2015 inaugural rankings started out with a Top 25 that reflected mostly the past play of the regions formidable teams, released on January 20th. Version 2.0 stood as a reflection of current performance in tournament and league play as of April 6th, including the Snow Bowl and Faoro Tournaments. Version 3.0 included a slew of spring and early summer activity, including the Mayhem, TOC, Liberty Bowl and SUSU tournaments. Now, version 4.0 includes the late fall tournaments, WCFFC and Flag Football Frenzy, along with some forecasting into the fall.
As the year rolls to a close there will only be a few more opportunities for teams to compete in the regions best 8v8 tournaments for a chance to knock out the teams above and lay claim to a top spot for 2015. As the year continues, keep in mind the NWFF uses the following criteria for our rankings.
(Traveled Tournaments>Local Tournaments>Local Leagues)
A. Tournament Performance
- Tournament championships / Strength of tournament competition
- Tournament finals appearances
- Tournament semi-finals appearances
- Head to Head tournament match-ups/record
- Tournament appearances
- League championships / Strength of local league competition
- Years active, Talent, Depth, Roster Size
- Medford Dynasty: They started the year at #6, rose to #3 and finally settle in with the #1 ranking for now. Other than the Seattle Flag Football Frenzy Tournament they have played in almost every other tournament in the NW. They have consistently won tournaments in Oregon, and have traveled to the Bay Area to play an exhibition round robin tournament with teams from the Fresno Valley, in which they went undefeated in. The have one of the strongest D-Lines in the NW, and speed in the secondary to hold most WR’s in check. The offense is dangerous and when it's firing on all cylinders can move the ball on any team. They have traveled the greatest distance of any team in the top ten, making the 9 hour trip to Bellingham and the 10 hr trip to Spokane. They are well traveled and very experienced. The Eugene Tournament in December will be a good test against some of the other top teams in the NW. Strong contender for 2015 NWFF Championship.
- Seattle Chiefs: Began 2015 as the 10th ranked team, progressed to 5th and then 4th with some decent showings at tournaments and league play. After securing the Flag Football Frenzy trophy with some high caliber teams, the Chiefs find themselves ranked 2nd in v4.0. The Chiefs seem to play hot and cold at times, playing down to some teams and elevating their game against others. They have arguable the best QB in the region with a strong D-Line and great WR’s. They have lost only once in the past 10 months, the only knock against the Chiefs is that they struggle to travel outside their region, a tournament win outside the greater Seattle area could easily catapult them to the top spot. Strong contender for the 2015 NWFF Championship.
- Seattle Baddogs: Beginning at 5th to start the year was pretty generous, but after winning big at the first big regional tournament - Faoro tournament in Bellingham - they picked up the #1 ranking. Securing a second tournament victory in the Spokane Mayhem left us with no choice but to keep them at 1st again for v3.0. Now the Baddogs take a small drop after getting second place in the WCFFC and not having a solid presence at the Flag Football Frenzy. This team is dangerous on both ends. They play aggressive defense and have one of the better offensive systems in the region and a QB that can execute behind a stout O-Line. Despite the drop, the Baddogs have a great stamp on the year and are still a strong contender for the 2015 NWFF Championship.
- Salem Skally Wags: One of the top teams in Oregon, The Skally Wags started off ranked #4, but after a few second place finishes in Oregon tournaments and no traveling tournaments yet, settled in at #6 in the next two iterations of the rankings. The team arrived at the Flag Football Frenzy tournament with something to prove. Securing second place yet again was impressive for such a large tournament, and 3 finals appearances is near unrivaled. The team is scrappy and even with their backs to the wall, always staying positive and putting themselves in a position to sneak a victory out. They have smart football players and team leaders on their squad. With a strong finish to the year there is no telling how high this team could go in the final rankings. Could finish top three in NWFF rankings for 2015.
