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Like the team that they were able to defeat, the Manchester Rage have won the calendar year of championships. They were the preseason number one favorites to go back to back. They started off 5-0 but slipped up a bit at the end of the season which people thought was the end of the Rage. This however only seemed to only inspire them more. They were able to get back to their winning ways, defeating both of the teams that they lost to in the regular season. Getting to a championship is hard enough and these guys have now won two in a row. Congratulations to the Rage and their entire fan base! Enjoy the ship gentlemen…
In a format similar to last years NFL Pro-Bowl, we have chosen two captains and selected All-Star teams from there. This gives everyone a chance to play with new people and new competition.
This season’s All-Star game will be held in between the conference finals and the championship game. If you were selected as a starter or reserve, show up to receive your accolades!
Week eight. The final week of the regular season. Where playoff seeding is determined and supremacy is established. Unlike most of the seasons before, this final week had several spots to be determined. A few fumbles or sacks here and there, and it can determine where a team, who a team and when a team will be playing.
The day started off with an intense matchup for the number one spot in the division as the Manchester Rage went on the road to take on the Scoregasms. The defending champs came out a bit flat in this one as the Scoregasms jumped out to an early 13-0 lead. It wasn’t until the Rage’s third drive that QB Jimmy Sanford found Jamal Woods on a short hitch which he then turned on the jetpack to go 60 yards down the sideline. The Scoregasms would refuse to let the Rage back into this one. Dan Walkley caught his 2nd of the half to put the Scoregasms up 20-6. It seemed as though all hope was lost for the Rage in this first half until Andy Howard SHOWed up. With 30 seconds left, he caught a TD to pull the Rage within 7 at the break. After a brief halftime performance by the Blitzen Boys off Broadway show, the Scoregasms came out..scoring once again. Walkley caught his third TD of the day on their first drive and that ultimately sealed the deal in this one. Both teams threw in a few garbage time TD’s with time expiring, but the Rage had no answer for the Scoregasm’s potent offense. The Scoregasms win the division and a chance at the number one overall seed in their conference 38-21.
Next on the docket was an angry Blue Balls squad going on the road to take on a depleted Legion of Doom. The Blue Balls welcomed back their all-pro jukemaster Tyler Shattuck and they utilized him early and often. He caught just three balls on the day, but he caught all three on the first drive. The final one going for a spinnastymctwistyfacewhirlypants TD to put the Blue Balls on the board first. In the blink of an eye and twist of the flags the Blue Balls were suddenly 25-6 at halftime. Karl Alexbergermasterbater kept his hot streak alive for LOD. He hauled in 7 balls (1 TD) and stopped 5 Blue Balls receivers on the day. Last season’s MVP, Jay Vance flashed his defensive prowess in this one nabbing 3 picks and one of which went for 6. Blue Balls clinch the division with victory 50-12.
The next game was hyped all week long as the Vikings and Sons of Flagarchy played for the number one overall seed in their conference. A Vikings win would keep them undefeated and prove that they were the true class of the North whilst a Sons victory would prove that they weren’t just an aberration of years past performances. Well..the Vikings sixth man got what they came for as the Sons couldn’t handle the bright lights of the primetime schedule. Jake Forsaith and John Colon were all the Vikings needed in this one as both disrupted a usually potent Samthro offense all day long. Colon, although he didn’t record a sack, pressured the QB continually causing arid passes all day long. Arid passes that Forsaith was able to pick off and run to the house, not once but twice. Vikings win this one easily and destroy the livelihood of the Sons of Flagarchy 50-0. Yes..fiddy to nada. Ouch.
At 11:20 the winless Metrowest Boomin looked to get on the board against the new look Battletoads. It must be the jerseys but ever since the battletoads switched to their alternate jerseys, they have been the highest scoring team in the league, averaging a league high 32.3 points per game. For Metro, this didn’t bode well as over their last three, they are averaging just 4.5 points per game. It seemed as though this once like the two games before was over before it started. The Toads scored on all their drives in the first half led by a pair of Ben Phelps touchdowns. Metro was able to punch in a TD via Jay Davis in the waning minutes of the first half to close the half 26-8. The Boom was a bit more productive in the second half as they held the Toads offense to just 2 scores and three turnovers. Davis was able to get another score along with Rookie of the year candidate, Anthony Palermo to make it respectable at the end. Battletoads win 39-21. They don’t make it to the A’s, but they do clinch the 5 seed and will face the Metro again next week.
