1. Shockers (Last Week: 1) 6-0
Last Week: Won vs The Unwanted 42-12
Next Week: vs The Untouchables (4-3), vs Average Joes (3-3)
Off: 374.5 ypg, 43 ppg
Def: 269 ypg, 18 ppg
The Pursuit of Perfection is now down to 4 games for the Shockers heading into the last week of the regular season. As one of 3 teams to play a doubleheader Saturday and also spotlighting in the league’s season finale in a 2 o’clock game, there is no denying the Shockers will be receiving plenty of attention. With WR Charlie Barbarie back after a 2 game absence, the offense has reached the dominant level to match that of their very own defense. A pass rush lead by sack leader Steve Soletto, who had a whopping 4 QB takedowns last week, and a ball hawking secondary championed by Devon Snead, the league leader in interceptions, is why this team has opposing quarterbacks losing sleep. Another dominant win last week extends the winning streak to 6, and QB Joe Guff has consistently stated he doesn’t care about stats he cares about wins this season. That mentality is team wide, and the top to bottom talent on this roster has many people believing they can indeed pull off the perfect season. But with the Untouchables and Average Joes both fighting for their playoff lives, its not going to be a cake walk for the Shockers come this weekend.
2. Warewolves (2) 6-1
Last Week: Won vs Rabid Squirrels 44-22
Next Week: vs Spartans (0-7)
Off: 380.2 ypg, 40.2 ppg
Def: 296.8 ypg, 22.7 ppg
Lost a little bit in the Shockers undefeated season is the Warewolves return to dominance. After missing out on the playoffs last season, a refocused and retooled group hasn’t lost since Week 1 and are now rolling into the postseason. The Rabid Squirrels are a talented roster that have pushed many teams to the limit, but the Wolves handled them fairly easily Saturday. QB Chris Angelini extended his streak to 5 games with 5 or more TD passes, once again spreading the wealth around on offense. The preferred target this week was WR Ryan Dooley, hauling in 5 catches for 117 yards and a highlight reel TD. The trench play is a huge reason for the Warewolves success, as a rotation of Scott Dalconzo, Mike Caputo, and Jeremiah Douglas continue to hold it down inside. Lets hope the Wolves don’t overlook the winless yet dangerous Spartans week 7, because a loss would be a dagger to the momentum for the team. Terron Maples and Co. is looking to spoil the season finale for one of the league’s most storied franchises.
3. Woodchucks (3) 4-2
Last Week: Won vs SassaFrassa 50-0
Next Week: vs The Unwanted (3-4), vs Rabid Squirrels (2-5)
Off: 405.6 ypg, 49.5 ppg
Def: 305.5 ypg, 22.6 ppg
Third place has never looked so good, as the Woodchucks have shaken off a mild slump and are back to their usual dominant selves. Posting the first shutout of the season is something that usually headlines a team’s week, but that wasn’t the case here. The chatter last weekend was over the amazing diving catch by WR Billy Belford, which won top play on the Top 10 plays (that can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_I4AZyRoO5M&feature=youtu.be) QB John Zitani is having another stellar season, and is in the drivers seat for the league’s MVP award. A dominant defense that has one of if not the deepest secondary in the league has been giving teams fits all season. DB Joe DeTroia, a top candidate for DPOY, took home weekly honors with 2 INTs and a TD. The Woodchucks, while notching two losses against the Shockers and Warewolves, have outscored their other opponents by a whopping 233-66. They are just dying to get their rematch with either team in the playoffs to try and avenge a regular season defeat.
4. The Untouchables (4) 4-3
Last Week: Won vs Spartans 50-32, Won vs Average Joes 48-26
Next Week: vs Shockers (6-0)
Off: 439.7 ypg, 46.4 ppg
Def: 430.7 ypg, 40.2 ppg
Another week, another explosive performance by The Untouchables passing game. Their highly anticipated doubleheader was not a disappointment, as the team won both games and put up serious stats on offense. WR Anthony Carlo combined for 14 catches, 376 yards, and 6 TDs on the day. Not be overshadowed is his running mate, WR Corey Feldman, who chipped in 15 snags for 199 yards with 3 TDs on Saturday. Defense is still a huge concern for this squad, but their deadly duo on offense showed their defensive prowess last week as well. Carlo had 2 INTs in the team’s first game, only to see Feldman match it in game 2. With a playoff berth within their grasp and a chance to unseat the unbeaten Shockers, Saturday’s battle will be the final test for the regular season. Will we see The Untouchables in Round 1 of the playoffs? Stay tuned.
