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.

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

Players of the Week – Week 6

Players of the Week – Week 6

By Sean Dochney

 

QB

Anthony D’Addario – Woodchucks

Is there a QB controversy looming for the Woodchucks?  Anthony D’Addario had himself a day in the absence of the Zit, albeit he did it against a Money Team that barely showed up.  Plant threw for 367 yards, 6 TDs, and 1 interception while leading the Woodchucks to a 45-18 victory.  He completed almost 73% of his passes in the game.  The Woodchucks will be taking on the Warewolves (6-0), and the Clam Slammers (2-4) in a double header in Week 7.  We expect to see the Zit back at QB in both games.  The first game they play against the Warewolves will be the Game of the Week.

 

Runner Up

Joe Giuffre – Shockers

The Shockers won big against the Rabid Squirrels in Week 6 to a score of 42-18.  Giuffre had himself a nice day throwing for 334 yards with 6 TDs.  He did throw 3 interceptions in the game, which now gives him a league leading 9 on the season.  The Shockers will take the bad with the good though as the Guffslinger also has the most passing yards (1,976) and passing TDs (32) on the season entering the final week.  His 116.75 QB rating ranks him 4th in the league.  The Shockers will be taking on Strangers with Candy (1-5) and the Red Jaguars (0-6) in their double header in Week 7.  It is safe to say they are heavily favored in both games.

 

WR

Shane Capone – Warewolves

Shane had himself a day in the only game that was not a blowout in Week 6.  The Warewolves held off the Clam Slammers in the 18-13 victory.  Shane was a big part of the Warewolves offense as he caught 5 passes for 148 yards and 2 TDs.  He also added an interception on defense for the Wolves.  Shane is the MVP of the Warewolves and will need to come up big in the playoffs if the Wolves want to bring home the championship that keeps eluding them.  On the season, Shane ranks as the 2nd best receiver according to the JSGFFL leaderboards.  Shane has 23 catches for a league leading 584 yards and 9 TDs.  The Warewolves have a tough Week 7 double header as they will be playing the Game of the Week against the Woodchucks (5-1) and then they will be taking on the Rabid Squirrels (3-3).

 

Runner Up

Charlie Mackie – Woodchucks

Madd Mack let his game to the talking instead of his mouth for once in Week 6.  He hauled in 5 passes for 123 yards and 2 TDs in the big win against the depleted Money Team.  I do give the Madd Mack some credit, his celebration game has stepped up big time over the last few weeks.  He now has 21 catches for 318 yards and 2 TDs on the season.  He will need to have a big Week 7 for the Woodchucks as they position themselves for a playoff run.  I expect some tempers to fly in the Game of the Week against the rival Warewolves (6-0), and who knows they might carry over to the game against the Clam Slammers (2-4).

 

Def

Shelton Burnett – Rabid Squirrels

Shelton Burnett takes home defensive player of the Week after returning an interception for a long TD in the losing effort against the Shockers.  This was the big man’s 3rd interception on the season and the first he returned for a TD.  The Squirrels will be looking to clinch the final playoff spot in Week 7 as they take on the Warewolves (6-0) and the Money Team (1-5).  The Clam Slammers are at their heels, but the odds will be stacked against the Slammers for the final playoff spot.

 

Runner Up

Devon Snead – Shockers

Snead gets runner up for defense this week by having 1 interception.  This was Snead’s first interception of the season.  I’ll be honest, there was not much happening on the defensive side of things on the week, so Snead gets this because he also had a big day receiving.  The Shockers have what should be an easy double header in Week 7 as they take on Strangers with Candy (1-5) and the Red Jaguars (0-6).

Fine Five – Week 5

Fine Five Power Rankings – Week 5

By Sean Dochney

 

  1. Warewolves (5-0), Point Differential – 89. (Prev. 1)

The Warewolves are now the last undefeated team in the league as they defeated Strangers with Candy with relative ease to a score of 34-12 in Week 5.  Shane Capone was not at this game because he was most likely out late and playing golf with Matt Harvey, rumor has it disciplinary action will not be pursued by the Warewolves.  Chris McIntosh was huge in the Shane’s absence.  McIntosh had 130 yards receiving, 3 TDs, and 2 interceptions on the defensive side of the ball.  The Commissioner balled out with 357 yards passing, 5 touchdowns and only 1 interception.  Jason DeGennaro also had himself a nice game with his 3 catches for 69 yards and 2 touchdowns.  The best part of Jason’s day was when he faked out 3 members of the Strangers defense with a fake pitch that created room for him to walk into the end zone.