The matinee pitted a pair of explosive when on offenses as the Livin Legends took on the Outlaws. The Legends have been to flag football what the Miami Dolphins was to the NFL in 2008 when they unleashed the Wildcat; they have been a mystery to solve. The Legends got on the board early and often with their version of the wildcat in this one. QB Nate Cathroat ran for a TD and tossed a pair in the first half routing to go up 20-7 at the half. The second half was all about the lack of defense for both teams. The Outlaws Tim Doss caught his second of three TDs on the day to start the half off. Cathroat rushed for another 60 yarder up the sideline. Then Mike Powell of the Outlaws caught a pair of TD’s on the consecutive drives to pull them within eight points. Every time the Outlaws foiled and stopped the rush, the Legends would answer through the air. Rookie Craig Maynard streaked down the field to go up by two once again. Doss struck for the outlaws and then Cathroat rushed for yet another one thanks to the circle button on his playstation controller. Powell caught his third TD of the day to pull within one again and then guess what happened…Cathroat rushed 60 more yards up the sideline to seal the victory for the Legends. Cathroat racked up a total on 360 yards on the ground to go along with a single game Blitz record FOUR rushing TD’s. The four TD’s also gave him a total of 6 on the season which set a new single season rushing record dating back to 2012. Legends stay hot and knock the Outlaws out of the A playoffs, 45-38.
The 1:20 game was the game where the money was made in Vegas. The Goats needed a victory to clinch the number one seed, while Catalina was looking to survive to play in the A’s. Catalina came out swinging and wanted to prove to the world that they were not to be taken lightly. QB Danny Connolly and WR Ryan Rule were besties in the first half as they combined for 5 catches and 9 feet of vertical air via highlight reel catches to go up 21-6 at the break. The Goats were the third ranked D and fourth ranked Offense coming into this game and they had yet to prove either of them. Out of the lockerroom, Catalina’s Vinnie Frasco caught a screen and blasted his way 60 yards up the sideline for what seemed like an insurmountable 27-6 lead. This was just enough to finally anger the Goats. They decided to put on their big boy pants and start playing like men. Jerry Brown rushed the ball up the gut and then three plays later caught a TD to begin the comeback. On the next Catalina drive, the Goats ripped away a controversial fumble that set them up at the Catalina five. Brown punched in another TD and they were miraculously down by just 5. Just then, the Goats activated Justin Gagne. Gagne played the Rule role of earlier in the game. Gagne stole the powers of the Rule to make leaping grab after leaping grab. He caught the eventual gamewinner right before the two minute warning to seal the victory and clinch the number one overall seed in their conference. Goats somehow find a way to win a tough one on the road 28-27.
Next up was the hungry T-Money Tigers and the resilient and bloody America’s Children. The tigers went up 18 points before America’s Ross Pepin caught a little dump pass that he was able to scamper up the sideline with for 6. That’s about the only blip the Tigers had on the day. They were a well oiled machine going forward. AJ and Danny Labrecque combined for 9 catches and 4 touchdowns on the day as they Tigers win convincingly and punch their ticket to the A playoffs, 42-13.
The final game of the day matched up the new look Flaggravated Assault and the Disruptive Coverage. Cory White let his swag shine in this one. He snagged the first TD of the day and then went onto pick off a pass on the next drive. He left the door open for Frank Woodward who seemed to be finally healthy for the first time this season. Woodward caught his first TD of the season in impressive fashion and then snagged a pick six on the very next drive. He was finally the player that signed that big offseason contract. Despite Disruptive’s unstoppable offense and timely D, the Assault had answers themselves. An answer in a man known simply as..LaFond. The Assault’s captain and Blitz veteran snatched 7 passes and a pair of TD’s to keep his team in the game. Martin Becerril and Mike McClain added spark to the offense each pitching in with receiving TD’s to boot. The Assault were down by just 6 with 4 minutes to play but the second half belonged to Disruptive’s Jordan Martin. He caught two second half TD’s to keep extending the lead, including the dagger that broke the back of the Assault’s comeback. Disruptive wins and takes home pride and brownie points 42-28.
1- If you guys aren’t paid up in full by tomorrow, you will in fact start with a 14 pt deficit. This goes for everyone, no exceptions. You know who you are..we know who you are.
