Week 7 Power Rankings
By Sean Dochney
1. Shockers (6-0- 1), Point Differential – 129. (Prev. 1)
The Shockers remain unbeaten after a 34-24 victory over French Toast Mafia. They had their usual big games on offense out of the Guffslinger (347 passing yards, 5 TDs, 2 int.) and his receivers Snead (8 rec. 115, 2 TDs) and Barbiere (6 rec. 94 yards, 1 TD). Erickson, Snead and Bryan Soletto all chipped in an interception on defense. The Shockers have clinched the number 1 seed for the playoffs already but still need to play the Warewolves in Week 8, who they tied in Week 1. All playoff spots are clinched, but the Warewolves still have positioning to play for. If the Shockers win in Week 8, they will be playing the Warewolves again the following week in the first week of the playoffs. This is a rematch of the Spring championship game and should be a close battle and will be considered the Game of the Week.
2. Rabid Squirrels (5-2), Point Differential – 79. (Prev. 2)
The Rabid Squirrels crushed the Rattlers in Week 7 to a tune of 60-13. QB Sean Collins had a huge game as he threw for 318 yards, 7 TDs, and 2 interceptions. Mike Lawrence had a big game as well chipping in 3 catches for 99 yards, 2 TDs, and a pick 6 on defense. The Squirrels have gotten big seasons out of their trio of receivers that consist of Mike Lawrence (25 rec. 534 yards, 8 TDs), Joe Andress (28 rec. 352 yards, 6 TDs), and Corey Feldman (26 rec. 378 yards, 5 TDs).
All playoff spots are clinched, but there is still playoff positioning to be played for in Week 8. After an epic collapse to the Spring season, the Squirrels came out strong in the Summer season and have clinched one of those playoff spots. Don’t worry Sean Collins, I have gone over every scenario for Week 8 and there is no chance for you to miss out of the playoffs this season. The Squirrels currently sit in 3 rd place in the standings and would be playing the Woodchucks in the first round if the standings hold up the way they sit now. The Squirrels will be playing the Assassins in Week 8, who they beat 30-6 in Week 1. All the Squirrels have to do is win in Week 8 to avoid playing the unbeaten Shockers in the first round of the playoffs. If the Squirrels were to be upset by the Assassins, and the Warewolves win against the Shockers, the Rabid Squirrels will be playing Shockers in the first round of the playoffs.
3. Woodchucks (5-2), Point Differential – 144. (Prev. 3)
No change in the Fine Five for the Woodchucks as they blew out and ended the playoff hopes for the Grizzlies 56-12. The Zit was a stud per usual in the game as he threw for 440 yards with 8 TDs without throwing an interception. Big contributions came at the receiver position for Terron Maples (8 rec. 101 yards, 1 TD), Jeremy Wozniak (5 rec. 94 yards, 2 TDs), Ant D’Addario (5 rec. 93 yards, 1 TD), and The Undertaker (4 rec. 72 yards, 1 TD).
With a playoff spot clinched, The Woodchucks will be playing to keep their 2 nd seed against French Toast Mafia in Week 8. The Woodchucks were able to come away with a 43-27 victory in the Week 1 matchup against French Toast Mafia. If Woodchucks lose, they could see the Shockers in the first round of the playoffs if both Warewolves and Rabid Squirrels win as well.
4. Warewolves (4-2- 1), Point Differential – 104. (Prev. 4)
After a rough start to the season, the Warewolves have been able to battle back and clinch a playoff spot. The Warewolves were able to come up with a victory against the Assassins in Week 7, despite the play of the Commissioner Chris Angelini, who threw his first 2 interceptions of the season. Chris got big games out of receivers Shane Capone (4 rec. 102 yards, 2 TDs, 1 defensive int.) and Chris McIntosh (2 rec. 72 yards, 1 TD). Shane has been the top receiver in the league this season and could be the league MVP with 42 catches for 870 yards and 13 TDs. Mike Kalucki has also made major contributions with his 29 catches for 381 yards and 5 TDs.
The Wolves will be playing the Shockers this week in a rematch from Week 1 that ended in a tie. This is also a rematch from the Spring Championship game that ended in a Shockers victory. This is the game of the week and could very well be a preview of the first round of the playoffs if the standings were to remain as they do now. The Wolves are going to need Sean McAndrew to show up if they want to get a win and hope to position them better for the playoffs.
5. French Toast Mafia (3-4), Point Differential – 5. (Prev. 5)
French Toast put up a good battle against Shockers this past week, but fell a little bit short and was eliminated from the playoffs. Dave Pankow dislocated his elbow on the final play of this game and we hope he is doing alright now. Billy Belford had a monster game with 5 catches for 199 yards and 3 TDs. One of these catches came from a trick play in which Luke Fernandez hurled a bomb to Billy. Luke has a perfect QB rating on the year after this play, and I suggest he doesn’t attempt a pass next week so he can talk shit on his QB Steve Knapp, who has now thrown more interceptions then the Rattlers’ Anthony “The Mighty Duck” Manuzza this season (if you’ve seen Manuzza try to throw a deep ball that nickname will make sense). On the season, Billy has 31 catches for 725 yards and 10 TDs. Justin Kramer and Casey Sirotniak still sit 1 and 2 on the sack leaderboard with 10 and 9 on the season. So there is hope for French Toast next season if they are able to limit the turnovers on offense. French Toast can play spoiler in a sense this week by beating the Woodchucks. The Woodchucks will still be in the playoffs, but they can fall from the 2 seed to the 4 seed potentially, and have to take on the Shockers in the first round of the playoffs.