The Warewolves now have the most yards per game on the season, which is impressive considering they have the least amount of offensive plays per game.  For those of you needing me to connect the dots, that means they are still averaging the most yards per play by a wide margin.  They still need to limit their turnovers if the hope to hoist the coveted JSGFFL Championship trophy at the end of the year.  The Warewolves will look to stay hot in Week 6 as they take on the Clam Slammers (2-3).

 

  1. Shockers (4-1), Point Differential – 106. (Prev. 2)

The Shockers demoralized the Woodchucks in the big Week 5 win.  Giuffre could not be stopped as he threw for 365 yards and 6 touchdowns without throwing an interception.  Devon Snead and Charlie Barbiere had big games as they both had over 100 yards receiving and 2 touchdowns.  On defense, Bryan Soletto, Shannon Hill and Danny Erickson all had an interception.  On the season, Charlie Barbiere (27 rec. 469 yards, 9 TDs) is now rated the top receiver in the league, while Mike O’Neill (34 rec. 360 yards, 4 TDs) has the most receptions in the league.

The Shockers offense is averaging the second most yards per game (331) as well as the second most yards per play (9.36).  They are a lock to make the playoffs, and will probably win out the rest of their games.  They will be playing the Rabid Squirrels (3-2) in Week 6, which will be much more important for the Squirrels than it will be for the Shockers.

 

  1. Woodchucks (4-1), Point Differential – 70. (Prev. 3)

The Woodchucks did not carry themselves with any semblance of dignity in their Week 5 loss to the Shockers.  I’m embarrassed to even write about the Woodchucks this week, so I’ll keep it brief and not even talk about their Week 5 matchup.

The Woodchucks are still in a good spot as they sit at 4-1.  They are third in the league in yards per game at 329.6, which is still good.  The Zit living up to his Charlie Check Down nickname though, as the Woodchucks are only fifth in the league in yards per play at 8.67.  They sit behind the Warewolves, Shockers, Rabid Squirrels and Clam Slammers in yards per play.  The Woodchucks will look to rebound in Week 6 as they take on the Money Team (1-4).

 

  1. Rabid Squirrels (3-2), Point Differential – 35. (Prev. 4)

The Rabid Squirrels stayed hot with their lopsided victory against the Red Jaguars in Week 5.  Brad Smith had a career game at WR for the Squirrels, hauling in 6 catches for 71 yards and 3 touchdowns.  I was surprised to see these weren’t his first receptions on the season, he now has 7 catches.  Bill Budd stayed dominant on defense with his sack and interception returned for a touchdown.  Look at the season Sean Collins is having at QB for the Squirrels!  Not only does Sean have the best first name in the league, he also has the best QB Rating as well with a 133.23.  Sean has 72% of his passes for 1390 yards, 22 touchdowns, while only throwing 2 interceptions.

The Rabid Squirrels average the fourth most yards per game at 282, while averaging the third most yards per play at 8.81.  More importantly, the Squirrels are tied for the best interception differential in the league at a plus 6.  The Squirrels will have a tough matchup against the Shockers (4-1) in Week 6.  I suppose I will call this game the Game of the Week, for lack of any solid matchups in Week 6.  At least both these teams currently sit in a playoff spot.

 

  1. Clam Slammers (2-3), Point Differential – (-17). (Prev. Unranked)

The Clam Slammers have creeped their way into the Fine Five, and are still in the hunt for the final playoff spot.  The Slammers demolished the Money Team in Week 5 to a score of 41-18.  Dan Duff and Kenny Colicchio had nice games at WR.  Duff had 5 catches for 99 yards and 2 TDs, while Kenny had 6 catches for 83 yards.  Duff would also chip in 2 sacks on defense, while Joe Termini would have an interception and return it for a touchdown.