2- If you take the 14 points and haven’t paid, then there aren’t going to be any playoffs for you or your team.
3- Pretty much make sure you pay is what we’re getting at here.
4- This is also T-shirt week! Everyone will receive their officially licensed Blitz Tee.
5- Try to make sure you have your full squad because we are also going to be voting for the regular season awards.
6- There will be a lot of juicy matchups (just like we expected). A few for first place, a few for a chance to play in the A vs. B playoffs and a few fun “stat” games.
7- Please be nice to your league employees and referees. Remember that they are just like you..they’re doing their best to be good.
8- And lastly and most cheesily: Smile. Because even though times were tough and sometimes anger got the best of you, you still carved out memories that you will have for the rest of your life.
Week seven kicked off this past weekend and we saw the final week of conference battles take place. The race for seeding is on and it was in full effect.
The first game of the day saw the new schemed Livin Legends going on the road to take on the freshly costumed Battletoads. This one was a first half for the ages as both went on the offensive. The Legends Nate Cathroat was able to keep his Michael Vick going. He took the second carry of the game right up the gut and rushed it for 55 yards to the endzone for the first score of the game. The Toads refused to let it get to them as Ben Phelps scored his 3rd TD of the season on just their third play of the day. Craig Maynard responded with a leaping TD in the endzone to give the Legends the lead right back. The Toads Ben Glassman, yep that guy, caught yet another TD to add to his career season to give the Toads a 2 point lead. After yet another Maynard TD, the Toads were finally able to stop the Legends on back to back drives and scored on their own to go up 28-20 at the break. The second was far less exciting as the frost dissipated from the field. The Legends got on the board first once again, this time via Mike Langley TD to pull them within 2 points. For the Legends; that was as close as it got for them as the rest of the second half was a defensive battle. The Battletoads were able to punch in a garbage time touchdown to extend their lead. The Legends winning streak ends and they lose on the road, 34-26.
The BGOW (Blitz Game of the Week) took place at 9:20. The undefeated Manchester Rage went on the road to take on the ever improving, Gate City Goats. This was a matchup of the defensive Juggernauts. The sultans of sacks, the Presidents of Picks, the Titans of Tackles…plain and simple, the best versus the best. The Goats Justin Gagne shocked the Rage’s stout D scoring a TD on their first drive. This only Raged, the Rage, as they then went on the offensive. Jimmy Sanford found Bebyn for 8, then Keddie for 9. Bebyn picked up the first down and then Showtime, Andy Howard caught a dump off pass for the equalizer. Both defenses hankered down for the rest of the half as both teams got first downs but just couldn’t seem to punch it in. It wasn’t until the 2 minute warning struck when the Rage offense overcame once again. Brian Bebyn caught his sixth TD of the season to put them up 6. On the Goats final drive they too were able to overcome. With just 11 seconds left on the clock, old reliable and former MVP, Jerry Brown punched it in, to tie the game up at the break. The second half was more of the same as both teams continued their defensive dominance. At the exact halfway point in the second half, Gagne struck again. He caught a quick hitch and shook off defenders and dove into the endzone for the go ahead touchdown. The touchdown that would eventually become the game winner. The Rage failed to convert on 4th and goal as the clock expired and the Goats win in what some call the upset of the season. Rage’s 12 game winning streak comes to an end, 18-12.
The next game was a heated matchup between the Sons of Flagarchy and Flaggravated Assault. This is one of those games that some would say was over before it started. Samthro ended up winning in a runaway 28-0. They were led by Billy Dubois and Ivan Valcarcel who each added an INT and a TD to their resumes. Rey Voisine pitched in with a TD on the ground to complete the routing. Last week’s MVP, Pat Morris was held in check on the stat line but added a Blitz record 11 O-Line pancakes. Not of the Chocolate Chip or Blueberry variety but of the straight skull crushing, earth pounding collection as one would expect from their Man of Mayhem. The Sons drop a salt and throw it over their shoulders going away 28 zip.
