Mid-Season All Pro Team

Disclaimer: These are not official awards, these are merely mid-season awards. Final awards will be announced after final week of regular season. Individual performance is the most important factor in this process, over a team’s W/L record. 

All-Pro

 

QB: Nick Venuto, The Untouchables (1)

Averages (through 4 games): 433.5 passing yards, 6.25 TDs, 67.8%, 12.1 YPA

The gunslinger behind the big play attack of The Untouchables, Venuto has completed 10 passes of 50+ yards. Engineering an offense that is averaging 44.75 points per game, which is the highest scoring offense in the league.

 

Lineman: Garrett Lavaggi, Woodchucks (1)

Averages (through 4 games): 5 receptions, 41.25 yards, 1.5 TD

The big offseason addition from the disbanded Mean Machine, there is no denying the impact Lavaggi has had on the already deep Woodchucks lineup. He has scored multiple TDs in 2 of the first 4 games of the season, as well as boasting a 20/22 catch to targets ratio as John Zitani’s safety valve.

 

WR: Anthony Carlo, The Untouchables (2)

Averages (through 3 games) 7.6 receptions, 229.3 yards, 3.3 TD

I ain’t saying the man is unstoppable, I’m just saying he ain’t been stopped yet. Carlo has benefitted from the big arm of QB Nick Venuto, cashing in for many long bombs over the secondary. He has had receptions of 70,65,58,55(twice),52, and 50 yards thus far.

 

WR: Peter Torres, The Unwanted (1)

Averages (through 4 games) 7.25 receptions, 161.5 yards, 2.75 TD

Torres and his running mate Maliq Black have oozed confidence since their week 1 debut, and big plays are now the norm during Unwanted games. Torres started his career off by scoring a TD over 40+ yards in weeks 1,2, and 3.

 

WR: Billy Belford, Woodchucks (2)

Averages (through 4 games) 6.5 receptions, 120.5 yards, 1.75 TD

Belford has stepped his game up in the absence of Kyle Spatz, who is nursing a hamstring injury. Belford’s one handed catch against the Shockers wowed many, and he has shown elite catch and run ability. His 10 catches and 170 yards against the Shockers week 3 were the most catches and yards allowed by them all season.

 

WR: Mike Lawrence, Rabid Squirrels (1)

Averages (through 5 games) 6 receptions, 116 yards, 2 TD

Another former Mean Machine member shows up on the list, and it should come as to no surprise. Lawrence has continued to improve in his first go around as Rabid Squirrel, leading the league in catches through week 4 with 30. He has 5 consecutive games with a TD reception to go along with his 19.3 yards per catch.

 

Rusher: Steve Soletto, Shockers (1)

Stats (through 4 games) 10 sacks

The Shockers defense has taken down the Warewolves and Woodchucks already this season, as well as anyone else to step in their path. The constant heat and pressure Soletto brings to the table is a huge reason why. Averaging over 2 sacks a game, Soletto has saved his best work for the big games so far. Smooth is the word to describe his flag pulls off of a would be passer. He had 6 of his sacks against the aforementioned Wolves and Chucks.

 

Rusher: Joe Ganzy, Average Joes (1)

Stats (through 4 games) 8 sacks

Average Joe Ganzy was the only Joe to do anything worth noting in their week 1 blowout against the Chucks, as he sacked John Zitani not once but twice. Todd Kaiser had a bad day as well against Ganzy, consistently receiving pressure up the middle. He joins Dan Erickson as the only player with a sack in every game this season, and edges out the Shocker for one simple reason. The Shockers defense is deep and full of depth, whereas Ganzy has 8 of his teams 9 total sacks. He is a one man wrecking crew out there for the #AverageJoeArmy.

 

DB: Shane Capone, Warewolves (1)

Stats (through 3 games) 3 INTs, 2 for TD

There is no denying the physical ability anytime to watch Capone shadow a receiver, and his instincts and playmaking are an added bonus. 2 weeks ago, he jumped a Todd Kaiser route to take a pick to the house from the Unwanted’s goal line, swinging the momentum in the game. His flag pulling ability and pursuit speed make him an elite defensive back.