The Clam Slammers are in contention for the fourth and final playoff spot, but the schedule is not on their side.  They will play the Warewolves (5-0), Strangers with Candy (1-4), and Woodchucks (4-1) in the final 3 weeks of the season.  They must overcome the Rabid Squirrels, who also have a considerable point differential on the Slammers.  The Slammers will start their quest by taking on the Warewolves in Week 6.

Players of the Week – Week 5

Players of the Week – Week 5

By Sean Dochney

 

QB

Joe Giuffre – Shockers

The Gufflslinger was at the top of his game as the Shockers turned the Woodchucks into whiny little children in the 40-26 victory in Week 5.  The Woodchucks did not have an answer for Giuffre as he would complete 26 of his 45 passes for 365 yards and 6 touchdowns.  He did all this without throwing an interception.  Devon Snead and Charlie Barbiere would both have over 100 yards receiving for the Shockers on the day.  Giuffre now has the most touchdown passes in the league with 26, and the second most yards with 1,642.  The Shockers will take on the Rabid Squirrels in Week 6.  This is a big game for the Squirrels as they currently sit in the 4th and final playoff spot, with the Clam Slammers are right on their heels.

 

Runner Up

Brian Lee – Clam Slammers

The Clam Slammers took down the Money Team in Week 4 to a score of 41-18.  Brian was on the money in this game completing 22 of 28 passes for 297 yards, 5 touchdowns, and 1 interception.  Lee has missed a few games this season, but he has put up respectable numbers in the games he has been able to make.  Lee has completed 69% of his passes for 860 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions.  The Clam Slammers find themselves on the outside looking in of the 4th and final playoff spot.  They may be in luck this upcoming week as the Rabid Squirrels will be taking on the dominant Shockers in Week 6.  For that to matter, the Slammers will have to take down the undefeated Warewolves in Week 6, which will be no easy task.

 

WR

Chris McIntosh – Warewolves

No Shane Capone, no problem for the Wolves.  Warewolves were still able to handle Strangers with Candy with relative ease as they won 34-12.  McIntosh stepped up big with the Warewolves missing the top receiver in the league.  McIntosh would have 5 catches for 130 yards and 3 touchdowns.  Chris is having himself a solid season as he now how 11 catches for 256 yards and 5 touchdowns.  McIntosh will look to stay hot in Week 6 as the Warewolves will be taking on the Clam Slammers

 

Runner Up

Charlie Barbiere – Shockers

Barbiere had himself a big game in the clubbing of the Woodchucks in Week 5.  Charlie would catch 8 passes for 110 yards and 2 touchdowns.  This game, plus the absence of Shane Capone, puts Barbiere as the top-rated receiver according to the JSGFFL leaderboard.  Charlie, now has 27 catches for 469 yards and 9 touchdowns on the season.  The Shockers have answered nicely over the past 2 weeks in response to their loss to the Warewolves back in Week 3.  They will look to stay hot as they take on the Rabid Squirrels in Week 6.

 

Defense

Bill Budd – Rabid Squirrels

Budd Light has been a menace on defense for the Squirrels all season long, and continued his menacing ways in Week 5.  Budd would add to his lead for most interceptions in the league with another in the Week 5 win against the Red Jaguars, and he would return this one for his first defensive touchdown on the season.  He also added a sack to his stat line in this game.  On the season, Budd has 5 interceptions and 3 sacks.  He will need to come up big in Week 6, as the Squirrels will take on the always tough Shockers.

 

Runner Up

Chris McIntosh – Warewolves

McIntosh was not just dominant on defense in the victory against Strangers with Candy, he also went off on the defensive side of the ball.  Chris would have 2 interceptions in the contest, which now gives him 3 on the season, which is good to be tied for second in the league.  Warewolves are the last undefeated team left and will look to keep it that way in Week 6 as they take on the Clam Slammers.

