Fall 2016 Championship Preview – Woodchucks vs. Shockers

Championship Showdown

By Sean Dochney

1st seed Woodchucks (7-1) vs. 2nd Seed Shockers (7-1)

For the second season in a row the Woodchucks and Shockers will square off in the JSGFFL Championship.  During the summer season, the Woodchucks walked away the champs as they handed the Shockers their first loss in 2 years.  This season, thanks to a Week 7 blowout, the Woodchucks are coming in as the number 1 and defending champs.

The Woodchucks made it into the championship game by beating the Clam Slammer 28-13 in the semi-finals.  The Zit brought his “A” game as he threw for 276 yards and 4 TDs.  The D’Addario cousins were his top targets as Chris had 6 catches for 86 yards and Anthony had 7 catches for 63 yards and a TD.  Billy Belford also scored 2 TDs on his way to 57 yards receiving.  

During the regular season, The Woodchucks had the second ranked offense averaging 321.38 yards per game, and were tied for the league lead in interception difference at +8.  This was largely thanks to the brilliant season the Zit had at quarterback.  The Zit had the highest QB rating in the league and was tied for the most TDs with a 131.96 rating and 44 TDs.  Billy Belford and Chris D’Addario was the Zit’s 2 favorite receivers during the regular season.  Billy had 37 catches for 558 yards and 11 TDs, which ranked him 3rd on the JSGFFL WR Leaderboard.  Chris ranked 6th on the leaderboard with his 33 catches for 538 yards and 8 TDs.  

The Shockers beat the Warewolves 34-14 on their way to the championship game.  The Guffslinger torched the Warewolves D for 303 yards 5 TDs and no interceptions.  Charlie Barbiere was the leading receiver with 6 catches for 88 yards and 2 TDs.  Devon Snead and Ryan Pharo also had big games with Pharo having 6 catches for 73 yards and Snead 4 catches for 71 yards and 2 TDs.  

The Shockers had the topped ranked offense during the regular season with 338.13 yards per game.  The Guffslinger did not protect the ball as well as the Zit did, and the Shockers ranked in the middle of the league in interception differential at +3.  The Shockers do possess a dynamic pass rush that saw them have a league lead 28 sacks as a team.  Steve Soletto’s 18.5 sacks were more than entire teams had over the season.  Danny Erickson was second in the league in sacks behind Soletto with 8.5 during the regular season.  

This is going to be a tough fought game for both teams as they were both clearly the 2 best teams all season.  The Shockers won the last meeting 46-35 in Week 1, but the Woodchucks won their last championship battle.  Both teams have the most dynamic offenses in the league and we should have a great game on Saturday.

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