Players of the Week – Week 5By Sean Dochney
Terron Maples – Gladiators
The Gladiators won big Saturday against the Assassins 44-20. Terron Maples had another huge game for the Gladiators, which by the end of it, he ranked 2nd in the league in QB rating at 122.4. Terron completed 17 of 24 passes for 328 yards and 5 TDs. Terron now has 1586 passing yards, 25 TDs, and 6 interceptions on the season. He leads the league in completion percentage at 70.3%. Kyle D’Autorio was Terron’s top receiver for the week as he caught 5 passes for 134 yards and 2 TDs. The Gladiators are now 4-2 and are 1 win away from clinching a playoff spot. They will be the Kekembas (0-6) in their potential playoff clinching game on Saturday.
QB Runner Up
Ryan Dooley – Warewolves
The Warewolves were without their handsome star QB, Chris “The Commissioner” Angelini, this past weekend. The Wolves were desperate at QB and gave the former state champion Ryan Dooley a shot at the helm against the Rabid Squirrels. The normally stone handed receiver proved to be sure handed at QB as he led the Wolves to a 27-24 victory against the Squirrels in the Game of the Week. Dooley would complete 14-22 passes for 274 yards and 4 TDs. He had a favorite target in Shane Capone, who would have 9 catches for 181 yards and 3 TDs. There may be a QB controversy lurking for the Wolves, the one advantage of Dooley at QB is there are a lot less dropped balls for the Wolves since Dooley is not at receiver. The Wolves (4-2) have a shot to clinch a playoff spot Saturday when they take on the Assassins (2-4). It will be interesting to see who they run out at QB.
Mike Lawrence – Rabid Squirrels
The Rabid Squirrels played 2 games on Saturday and Mike Lawrence had big games in both. The Squirrels lost a heartbreaker against the Warewolves, and then went on to dominate the Kekembas 41-12. Total on the day, Lawrence had 10 catches for 260 yards and 5 TDs. His game against the Kekembas is what puts him over the top as the WR POTW. In that game, he had 7 catches for 184 yards and 3 TDs. On the season, Mike ranks as the 7th WR on the leaderboards with his 14 catches for 404 yards and 6 TDs. The Rabid Squirrels currently hold the 6th and final playoff spot with 2 weeks remaining. The Squirrels (3-3) will be playing the Clam Slammers (4-1) in Week 6. This will be a huge game in determining the playoff picture.
WR Runner Up
Jake Kearton – Assassins
The Assassins played 2 games in Week 5, they lost big to the Gladiators, and then won 32-26 against the Grizzlies in the makeup game from a rainout earlier in the season. Jake put up big numbers in both the games. In the first game, he had 4 catches for 151 yards and 2 TDs, and he had 6 catches for 119 yards and a TD in the second game. For those who don’t want to do math, that’s a total of 10 catches for 270 yards and 3 TDs. Jake is the Assassins leading receiver and he now sits in 5th on the JSGFFL leaderboards for receiver. He has 24 catches for 506 yards and 6 TDs so far. The Assassins (2-4) are on the outside looking in to the playoff picture, but only sit 1 game back of the Squirrels for the final playoff spot. They each have 2 games remaining. The Assassins cannot afford to lose in Week 6 as they play the Warewolves (4-2).
The Shockers blew out the Grizzlies 52-6 and many of their players on defense put up big numbers in the win. Steve Soletto led the way with 5 sacks, and Erickson had 2 sacks and an interception. Soletto is leading the league in sacks at 13, and Erickson is second with 7. They weren’t the only members of the defense to have a big game. Shannon Hill had 2 interceptions, including 1 returned for a TD. The Shockers (5-0) will look to remain undefeated in Week 6, while simultaneously ending Strangers with Candy’s (2-4) playoff hopes.
Der Runner Up
Jihad Castro – Rabid Squirrels
Castro had a big defensive game in the Squirrels victory against the Kekembas. Castro would have 2 interceptions, with 1 being returned as a TD. Castro now has 3 interceptions on the season with 2 being returned for TDs. The Squirrels are barely holding onto the final playoff spot, but the Assassins, Grizzlies, and Strangers with Candy are right on their heels. Week 6 is going to go a long way in shaping the playoff picture as the Squirrels (3-3) will be taking on the Clam Slammers (4-1).