JSGFFL Fine Five – Week 4

Fine Five Power Rankings – Week 4

By Sean Dochney

 

  1. Warewolves (4-0), Point Differential – 67. (Prev. 1)

The Warewolves stayed undefeated by beating the Red Jaguars 63-18.  Angelini and Capone had monster games that earned them Player of the Week honors for QB and WR.  Ryan Dooley had himself a career day with 6 catches for 104 yards in the Week 4 win.  On the season, Shane Capone has been the top player for the Warewolves.  He now has 3 interceptions, 2 of which have been returned for touchdowns, and a sack on defense.  Shane is also the top receiver in the league with his 18 catches for 436 yards and 7 touchdowns.  Sean McAndrew is the Warewolves’ second leading receiver, he has 14 catches for 245 yards and 5 touchdowns in only 2 games this season.

The Warewolves are averaging the least amount of plays per game on offense at 24.75, but the most number of yards per play at 13.76.  13.76 yards per play is 4 yards more than the Shockers, who are second in the league at 9.78.  The Warewolves are not without flaws though, they need to improve on their interception difference that currently sits in the middle of the pack with a 0 difference.  The Warewolves will be taking on Strangers with Candy (1-3) in Week 5.  This will not be an easy game for the Warewolves, Candy’s record can be deceiving.  Candy has had tough schedule and have had games against the Woodchucks and Rabid Squirrels go down to the wire and decided in the final minute.

 

  1. Shockers (3-1), Point Differential – 92. (Prev. 2)

The Shockers took care of business against the Clam Slammers in the 36-14 victory in Week 4.  Mike O’Neill had himself a great game with 9 catches for 93 yards and a touchdown.  Charlie Barbiere also chipped in a nice game with 4 catches for 68 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Barbiere and O’Neill have been the Shockers top 2 receivers this season.  Barbiere has 19 receptions for 359 yards and 7 touchdowns, while O’Neill has a league leading 30 catches for 328 yards and 3 touchdowns.  Joe Giuffre is having himself a fine season at QB with his 1277 passing yards, 20 touchdowns, and 119 QB Rating.  The Guffslinger does have a league high 6 interceptions on the year.  On defense, Steve Soletto leads the league with 5 sacks.  Anthony Carlo is second in the league with his 3 interceptions, while Bryan Soletto and Peter Torres each have 2 interceptions on the season.

The Shockers are averaging the third most yards per game in the league at 322.75.  They are second in yards per play, and third in interception difference at 3.  The Shockers will be in the Game of the Week in Week 5 against the rival Woodchucks (4-0).  These 2 teams have had some great battles in the past few seasons as they have constantly meet each other in championship games.  This game is bound to go down to the final possession of the game.

 

  1. Woodchucks (4-0), Point Differential 84. (Prev. 3)

The Woodchucks handled the Money Team with relative ease in Week 4 as they won 46-28.  The Zit was highly efficient in this contest as he completed 19 of 22 passes for 317 yards and 6 touchdowns.  Devon McEllen got his hands on everything as he would return an interception for a touchdown, have 48 yards receiving with 2 touchdowns, and 43 passing yards with a touchdown.  Zitani is currently the top-rated passer in the league with a rating of 141.3 to go along with his 1315 passing yards, 21 touchdowns and 1 interception.  His top receivers have been Jeremy Wozniak (21 rec. 296 yards, 5 TDs), Chris D’Addario (18 rec. 239 yards, 3 TDs), and Steve Dalrymple (17 rec. 204 yards, 3 TDs).  On defense, Terron Maples and Devon McEllen each have 2 interceptions, while Kevin Kastner has 3 sacks and an interception.

The Woodchucks lead the league in yards per game at 342.  They are tied for the league in sacks per game at 2, and are second in the league in interception difference at 4.  They will need to bring their A game in Week 5 as they are part of the Game of the Week against the Shockers (3-1).

 

  1. Rabid Squirrels (2-2), Point Differential – 7. (Prev. 4)

The Rabid Squirrels won the Game of the Week for Week 4 in thrilling fashion against Strangers with Candy.  Mike Lawrence would be on the receiving end of a 60-yard touchdown in the final minute of the game to walk away with the 30-27 victory.  Sean Collins had a huge game in the win as he completed 22 of 29 passes for 334 yards, 4 touchdowns and no interceptions.  Mike Lawrence was the top receiver on the day with 4 catches for 124 yards and 2 TDs.  Sean is having great season so far, he has thrown for 1131 yards, 17 TDs and only 1 interception.  Collins’ top receivers have been Joe Andress (21 rec. 245 yards, 2 TDs) and Andre Snead (12 rec. 236 yards, 4 TDs).  Bill Budd has been very noticeable on defense with his league leading 4 interceptions and 2 sacks on the season.