5. Average Joes (5) 3-3
Last Week: Lost vs The Untouchables 48-26
Next Week: vs SassaFrassa (2-5), vs Shockers (6-0)
Off: 302.8 ypg, 26.6 ppg
Def: 365.1 ypg, 38 ppg
An up and down season for The Average Joes all comes down to next week. The team needs some help, but their playoff dreams are still alive. The biggest concern is the juggernauts that await them in the only 2 o’clock game of the season, The Shockers. But this team will go down with all they’ve got, and the intensity level of the squad is still high. A tough loss to The Untouchables in Week 6 set the team back a bit, and left them at .500. The offense is improving weekly however, as WR Mike Sparrowe is amongst the top gamebreakers in the JSGFFL. Combine that in with Joe Ganzy’s elite pass rush motor and strength, and there is much reason for optimism amongst the Joes both present and future.
6. Rabid Squirrels (6) 2-5
Last Week: Lost vs Warewolves 44-22
Next Week: vs Woodchucks (4-2)
Off: 334.5 ypg, 34.2 ppg
Def: 352.5 ypg, 35 ppg
The Squirrels will cap off a non-winning season Saturday, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t compete in nearly every game they played in this season. QB Sean Collins has 30 TDs and has turned the corner, becoming a quality JSGFFL starter. WR Mike Lawrence and Joe Andress are no easy chore for a defense, while Jihad Castro’s ball-hawking skills on defense has struck fear into the hearts of quarterbacks. After having 2 sacks last week, Bill Budd added another pair this week on defense. Playing for purely pride at this point, the Woodchucks had best not take this team lightly. They are well due for an upset victory over one of The Big Three teams in the league, will this be the week?
7. Unwanted (7) 3-4
Last Week: Lost vs Shockers 42-12
Next Week: Vs Woodchucks (4-2)
Off: 347 ypg, 27.4 ppg
Def: 317.2 ypg, 37.1 ppg
No team has been on a bigger slide than the Unwanted, who started off the season 3-0 and have lost 4 straight since. The big plays from QB Todd Kaiser and WRs Maliq Black, Peter Torres, and Bobby Forcella aren’t striking nearly as often, and the defense has struggled to stop teams. Having said that, this is still one of the most talented team’s in the league on offense. The big arm and leadership qualities of Kaiser mesh well with the explosive tandem of Black and Torres, and the more chemistry they gain the more dominant they will become. The Unwanted would need the upset of the season against the perennial powerhouse Woodchucks Week 7 to have a shot at the postseason, plus a few other breaks. But they aren’t out of it yet, and heading into the last week of the season, isn’t that all you could ask for?
8. SassaFrassa (8) 2-5
Last Week: Lost vs Woodchucks 50-0
Next Week: Vs Average Joes (3-3)
Off: 331.4 ypg, 25.1 ppg
Def: 419.5 ypg, 45.5 ppg
It has been a snake-bitten season for the tie dyed warriors, and Saturday was the icing on the cake. The team has battled, as shown by the stretched and ripped jersey of OL Anthony Stadick, but haven’t been able to put it all together. Starting QB Mike Mitton was there to support his team but was deemed too injured to play, so he spent the afternoon watching from the sidelines. Billy Exner slid back into the starting QB role, something he dabbled with earlier in the season. Despite failing to generate much offense this week, it’s not to be missed that Exner has been a useful weapon for his team. He is the only player to surpass 100+ yards passing and receiving this season, posting 460 via the air and 404 in receiving yards. WR Gregg Mayers only enhanced his reputation as an all out player, once again sliding and diving in the green grass at Winding River Park to make receptions and gain yards. Despite the talent, SassaFrassa is looking to play merely the role of spoiler this week. A win would seriously damper the Average Joes playoff shot, and this team is hoping their grit and determination can lead them to one more victory to close out the campaign.
9. Spartans (9) 0-7
Last Week: Lost vs The Untouchables 50-32
Next Week: Warewolves (6-1)
Off: 246.4 ypg, 18.8 ppg
Def: 410 ypg, 46.4 ppg
No team is ever satisfied with a loss, but the Spartans must have felt some type of pride in their showing last week. The Untouchables, arguably the hottest team going, had a tough go at it for the majority of the ball game with the winless Spartans before pulling away late. The rotating roster on this squad is a marvel to behold, but amongst all the chaos shines a star. Arguably the most exciting player in the league, WR/DB Terron Maples brings big play ability to a team that badly needed it when he debuted in week 3. He dropped an eye popping 295 yards on The Untouchables lackluster defense, to go along with previous yardage totals of 196 and 164 this season. He is the only WR in reasonable distance to crack a 1K yards (Anthony Carlo has already accomplished it) this week, needing 153 yards to do so. His per game average in 5 games played is 169.4. He’s also attempted 15 passes on offense, not to mention 4 INTs on D with a pick 6 mixed in there. Guy Blessing brings the attitude of the team to the field every week, and he is steadfast that he does not want to go 0fer for the season. Can the Spartans pull off a huge upset and defeat the second seeded Warewolves?What will Maples do for an encore to his 295 yard performance? Find out Saturday.