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.

Fine Five Power Rankings – Week 1

 

Fine Five Power Rankings – Week 1

By Sean Dochney

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  1. Shockers (1-0), Point Differential – 42

The Shockers were their usual selves as they steamrolled through Strangers with Candy 50-8 in Week 1.  The Shockers look a little different this season without Spanola or Pharo, and with the additions of Maliq Black and Peter Torres.  The Shockers had their usual high powered offense against Strangers as Joe Giuffre, Charlie Barbiere, and Devon Snead put up big games like they usually do.  Giuffre took home POTW honors for QB with his 437 passing yards and 7 TDs, and Barbiere was the runner up for WR with 6 receptions for 147 yards and 3 TDs.  Snead also had a big game hauling in 6 catches for 135 yards and a TD, while Mike O’Neil wasn’t too shabby himself chipping in 8 catches for 68 yards and a TD.  The defense for the Shockers also came to play holding Strangers to only 8 points.  Steve Soletto recorded 2 sacks and Anthony Carlo had 2 interceptions, which quickly puts him at the top of the leaderboard for the season.  The Shockers will take on The Money Team in Week 2.  The Money Team is riding a high after a win in their first game in the JSGFFL against the Red Jaguars, now they will have a real test as they play the team that’s been on top of the JSGFFL for the past few years.

 

  1. Woodchucks (1-0), Point Differential – 24

The Woodchucks handled the Clam Slammers with relative ease as they won 36-12 in Week 1.  The Zit popped off again as he threw for 336 yards, 6 TDs, and no interceptions on the day.  In classic Zit fashion, 7 different receivers had at least 2 receptions for the Woodchucks.  The Zit was so on in Week 1, that he even attempted a pass that traveled more than 20 yards in the air, dispelling the naysayers that refer to him Check Down Charlie.  Jeremy Wozniak was the Zit’s top receiver on the day grabbing 8 passes for 91 yards, proving that nobody beats the Woz.  Steve Dalrymple had 2 sacks on defense while Kevin Kastner had 1 himself.  Devon McEllen added an interception for the Woodchucks on defense.  Woodchucks go into Week 2 as the favorites against Strangers with Candy.

 

  1. Warewolves (1-0), Point Differential – 15

The Commissioner led Warewolves held off and beat Rabid Squirrels 33-18 in Week 1.  Sean McAndrew and Shane Capone were the bright spots on the team as Sean hauled in 8 catches for 146 and 3 TDs, while Shane had 3 catches for 112 yards and 2 TDs.  Angelini was solid throwing for 322 yards, 5 TDs and 1 interception.  There is controversy brewing for Week 2 as the Warewolves will play the Red Jaguars, and Angelini is the QB for both teams.  Many fans want to see Angelini step down from the Warewolves and let former Hardcore and State Champion Ryan Dooley take the helm at QB for the Warewolves in Week 2.  If the megalomaniac Angelini will allow this to happen remains to be seen.

 

  1. Rabid Squirrels (0-1), Point Differential – (-15)

The Squirrels come in at the 4th spot despite the loss in Week 1 to the Warewolves.  The Money Team is not going to be happy with me on this one, but there is much more of a track record with the Squirrels, and the Squirrels played a much tougher opponent in Week 1.  Sean Collins only threw for 239 yards against the Wolves, but the bright spot is he did not throw any interceptions.  Jihad Castro caught 7 balls for 57 yards and 2 TDs, Josh Ahiabor had 6 catches for 72 yards, and Joe Andress hauled in another 5 catches for 58 yards.  Bill Budd chipped in an interception on the defensive side of the ball.  The Squirrels will be involved in the Game of the Week for Week 2 as they take on the Clam Slammers.  Both teams will look to get back on track as they enter Week 2 with an 0-1 record.

 

  1. The Money Team (1-0), Point Differential – 14

I am positive I am going to hear some shit from the Money Team with this ranking, but there is still a lot to prove after the 34-20 Week 1 victory over the Red Jaguars.  League veteran, but new QB Ryan Maletto looked good in his first game at QB as he threw for 286 yards, 5 TDs, and 1 interception.  Guy Blessing was a monster on defense has he had 3 sacks, which makes him the league leader after Week 1.  Terrence McKeller quickly looked like the biggest playmaker for the Money Team.  Terrence had 6 catches for 72 yards and a TD, while also getting an interception on defense.  Quwan Dorsey also had himself a nice day as he had 71 yards receiving and a TD.  The Money Team will have a much tougher opponent in Week 2 as they take on the Shockers.

