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This weekend will not only end the season as the league will have a new champion, but it’s also the 4th Annual All-Star game and award ceremonies. Click the link below to see if the league elders have given you the honor of competing.
The All-Star game will be held at 10:30 this Saturday followed by the end of the season award ceremony. Shortly after that..a champion will be crowned! Come one come all, all family and friends are welcome. Hope to see everyone there!
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Week eight; the final week of the regular season. There were a lot of playoff implications as only 3 of 16 teams were nestled nicely into a playoff spot heading into this weekend of games.
8:30: PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN
To kick the day off, America’s Children went on the road to take on the ever improving Nocturnal Pirates. The Children had to step up and play, cuz they were in control of their own destiny…win and they’re in. America came out old west style, guns a blazin’ as QB Andrew Roach was slinging the ball around. Devin Conley continued his assault on the PPR fantasy board with four catches in the first drive that led to his team leading seventh TD of the season. The Pirates wouldn’t let America take control though as Bill Hebert connected with Eric Despres on the very next play to pull within a point. After that it became the Mr. Swag finalist, Joe Daly show. Daly caught 3 TD’s to close out the half for America’s Children 27-6. On their first play, on their first possession of the second half Daly caught a 60 yard touchdown with some weaving and bobbing in between to immediately summon the oxygen machine. With Daly on the sideline, the Pirates began to strike back. Despres found the endzone one more time followed by a Joe Grazewski TD and Grazewski pick 6 to make this a ball game. Unfortunately for the Pirates, it was too little too late as they just could not get a much needed stop on defense. America’s Children send themselves to the A bracket playoffs 48-25.
9:30: CATEGORY 5 STORM ABOVE NADO
Now that America’s Children won, Flagnado needed to step up and beat the Storm for the first time in their franchise’s long storied rivalry to reach the A playoffs. Unfortunately at QB for the Flagnado, a combo of Jay Cutler and Andy Dalton showed up. The first two Flagnado drives resulted in a pair of pick sixes by Bill Savary and Johnny Nadeau. That was the story of the game. The Storm proved why they are the top ranked defense in the league. Jovanny Santos locked down Flagnado’s top weapon leaving their offense in disarray. Storm QB Jimmy Sanford spread the ball around evenly on the day hitting 4 different receivers for endzone scores. The Varsity Storm, embarrass the JV Flagnado 46-14 knocking them to the B bracket.
10:30: GOATS PUNCH TICKET
The 10:30 game was what one expert said to be a preseason conference championship matchup as the Gate City Goats took on Catalina Wine Mixer. If you’re a Goats fan, you liked what you saw as Catalina had no answer for their stout defense. Four time reigning defensive player of the year, Erik Johnson, disrupted the Catalina line. He snuck in over and over shaking lineman like maracas. Johnson’s continual pressure led to the highlight of the day early in the first half. Goats LB, Jay Darwell made his first appearance on the stat sheet this season with an INT and then rumbled and bumbled his way for 38 yards for a touchdown. This game was surprisingly over before the cheerleaders could come out for their halftime performance. Johnson ended the day with 15 QB hurries, 3 tackles for loss and 1 sack that led to safety to finish off the scoring on the day. Goats win their way into the A bracket, 28-0.
11:30: NORSEMEN AXE THE FAVORITES
The Vikings stayed at home at 11:30 to faceoff against the Fan Faves. The Vikings needed to win to get in as the Goats and Dream Team were right on their heels. The short handed Fan Faves met a steamrolling ship of Norsemen as the Vikings, since their signal caller, Jake Forsaith made his triumphant return. The QB on his first drive shredded the Fan Faves D to hit Matt Arpin up high in the back of the endzone for the first of his two TD’s on the day. Greg Matthews who was involved in a near fatal collision early in the first half returned to catch his first TD of the season to give the Vikings a commanding 28-6 lead at the half. Jake Forsaith was able to pick off a pair of Fan Faves passes in the second half to seal the deal as the Vikings sail to the A bracket playoffs 48-12.
