Spring 2017 All-Gridiron Team

Spring 2017 All-Gridiron Team

By Sean Dochney

 

QB

First Team

Chris Angelini – Warewolves

67.1 Completion %, 2,679 yards, 38 TDs, 8 interceptions, 12.8 yards/attempt, QB Rating 133.83

The Commissioner had a big year as he led the Warewolves to an undefeated regular season.  He would lead the league in QB Rating (133.83), yards (2,679) and yards per attempt (12.8).  He would be second in the league in TDs with 38, and he did all this with a completion percentage of 67.1.  He also threw 8 interceptions on the year, which he will need to limit for the Wolves to make a run at the championship.  Chris threw for over 300 yards in 6 out of the 8 games for the Wolves.  His biggest game came in Week 4 in the 46-28 win against the Money Team.  He would complete 21 of his 26 passes for 440 yards, 6 TDs, and 1 interception in that game.

 

Second Team

Sean Collins – Rabid Squirrels

70.8 Completion %, 2,261 yards, 34 TDs, 7 interceptions, QB Rating 124.71

Sean Collins had a big year as he led the Squirrels to a playoff berth with a 4-4 record.  He was leading the league for most of the year in QB Rating, but a few interceptions dropped him down to 3rd in the league with a rating of 124.71.  He was also third in the league in yards with 2,261, as well as TDs with 34.   He was 2nd in the league with a 70.8 completion percentage.  He did throw 7 interceptions on the year, 5 of which came in his last 3 games.  Sean will need to play like he did in the first half of the season if the Squirrels have hopes of upsetting the Warewolves and advancing to their first ever JSGFFL Championship game.  Collins’ biggest game came in the season finale to clinch a playoff spot against the Money Team in the 38-35 victory.  Sean completed 40 of his 45 passes for 389 yards, 6 TDs, and 1 interception.

 

WR

First Team

Shane Capone – Warewolves

37 receptions, 827 yards, 13 TDs

Shane is the most dynamic player in the JSGFFL today, and the Warewolves would not have been able to go undefeated without their MVP.  Shane led the league in yard with 827, and was tied in TDs with 13.  Shane’s 37 catches were also good for 2nd most in the league.  His 827 yards were 160 yards more than the next closest receiver.  This is more impressive when you realize Shane missed a game this year, and had an outside shot at 1,000 yards if he played in all the games.  Capone gets it done on defense as well, his 4 interceptions were good enough to be tied for 2nd in the league, and he returned 2 of those picks for TDs.  His biggest game came in the Week 7 victory against the Woodchucks.  He would have 8 catches for 184 yards and 4 TDs in the victory.

 

Second Team

Mike O’Neill – Shockers

53 receptions, 667 yards, 8 TDs

Saint Mike O’Neill had himself a big season for the Shockers this year.  He would end up having the most catches in the league with 53, 16 more than Shane Capone.  He would finish 2nd in yards with 667, and would be tied for 4th in TDs with 8.  The Shockers have the best receiving corps in the league with O’Neill, Barbiere, and Snead as the 3 biggest options for the Gufflslinger.  Giuffre will miss the first round of the playoffs, but the elite receivers and defense can pick up the slack without their starting QB.  O’Neill’s biggest game came in the Week 7 win against the Red Jaguars.  Saint Mike had 7 catches for 133 yards and 3 TDs.

 

Third Team

Charlie Barbiere – Shockers

35 receptions, 607 yards, 13 TDs

Charlie Barbiere also had a monster season for the Shockers.  He was tied for the league lead in TDs with 13.  He also was 3rd in the league in both receptions and yards with his 35 catches for 607 yards.  He will have to continue rolling with a new QB in the first round as the Shockers may be an underdog for the first time ever in the JSGFFL.  Charlie’s top game came back in Week 1 when the Shockers blew out Strangers with Candy.  He had 6 catches for 147 yards and 3 TDs that day.

 

Honorable Mention

Paul Wickwire – Clam Slammers

28 receptions, 575 yards, 9 TDs (played 2 games at QB)

Paul Wickwire gets an honorable mention for receivers mainly because how great of a year he had even while he was forced to play QB for the Slammers in 2 games.  Wickwire would finish the year with 28 catches for 575 yards and 9 TDs.  His best game came in the tie against the Woodchucks in Week 7 when he had 6 catches for 145 yards and 2 TDs.

 

Defense

First Team

Bill Budd – Rabid Squirrels

5 interceptions, 4 Sacks, 1 TD

Budd was a menace on defense all year for the Squirrels.  He led the league in interceptions with 5, and returned 1 for a TD.  He showed his versatility on defense with his 4 sacks, which was tied for 3rd in the league.  He will be a key component in the first round of the playoffs as the Squirrels will look to upset the undefeated Warewolves.

 

Second Team

Steve Soletto – Shockers

12 sacks

Steve Soletto is the all-time career sack leader of the JSGFFL, and he led the league again in sacks this year.  This season he had 12 sacks in the 8-game season.  He recorded half of his sacks in a single game, when he had 6 against the Red Jaguars in Week 7.  The pass rush will be critical if the Shockers want to get into the championship game without their QB in Week 1.