 

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Players of the Week – Week 1 Edition

Players of the Week – Spring 2017 Week 1

By Sean Dochney

QB

Joe Giuffre – Shockers

The Shockers didn’t skip a beat with the layoff from the fall season, as the reigning champs demolished Strangers with Candy 50-8.  No surprise that the Guffslinger is the QB of the week as he completed 75% of his passes for a league best 437 yards and 7 TDs.  He wasn’t perfect on the day as he did throw an interception, but that interception didn’t matter as the Shockers still were able to put the boots to Strangers with Candy.  Giuffre will look to have another big week next week as the Shockers will take on newcomers the Money Team in Week 2.

 

Runner Up

John Zitani – Woodchucks

The Zit proved again why he is the face of the JSGFFL.  Zitani is the son the commissioner’s parents wished they had.  He always handles himself with class, dignity, and perseverance on the field, and he did so again Week 1 against the Clam Slammers.  Rumors have been swirling about this being the Zit’s final season in the JSGFFL, and if this is true, the JSGFFL should retire the Zit’s number 18 around the entire league.  The Zit completed over 72% of his passes for 336 yards and 6 TDs with no interceptions in the 33-18 victory over the Clam Slammers.  Woodchucks will look to stay hot as they take on Strangers with Candy in Week 2.

(Pictured above, John “The Zit” Zitani with Patricia “The Saint” Angelini and Gary “Big Gar” Angelini)

 

WR

Sean McAndrew – Warewolves

Seany Mac put up a monster game as the Warewolves took down the Rabid Squirrels.  The Rabid Squirrels had no answer for McAndrew as he continually torched the Squirrels defense on the way to a 33-18 win.  The Birdman Hauled in 8 catches for 146 yards and 3 TDs.  Sean looks like a great fantasy option in Week 2 as the Warewolves take on the Red Jaguars.

 

Runner Up

Charlie Barbiere – Shockers

Strangers with Candy had no answer for Barbiere as he made big play after big play for the Shockers.  Charlie is always a solid fantasy option as he and Giuffre have been putting up big numbers together for years in the JSGFFL.  In Week 1, he had 6 receptions for 147 yards and 3 TDs.  One would expect him to have another big game next week as the Shockers will take on one of the inexperienced teams in the Money Team in Week 2.  He will be a good pick for the weekly fantasy contest in Week 2.

 

Def

Guy Blessing – The Money Team

The man with the best name in the league proved to have the best defensive game in the league in Week 1.  Blessing blessed the Money Team with a great pass rush in route to recording 3 sacks in the 34-20 victory against the Red Jaguars.  The Red Jaguars seemed to never get anything going on offense because of the ineffectiveness to stop the pass rush.  Guy will look to remain on top of the sack leaderboards as the Money Team will take on the defending champion Shockers in Week 2.

 

Runner Up

Devon McEllen – Woodchucks

Devon has big cleats to fill as he steps into a more prominent leadership role on the Woodchucks defense after the retirement of their spiritual leader, Garrett “Loud Mouth” Lavaggi.  Devon was not phased at all by the added pressure as he was able to constantly make big plays on defense by coming up with huge flag pulls and regularly swatting away pass attempts.  He was the epitome of a shutdown corner last week and even picked up a pivotal and momentum changing interception in the early stages of the game.  It was all Woodchucks after the McEllen interception in the 36-12 victory over the Clam Slammers.  Devon will look to continue his shutdown ways as the Woodchucks take on the talented receiving corps of Strangers with Candy in Week 2.

 

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ALL-GRIDIRON TEAM – Fall 2016

All-Gridiron Team

By Sean Dochney

 


1st Team QB

John Zitani – Woodchucks

The Zit had a phenomenal season for the Woodchucks on their way to the 1st seed for the Fall season.  The Woodchucks went 7-1 on the season with the most points scored in the league with 342, good for 42.75 points per game.  He led the league in QB Rating (131.96), completion percentage (71.6), and was tied for league best in passing TDs (44).  The Zit was second in the league in passing yards (2,489), and was third in the league in yards per attempt (9.7).  He did all this while throwing a league low 6 interceptions.  The Zit spread the ball around very well as there was 5 Woodchucks players with over 20 catches on the season (Billy Belford, Chris D’Addario, Anthony D’Addario, Steve Dalrymple, and Charlie Mackie.)

