1. Shockers (Last Week: 1) 5-0
Last Week: Won vs Spartans 47-6
Next Week: vs The Unwanted (3-3)
Off: 379.4 ypg, 43.2 ppg
Def: 279.8 ypg, 19.2 ppg
Despite playing a lesser opponent, the Shockers continued their dominant roll through the JSGFFL schedule. Complacency was not an issue, as Charlie Barbarie returned from a 2 game absence to torch the Spartans defense. Joe Guiffre looked good, tossing 5 TDs to lead a fiery offensive attack. The playmaking skills of Devon Snead were on full display in week 5. Not only did he catch a TD on offense, he also scored 2 on the defensive side of the ball. 2 interceptions plus a fumble recovery earned him Defensive Player of the Week honors. This roster is talented from top to bottom, and the return of DB Shannon Hill only bolsters their very good chances of going 8-0.
2. Warewolves (2) 5-1
Last Week: Won vs Average Joes 56-12
Next Week: vs Rabid Squirrels (2-4)
Off: 384.5 ypg, 39.6 ppg
Def: 307.6 ypg, 22.8 ppg
The Warewolves are howling down the home stretch of the season, winning 4 games in a row. Despite some theories from rival opponents questioning the tactics being employed by the Wolves in game prep, there is no denying the on field execution and success. QB Chris Angelini continued his bid to be MVP, tossing 6 TDs and 0 INTs while completing 26 of 36 passes. Missing Sean McAndrew, the team found an unlikely offensive weapon in Scott Dalconzo. He finished the day with 121 yards and 3 TDs. Vin Elardo and Shane Capone continued their two way dominance Saturday. Capone had 2 receiving TDs as well a pick 6, only to be bested by Vin Elardo’s 201 receiving yards and pick 6 of his own. It seems like the sky is the limit for this storied franchise.
3. Woodchucks (3) 3-2
Last Week: Won vs The Untouchables 56-48
Next Week: vs SassaFrassa (2-4)
Off: 407.4 ypg, 49.4 ppg
Def: 315 ypg, 27.2 ppg
For the third week in a row, the Woodchucks game came down to the last drive. Fortunately for the ‘Chuck faithful, this time it ended with a W. The Untouchables gave them all they could handle and then some, coming back from down big early to rally. John Zitani simply outscored the vaunted Untouchables offense, tossing 8 TDs and 493 yards on the day. The defense, missing some key starters, struggled to contain the downfield passing game. But there were many big plays made, most by Devon McEllen. He contributed 3 receiving TDs and had an INT. Despite losing to both the Shockers and Warewolves, the Woodchucks are just salivating at the idea of a rematch with either squad in the playoffs. And we will most likely see one of those matchups, come the postseason.
4. The Untouchables (4) 2-3
Last Week: Lost vs Woodchucks 56-48
Next Week: vs Spartans (0-6), Average Joes (3-2)
Off: 446.2 ypg, 45.4 ppg
Def: 465.4, 44.6 ppg
You may ask yourself, how could a team with a losing record be ranked ahead of team’s with winning records? That’s the beauty of the power rankings. It’s not just based off of wins and losses. The Untouchables offense has been downright unstoppable in past weeks, and is clearly in the upper echelon of the league. While their defense posts miserable numbers, this is an offensive driven league. The big plays consistently produced by QB Nick Venuto, who has 2231 yards in 5 games, and his pair of WRs in Anthony Carlo and Corey Feldman have given this team a shot in every game. Both Feldman and Carlo have 12 receiving TDs through 4 games each, giving them an average of 3 per game. 3! The passing attack can cover up the defensive deficiencies, and The Untouchables will be in shootouts weekly from here on out.
5. Average Joes (5) 3-2
Last Week: Lost vs Warewolves 56-12
This Week: The Untouchables (2-3)
Off: 298.8 ypg, 26.8 ppg
Def: 357 ypg, 36 ppg
It was a harsh week for the Average Joes, as they were easily beaten by the veteran laden Warewolves. The enthusiasm that has been ever so prevalent on the sidelines wasn’t there in week 5. We shall see what week 6 brings us in another big game for the Joes. The QB situation has stabilized since Brandon Koppenjan took over in week 2. The turnovers have been an issue (11 INTs), but the big plays between Koppenjan and WR Mike Sparrowe have put the squad in playoff contention. And don’t forget about Average Joe Ganzy, who is chasing quarterbacks and the JSGFFL Sack crown. He is one of two players to have double digit sacks. The talent on the field for the Joes is legit, but they need more big game experience before they can take the next step. Is a playoff test in their future?
6. Rabid Squirrels (7) 2-4
Last Week: Won vs Spartans 56-14
This Week: vs Warewolves (5-1)
Off: 351.6 ypg, 36.3 ppg
Def: 352.1 ppg, 33.5 ppg
A hot 3 week stretch which saw the Squirrels sandwich a gritty loss to the Shockers with wins over the Spartans and SassaFrassa have this team feeling confident. QB Sean Collins has turned a corner, and is now considered a legitimate top JSGFFL passer. The supporting cast is also deep, with the likes of WRs Mike Lawrence and Joe Andress both making their presence known on a weekly basis. Jihad Castro leads a playmaking defense that has 13 total INTs. The Squirrels rolled over the Spartans Saturday, and have another chance to make a statement this week against the Warewolves. A win this week and this team jumps right back into the playoff fire.
7. The Unwanted (6) 3-3
Last Week: Lost vs SassaFrassa 34-33
This Week: vs Shockers (5-0)
Off: 369 ypg, 30 ppg
Def: 311.8 ypg, 36.3 ppg
No team has been on more of a downward trend than the Unwanted, losers of three in a row. The passing game is still making big plays on the erg, with Maliq Black and Peter Torres presenting matchup problems for everyone. Each receiver has over 700 yards and they could both crack 1K. Todd Kaiser has thrown 7 INTs after throwing zero through his first 3 games. While they are still a threat, if this team can’t crack down on the mistakes and produce more big plays when needed, the Unwanted will be spending their Christmas thinking about what could of been.
8. SassaFrassa (8) 2-4
Last Week: Won vs The Unwanted 34-33
This Week: vs Woodchucks (3-2)
Off: 343.6 ypg, 29.3 ppg
Def: 432.3 ypg, 44.8 ppg
Week 5 saw one of the biggest upsets of the season, with the SassaFrassa taking down the Unwanted in a hard fought battle. The Sass have really come into their own since Opening Day, with Mike Mitton settling in at QB and Gregg Mayers establishing himself as a top receiving threat. The weapons don’t end there, as Billy Exner is still making plays on the outside. Despite their record, the TieDyed warriors are gaining steam and could put up a good fight against the Woodchucks this week.
9. Spartans (9) 0-6
Last Week: Lost vs Rabid Squirrels 56-14, lost vs Shockers 47-6
Next Week: The Untouchables (2-3)
Off: 234.3 ypg, 16.6 ppg
Def: 405.5 ypg, 45.8 ppg
It’s hard times in Spartan Town, but hope is on the horizon. Fresh blood showed up last week in the form of Robb Applegate and Justin Greer, and the team looked much more athletic instantly. There is no denying the heart from these guys, with Tim Eicher providing the beef up front as well as some nimble feet in the passing game. The star here is still Terron Maples, who has emerged as a legitimate star in the JSGFFL. Playing WR and DB, his splash plays are one of the best things about Spartans games. This team is still looking for their first W, and they are working their hardest to achieve it.