Sexy Six – Week 5By Sean Dochney
1.Shockers (5-0), Point Differential – 130, (Prev, 1)
The Shockers won big again this past week, this time against the Grizzlies 52-0. The defense dominated for the Shockers in this game. Steve Soletto added to his league lead in sacks as he picked up 5 to increase his total to 13 on the season. Mike O’Neil had a big game at receiver as he hauled in 5 catches for 76 yards and 3 TDs. He now has 18 catches for 219 yards, and is 2nd on the Shockers with 6 TDs. The Shockers will look to continue their 3rd straight undefeated season as they take on Strangers with Candy (2-4) on Saturday. Strangers with Candy would be eliminated from playoff contention with a loss, and a Rabid Squirrels (3-3) win against the Clam Slammers (4-1). Shockers have already clinched a spot in the playoffs, but haven’t locked up the number 1 seed just yet.
2.Woodchucks (5-1), Point Differential – 67, (Prev. 2)
The Woodchucks handled business as always as they stomped on Strangers with Candy to a score of 42-18. The Zit popped off this week completing 30-33 passes for 308 yards and 6 TDs. The Zit is the highest rated QB in the league at 124.4. He also leads the league with his 1773 passing yards and 29 TDs. Chris D’Addario (6 rec. 73 yards, 2 TDs) and Billy Belford (5 rec. 74 yards, 2 TDs) were his top 2 receivers for the day. They both rank in the top 10 on the receiver leaderboard as Billy has 29 catches for 451 yards and 9 TDs, and Chris has 22 catches for 412 yards and 4 TDs. The Woodchucks have the 2nd ranked offense in the league as they average 299.33 yards per game and 5 offensive TDs per game. The Woodchucks are in 2nd place in the standings and are in line for a first-round bye. They have a favorable schedule heading into the last 2 weeks as they take on the Savages (1-5) in Week 6, and the Assassins (2-4) in Week 7.
3.Warewolves (4-2), Point Differential – 41, (Prev. 3)
The Warewolves were without QB Chris Angelini this week but were still able to secure a win in a thrilling 27-24 game against the Rabid Squirrels. The Rabid Squirrels had the ball in the red zone with under a minute to go, but Chris DiMicco ended the Squirrels hopes with an interception in the end zone to seal the victory for the Warewolves. Ryan Dooley took the helm at QB and performed well in the spot start by throwing for 274 yards and 4 TDs. Shane Capone went off yet again catching 9 passes for 181 yards and 3 TDs. Shane leads the league in every receiving category by a wide margin with his 35 catches for 698 yards and 13 TDs. The Warewolves are the only team in the league averaging over 10 yards per play at 10.09. They need just 1 win in the last 2 weeks to clinch a playoff spot. The Wolves will play the Assassins (2-4) in Week 6, and the Grizzlies (2-4) in Week 7. Both the Grizzlies and the Assassins will need to win their remaining games and receive some help along the way to keep their playoff hopes alive.
4.Gladiators (4-2), Point Differential – 41, (Prev. 5)
The Gladiators won big in the 44-20 victory over the Assassins in Week 5. Terron Maples had another big game with 328 passing yards and 5 TDs. Terron has the 2nd highest QB rating at 122.4 to go along with his 1586 passing yards and 25 TDs. Kyle D’Autorio was his top receiver on the day with 5 catches for 134 yards and 2 TDs. The Gladiators rank 6th in yards per game at 276.17, and only have a +1 interception difference. They currently sit as the 5th seed, but have a chance to clinch a playoff spot with a win in Week 6 against the Kekembas (0-6). It will be important for the Gladiators to clinch a playoff spot against the Kekembas, since they will have a much tougher matchup in Week 7 against the Shockers (5-0).
5.Rabid Squirrels (3-3), Point Differential – 21, (Prev. 4)
Rabid Squirrels suffered a heart-breaking loss to the Warewolves in Week 5 when they had the ball in the red zone with a chance to win the game on the final play. The Squirrels bounced back in the second game of their double header as they crushed the Kekembas 41-12. Sean Collins (20-25, 315, 5 TDs, 1 int) and Mike Lawrence (7 rec. 184 yards, 3 TDs) stood out for the Squirrels in the win against the Kekembas on offense. On defense, Jihad Castro had a big game with 2 interceptions, returning 1 for a TD. Bill Budd also chipped in a sack and an interception for the Squirrels. The Squirrels have the 2nd best interception difference in the league at a + 6. The Rabid Squirrels sit in the 6th and final playoff spot as we enter the final 2 weeks of the season. They are only 1 game ahead of the Assassin, Grizzlies, and Strangers with Candy, who all sit at 2-4. The Rabid Squirrels will play the Clam Slammers (4-1) in Week 6, and Strangers with Candy (2-4) in Week 7.
6.Clam Slammers (4-1), Point Differential – 51, (Prev. 6)
The Clam Slammers beat the Savages 26-12 in Week 5. Kenny Colicchio had a big game for the Clam Slammers with 3 catches for 114 yards, 2 TDs, and an interception on defense. Kenny is the Slammers leading receiver and he now has 14 catches for 376 yards and 7 TDs, this ranks him 6th on the JSGFFL leaderboards. Kenny’s 4 interceptions on the season ties him for 2nd behind teammate Frank Ritacco, who has 6 interceptions. The Clam Slammers have the 8th ranked offense in terms of yards per game at 232.8, but they lead the league in interception differential at + 7. The Clam Slammers sit in 3rd place in the standings and have been the beneficiaries of a rather weak schedule. The Gladiators (4-2) are the only team over .500 that the Clam Slammers have played so far, and the Clam Slammers lost that game 28-18. It will get a little tougher for the Clam Slammers over the final 2 weeks as they play the Grizzlies (2-4) and the Rabid Squirrels (3-3) in a double header in Week 6. They will also play the Shockers (5-0) in Week 7. The Clam Slammers only need 1 more win to clinch a playoff spot, and they still have a shot at a first-round bye.