 

2nd Team QB

Joe Giuffre – Shockers

The Guffslinger was again one of the top QBs in the JSGFFL as he led the Shockers to a 7-1 record and a 3rd Shocker Championship.  Giuffre was prone to turning the ball over with 11 interceptions thrown leading to Joe being ranked 5th in QB rating at 120.12, but he was at the top of the league in all other passing categories.  Giuffre was tied with the Zit for the league lead in passing TDs with 44.  Giuffre was also the league leader in passing yards with 2,705, and he was second in the league with his 10.1 yards per attempt.  Giuffre also spread the ball around well to a talented receiving corps as he had 3 receivers haul in over 30 catches for the season (Charlie Barbiere, Devon Snead, and Mike O’Neil).

 


1st Team WR

Shane Capone – Warewolves

Capone was downright dominant for the Warewolves this season.  He has been the top receiver in the JSGFFL for the past 2 seasons now.  This season was no different as no team had an answer for him all season.  Shane had 3 games this season with over 170 yards receiving.  He probably would’ve been the only WR with over 1,000 receiving yards this season if he hadn’t been injured at the end of the year which forced him to miss games.  Even with his injury, Capone was head and shoulders above any other receiver in the league as he was the league leader in the 3 major receiving categories; receptions, yards, and TDs.  On the season, Shane would haul in 40 catches for 869 yards and 15 TDs.  

 

2nd Team WR

Charlie Barbiere – Shockers

Barbiere had a great season for the Shockers, who have the most talented receiving corps in the league.  Their receiving corps is so good, Barbiere finished second in both receptions and yards for the Shockers.  Devon Snead would lead the team in both those categories with his 40 catches for 715 yards.  Barbiere would end up with almost twice the number of TDs then Snead, though, and that is why Charlie ends up as the 2nd team WR.  Charlie frustrated defenses all season on his way to another Shockers championship season.  Barbiere would finish the season with 38 catches for 695 yards and 13 TDs.  He was third in the league in catches and yards, and second in the league in TDs.  

 


1st Team Def

Steve Soletto – Shockers

Soletto is the best pass rusher in the JSGFFL and sits on top of the all-time sacks list with his 85.5 career sacks.  This is about 3 times the number of sacks the second-place guy has at 29.  No other team in the league had as many sacks than Soletto had by himself.  He was constantly applying pressure and frustrating QBs on his way to 18.5 sacks in 8 games this season.  

 

2nd Team Def

Frank Ritacco – Clam Slammers

Frank Ritacco and the Clam Slammers started the season real hot, as Ritacco exploded with big pick after big pick through the first few weeks of the season.  Ritacco and the team did cool off a bit, but they still had a great season.  Ritacco would end up leading the league in interceptions with 7 as the Clam Slammers finished in 4th place and would go on to lose to the Woodchucks in the Semi-finals.

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.

24 Hour Countdown – Playoff Preview – Fall 2016

Playoff Preview

By Sean Dochney


9 AM – Clam Slammers 6-2 (4th Seed) vs. Gladiators 5-3 (5th seed)

The Clam Slammers take on the Gladiators in the 2nd game of the first round on Saturday.  The two teams previously played each other in Week 4, and the Gladiators won that contest 28-18.  Both teams have come a long way since that first meeting, and both played the Shockers in the final week of the season.  The Gladiators lost the tough battle to the Shockers 24-28, which was the Gladiators first loss since Week 2.  The Clam Slammers wound up beating the Shockers in their second game of the Shockers double header, 36-32, giving the Shockers their first regular season loss in years.

The Clam Slammers have the lowest ranked offense out of all the playoff teams.  They rank 7th in the league in average yards per game at 239.5.  This is almost a 40-yard difference between the Gladiators, who rank 6th at 278.5.  The Clam Slammers do have a great defense that have carried them this far, and helped the Clam Slammers to be tied for the league lead in interception differential at +8.  Frank Ritacco of the Clam Slammers led the league in interceptions with 7.  Kenny Colicchio also pitched in another 4 interception for the defense that would have 15 as a team during the season.

