions. The defense played on a high level as well, holding future SFL Hall of Famer HB Johnny English to only 57 yards rushing. LB Espnn Ry’Ale had a noteworthy day on defense, totaling 5 tackles, a tackle for loss, and 2 pass deflections. They’ll need more of that type of defensive effort if they want to knock off the Queen City Corsairs on the road. Some key matchups to watch out for will be how ET King performs against the Corsair defense, who don’t have a star corner and how the Wildcat defense will limit HB Kyle Walsh, who currently sits at 3rd in yards rushing and 1st in rushing TDs.     -21 Maurice Spurgeon – CHI Pres

Record:  2-3 (Tied 3rd in West)

Week 5 Result:  34-23 loss to Houston

Rank Change:  -3

Week 6 Opponent: Mexico City

 

Record:  2-3 (Tied 4th in West)

Week 5 Result:  55-28 loss to Alaska

Rank Change:  -2

Week 6 Opponent: Vancouver

 

Record:  2-3 (5th in East)

Week 5 Result: 59-44 loss to Baltimore

Rank Change:  +1

Week 6 Opponent: Carolina

 

Record:  2-3 (Tied 4th in West)

Week 5 Result:  48-35 loss to Mexico City

Rank Change:  -1

Week 6 Opponent: San Antonio

 

Record:  0-5 (Tied last in East)

Week 5 Result:  52-31 loss to Chicago

Rank Change:  –

Week 6 Opponent: Cleveland

 

Carolina had bits and pieces of success against Chicago, but the Wildcats burst out to a commanding halftime lead as the Skyhawks fell 52-31 Tuesday night at the Thunderdome.  Offensively, quarterback Mark Biddix was solid in Week 5 as he was 32 for 50 for 280 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions. Biddix is third in the SFL in passing yards and has thrown nine interceptions, putting him in the lower and better half of that category among SFL quarterbacks. Carolina could only get 60 yards on the ground and were just 5 of 16 on third-down conversions. The Skyhawks could get little traction in the first half before having a better second half. Some ill-fated swing passes to the flat derailed a couple Carolina drives. The Skyhawks are currently 12th in the SFL in points per game at 27.2. Defensively, Carolina had a tough night, especially in the first half, falling behind 45-10 at halftime. Chicago running back Dion Hawkins ran for 282 yards and three touchdowns in the win as Chicago looked unstoppable in the opening 22 minutes. One bright spot for the Carolina defense came in the third quarter as the Skyhawks secondary intercepted three ET King passes with Jake Fraser running one back for a touchdown. Carolina’s defense allowed 538 total yards to the Wildcats. Carolina looks to turn it around and pick up its first win of the season in Week 6 when the Skyhawks host Cleveland (2-3) at David A. Richardson Memorial Stadium. Cleveland won the first meeting between the two teams 56-30 in Week 3.     -ReedyG3

Record:  1-4  (5th in West)

Week 5 Result:  51-49 win over San Antonio

Rank Change:  +2

Week 6 Opponent: San Antonio

 

Record:  0-5  (Tied last in West)

Week 5 Result:  51-49 loss to Vancouver

Rank Change:  -1

Week 6 Opponent: Oklahoma City

 

Record:  0-5 (Tied last in East)

Week 5 Result:  52-24 loss to Queen City

Rank Change:  -1

Week 6 Opponent: Tallahassee

 

There are not many bright spots on an 0-5 team, but the spots that exist are shining like the sun. The Gladiators defense has given up an average of 36.6 points per game in their last 3 games, as opposed to 48 points in their first two. That’s certainly an improvement to be proud of, but it needs to get lower. On offense, the Gladiators have scored a an average of 21.3 points per game in their last 3 games as opposed to 13.5 on their first two. These are observable improvements, but have not been enough to get a win. However, there is one bright spot that shines brighter than them all, new rookie running back Adam Fennell. He had a monstrous performance on Sunday when he took the field against the Corsairs. Fennell racked up 217 rushing yards on only 19 carries. Besides averaging 11 yards per carry, Fennell also called his shot just after the halftime break and ran for 70+ yard touchdown out of the gate. Next week, the Gladiators travel to Tallahassee to take on the Pride after they lost their undefeated season in a thriller to Atlanta on Monday Night.    -fridayindahouse3604