Power Rankings – Week 2
By Sean Dochney
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Onto the Weekly Fine Five…
1. Shockers – (1-0- 1), Point Differential – 3. (Prev. 1)
No shock here as the Shockers remain at the top of the Fine Five Power Rankings as they remain without a loss for over 2 years now. They won a 34-31 nail biter against the expansion team Assassins, led by former Shocker Jim Florimont. The Shockers have appeared vulnerable over the first 2 weeks of the Summer Season, but they are still the defending champs that remain without a loss. The Guffslinger had his usual big game as he went 20-28 for 284 yards, 5 TDs, and 1 interception. Devon Snead (5 catches, 79 yards, 1 TD) and Anthony Spanola (6 catches, 86 yards, 2 TDs) were Guffslinger’s top 2 receivers for the day as both of them had big games. They will look to remain unbeaten in the upcoming Game of the Week against a tough Woodchucks (2-0) squad. That game will be at 10am.
2. Woodchucks – (2-0), Point Differential – 20. (Prev. 3)
The Lavaggi and Zit led Woodchucks were able to hold on for the 20-16 victory in the Rivalry Game of the Week against the Warewolves. The Warewolves almost came back to win this game after a Zitani interception with under 2 minutes to go, but the defense was able to keep them out of the end zone on that final drive to seal the victory. The Zit spread the ball around well as he ended up with the stat line of 25-37 for 235 yards, 3 TDs, and 2 picks. His top 2 receivers on the day were Charlie Mackie (5 catches, 62 yards, 2 TDs) and the birthday boy Devon McEllen (6 catches, 51 yards, and 1 TD).
The Woodchucks defense deserves the real spotlight for this week as the held the potent Warewolves offense to only 16 points. Garrett Lavaggi would be the defensive player of the week as the Warewolves, and especially Ryan Dooley will be having nightmares for weeks to come. Dooley may want to consider retirement after the mental and physical abuse he took at the hands of “Loud Mouth” Lavaggi. The Woodchucks will take on the number 1 ranked Shockers next week in the Game of the Week.
3. Rabid Squirrels – (2-0), Point Differential – 62. (Prev. 5)
The Rabid Squirrels will not be happy with being 3 rd in the power rankings this week as they technically sit in first place in the standings because of point differential. They were feeling real high on themselves after the dominant victory against the Grizzlies. Classless and tasteless chants of “Carlo Who” could be heard coming from Rabid Squirrels players. They even went so far in talking some smack and complaining to the devilishly handsome scorekeeper for more respect in the power rankings, so just for that, they sit at number 3 in the power rankings instead of being higher. I don’t know about anyone else, but I go to the games every Saturday rooting for friendly competition and good sportsmanship, the Rabid Squirrels do not show these qualities at all.
Sean Collins squashed any QB controversy that may have been brewing as he had one hell of a game against the Grizzlies, where the Rabid Squirrels would win 54-16. The Rabid Squirrels appear to have a very formidable receiving corps, even after losing top receiver Anthony Carlo. They received big games again from Joe Andress (7 catches, 97 yards, 2 TDs), Mike Lawrence (3 catches, 103 yards, 2 TDs), and Corey Feldman (6 catches, 64 yards, 2 TDs). The Rabid Squirrels also look to have one of the toughest defenses in the league as they shut down the Grizzlies, and last week’s QB of the week in Kyle Watson.
The Rabid Squirrels have shown to be a first half team, as evidenced by their 4-0 start last Spring, which would be followed by a late season collapse of epic proportion. The schedule has definitely been in their favor to start the Summer Season, as they have yet to play a playoff team from the Spring Season, and they will face off against another team in Week 3 that didn’t make the playoffs in French Toast Mafia. French Toast Mafia is definitely a good team though and week 3 should be a good matchup.
4. Warewolves – (0-1- 1), Point Differential – (-4). (Prev. 2)
The Warewolves suffered a tough loss against the Woodchucks in the Rivalry Game of the Week in week 2. For the second week in a row, the Warewolves were missing some big contributors to the squad and could not come up with a win. The Commissioner still posted a big game that saw him go 17- 28 for 272 yards, and 2 TDs. He received big contributions from Sean McAndrew (4 catches, 115 yards, 1 TD), Shane Capone (5 catches, 72 yards, 1 TD), and Mike Kalucki (6 catches, 76 yards). Mike Kalucki is an underrated player for the Warewolves who is breaking out in a big way so far in the first 2 weeks of Summer ball. Kalucki keeps making big plays on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball for the illiterate Warewovles (Seriously guys, it’s spelt Werewolves). The Warewolves will look to get back on track in week 3 as they are the heavy favorites against the Rattlers.
5. French Toast Mafia – (1-1), Point Differential – 34 (Prev. Unranked)
They have a new attitude this season with a new team name. They must have realized that No Lackin’ was by far the weakest team name during the Spring season, although I think they should have went with the name Abusement Park. They had a tough week 1 opponent in the Woodchucks, but rebounded nicely with a 56-6 win over the Rattlers. French Toast Mafia’s defense dominated the Rattlers as they would have 9 sacks, 4 interceptions, and 2 defensive touchdowns. Steve Knapp torched the Rattlers defense to a stat line of 20-28 for 303 yards, 6 TDs and 1 interception. He would have had another touchdown pass if it wasn’t for some showboating that resulted in a fumble by Dave Pankow. Dave Pankow (4 catches, 76 yards, 1 TD), Billy Belford (4 catches, 73 yards, 2 TDs), Luke Fernandez (3 catches, 72 yards, 1 TD), and James Tranz (4 catches, 45 yards, 2 TDs) all had big games receiving for French Toast Mafia. They have a much tougher opponent next week against the Rabid Squirrels as French Toast Mafia looks to inch up the power rankings further.