On offense, Kenny Colicchio was their biggest play maker on the Clam Slammers with his 23 catches for 491 yards and 8 TDs.  Brandon Frustieri also had a nice year moving the chains for the Slammers with his 26 catches for 347 yards and 6 TDs.  QB Brian Lee did not put up sexy numbers, but he was efficient and protected the ball on the way to throwing for 1698 yards, 26 TDs, and 7 interceptions.

The Gladiators offense is much more dynamic than the opposing Clam Slammers.  Terron Maples had a phenomenal year in his first at QB.  He had the 4th highest QB rating in the league at 122.22 on his way to throwing for 2157 yards, 33 TDs, and 7 interceptions.  He also picked up 226 yards and 4 TDs on pitches back to him after throwing the ball.  Terron also led the Gladiators in both sacks and interceptions with his 2 sacks and 3 interceptions.  Terron has a couple of playmakers at his disposal at WR.  Kenny Bass (28 rec. 358 yards 4 TDs), Paul Wickwire (31 rec. 321 yards, 3 TDs), and Kyle D’Autorio (20 rec. 331 yards, 8 TDs) all put up solid numbers for the Gladiators.

This will be another tough game for both teams in the first round.  Clam Slammers have a better defense, but the Gladiators have the better and much more explosive offense.  The Clam Slammers have only beat one team in the regular season with a record over .500, it just so happened to be the team no one else could beat in the regular season, the Shockers.  This game will come down to the Clam Slammers ability to slow down the Terron Maples led offense of the Gladiators, which will not be easy to do.


10 AM – Warewolves 6-2 (3rd seed) vs. Rabid Squirrels 4-4 (6th seed)

The Warewolves take on the Rabid Squirrels to kick off the playoffs for the Fall 2016 season.  This will be a tough battle just like the first time these teams squared off back in Week 5.  The Warewolves walked away the winners in Week 5 in the 27-24 battle.  The Warewolves won this game with The Commissioner out and Ryan Dooley at QB.  The Commissioner will be back for the playoffs, but the Warewolves may be missing star player Shane Capone, who is questionable to play in the playoffs because of injury.  

The Rabid Squirrels had themselves a solid season.  They are tied for first in the league with the Warewolves, Woodchucks, and Clam Slammers in interception difference at +8.  As a team, they averaged the 4th most yards per game with 279.75 yards.  QB Sean Collins had himself a great year that saw him have the 3rd highest QB Rating in the league at 123.87.  Sean completed 65.9% of his passes, for 2230 yards, 29 TDs, and 6 interceptions on the season.  Mike Lawrence (21 rec. 550 yards, 8 TDs), Joe Andress (32 rec. 329 yards, 5 TDs) and newcomer Andre Snead (25 rec. 389 yards, 6 TDs) were the top receivers for Sean and the Squirrels.  Lawrence’s stats were good enough to rank him 9th on the WR leaderboard.  

The Squirrels have a solid defense that forced 14 interceptions this season.  Bill Budd had himself a great season on defense as he leads the team in sacks with 4 and chipped in 4 interceptions.  Phil Cupo was 2nd in the league with 5 interceptions, and Jihad Castro also had 3, including 2 that were returned for a TD.  

The Warewolves always seem to be in contention for a JSGFFL title, but the Commissioner is much like his idol, Tony Romo.  They are both great in the regular season but can’t seem to get it done when it counts in the playoffs.  It is going to be even harder this season if Shane Capone is sidelined and can’t play.  Shane missed a game this season, and still led all WR categories, some by a decent margin.  He had 40 catches for 869 yards and 15 TDs on the season.  

This will be a hard-fought game that will be greatly impacted by how much Capone can play, and how effective he can be when in the game.  Dave Pankow will also be a big x-factor in this game, who just returned to action from a dislocated elbow and gives the Warewolves a legitimate pass rush.  If Shane can play and be effective, I believe the Warewolves will win this one and take on the Shockers in round 2.  If he can’t play, the Rabid Squirrels may be pulling the upset and playing the Woodchucks in the second round. 

 


Woodchucks 7-1 (1st seed)

The Woodchucks will start the defense of their Summer championship with a first round by after securing the number 1 seed in the final week of the regular season.  They did this by blowing out the Assassins by 63 points in Week 7.  The Woodchucks will play the lowest seeded team that advances out of the first round on Saturday.  Having the first-round bye will prove to be huge for the Woodchucks who will be playing their game on fresh legs, while the other team will be playing their second game of the day.