12:30: SNOREgasm ALL OVER TOADS
In a game that meant nothing aside from statistical velveting, the Battletoads went on the road to face off against the Scoregasms. In yet another game that lacked drama and was in danger of being blacked out due to fan interest, the Scoregasms jacked out to an early lead. Led by the iPod Nano’s 3 TD catches (yes they still make those), the Scoregasms scored 38 points in the first half while only giving up 6. With the starters resting up in the second half, the Scoregasms managed only two more scores and they rolled to the number three seed in the South, 50-12.
1:30: FREEZE FALL TO BLUE BALLS
Dave Martel threw for 5 TD’s. Ryan Hamelin caught a pick six. Jeff Ford tallied 3 sacks. Nathan Higgins caught a pair of TD’s and a pair of pick 6’s. Blue Balls roll 62-6.
2:30: MONEY TALKS, DREAM WALKS
The days’ finale saw the best action of the day as the Money Team went on the road to face off against the Dream Team. This game was a playoff atmosphere from the get go with both teams suiting up their backup QB’s. The Money Team’s Kruz Komaridis did his best Matt Flynn impression stepping in and leading his team flawlessly without turning the ball over. Komaridis connected with Chad Lemon to start the scoring off. The Dream Team’s backup QB and best playmaker, Dylan Humphrey answered right back finding David Zocco with a one handed circus catch to start the trend of the tie ball game. Money’s Matt Soucy, who led all receivers in all purpose yards, was next to answer the bell. Followed by David Zocco finding Dylan Humphrey in the back of the endzone to tie it up once again. It wasn’t until under the two minute warning when Komaridis hit Lemon again in the corner of the endzone to go into the lockerroom with a 19-12 lead. After Floyd Mayweather’s “Field Goal for Fifty’s” halftime giveaway, the Dream Team found their stride. Rookie of the year nominee, Pat Gabriel caught the game tying TD followed by a Dilson Ramirez TD to give the Dream Team their first lead of the day. It wasn’t long until Soucy emerged again with another TD to tie it up for the 4th and final time. With time waning down, Komaridis dropped back and launched an endzone rocket to the sky for Josh Rice to give them the lead and the victory 31-25. Dream Team can’t shake the injury bug as they drop to the B bracket and will rematch the Money Team in the first round.
Who likes rain? If you do, week seven was the week for you. With a season high, four teams on the bye, four teams got to avoid the slop that materialized.
9:30: NADO SURVIVES BATTLE WARTS
The first game the day after Halloween was tough for the fan base and tough for the rosters to get motivation and fluidity going in this one as Flagnado traveled to swamp to take on the Battletoads. Neither teams defense came to play as the first half was a back and forth battle as neither team was able to make any stops. As the sky opened up, the defense decided to wake up from its Halloween hangover. Flagnado’s Mike Davies was able to pick off a Battletoads pass and take it to the house for 6 to give Flagnado a slim 32-24 lead with under a minute to play. The toads took advantage of the soft ‘nado prevent D as they matriculated their way into the endzone via John Groff to pull them within a 2 pt conversion. Davies struck again with a big pass deflection in the endzone to hold off the Toads. Flagnado holds on 32-30.
10:30: VIKINGS CLIFF GOATS
In what many experts called a North Division championship preview, the Vikings went on the road to face off against the Goats. The first half was all Vikings as the Forsaith’s took over. Jake connected with Tyson to start the scoring off and then connected with reigning Offensive Player of the Year, Nate for two TD’s to close out the half as the Vikings led it 26 zip. The second half, the Goats showed some spark. Jerry Brown caught a short screen pass and zipped up the sideline to put the Goats on the board. After a defensive stop, Brown found the endzone again by way of Bob Dawson’s 5 catch drive. On the very first snap of the Vikings drive, the Goats forced a turnover that led to a Dawson TD to make this a ball game. Unfortunately for the Goats, their momentum started just a bit too late because Nate Forsaith struck one more time to put this game on ice. Vikings hold on for the win, 33-18.