The Squirrels are in the middle of the pack when it comes to their 285.25 yards per game.  They excel in not turning the ball over and lead the league in interception difference at 5.  They will enter Week 5 as the favorite as they take on the Red Jaguars (0-4).

 

  1. Strangers with Candy (1-3), Point Differential – (-34). (Prev. 5)

Strangers with Candy lost a heartbreaker in Week 4 by giving up a late deep ball in the final minute of the game.  Cam Blackwell had a big game in the loss with his 6 catches for 106 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Jake Dabal would also chip in 3 catches for 90 yards and a touchdown.  On the season, Kyle Spatz (26 rec. 361 yards, 4 TDs) and Cam Blackwell (20 rec. 305 yards, 5 TDS) have been the top receivers for Strangers with Candy.  Craig Cicardo has been solid at QB in his first season in the JSGFFL.  He has thrown for 1064 yards, 14 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions.

Strangers with Candy are fifth in the league in yards per game at 267.5.  They have been turning the ball over way too much in the early going, and have the worst interception difference in the league at negative 5.  This needs to turn around if they hope to make the playoffs this season.  They have a tough Week 5 matchup against the undefeated Warewolves (4-0).  They will need to be at the top of their game if they plan on handing the Wolves their first loss.

Players of the Week – Week 4

Players of the Week – Week 4

By Sean Dochney

 

QB

Chris Angelini – Warewolves

The Commissioner came out swinging in Week 4 in the 46-28 win over the Money Team.  Angelini would complete 21 or 26 of his passes for an outstanding 440 yards.  That is almost 17 yards per attempt for the Commissioner.  He would throw 6 touchdowns and 1 interception in the game.  Ang is putting up a strong season (for his Warewolves persona) as he sits third in QB rating with 132.47.  The Commissioner has thrown for the most yards in the league with 1362, and his 20 touchdowns is good to be tied for second.  Chris is first in the league in yards per attempt, and by a wide margin with it sitting at 13.8.  Giuffre is the next closest QB in yards per attempt, and he currently sits at 10.1.  Angelini must bring down the amount of interceptions on the season, as he already has 5 through the first 4 games.  Ang must be on top of his game in Week 5 as they take on Strangers with Candy.  Don’t let Candy’s 1-3 record fool you, they have had a tough schedule to start the season and played some tough teams well, losing 2 games in the final minute this season.  They will be no pushover for the Warewolves, and this Week 5 matchup is shaping up to be a good one.

 

Runner Up

John Zitani – Woodchucks

The Zit popped off once again in Week 4 as the Woodchucks crushed the Red Jaguars 63-18.  Zitani was extremely efficient in the win as he completed 19 of his 22 passes for 317 yards and 6 touchdowns.  This was the Zitani the fans love to see as he disregarded his Charlie Check Down habits and let the ball fly in Week 4.  Zitani is now the top rated QB in the league with a QB Rating of 141.27.  He has completed a league high 75.2% of his passes for 1315 yards and league leading 21 touchdowns.  Most impressively, the Zit has thrown only 1 interception this season.  The Woodchucks will have a tough matchup with the Shockers in what will surely be the Game of the Week for Week 5.  The Zit will need to be at the top of his game if the Woodchucks plan on staying undefeated while also handing the Shockers their second loss of the season

 

WR

Shane Capone – Warewolves

Is there any receiver better than Shane Capone in the JSGFFL?  Shane Capowned once again as he hauled in 7 catches for 164 yards and 4 TDs in Week 4.  The only receiving category Capone does not lead is receptions, that honor belongs to Mike O’Neill.  Capone now has 18 receptions for 436 yards and 7 touchdowns.  Shane will look to have another big game in Week 5, as Strangers with Candy will try to find a way to stop him.