As a team, they had the 2nd most yards per game at 321.38, and were tied for first in interception differential at +8.  John Zitani put up a MVP-type season for the Chucks as he had the highest QB rating in the league at 131.96.  He also led the league with his 71.6% completion percentage and tied for league lead with 44 TDs.  He threw for 2489 yards and did all this while only throwing 6 interceptions.  Billy Belford had a monster season in his return to the Woodchucks.  Billy caught 37 passes for 558 yards and 11 TDs.  Chris D’Addario (33 rec. 538 yards, 8 TDs), Anthony D’Addario (28 rec. 336 yards, 3 TDs), and Steve Dalrymple (26 rec. 322 yards, 10 TDs) all had great years at WR for the Woodchucks as well.  

They have some playmakers on the defensive side of the ball as the Woodchucks had 10 sacks and 14 interceptions as a team.  Their biggest pass rushers are Kevin Kastner (5 sacks), and Jose Ortiz (4 sacks), both players also chipped in 2 interceptions on the season.  Garrett Lavaggi led the Woodchucks in interceptions with 4, 2 of which were returned for TDs.  Nick D’Addario also added 3 interceptions himself.  


Shockers 7-1 (2nd seed)

The Shockers are the other team with a first round bye that will benefit from having fresher legs in their game on Saturday.  They will be looking to reclaim the JSGFFL title as they lost in the Summer championship game to the Woodchucks.  The Shockers have one of the more talented rosters in the league, but have not looked as dominant this season like they have in the past.

They have the top ranked offense in the league that average 338.13 yards per game.  Joe Giuffre threw for the most yards in the league with 2705 passing yards and was tied with the Zit for most TDs at 44.  The Guffslinger had a problem with interceptions this season as he threw 11 in 8 games.  The Shockers received big years at WR from Charlie Barbiere (38 rec. 695 yards, 13 TDs), Devon Snead (40 rec. 715 yards, 7 TDs), and Mike O’Neil (30 rec. 372 yards, 10 TDs).  All 3 ranked in the top 10 for the WR leaderboard this season.  

The Shockers also have one of the best defenses in the league.  They led the league in team sacks with 28, and had 14 interceptions.  Steve Soletto’s 18.5 sacks not only led the league, but was more than every other team had in the regular season.  Danny Erickson was second in the league in sacks with 8.5, which was more than some of the teams around the league had.  Shannon Hill and Devon Snead led the Shockers in interceptions as each had 3, but Shannon returned 2 for TDs.  

The Shockers will play the higher ranked seed out of the first-round winners.  They are favorites to get back to the championship game no matter who they play.  The key to the Shockers success will come down to Giuffre’s ability to limit the turnovers for the playoffs.  If he can do this, the Shockers may be back on top of the JSGFFL.  

Players of the Week – Week 7 Edition

Players of the Week – Week 7

By Sean Dochney


QB

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 .


WR

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.


Def

Woodchucks

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.

Power Rankings – Week 6 – Sexy 6

Sexy 6 – Week 6

By Sean Dochney


1. Shockers (6-0), Point Differential – 164, (Prev. 1)

The Shockers remained undefeated when they bitch slapped Strangers with Candy 52-18 in Week 6. This was a big stat game for a lot of Shockers. Joe Giuffre threw for 414 yards and 6 TDs. Devon Snead caught 4 passes for 132 yards and a TD. Snead would also have an interception on the defense. Steve Soletto added to his league lead in sacks with 2.5 on the day. Anthony Carlo would return an interception for a TD and also have a 60-yard TD catch. On the season, the Shockers have some players putting up big numbers. Joe Giuffre is near the top of most QB categories. He has thrown for 2071 yards with 35 TDs and 8 interceptions. The Shockers have the best receiving corps in the league that boasts the likes of Charlie Barbiere (26 rec. 482 yards, 9 TDs), Devon Snead (28 rec. 535 yards, 5 TDs), Anthony Carlo (15 rec. 305 yards, 4 TDs), and Mike O’Neil (22 rec. 267, 8 TDs). On defense, Steve Soletto leads the league in sacks (15.5), followed by teammate Erickson (7.5). Shannon Hill and Devon Snead have each chipped in 3 interceptions, Shannon has returned 2 of those for TDs.