 

DB: Jihad Castro, Rabid Squirrels (2)

Stats (through 5 games) 4 INTs

The Rabid Squirrels secondary possess a playmaking defensive back that has picked off 4 of the 5 quarterbacks he has faced thus far. Castro can match up physically with the top receivers in the JSGFFL, and at this point its almost a question about not if but when he will get his hands on another interception.

 

DB: Devon Snead, Shockers (2)

Stats (through 4 games) 3 INTs, 1 for TD

The last of the Mean Machine members to make the Mid-Season All Pro team, Snead was a great pickup for an already loaded defense. Devon fit right in the defensive scheme, and he has been covering the opposing team’s top receiver at times. Teams have been forced to test him with the other quality DBs and pass rushers for the Shockers, and Snead has been happy to pick off 3 of the passes thrown his way thus far. His flag pulling and top end speed are both top line.

 

DB: Chris Jensen, Woodchucks (3)

Stats (through 4 games) 2 INTs

Not all DBs are judged by their interceptions, and Jensen left his stamp on the week 4 matchup against the Warewolves by blanketing Shane Capone all day. Capone ended up with only 4 receptions for 53 yards. Jensen had a big interception against the Shockers, and he is one of the more underrated players in the league.

 

10 players that could easily find themselves as All-Pro’s by season’s end (in no particular order)

QB John Zitani, Woodchucks

QB Chris Angelini, Warewolves

QB Todd Kaiser, The Unwanted

WR Maliq Black, The Unwanted

WR Corey Feldman, The Untouchables

WR Mike Sparrowe, Average Joes

Rusher Dan Erickson, Shockers

DB Joe DeTroia, Woodchucks

DB Bryan Soletto, Shockers

DB Devon McEllen, Woodchucks

 

Mike Odom

#JSGFFL

Power Rankings – Week 3

Power rankings
1. (Last Weeks Ranking: 2) Shockers (3-0)

Won 36-32 vs Woodchucks

Next opponent: Rabid Squirrels (1-3)

Very rarely does anything exceed the hype nowadays, but the battle last week between the Shockers and Woodchucks will go down as an all timer in JSGFFL history. After blowing a 12 point lead, the Shockers showed their resiliency in the waning moments of the game. Starting QB Joe Guiffre had to exit the game with 35 seconds left, leaving Bryan Soletto to take over with no timeouts and a running clock. After a short checkdown, a pass he threw with both gloves on, the unlikely hero heaved one into the endzone and Jim Florimont went up and snagged it as time expired. A retooled roster has brought this team to a 3-0 start including wins over the #2 and #3 ranked teams on this list, and an undefeated season could be in their sights. There is no question they will be considered the favorites in their remaining games. 
2. (1) Woodchucks (2-1)

Lost 32-36 vs Shockers

Next opponent: Warewolves (3-1)

A team couldn’t look any better in a loss than the Woodchucks did last week, but don’t try and tell that to the players that don the black and white jerseys every Saturday. Many guys took the loss very hard and were visibly distraught when they left Winding River Park. Having said that, I fully expect the team to regroup and get back to their same old selves the rest of the season. This weeks opponent is an old enemy in the Warewolves, so their mettle will be tested once again. 
3. (3) Warewolves (3-1)

Won 52-20 vs Unwanted

Next opponent: Woodchucks (2-1)

A big win in week 3 has the Wolves rolling, and the opportunity they have been presented with this week could allow them to springboard into the upper tier with a W. The offense is humming, with Chris Angelini spreading the ball to his plethora of targets. The player to watch is Shane Capone, a man who has won both offensive and defensive player of the week this season already. His playmaking ability on both sides of the ball is a marvel to behold. 
4. (4) The Unwanted (3-1)

Won 38-36 vs Untouchables

Lost 20-52 vs Warewolves 

Next opponent: Average Joes (2-1)

A split doubleheader is never a bad thing. Despite losing handily to the Wolves, the team moved the ball often against them. The first game ended with Todd Kaiser throwing a strike for a game winning touchdown to Bobby Forcella in the corner of the endzone. The receivers on this squad, combined with the QB, makes this a passing game that is as lethal as anyone’s. The biggest issue has been defense: can they stop anybody?
5. (5) The Untouchables (1-2)