 

Runner Up

Mike Lawrence – Rabid Squirrels

Mike Lawrence had his best game of the season as the Rabid Squirrels squeaked by Strangers with Candy in the thrilling 30-27 victory.  Mike Lawrence would be on the receiving end of the game winning 60-yard touchdown in the final minute of the game.  Lawrence would end the game with 4 catches for 123 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Lawrence now has 10 catches for 182 yards and 3 touchdowns on the season.  The Rabid Squirrels will look to continue momentum from their dramatic victory as they enter Week 5 as the heavy favorite against the Red Jaguars.

 

Defense

Devon McEllen – Woodchucks

Devon had a big game in the Woodchucks victory returning an interception for a touchdown as the Woodchucks dominated the Red Jaguars.  McEllen was not just dominant on defense in Week 4, but he was a jack of all trades, getting his hands on everything in the victory.  Devon not only had a touchdown on defense, he also had 2 receiving touchdowns as well as a passing touchdown.  I am just going to start making up single game accomplishments, and claim that this is the first time anyone has ever scored a defensive, receiving, and passing touchdown in a single JSGFFL game.  I would also appreciate if no one double checks my bold claim, and if they do, I will just delete that other player’s game because I control the stats anyway.  Devon has been stellar on defense for the Woodchucks this season, he has been shutting down anyone who lines up in front of him and now has 2 interceptions on the season.  He will have to be stellar again in Week 5 as the Woodchucks will be taking on the Shockers in the Game of the Week.

 

Runner Up

Bill Budd – Rabid Squirrels

Bill Budd had another interception this past week as he now leads the JSGFFL in interceptions with 4.  This interception proved to be huge as this game would go down to the wire that resulted in a thrilling Rabid Squirrels victory.  Budd has been having a great season and does not look to be slowing down.  He has also added 2 sacks to go along with his 4 interceptions.  He will look to add to his impressive season as the Rabid Squirrels take on the Red Jaguars in Week 5.

Fine Five – Week 3

Fine Five Power Rankings – Week 3

By Sean Dochney

 

  1. Warewolves (3-0), Point Differential – 49. (Prev. 3)

The Warewolves shocked the world by defeating the Shockers 26-20 in Week 3.  This game was a 2 possession game the whole way through as the Shockers scored late to assist with point differential.  The defense played outstanding against the high-powered Shockers offense.  Jason DeGennaro recorded 2 sacks, while Chris MacIntosh and Shane Capone each had an interception against the Guffslinger.  Sean McAndrew would have 6 catches for 99 yards and a TD, while Capone would haul in 5 for 81 yards himself.  The Warewolves victory let the Warewolves jump from the third spot in the rankings to the first spot.  The Warewolves will take on the Money Team (1-2) in Week 4.  The Warewolves will be heavily favored in this game, but you never know what can happen on any given Saturday.

 

  1. Shockers (2-1), Point Differential – 70. (Prev. 1)

I just could not drop the Shockers down to the third spot, even though the Woodchucks remain undefeated.  The Shockers did not have their full 25-man roster for this game and they made it abundantly clear a few times during and after the game.  Still, the Shockers have dominated the JSGFFL for the past few years, and they will be involved in the championship picture at the end of the season.  Mike O’Neill (WITH 2 L’s) had himself a game in Week 3, he caught 8 passes for 110 yards.  O’Neill leads the Shockers with 21 catches and is second to Barbiere in yards with 235.  The Shockers will look to rebound in Week 4 as they take on the Clam Slammers (1-2).  Clam Slammers were coming off a huge victory in Week 3, but it was also against the only team without a win in the league.  Look for the Shockers to come out with their guns blazing.

 

  1. Woodchucks (3-0), Point Differential – 39. (Prev. 2)

Woodchucks are undefeated and they fell down a spot in the Fine Five this week.  I am going to hear shit for this one for sure.  The Woodchucks beat the Rabid Squirrels 33-24 in Week 3.  Jeremy Wozniak had another nice game hauling in 7 catches for 92 yards and 2 TDs.  Jeremy now has 21 catches for 296 yards and 5 TDs on the season.  The Zit had a huge game himself as he embarks on what could be his final campaign in the JSGFFL.  The league will miss the face that runs the place in the Zit if these rumors hold true.  Zitani is the top rated QB in the league, because Brian Lee must play more than 1 game against the Red Jaguars before I acknowledge his rating.  Zitani has thrown 15 TDs and only 1 interception through the first 3 weeks.  Expect another big game out of the Zit as the Woodchucks take on the Red Jaguars (0-3) in Week 4.