The Shockers are the most talented team in the league, evidenced by only having 1 loss and 1 tie in the JSGFFL over the past 2 years. Their only loss came at the hands of the Woodchucks in the Summer 2016 Championship game. They will be looking for redemption this season in the playoffs. They have already clinched the first round bye for the playoffs, and will most likely be the top seed barring a meltdown in Week 7. They will be playing a double header in Week 7 including the Game of the Week against the Gladiators (5-2) and then the 2 nd game against the Clam Slammers (5-2).


2. Woodchucks (6-1), Point Differential – 102, (Prev. 2)

The defending champion Woodchucks won again in Week 6 as they scalped the Savages to a score of 48-13. The Zit had another efficient game in the win and earned himself QB runner up in the POTW. The D’Addario’s all had big games against the Savages, Anthony and Chris on offense, and Niko on defense. Anthony hauled in 6 catches for 92 yards and 2 TDs, while Chris had 7 catches for 79 yards and 3 TDs. Steve Dalrymple also stood out on offense with his 6 catches for 82 yards. Niko D’Addario had 2 interceptions on defense, his first 2 of the season. Garrett Lavaggi also chipped in big with an interception returned for a TD. Lavaggi is now second in the league with 4 interceptions.

The Woodchucks look like they will have the 2 nd seed and a first round bye for the playoffs. They can officially clinch this with a win in Week 7 against the Assassins. If they lose, they still hold a hefty point differential on the Clam Slammers, Gladiators, and the Warewolves that will be tough for those teams to overcome and steal the 2 nd seed.


3. Warewolves (5-2), Point Differential – 63, (Prev. 3)

The Commissioner is back and there is most definitely not a QB controversy. Dooley may have been the QB to lead LTHS to a state ring, but Ang is the guy that gives the Wolves the best chance to hoist the prestigious JSGFFL Championship Trophy. The JSGFFL trophy is pretty much equivalent to a combination of the Lombardi Trophy and the Stanley Cup, but 10 times better. The Warewolves crushed the Assassins in Week 6, 34-12. Ang and Capone had their usual big games, but Tim Steager, Sean McAndrew, and Dave Pankow had themselves a great game. Steager had 2 catches for 71 yards and a TD. Sean McAndrew had 2 interceptions, including a circus catch, and also chipped in 3 catches for 49 yards and a TD. Dave Pankow returned to action for the first time since dislocating his elbow and recorded 2.5 sacks, which places him 6 th in the league after just 1 game.

As a team, The Warewolves average the most yards per play in the league at 11.16. This may take a bit of a hit over the final week and the playoffs though. Shane Capone is battling an injury that leaves him doubtful for the remainder of the season. Shane has been the best receiver in the league over the last few seasons. This season, he is head and shoulders above any other receiver with his 40 catches for 869 yards and 15 TDs. His presence will be missed if he can’t finish out the season for the Warewolves. The Warewolves are currently the 5 th seed, but can potentially move up as high as 2 nd if Week 7 breaks right for them. They take on the Grizzlies (2-5) in Week 7.


4. Gladiators (5-2), Point Differential – 69, (Prev. 4)

The Gladiators stayed hot in Week 6 as they won their 5 th straight game, this time it was by forfeit since the Kekembas could not field a team. The game was still played with replacement players for the Kekembas, with Chris Angelini doing his best Shane Falco impression taking over at QB for the Kekembas. Terron Maples (285 passing yards, 5 TDs) and Kenny Bass (4 rec. 77 yards) put up some big numbers in this game.

Terron has been a pleasant surprise at QB for the Gladiators this season as he has 3 rd highest QB rating in the league at 123.67. He has thrown for 1871 yards, 30 TDs, and 6 interceptions. We knew he was a good receiver in this league but he has proved to be a jack of all trades. Maples even leads the Gladiators in sacks with 2, and interceptions with 3. He is supported by a nice trio of receivers who are having good years in Kyle D’Autorio (20 rec. 331 yards, 8 TDs) Kenny Bass (27 rec. 351 yards, 4 TDs), and Paul Wickwire (29 rec. 296 yards, 3 TDs).

The Gladiators have clinched a playoff spot and are currently the 4 th seed. They have a tough challenge as they will be taking on the Shockers in the Game of the Week for Week 7. This will be a tough test right before the playoffs for the Gladiators. They have beaten some solid teams so far but have lost to perennial JSGFFL contenders the Woodchucks and Warewolves in the first 2 weeks of the season. We will see how much this team has evolved over the last 2 months and see if they can hang with the Shockers.


