Players of the Week – Week 7
By Sean Dochney
Brandon Koppenjan – Average Joes
Brandon takes home the QB POTW honors in a losing effort this week against the Grizzlies in a closely contested battle. The Average Joes lost 40-46 but Brandon did all that he could to muster up a victory. Koppenjan would go 23-32 for 410 yards, 6 touchdowns, and no interceptions on the day.Brandon’s 0 picks thrown is what set him apart and helped him secure the POTW honors. On the year Brandon had a 55.9 completion %, for 2287 yards 32 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions.
Trevor Nunn – The Grizzlies
Our QB Runner Up this week actually walked away with the victory against the QB POTW. The Grizzlies outlasted the Average Joes and Trevor Nunn was a big reason why. Nunn went 31-43 for 468 yards, 6 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. Trevor would even go on to have an interception on the defensive side of the ball, (which was NOT thrown by Koppenjan). Trevor put up some big numbers this year for the 4-4 Grizzlies that fell just short of the playoffs. It is worth noting that the Grizzlies had the second toughest schedule in the league according to opponent record, No Lackin’ was the only team with a slightly harder schedule. Nunn completed 60.8% of his passes for 2970 yards, 37 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions thrown. His 2970 passing yards were good for second in the league, behind the Shockers’ Joe Guiffre. He also led The Grizzlies in defensive interceptions with 4.
Charlie Barbiere – The Shockers
Charlie was at it again on Saturday, as he hauled in 6 catches for 191 yards and 3 touchdowns in the Shockers 70-14 dominating victory over the Rattlers. The Shockers enter the playoffs undefeated with a 278 point differential. The defending champs are definitely the team to beat right now, and slowing down Barbiere will be a big task for whoever they play in the playoffs. Charlie took home the receiving Triple Crown this year as he led the league in catches (47), yards (1051), and touchdowns (24).
Maliq Black – The Grizzlies
Maliq and Trevor Nunn connected on some big players on the way to the close 46-40 victory over the Average Joes. Maliq would end the day with 6 catches for 152 yards and 1 touchdown. Maliq put up a solid season for the Grizzlies as he had 31 catches for 612 yards and 5 touchdowns. Black was 1 of 3 Grizzlies to have over 500 yards receiving, joining Peter Torres and Bobby Forcella. The Shockers and Blue Jackets were the only other teams to have 3 different receivers to have over 500 receiving yards, and both of those teams went undefeated. The Grizzlies are poised to make a playoff push next season as they narrowly missed the playoffs this year. They did have the 2 nd hardest schedule in the league this past season, and their 4 losses came to the playoff teams Warewolves, Woodchucks, Shockers, and Strangers with Candy. Those 4 teams they lost to had a combined record of 24-7- 1.
Frank Fiorella – Blue Jackets
The Blue Jackets remained undefeated and secured the second seed and first round bye for the playoffs. The Shockers were able to secure the top spot because of point differential. Frank had a big day for the Blue Jackets on defense as he was able to sack the QB 3 times. It would bring his season totals up to 6 sacks on the year, which puts him tied for 5 th in the league on the season.
Jose Ortiz – Average Joes
Jose was all over the field this past weekend as the Average Joes fell just short of the Grizzlies. The Commissioner himself kept drawing comparisons to Roy Williams as he would go flying through the air to break up and intercept passes on defense. Jose would end up with 2 interceptions and 1 sack; they were both his first interceptions and sack of the year.