 

Third Team

Kevin Kastner – Woodchucks

8 sacks

Kevin Kastner had a very good year for the 3rd seeded Woodchucks.  He had 8 sacks on the season and was constantly in the backfield making QBs uncomfortable.  This will be critical in the First-Round matchup with the Shockers, who will no doubt have an inexperienced QB in the absence of Joe Giuffre.  Kastner did record 2 sacks in the Week 5 loss to the Shockers.

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Playoff Preview

Playoff Preview

By Sean Dochney

 

Warewolves (1st seed, 8-0) vs. Rabid Squirrels (4th seed, 4-4)

The Warewolves went undefeated in the regular season and hope to ride that momentum into the playoffs.  They have a potent offense that is led by the top rated QB and the number one receiver in the league in Chris Angelini and Shane Capone.  The Commissioner has completed 67% of his passes for a league high 2,679 yards, and finished 2nd in the league with 38 TDs, and 8 interceptions.  His 12.8 yards per attempt is over 2 yards more than the next QB in the league.  Capone has hauled in 37 catches for a league high 827 yards, and tied for the league lead in TDs with 13.  Shane is a huge playmaker on the defensive side of the ball, which is evidenced by his 4 interceptions and 2 defensive TDs.  Sean McAndrew and Chris McIntosh deserve a mention for the contributions to the offense as well.  Sean has 28 catches for 539 yards and 8 TDs, while McIntosh has 16 grabs for 301 yards and 7 TDs on the season.

The Rabid Squirrels had themselves a fine season that was almost spoiled in the last week as the Clam Slammers made a serious push for the final playoff spot.  If not for some poor clock management by the Slammers in their final game, the Squirrels may have missed the playoffs altogether.  The Squirrels are still deserving of the final playoff spot as they were led by Sean Collins at QB, who would end the year with the third highest QB rating in the league at 124.71.  Sean completed 70.8% of his passes for 2,226 yards.  Sean spread the ball around well as Joe Andress (33 rec. 412 yards, 4 TDs), Andre Snead (32 rec. 411 yards, 5 TDs) Mike Lawrence (20 rec. 428 yards, 7 TDs), and Jihad Castro (27 rec. 295 yards, 6 TDs).  On the defensive side of the ball, Bill Budd has probably had the biggest season in the entire league.  He led the league in interceptions with 5, returning 1 for a TD, and he was third in the league in sacks at 4.

Since this is not a spelling bee, the Warewolves are walking into this game as the favorite.  This is no surprise since they are the undefeated number one seed.  These 2 teams have matched up twice this season, in the first and final week.  The Wolves walked away with both victories obviously, 33-18 in Week 1, and 36-27 in the Week 7 double header.  Sean McAndrew has stood out the most in both matchups.  In the first matchup, McAndrew had 8 catches for 146 yards and 3 TDs, in the second matchup, he had 8 catches for 165 yards and 2 TDs.  The Squirrels D will need to stop him and Capone if they have any hope to finally advancing passed the first round.

Prediction: Warewolves win 30-22

 

Shockers (2nd seed, 7-1) vs Woodchucks (3rd seed, 5-2-1)

The perennial JSGFFL favorite Shockers finished 2nd this season as they suffered their only loss to the Warewolves.  After Shane Capone, they boast the top 3 receivers in the league with Charlie Barbiere (35 rec. 606 yards, 13 TDs), Saint Mike O’Neill (53 rec. 667 yards, 8 TDs), and Devon Snead (26 rec. 581 yards, 10 TDs).  O’Neill led the league in catches and was 2nd in yards, while Barbiere was tied for the league lead in TDs, and Snead would finish 3rd in that category.  Giuffre had another great season for the JSGFFL.  He would throw for 2,456 yards, league leading 39 TDs, but also led the league with 12 interceptions.  The Shockers do have a great defense led by the JSGFFL’s all-time sack leader Steve Soletto, who led the league again in sacks with 12.  His brother Bryan was tied for 2nd in the league with 4 interceptions, while Anthony Carlo hauled in 2 himself.

The Woodchucks have the 2nd ranked offense in terms of yards per game as they enter in as the 3rd seed.  This high-powered offense is led by John “the Zit” Zitani, who finished 2nd in QB Rating at 125.43.  he completed a league high 71.3% of his passes for 2,227 yards, 32 TDs, and 7 interceptions.  As always with the Zit, the ball was spread out real nice this season between his receiving corps.  Chris D’Addario (35 rec. 445 yards, 6 TDs), Devon McEllen (23 rec. 347 yards, 8 TDs), Jeremy Wozniak (25 Rec, 340 yards, 5 TDs), Charlie Mackie (27 rec. 388 yards, 2 TDs), and Steve Dalrymple (27 rec. 348 yards, 8 TDs) all had very nice seasons at receiver.  Their defense does a great job at getting to the QB, led by Kevin Kastner and his 8 sacks, which is good for 2nd in the league.

This is going to be a hard-fought battle, which is what these teams always have.  The Shockers walked out victorious in Week 5 in the 40-26 battle, but things could be very different this time around.  Rumor has it the Shockers will be without the Guffslinger at the helm this weekend.  This will prove to be huge as we are not sure if anyone can pick up his slack on the roster for Guff.  The defense is still going to be good for the Shockers and they may be able to carry them to victory.  But because of the absence of Giuffre, I am going to declare the Woodchucks as the favorites in this game.

Prediction: Woodchucks win 26-21