5. Rabid Squirrels (4-3), Point Differential – 24, (Prev. 5)

The Rabid Squirrels came away with a thrilling 21-18 victory over the Clam Slammers due to last minute heroics by Jihad Castro. Castro had 6 catches for 119 yards and a TD. His 43-yard TD catch off a screen was one for the highlight reel as he made every defender on the Clam Slammers miss as he walked into the end zone to seal a victory. Sean Collins played well at QB with his 285 passing yards, 3 TDs, and 1 interception thrown.

The Squirrels boast the highest interception differential in the league at 7. This is a stat that tributes the playmakers the Squirrels have on defense, as well as Collins’ efficiency at QB. Collins is the 4 th rated QB in the JSGFFL with his 121.75 QB rating. He has thrown for 1946 yards, 25 TDs, and 6 interceptions. Mike Lawrence (16 rec. 474 yards, 7 TDs), Andre Snead (25 rec. 389 yards, 6 TDs), and Joe Andress (28 rec. 287 yards, 4 TDs) are all putting up nice seasons for the Squirrels at WR. Bill Budd and Phil Cupo are both tied for 2 nd in the JSGFFL with 4 interceptions each. Jihad Castro has 3 interceptions on the season, including 2 returned for a TD. The Squirrels clinched a playoff spot with the victory last week and will look to secure better seeding as they sit in the 6 th and final spot currently. The Rabid Squirrels will be playing Strangers with Candy (2-5) in Week 7.


6. Clam Slammers (5-2), Point Differential – 69, (Prev. 6)

The Clam Slammers played 2 games in Week 6, they beat the Grizzlies and then lost to the Rabid Squirrels. The game against the Squirrels was only the second game the Slammers have played against a team with .500 record, and now they have lost both of those games. One thing you cannot take away from the Slammers though is that they win the games they are supposed to. It is not their fault they have had the easiest schedule in the league.

Brandon Frustieri was frustrating defenses as he was the best receiver for the Clams Slammers on the day. He combined to have 9 catches for 105 yards and 3 TDs for the day. He now has 23 catches for 275 yards and 4 TDs for the season. Kenny Colicchio has been the best player on both sides of the ball for the Clam Slammers all season. Kenny has 19 catches for 427 yards and 7 TDs. Kenny is also tied for second in interceptions with 4, which is 2 behind his teammate and league leader Frank Ritacco.

As a team, the Clam Slammers rank 9 out of 11 in average yards per game with only 222.57. They are led by their interception differential, which is tied for second with 6. They will be playing their 3 rd game of the season against a team over .500 in Week 7. That team is the undefeated Shockers. It will be a tough game for the Clam Slammers, but it will be a good test to see if they can remain competitive with the Shockers. The Clam Slammers currently sit as the 3 rd seed for the playoffs but this game could potentially drop them all the way down to the 6 th seed if the Shockers run away with it.

Players of the Week – Week 6 Edition

Players of the Week – Week 6

By Sean Dochney


QB

Chris Angelini – Warewolves

The Commissioner came back from his week off and immediately squashed any talks of a quarterback controversy for the Wolves. Ryan Dooley was efficient stepping in for Ang last week, but he can’t sling the rock quite like the Commish. Chris only attempted 15 passes in the 34-12 win against the Assassins, and he completed 12 of them. His only incompletions occurred during extra points. It was big play after big play for the Commissioner led Warewolves. Chris threw for 351 yards on those 15 attempts, which is good for 23.4 yards per attempt. He threw 5 TDs and did not throw any interceptions. His top receiver as always was Shane Capone, who caught 5 passes for 171 yards and 2 TDs. Shane gets a mention here, because for the second straight week he will be snubbed as a WR POTW, even though he is more than deserving of the honor (sorry Shane, getting a little tired of writing about how you’re the best WR in the league, everybody knows by now).