Lost 36-38 vs The Unwanted

Next opponent: Sassafrassa (0-3)

This team may only have 1 win, but they have battle tested players and a quality quarterback with targets. Anthony Carlo is arguably the hardest cover in the league, and his gaudy average per catch speaks to that. If they can get the ship steered in the right direction, a playoff berth is still a high possibility.
6. (6) Average Joes (2-1)

Won 35-7 vs Spartans

Next opponent: The Unwanted (3-1)

The Joes are just beginning to get their feet wet, but they have swam when faced with a sink or swim reality after week 1. Two straight wins after that blowout have this young franchise on the upswing, despite some flaws still showing. They have found themselves a QB, and the defense is making plays on a weekly basis. If the offense finds itself some consistency, the sky is the limit for this rambunctious group of talented players.
7. (7) Rabid Squirrels (1-3)

Won 36-28 vs Sassafrassa

Next opponent: Shockers (3-0)

The Squirrels finally got off the schnide last week, posting a big win against the SassaFrassa. A few bounces the other way and this team could have been 4-0. Alas, they sit at 1-3 but they aren’t done yet. WR Mike Lawrence is clearly one of the top weapons in the league, and the experience is there with this squad. Is there enough time for them to rally towards a postseason berth?
8. (8) Sassafrassa (0-3)

Lost 28-36 vs Rabid Squirrels

Next opponent: The Untouchables (1-2) & Spartans (0-3)

With each passing week, the SassaFrassa continue to show improvement. Unfortunately for them, it hasn’t translated it’s the win column yet. The passing game is coming along, as they try to break in their QB Mike Mitton. A solid defense has been exposed late in games, but there is still reason for optimism for the tie dyed warriors.
9. (9) Spartans (0-3)

Lost 7-35 vs Average Joes

Next opponent: Sassafrassa (0-3)

The team is still trying to find its identity, but there is hope for the future. Terron Maples flashed elite game breaking skill last week, and the passing game has slowly been improving as they stabilize the quarterback position. Their first W shouldn’t be too far away so as long as they keep the momentum they are building.

Mike Odom

#JSGFFL 

 

Power Rankings – Week 2

1. (Last Weeks Ranking: 1) Woodchucks (2-0)

Won 58-12 vs Spartans

Next opponent: Shockers (2-0)

How much wood would a wood chuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? I don’t know, but I sure know these Woodchucks can score a lot of points. Averaging 63.5 points a game through two weeks, this storied franchise shows no signs of slowing down. John Zitani uncharacteristically threw 2 interceptions, but also threw for 477 yards and 7 TDs. Garrett Lavaggi had 3 sacks and the secondary picked off 3 passes on their way to another stout defensive showing. The Woodchucks can lock up a long stint at the top of these rankings and the standings with a win this week over the Shockers.

2. (2) Shockers (2-0)

Won 54-12 vs SassaFrassa

Next opponent: Woodchucks (2-0)

The Shockers are without a doubt one of the top two teams going in the JSGFFL. There is also no doubt that the Woodchucks have more titles and also won the last head to head matchup between these two. So while the Shockers rolled to a dominant 54-12 victory over the talented yet unproven SassaFrassa, one has to wonder if they had the Woodchucks on their mind as early as last Saturday. QB Joe Giuffre had another typical aerial clinic, passing for 442 yards and 7 TDs. And the defense was as swarming as ever, with their new cover man Devon Snead making his presence felt early and often. They are clicking on all cylinders and seem ready to go against the ‘Chucks. A win this week would go a long way towards their ultimate goal: winning the championship.

3. (3) Warewolves (2-1)

Won 42-26 vs The Untouchables

Next Opponent: The Unwanted (2-0)

There is no reason to believe this team couldn’t make the Big Two a Big Three in this league very quickly. The talent this team fields ranks up there with anyone, and they have a quarterback that can spread the ball to his plethora of targets. Sean McAndrew (12-171-2), Vin Elardo (17-351-4) and Shane Capone (8-131-4) are arguably the hardest trio to cover in this league. It all comes down to consistency for this team. They need the players on the field week in week out, and the mental lapses that plagued them last year need to disappear. After an impressive performance week 2, a loss to the up and rising Unwanted will leave this team right back where they started at 2-2. It will no doubt be a huge statement game for both teams.