11:30: FAN FAVES KO MONEY TEAM
As the rain really decided to kick into high gear, the Money Team was at home to take on the Fan Faves. Some teams adapt especially well to the elements..the Fan Faves are one of those teams. With wet pigskin and slippery turf, Kevin Langevin picked off the third pass of the game to set up his TD to give the Fan Faves a 7 point lead. Usually used a defensive specialist, the Fan Faves’ Jay Davis then caught the first of his 2 TD’s on the day to put this thing out of reach early. Matt Soucy, despite his continual jawing with the other team was the Money Teams bright spot. He led all receivers with 12 catches and also added a pair of TD’s on the day. At the end of the day, the Fan Faves proved their veteran experience as they win easily 47-20.
12:30: BLUE BALLS DENY SCORE…GASM
A bitter divisional showdown took place at noon for the marquee matchup of the week as the Blue Balls Dynasty looked to reign supreme of the division over the Scoregasms. The footing didn’t help the Dynasty in their process in the first half, as both QB’s were surprisingly and unusually inaccurate. The Blue Balls were able to jump out to an 18 point lead via a pair of Jay Vance TD’s. But the Scoregasms fought back with a Tripod Nano TD followed by a Rob Upton deep ball to pull them within 5. The Blue Balls took a slim 7 pt lead into the lockerroom. In the second, the rain decided to turn to hail leaving only hail marys left to be had. The Scoregasms had no answer for Jay Vance who stole the show in the second half. He added another pair of TD’s in the second half to bring his total to four on the day. With no Walkley, the Scoregasms didn’t have a get out of jail free token to deposit in this one. Blue Balls survive a bloody fight (literally) 36-26.
1:30: DREAM TEAM LULL PIRATES TO SLEEP
The weather conditions reached it’s peak at 1:30 as the Pirates took on the Dream Team. The Pirates had a week of game tape to study the Dream Team’s tendencies, but right outta the gate, their strategy was foiled. The Dream Team switched up their QB depth chart and David Zocco lined up outside at receiver. On the first drive of the game, Zocco caught 2 balls including a 40 yard streak down the field to start the game. Dream Team’s Pat Gabriel made his defensive presence felt as he picked off a Pirates pass and took it to the house for his second pick and second pick six of the season. The next drive, the Dream Team D stepped again with a Dilson Ramirez pick six. The Pirates had no answer on offense until the final minute when Joe Grazewski’s rain drenched flags slithered through defenders fingertips as he registered his first career Blitz touchdown. After the break the Pirates got momentum in their favor with a pair of Eric Despres TD’s. It wasn’t until David Zocco struck again putting the cannonball through the Pirates ship with his second TD. Dream team hangs on 26-18.
2:30: TIGERS SLIP LESS THAN REPLACEMENTS
The sloppiest game of the day pitted the tough luck loser Replacements against the T-Money Tigers. The field crew was on the field early and often as the grass turned completely to mud and like the sun denied any chance of athleticism to shine through. Through the tough conditions, the Replacements QB Matt McGuire led the first half charge. McGuire persevered through slipped receiver routes and dropped balls to eventually connect with the sure handed Keith Desmaris to put the first points on the scoreboard. Bobby Morel’s pressure had the Tigers shook as McGuire was able to pick of a Tigers pass and take it to the house for 6 more to take a 12-0 lead. It wasn’t until the waning minutes that the Tigers AJ Lebrecque who quietly shut down the Replacements best receiver all half, was able to break free to get the Tigers on the board to end the first. The second half was a bit blurry as the official scoring sheets became clothlike and practically evaporated in the blustery conditions. What we do know is the Tigers switched up to a more west coast philosophy and played to the field. The Tigers rout the Replacements in the second half with just two more TD’s and win by a score, 19-12.