Week 4 Power Rankings
By Sean Dochney
1. Shockers – (3-0- 1), Point Differential – 58. (Prev. 1)
The Shockers won a game they were supposed to win in blow out fashion against the Rattlers as they stay on top of the Fine Five this week. Everyone got involved as the Guffslinger would throw for 410 passing yards as he took home the QB Runner Up in POTW. He received big games at the WR position from Anthony Carlo (5 rec. 103 yards, 1 TD), Charlie Barbiere (6 rec. 96 yards, 1 TD), Devon Snead (5 rec. 80 yards, 2 TDs), and Ryan Pharo (6 rec. 88 yards, 1 TD). Joe Ganzy would chip in 2 sacks on defense for the Shockers. The Shockers are starting to put up gaudy numbers individually on the season as Anthony Carlo (11 rec. 167 yards, 2 TDs) is starting to get involved in the offense over the past 2 weeks. Their top 3 receivers so far are Charlie Barbiere (21 rec. 297, 3 TDs), Devon Snead (18 rec. 292, 5 TDs), and Anthony Spanola (19 rec. 211 yards, 6 TDs).
The Shockers still look like the top team in the league, but they will be going into a trap game this week as they play the Rabid Squirrels in the Game of the Week. The Squirrels have been playing with a chip on their shoulder and the Shockers need to be at the top of their game.
2. Woodchucks – (3-1), Point Differential – 33. (Prev. 2)
The Woodchucks remain in the second spot of the Power Rankings for the third consecutive week. They beat up on the Assassins 38-14 as the Zit took home the POTW honors at QB. Terron Maples (6 rec. 86 yards), Charlie Mackie (3 rec. 71 yards, 2 TDs), and Chris D’Addario (3 rec. 73 yards, 1 TD) were the Zit’s top receivers on the day as all 3 played a crucial part in the team’s success. The Zit has been great at spreading the ball around to everyone on offense, evidenced by their top 6 receivers all have between 115-199 yards receiving.
They will enter week 5 as favorites against the Rattlers, as they look to continue their winning ways. The Zit will look to add a lot of yardage onto his already league leading 1274 passing yards.
3. Rabid Squirrels – (3-1), Point Differential – 54. (Prev. 5)
The Rabid Squirrels finally beat a team that made the Spring playoffs in week 4 as they held on to beat the Warewolves 29-26. There is no one more proud of them then me for the big win, which I do admit; I had my doubts about the team’s start because of their weak schedule and blatant disregard for sportsmanship. The defense and especially the pass rush were the catalyst for the victory, as they would end the day with 4 sacks. Sean Collins was efficient at QB as he went 20-25 for 258 yards, 4 TDs, and 0 interceptions. Joe Andress was his top receivers and caught 7 passes for 78 yards and 2 TDs.
Controversy came out of this game as the Squirrels attempted an extra point play in the final 2 minutes. They made a smart, but ethically and morally questionable play call in which they ran down to the other end zone to waste as much clock as they possibly could. It worked, as the Wolves ran out of time in their final drive and the Squirrels walked away with a victory.
On the season, Sean Collins has completed 69.4% of his passes for 916 yards, 12 TDs, and 3 interceptions. His top receivers have been Corey Feldman (21 rec. 308, 5 TDs), Joe Andress (17 rec. 201 yards, 4 TDs), and Mike Lawrence (9 rec. 211 yards, 4 TDs). They walk into week 5 as the underdogs to the Shockers, and could shake up the league standings and the power rankings with a win. There will be no love lost in this game after the Evil Empire Shockers poached the Squirrels top WR from the Spring season, Anthony Carlo. The schedule will not get easier for the Rabid Squirrels in week 6, as play the Woodchucks.
4. The Grizzlies – (3-1), Point Differential – 17. (Prev. Unranked)
The Grizzlies went from unranked after Week 3, to the 4 th spot in the rankings after a 40-25 win against French Toast Mafia, who was previously 3 rd in the power rankings last week. QB Kyle Watson went off this week as he went 15-28 for 333 yards and 5 TDs. Maliq Black played out of his mind as he hauled in 6 catches for 165 and 3 TDs. Peter Torres would chip in the other 2 TD receptions as he had 4 catches for 65 yards and 2 TDs. The Grizzlies have had an explosive offense that is led by Watson and his 3 receivers that all rank in the top 10 of the JSGFFL leaderboards. Defenses have not been able to slow down the production of Maliq Black (19 rec. 326 yards, 6 TDs), Peter Torres (18 rec. 311 yards, 5 TDs), and Bobby Forcella (16 rec. 274 yards, 3 TDs).
The Playoff picture is starting to shake out, and the next 3 weeks will be critical for the Grizzlies if they hope to make the playoffs. They will play the Warewolves in week 5, Shockers in week 6, and the Woodchucks in week 7. This is by far the toughest schedule over the next 3 weeks of the season. If they can come away with 2 wins, the Grizzlies should be a lock for the playoffs.
5. French Toast Mafia – (2-2), Point Differential – 30. (Prev. 3)
French Toast Mafia took a defeat to the Grizzlies this past week, which saw them slip a few spots in the Fine Five Power Rankings. They received solid games out of Steve Knapp (304 yards passing, 4 TDs, 1 interception), Billy Belford (3 rec. 101 yards, 1 TD), Dave Pankow (4 rec. 66 yards, 1 TD), and Pat Schinder (4 rec. 62 yards) but still could not pull away with a victory. On the year, French Toast Mafia is receiving solid contributions on offense from Knapp (1240 passing yards, 17 TDs, 5 interceptions), Belford (22 rec. 390 yards, 5 TDs), Pankow (14 rec. 233 yards, 3 TDs), Luke Fernandez (11 rec. 171 yards, 2 TDs), and Kyle Spatz (16 rec. 151 yards, 3 TDs).
Their defense has been known for making big plays as well with 14 sacks, 8 interceptions, and 3 defensive TDs as a unit. Kramer and Sirotniak sit on top of the sack leaderboards, with 7 sacks for Kramer, and 4 for Sirotniak. They will be playing the winless Assassins in week 5, but will end the season with a real tough schedule when they have to play the Warewolves, the Shockers, and the Woodchucks over the last 3 weeks of the season.