4. (5) The Unwanted (2-0)

Won 32-30 vs Rabid Squirrels

Next Opponent: Untouchables (1-1), Warewolves (2-1)

Another week, another shoot out survived by this group of players that are making their presence felt early in the JSGFFL. They have beaten two unproven teams thus far, and face their first true test this week as they draw the doubleheader. The first game against The Untouchables would be a nice win, but a W against the Warewolves would put this team on the map. QB Todd Kaiser has yet to throw a pick (10-0 ratio) and the only thing more impressive than reading his statistics is actually watching him play. He has a beautiful deep ball and has two burners on the outside in Maliq Black and Peter Torres. Thus far Torres has caught 3 passes of over 40 yards, while Black has 2. Don’t forget about Nate Reynolds, who moonlights as a Spartan as well.

5. (4) The Untouchables (1-1)

Lost 42-26 vs Warewolves

Next Opponent: The Unwanted (2-0)

It’s always tough when you lose the Offensive Player of the Week to injury, and that’s what happened to this team. Without Anthony Carlo, Nick Venuto found last seasons leading receiver Corey Feldman 7 times on 8 targets for 120 yards and 4 TDs. The highlight was a wrap around behind the back snag for 49 yards by Feldman, but the team ended up falling short by 2 touchdowns. The defense has yet to show much, registering 0 sacks and 0 INTs while giving up 44 points per game. This teams success will hinge on three players: Nick Venuto, Anthony Carlo, and Corey Feldman. Can they win enough shootouts to be a playoff team?

6. (8) Average Joes (1-1)

Won 34-22 vs Rabid Squirrels

Next Opponent: Spartans (0-2)

Sure, they were playing a team at the back end of their doubleheader. Sure, that team only won 1 game last season. Sure, that team had to bring in their backup QB who had zero reps throwing to his receivers beforehand. But let it be known, the Average Joes won their first game in style, sealing a hard fought victory by pulling away in the closing seconds. The enthusiasm the team shows on the sideline is good for the league, and its easy to wipe away week 1 as just a bad day at the office. The team moved the ball much more effectively week 2 when QB Brandon Koppenjan was leading the squad. The Average Joes have a legitimate chance this week against the 0-2 Spartans, and a 2-1 start despite that Woodchucks drumming would be just fine.

7.(6) Rabid Squirrels (0-3)

Lost 32-30 vs The Unwanted, lost 34-22 vs Average Joes

Next Opponent: Sassafrassa (0-2)

While 3 winless teams remain, there is a decent sized gap between the Squirrels and the other 2. For one, this team lost by 3 and then 2 points in their first two games. A 2-0 start was in their grasp, and it slipped away. And this team learned last week that they now have TWO capable quarterbacks. John Petrowski is slight of frame for a lineman but is also becoming a great underneath receiving threat, evidenced by his 6.6 receptions a game. The breaks just haven’t gone their way, and the loss to the Average Joes to close out week 2 left them in a deep 0-3 hole. This game against the SassaFrassa is a must win in my opinion.

8. (7) SassaFrassa (0-2)

Lost 54-12 vs Shockers

Next Opponent: Rabid Squirrels (0-3)

This team is trying to find both their identity and their quarterback. Unfortunately for them, their opening schedule hasn’t been very forgiving to experimentation. The passing game has been devoured by two veteran defenses, posting a meager 4-9 TD-INT ratio thus far. However, the defense picked off elite QB Joe Guiffre last week 2 times, and Billy Exner has shown some promise in the passing game as a pass catcher. The receiver core has some talent, but can anyone get them the ball?

9. (9) Spartans (0-2)

Lost 58-12 vs Woodchucks

Next Opponent: Average Joes (1-1)

The Spartans picked a rough time to play musical chairs at the QB position. Rich Dynak and Frank Haverick both tried their hand at QB, but the Woodchucks ate them alive. The expansion team is still in its early stages, and they need to find a steady leader under center before they can begin to think about competing. It will be a long season for the Spartans faithful if they can’t get it straightened out soon.