 

  1. Rabid Squirrels (1-2), Point Differential – 4. (Prev. 4)

The Rabid Squirrels lost to the Woodchucks in Week 3 and stay at their 4th spot in the Power Rankings this week.  Even in the loss, they secured 2 spots in the Players of the Week with Sean Collins and Bill Budd having big games.  The Squirrels have fallen victim to a tough luck schedule so far this season.  Both their losses have come against the Woodchucks and the Warewolves, who are the last 2 undefeated teams in the league this season.  The Squirrels will be looking to turn their luck around when they take on Strangers with Candy (1-2) in what will be the Game of the Week for Week 4.

 

  1. Strangers with Candy (1-2), Point Differential – (-25). (Prev. UR)

Strangers with Candy picked up their first win this past week with a 42-19 victory against the Money Team.  Kyle Spatz (9 rec. 81 yards, 1 TD) and Cameron Blackwell (4 rec. 97 yards, 2 TDs) were too much for the Money Team to handle as they both had big games.  Craig Cicardo also had another nice game as he threw for 268 yards, 5 TDs, and 1 interception.  As mentioned before, Strangers with Candy will be involved in the Game of the Week for Week 4.  They need big games out of Spatz, Blackwell, and newly acquired Billy Belford to get past the Rabid Squirrels.

JSGFFL Players of the Week – Week 3

Player of the Week – Week 3

By Sean Dochney
QB

Brian Lee – Clam Slammers

The Clam Slammers got their QB back this week and he hit the ground running in his season debut.  The Slammers demolished the Red Jaguars to a score of 40-6.  Lee was nearly perfect on the day as he completed 17 of his 20 passes for 312 yards and 6 TDs.  He did throw 1 interception, which was his only blemish on the day.  This was not the toughest matchup in the world as the Red Jaguars have a point differential of negative 76 through the first 3 weeks of the season.  Next week will be a much tougher matchup for the Clam Slammers as they take on the Shockers who dropped to 2-1 after suffering the upset loss at the hands of the Warewolves in Week 3.  The Slammers will look to improve on their 1-2 record, but this will not be easy as the Shockers will be looking for blood.

 

Runner Up

Sean Collins – Rabid Squirrels

The Rabid Squirrels lost again this week to the Woodchucks to a score of 33-24.  This drops the Squirrels record to 1-2, but it is worth noting that their 2 losses have come at the hands to the only 2 undefeated teams in the league, the Woodchucks and Warewolves.  Collins was at his best and would throw for 323 yards, 4 TDs and 1 interception.   On the season, Collins now has a QB rating of 127.1 while completing 70.6% of his passes for 796 yards.  More impressively, he has thrown 13 TDs while only throwing 1 interception.  The Rabid Squirrels (1-2) have a tough matchup this week as they take on Strangers with Candy (1-2).

 

WR

Paul Wickwire – Clam Slammers

Paul Wickwire had been playing QB for the Clam Slammers for the first 2 weeks of the season, but was able to shift back to WR with the return of Brian Lee.  Wickwire was a huge playmaker for the Slammers this weekend in their dominating victory.  Paul would only have 4 catches but he would also have 119 yards on those 4 catches, and 3 TDs.  Assuming Brian Lee is available this upcoming week, Wickwire will look to carry on his explosive ways in the tough Week 4 matchup against the Shockers.

 

Runner Up

Terrence McKeller – The Money Team

Terrence McKeller is quietly making a name for himself in his first year in the league.  He had a big game in a losing effort to Strangers with Candy.  The final score would wind up being 42-19, but that didn’t stop Terrence from having one hell of a day.  Terrence would haul in 12 catches for 108 yards and 2 TDs.  Terrence now sits in 4th place in the JSGFFL Leaderboard through the first 3 weeks of the season.  He needs to keep it up if the Money Team wants to make a push for the playoffs in their inaugural season.   The Money Team will have a tough matchup in Week 4 against the Warewolves.

