Players of the Week – Week 7
By Sean Dochney
John Zitani – Woodchucks
Heading into their game against the Assassins, the Woodchucks were separated by 62 points in Point Differential to the Shockers for first place. The Shockers suffered their first loss of the season to the Clam Slammers earlier in the day. The Woodchucks would defeat the Assassins to a score of 75-12 and captured the first seed for the playoffs by a margin of 1 in Point Differential. The Zit took popping off to a new level in Week 7 as he threw for 411 yards and 9 TDs without throwing an interception. Zitani led the league in QB Rating at 131.96 as he threw for 2489 yards and 44 TDs while only throwing 6 interceptions on the season. The Zit led the Woodchucks to a 7-1 record and a bye for the first round of the playoffs as they look to defend their title from the Summer season.
QB Runner Up
Brian Lee – Clam Slammers
Lee had his best game of the season as the Clam Slammers beat the Shockers 36-32 for the Shockers’ first regular season. Lee completed 22 of 33 passes for 358 yards, 6 TDs, and 1 interception. Matt McClain (6 rec. 118 yards, 2 TDs), Brandon Frustieri (3 rec. 72 yards, 2 TDs), and Kenny Colicchio (4 rec. 64 yards, 1 TD) all had real nice games at WR in the victory. Lee finished the year 6 th in QB Rating at 111.4. Lee threw for 1698 yards, 26 TDs, and 7 interceptions. The Clam Slammers finished the year as the 4 th seed with a 6-2 record and a +72 in Point Differential. They gave up the least amount of points on defense and were tied for the best interception differential in the league at +8. The Slammers will be taking on the Gladiators in the first round of the playoffs on December 3rd .
Steve Dalrymple – Woodchucks
The Woodchucks won in blow out fashion to capture the number 1 seed for the playoffs. Steve Dalrymple had a huge hand in the victory as he would score a TD every time he touched the ball. Steve would score early and often as he had 6 catches for 85 yards and 6 TDs. On the season, Steve finished with 26 catches for 322 yards and 10 TDs. His 10 TDs is the tied for 4 th most in the league. The Woodchucks have the top seed for the playoffs as they start their title defense with a first round bye.
WR Runner Up
Al Rowland – Savages
Rowland had a big game for the Savages as they edged out the Kekembas 34-26. Rowland had his best game of the season as he caught 9 passes for 144 yards and 2 TDs. The Kekembas did not have an answer for Rowland as he averaged 16 yards per catch. Rowland would end up with 17 catches for 245 yards and 3 TDs on the season for the Savages.
The Woodchucks defense had a huge game as they held the Assassins to 12 points in route to securing the top seed for the playoffs. Several players stepped up and had big games as every point mattered for the Woodchucks. Devon McEllen would help put points on the board as he would have a pick 6. Nick D’Addario and Jose Ortiz would also add an interception each. Kevin Kastner was big all day as a pass rusher and would end the game with 3 sacks. Garrett Lavaggi had a big forced fumble at the end of the game which gave the ball to the Woodchucks and the opportunity to secure the best point differential in the league.
Def Runner Up
Chris McIntosh – Warewolves
The Warewolves secured the third seed in the playoffs with a 42-12 victory over the Grizzlies. Chris McIntosh returned an interception for a TD. The Warewolves were missing Shane Capone and he may miss the playoffs as well. The Wolves will need McIntosh as well as some others to step up big with Shane potentially on the sidelines.