-Mike Odom
#JSGFFL

Power Rankings – Week 1

1. Woodchucks (1-0, won 69-6)
Next opponent: Spartans
The Average Joes were on the wrong side of some serious frustration being released week 1. Motivated by their playoff loss 2 weeks ago, the Woodchucks intercepted the first two passes thrown by their opponents and quickly capitalized on those turnovers. QB John Zitani captained an up tempo offense, throwing a whopping 8 touchdown passes while tying for highest completion percentage in the league at 72.7%. The defense had 6 INTs on the day, returning one of them to paydirt. Offseason addition Garrett Lavaggi showed his nose for the endzone, catching 3 TDs while even attempting a pass at one point. This team is as experienced and unified as anyone in the league, and they will be one of the top dogs in the title hunt until proven otherwise.

 

2. Shockers (1-0, won 35-18)
Next opponent: SassaFrassa
The Artists Formerly Known as The Bombers aka The Shockers also came into week 1 with a chip on their shoulder following their playoff loss 2 weeks ago. The pass rush was in the oppositions backfield all day, piling up 6 sacks and 3 INTs. QB Joe Giuffre was his usual self, tossing 5 TDs against a solid defense in the Warewolves. With their newest addition Devon Snead snagging an interception week 1, the sky is the limit for this team.

 

3. Warewolves (1-1, won 36-12, lost 35-18)
Next opponent: The Untouchables
This team showed their Jekyll and Hyde identity opening weekend, easily winning the first game in Winding River history. The passing game was clicking, as Chris Angelini fed his two big pass targets in Vin Elardo and Sean McAndrew while the defense got a solid pass rush as well as picking off 2 passes. Game two, the turnovers came at the misfortune of the Wolves, as they fell behind early and struggled. When this team is on, they can beat anyone. But the offense struggles in the redzone at times and the D has shown they are prone to the deep ball.

 

4. Untouchables (1-0, won 49-46)
Next opponent: Warewolves
In the game of the day, the Untouchables simply outgunned the opposition. Despite the final score being so close, the lead was in their possession most of the game. And while you’re worried about the 46 points allowed, you have to love the moxie shown by Nick Venuto. He threw for 505 yards and 7 TDs, hitting his favorite target Anthony Carlo 5 times for 220 yards and 3 TDs. The deep ball to Carlo is going to be hard to stop the rest of this season.

 

5. The Unwanted (1-0, won 31-19)
Next opponent: Rabid Squirrels
A thrown together unit of free agents tagged with a clever name, the Unwanted managed to win their inaugural game and showed promise for the future. Todd Kaiser had the highest QB rating in the league, hitting Bobby Forcella and Nate Reynolds each twice for touchdowns. The team is working on chemistry and that will dictate how far they go this season

 

6. Rabid Squirrels (0-1, lost 49-46)
Next opponent: Unwanted, Average Joes
Much like last season, the Squirrels came up just a few points short and found themselves running out of time. The offense was humming, as Sean Collins threw a week 1 high 512 yards and consistently moved the ball. John Petrowski made 2 highlight reel catches, finishing with 10 snags on the day for 120 yards. But the team was behind most of the day, and just couldn’t get over the hump and take the lead. Will this be the season the Squirrels truly go Rabid?

 

7. SassaFrassa (0-1, lost 36-12)
Next opponent: Shockers
The first game of Winding River Park didn’t bode well for the SassaFrassa, as they struggled to get it going early on. Despite the opening day loss, the team showed some promise late. The receiving core looks deep and the passing game should only continue to develop.

 

8. Average Joes (0-1, lost 69-6)
Next opponent: Rabid Squirrels
This team was blown out of the water, there is no way around that. But they showed up in masse and early, and they surely seem dedicated. Factor in the fact that their projected starting QB missed week 1 and almost every bounce went the other teams way, it’s best to just throw out the film from this game and get ready for the Rabid Squirrels.

 

9. Spartans (0-1, lost 31-19)
Next opponent: Woodchucks
This team committed the biggest sin of all last week, having to open the game with only 5 players week 1. The team lost its captain and struggled with chemistry. All hope isn’t lost, as they showed some fight and their ranking could rise once they straighten the ship.

 
-Mike Odom
#JSGFFL