On the season, Angelini has a QB rating of 125.91, which is good for second in the league behind the legendary John Zitani. Angelini has thrown for 1816 yards, 27 TDs, and only 5 interceptions. All the playoff spots are clinched, and the Wolves hold onto 1 of those spots. There is still plenty to play for as the seeds have yet to be determined, and there is still a possibility for the Warewolves, Gladiators, and Clam Slammers to capture the 2 nd seed and 1 st round bye away from the Woodchucks. The Warewolves will be playing the Grizzlies (2-5) in Week 7

QB Runner Up

John Zitani – Woodchucks

The Zit was at it again this week as the Woodchucks slaughtered the Savages to a score of 48-13. Zitani completed 26 of 31 passes for 305 yards and 6 TDs. He edges out Joe Giuffre, who threw for over 400 yards, as runner up this week because the Zit was highly efficient, and unlike the Guffslinger, the Zit did not throw any interceptions. The Zit is the highest rated QB in the league with his 128.34. He also leads the league in passing yards with 2078, TDs with 35, and completion % at 70.7%. He has done all this while throwing only 6 interceptions this season. I would guess that his passing yards and TDs may not hold up as league lead with Joe Giuffre right on his heels in both categories, and the Shockers have 2 games to play in Week 8, while the Woodchucks are only playing 1. The Woodchucks will head into Week 7 as the 2 seed for the playoffs, and in line for a 1 st round bye. The Assassins (2-5) will look to play spoiler for the Woodchucks in their Week 7 matchup.


WR

Jihad Castro – Rabid Squirrels

The Rabid Squirrels won a thriller against the Clam Slammers in Week 6, 21-18. The Clam Slammers scored a late TD to take the lead in the final minutes of the game, and it looked like the Squirrels were about to dip below .500 on the season. Jihad Castro decided to play hero as he caught a screen pass and made every Clam Slammer defender miss on his way to a 43-yard TD to win the game. Total on the day, Castro had 6 catches for 119 yards, and 1 very crucial TD that cemented the Squirrels as a playoff team this season. Jihad now has 22 catches for 264 yards and 1 TD on the season. On the defensive side of the ball, Jihad has 3 interceptions and 2 TDs. The Squirrels have clinched a playoff spot and currently sit as the 6 th seed. They take on Strangers with Candy (2-5) in the final week of the season as they jockey for playoff positioning.

WR Runner Up

Nick and Tim Vecci – Kekembas

The Kekembas team was full of no shows in Week 6 as they were forced to forfeit against the Gladiators, giving the Gladiators a 28-0 victory. Tim and Nick Vecci showed a lot of heart as they were the only Kekembas players to show up and they put together a quick team of players from around the league. The twins combined to have 8 catches for 151 yards and 1 TD in the game that was essentially played out of pride for the Vecci brothers. Nick had 4 catches for 92 yards and Tim had 4 catches for 59 yards. The Kekembas may not have a win this season, but I give a lot of credit to Nick and Tim for keep showing up and playing hard every week, even though it appears the rest of their team have quit on the season. On the season, Nick has 14 catches for 166 yards, and Tim has 26 catches for 377 yards and 5 TDs. The Kekembas are scheduled to play the final game of the season against the Savages (1-6). It will be interesting to see how many Kekembas show up for this game.


Def

Bill Budd – Rabid Squirrels

The Rabid Squirrels had a crucial victory against the Clam Slammers that secured the Squirrels’ spot in the playoffs. Castro may have been the hero late in the game, but the defense came up big all day for the Squirrels to keep them in the game. Bill Budd stood out in the game as he recorded a sack and 2 interceptions, including what proved to be a big red zone interception as the Clam Slammers were driving early in the game. Bill now has 3 sacks and 4 interceptions on the season, which he is the team leader in both of those categories. The Squirrels will take on the Strangers with Candy (2-5) in the final week of the season as they try to secure better playoff positioning.

Def Runner Up

Dave Pankow – Warewolves

Last time I saw Dave Pankow I wanted to vomit after seeing his elbow get dislocated over the summer season. He was back in action for the first since the injury, this time wearing a Warewolves jersey. He made his presence felt immediately in his first game back as he recorded 2.5 sacks for the Wolves, who entered the game with only 3 team sacks. Pankow even sits in 6 th on the sack list with his 2.5 after just 1 game. This is a very big pick up for the Warewolves heading into the playoffs as they were lacking big time in creating pressure. The Warewolves sit in 5 th place right now, only separated by 6 points in point differential to 3 rd place. They will be playing the Grizzlies in Week 7.

Power Rankings – Week 5 – Sexy 6

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.