The other challenger for game of the week was the 11:20 matchup of the Scoregasms and Catalina Wine Mixer. The Scoregasms saw the Rage lose earlier in the day, so they knew with a victory, they could share a spot for divisional supremacy. Unfortunately for them..Catalina had other plans. Despite the Scoregasms jumping out to an early 12-0 lead thanks to a leaping and fighting touchdown by John Linnehan, Catalina fought back. Ryan Rule caught caught a 40 yard bomb to pull them within a score at the break. Right out of the lockerroom, Vinnie Frasco kept his hot season alive catching the first of his two TD’s on the day by dragging his foot into the pylon while diving out of bounds to tie the game up. After a pair of back to back safety sacks by Adam Hirbour, it was Walkley time. The Former MVP hauled in three straight catches on his way to the endzone to put his team up by 8. The Catalina offense failed to produce points but the defense stepped up in their place. Rule then picked off a Scoregasm’s pass and took it to the house dodging flailing defenders on his way to the endzone. With Catalina down by 2 and the game clock winding down, Vinnie Frasco caught his second touchdown of the day to put them up by 4 with just 67 seconds left to play. With their backs against the wall, Leon Lackiram came calling. He caught 8 passes on the day for 107 yards but none the more important than two catches in the final drive. One leading to a crucial first down, and then another to the 10 yard line and out of bounds. With no timeouts left, QB Derek Riley dropped back and found his number one, in the back of the endzone for the win. Walkley and the Scoregasms survive a battle, 28-26.
The matinee of the day was yet believe it or not..another battle! These games are getting out of control, every game is exciting and every game has playoff implications. The TMoney Tigers went into the hostile territory of the Blue Balls Dynasty in hopes to keep their A division playoffs dreams alive. AJ Labrecque of the Tigers did his best to do exactly that. He caught a pair of TD’s in the first half, one of which came with just 36 seconds left on the clock. The Tigers Kurt Labrecque, pitched in with a career high three sacks on the day, one of which came at the end of the first half in the endzone to give the Tigers an extra 2 points going into the lockerroom 15-6. Keith Labrecque not to be confused with the previous Labrecque’s that we spoke of, caught his first TD of the season right out of the break to give the Tigers what seemed like an insurmountable 21-6 lead. The Blue Balls then decided to stop messing around and play for realsies. The tandem of Jay Vance and Kiel Canada took over. Left and right, up and down the two exchanged receptions and touchdowns. Before you knew it, the clock expired and the Blue Balls fought their way back and forced this game into..overtime. The Tigers, despite losing momentum in the second half, won the coin toss and had the game in their control. AJ Labrecque caught a pass to advance the ball and then on the next play the Blue Balls Nate Higgins, chose the perfect time for his first pick of the season. On their first offensive play, Vance caught a pass across the middle and back flipped into the endzone for the game winner. Blue Balls survive and hang onto first in their division with 28-22 win OT.
Up next on the docket, America’s Children took on a Legion of Doom squad that with a win will set up a final game matchup for the A playoffs with the Blue Balls. This game was sloppy, from all sides. Offense, defense and arid throws from the referees #baggate #neverforget. The first half was riddled with turnovers; five total, 3 from the Children and 2 from LOD. RJ Gagnon was the man of the first, picking off three passes on his own and hauling in the lone score of the half. After a much needed halftime, Karl Alexbergermeister caught a touchdown to go up 15-0. That was when the Children became men. Rookie QB Patrick O’Donnell led his team down the field on two straight drives to pull within 2 points with under a minute to play and a chance at the extra points. America’s Children have been in this situation two times this season already, this was their third. As cliche as it is, the third time’s the charm as they finally were able to convert the two point conversion sending this game into OVERTIME as well. Scoring 15 points unanswered, America’s Children won the toss and continued their marching. Joe Daly caught the ball at the LOD 10 and somehow squeaked his way up the sideline for a diving TD..good night game over drive home safely. America’s Children score 21 straight, and win going away 21-15.
The final game of the day came back to earth a bit as the Nashua Vikings took on Disruptive Coverage. The Vikings looked to remain the final unbeaten in this conference battle. Disruptive got on the board first on just the second play of the game as Cory White caught a ball over the middle and rumbled his way up the sideline causing Vikings defenders to miss one after another for the early 6-0 lead. The Vikings were scared. They got angry. They actually thought they were in for a fight. Were they going to play to their competition or were they going to step up like men and step on the throats of their opponents like their Nordic ancestors. Disruptive Coverage, although they have individual talent, was no match for the Viking onslaught that was coming. Matt Thomas was uncoverable star of the day. He caught three straight touchdowns before the half and then two more after the half to finish the day with five. Just two shy of the single game record. The Vikings sail across the Disruptive seas without resistance and win 46-12.