JSGFFL Summer 16 Power Rankings – Week 1
By Sean Dochney
1. The Shockers – (0-0- 1), Point Differential – 0
The Shockers come into the summer season looking to defend their undefeated Spring Championship title. Last season’s league MVP, The Guffslinger, is back as their QB, and they have added even more big play pieces around him. The “Evil Empire” Shockers have poached some top talent from around the league to play for them this summer, including Anthony Carlo, who was one of the best receivers of the Spring season. Interestingly enough, Carlo was not utilized on offense at all, but if they come to their senses and let Carlo see snaps on the offense side of the ball, the Shockers will be even deadlier.
Their first game of the season was not an easy one as they played the Warewolves, in a rematch of the Spring title game. The game would end in a draw, but the Shockers will stay on top of these power rankings until someone can prove that they can be beaten. The Shockers go into next week as heavy favorites against the Assassins.
2. The Warewolves – (0-0- 1), Point Differential – 0
The Warewolves may not know how to spell, (werewolves), but they can sure play some flag football. They are led by the Commissioner, Chris Angelini, and big play makers in Shane Capone, Chris McIntosh, and Sean McAndrew. The Commissioner still has a bad taste in his mouth over losing the Spring Championship to the Shockers, and is out to prove he is not the Tony Romo-esque choke artist everyone thinks he is.
This past week was a tough matchup for the Warewolves against the Shockers, especially since they were missing big pieces to their team like Sean McAndrew, Chris McIntosh, Darian Dillard, Chris DiMicco and the “Big Cat” Chris Meyler. The Commissioner played brilliantly to the stat line of 17-28 for 261 yards and 4 touchdowns. Shane Capone (8 rec, 130 yards, 3 TDs) and Mike Kalucki (6 rec, 86 yards, 1 TD) stepped up big time in the absence of McAndrew and McIntosh. And on a side note, this was the first game ever that I didn’t see Ryan Dooley drop any passes, although he didn’t catch any either.
The Warewolves have another tough opponent next week in the rivalry game of the week against the Woodchucks. The Woodchucks’ Garrett “Dooley’s Daddy” Lavaggi has already predicted Ryan Dooley to go a 2nd straight week without a catch.
3. The Woodchucks – (1-0), Point Differential – 16
The Woodchucks are led by their fearless leader and JSGFFL fan favorite in John “The Zit” Zitani. There is not a bad thing that can be said about the Zit as he is always doing charitable work for his community and says all the right things in his press conferences. The Zit may not throw the ball further then 10 yards down the field, but he finds a way to get the job done week in and week out. The Woodchucks led the Spring Season in team sacks with Steve Dalrymple and their spiritual leader, Garrett“Dooley’s Daddy” Lavaggi leading the way.
This past week, the Woodchucks took care of business as usual in the 43-27 win against French Toast Mafia. The Zit completed passes to 8 different receivers on the way to 331 yards and 6 touchdowns. Joe DeTroia led the team in receiving yards with 82 and a touchdown, he also added an interception on defense.
They match up against the Warewolves this upcoming week, and rumor has it that Ryan Dooley may not show up for the Warewolves because of his fear of Lavaggi’s intensity on defense.
4. The Grizzlies – (1-0), Point Differential – 16
The Grizzlies just missed the Spring playoffs last season but are looking to show that was a fluke this year. They have a very good receiving corps of playmakers in Bobby Forcella, Peter Torres, and Maliq Black. All three of them had over 500 yards receiving in the Spring. They seem to have added a new QB for the summer in Kyle Watson. I am jumping on the Watson band wagon as he was impressive in his debut this past Saturday, on his way to victory and QB Player of the Week.
The Grizzlies beat an improved Rattlers squad 46-30 this past week. Kyle Watson was a machine at QB that constantly threaded the needle and had the crowd in awe of some of his passes. Bobby Forcella had a huge game as well as he caught 7 passes for 129 and a touchdown. Bobby was in consideration for the WR runner up for Players of the Week, but fell just short of Corey Feldman from Rabid Squirrels because of touchdowns.
The Grizzlies will be looking to get over the hump and into the playoffs this season. They face off against the Rabid Squirrels in a big game this upcoming week.
5. The Rabid Squirrels – (1-0), Point Differential 24
The Rabid Squirrels looked like the flag football equivalent to the 2007 New York Mets last Spring Season as they started out 4-0, only to lose their last 4 games and miss the playoffs altogether in the Spring season. They have the highest point differential in the league right now and are technically in first place, but they have a lot to prove before moving up on these rankings. They also lost one of the best receivers in the league in Anthony Carlo, who is now highly underutilized for the Shockers.
The Rabid Squirrels beat up on the Assassins this past week 30-6. Joe Andress had a big game at the helm and went 16-27 for 289 yards and 5 touchdowns. Corey Feldman picked up a lot of the slack in the absence of Carlo as he was runner up in Players of the Week for both WR and Defense.
The Rabid Squirrels will have a slightly tougher matchup this week against the Kyle Watson led Grizzlies.