 

Defense

Bill Budd – Rabid Squirrels

Did the Rabid Squirrels lose this past week and still get 2 players in POTW?  I think Hell has frozen over and I need to start trashing the Squirrels in these posts again to get them motivated and winning ball games.  It will make justifying these nominations much easier to say the least.  Bill Budd was ferocious on defense and played like he was 8 feet tall.  He had 2 sacks and an interception in the loss.  Everyone’s Budd almost recorded 2 more sacks in the stat sheet because every time Brad Smith comes up and asks me if I recorded his sack, I just want to give the sack to Budd instead.  These were Budd’s first 2 sacks of the year, but his third interception.  His 3 interceptions have him tied for the league lead with Anthony Carlo and Shane Capone.  Budd will look to continue his ways against Strangers with Candy in Week 4.

 

Runner Up

Kenny Colicchio – Clam Slammers

Cause: Blow a team out 40-6.  Effect: Have 3 players in Players of the Week.  Kenny Colicchio had a stellar game on defense in the monster win.  He would have 2 interceptions, with both making top plays.  His first was a freak like 1 handed grab, and the second was a juggling circus catch that would have made the best clown proud.  Ride that high as long as you can Slammers, you will have a much tougher opponent in the Shockers for Week 4.

Player of the Week – Week 2

Players of the Week – Week 2

By Sean Dochney

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QB

Chris Angelini – Warewolves

The Commissioner of the league gets the honor of Player of the Week this week because he told me he’d fire me if he didn’t get at least 1 this season.  So, I wanted to get it out of the way early.  Angelini runs a very slow and methodical offense that lulls defenses to sleep, which allows him to strike for big plays.  He only attempted 20 passes in the 52-24 win against the Red Jaguars, but he completed 16 of those attempts for 324 yards and 5 TDs.  He also threw 2 interceptions on the day.  The Commissioner is going to need to bring his A game next week as the 2-0 Warewolves will be taking on the 2-0 Shockers.

 

Runner Up

Craig Cicardo – Strangers with Candy

Cicardo is a newcomer in the league and he helped Strangers with Candy go toe to toe with perennial contender the Woodchucks.  Strangers had a lead late, but would end up losing the heartbreaker 33-27.  Cicardo did all he could do as he threw for 320 yards with 4 TDs and 1 interception.  Cicardo will look to keep up the good work in Week 3 as Strangers (0-2) will take on the Money Team (1-1).

 

WR

Kyle Spatz – Strangers with Candy

Spatz played out of his mind against the Woodchucks in the losing effort.  No one on the Woodchucks could slow Kyle down as he hauled in 10 catches for 156 yards and 2 TDs.  Kyle now sits on top the WR leaderboard as he has 15 catches for 245 yards and 3 TDs.  The Money Team will have their hands full trying to stop Spatz in Week 3.

 

Runner Up

Jeremy Wozniak – Woodchucks

Wozniak was also unstoppable in the game of the Woodchucks against Strangers with Candy.  Jeremy caught 6 catches for 113 yards and 3 TDs.  Woz is now the leading receiver for the Woodchucks and ranked 4th on the JSGFFL leaderboard.  He has 14 catches for 204 yards and 3 TDs after the first 2 weeks of the season, and is the only Woodchuck with over 100 yards receiving.  The Woodchucks (2-0) will look to stay perfect as they battle the Rabid Squirrels (1-1) in Week 3.

 

Defense

Shane Capone – Warewolves

Capone was as big of a ball hawk as one can be as the Warewolves gave The Red Jaguars the business in Week 2.  Capone would have record his first 2 interceptions on the season and would return both for TDs in Week 3.  Capone is off to a slow start by his standards on offense, as he only ranks 5th on the leaderboard when he is used to seeing himself on top.  This is not a too big a deal since the Warewolves are 2-0, and Shane has the most defensive TDs in the league.

 

Runner Up

Bryan Soletto – Shockers

Soletto had a great game for the Shockers on defense as they blew out the Money Team, 40-6.  Soletto would walk away with 2 interceptions, which were his first 2 of the year.  Soletto usually finds himself on top of the JSGFFL interception leaderboard every year, and he is now tied for 2nd with 2, behind his teammate Anthony Carlo, who has 3.  The Shockers (2-0) will take on the Warewolves (2-0) in Week 3 in the battle of the unbeatens.