- Vancouver Moose: They started 2015 ranked #1, but when you're ranked number one you have a target on your back and nowhere else to go. The Moose fell to #4 and subsequently to #10 after some disappointing tournament and league showings. In version 4.0 we see the Moose rise back into the top 5 with a championship trophy at the WCFFC. The team looked to be in strong form, picking up a few free agents from other teams in the area. If the team that played in the WCFFC could take the show on the road and had a strong showing at a tournament outside their area they could rise in the rankings even more. The TFFL didn’t have a fall season and could be on the decline so it might be hard for some of the Vancouver teams to keep the competitive edge necessary to bring home a trophy outside of their region. Could finish top three in NWFF rankings for 2015 with a strong finish to the year.
- Spokane Outlaws: At the beginning of the year the Outlaws held the #2 spot but quickly slipped into the 8th spot for the next two rankings after struggling to find the championship game in subsequent tournaments. The Outlaws looked more like the #2 ranked team than the #8 ranked team when they showed up for the Flag Football Frenzy tournament. The team looked stacked and primed to take home the trophy. Unfortunately they ran into the Chiefs in the semi-finals and couldn’t come away with a victory. While they failed to reach the championship game, yet again, the team looked much stronger than it has in recent tournaments, and had they not been seeded on the same side of the bracket as the Chiefs, may have been playing them for the Championship. They need some tournament hardware as the year concludes if they want to crack the top 5 rankings for 2015.
- Vancouver Villains: Not far removed from a #3 ranking at the start of the year, the Villains battled to the championship in the Faoro tournament and a #2 ranking regionally, but some less impressive showings in subsequent leagues and lack of tournament play outside their region dropped them down a bit in the last rankings. A strong, hard fought battle in the WCFFC helped re-cement them as a top team in the NW. They have all the right pieces, speed, size, tenacity, and a strong QB to lead the team. They need some tournament hardware as the year concludes if they want to crack the top 5 rankings for 2015.
- Post Falls Bad Intentions: Post falls was unlisted for the first two rankings in 2015 and by performing great at the Mayhem tournament we placed them right away in our top 10. Slipping only slightly to #8 for v4.0, this team poses to be a perennial top 10 team. They have some veteran talent and young studs to make havoc on the defensive side of the ball. If Bad Intentions performed well at a traveled tournament they would definitely be knocking on a top 5 placement for 2015.
- Bellingham Expendables: Placed at #25 to start the year the Expendables showed quickly how wrong that was. Placed at #10 for v2.0, then slipping out of the top ten for v3.0, only to return a little higher again at #9 for 4.0. They can win, but they can’t always travel. The Expendables have yet to come at full strength to a tournament yet still give teams fits whenever they are on the field. Deserving of a comfortable top 10 placement but would need a stellar finish to crack the top 5 for 2015.
- Vancouver Cobras: The Cobras started at #8, rose to #7 and then to #3 given a chance at making a statement. They are one of three teams from the TFFL in the top 10 and often play well against the Villains and Moose. However, we see them make a significant drop in this rankings due to some early exits from both the SUSU tournament and their local tournament the WCFFC. It is hard to rank all the teams, but based on tournament performance through September, the Cobras appear to be hovering in the #10 spot. It may not be for long since they have shown they know how to knock of some of the teams ahead of them. They are one of the few Vancouver teams to travel, but need a strong finish in a tournament outside their backyard to finish in the top 5.
(5) Vancouver Moose
(14) Grants Pass Legit
(15) Spokane WMD’s
The Moose saw the biggest rise knocking off the previous #1 in what turned out to be a blow out of game. While the Baddogs QB had a terrible start to the championship game, it was the play of the Moose’s free agent QB, Scott Beadell that was really remarkable. He played in way unseen in recent tournaments and was near impossible to stop. He took every route given to him and rarely forced a ball into a tight coverage. He was a great compliment to a team already strong at many other positions, including a strong O-Line that give Scotty enough time to deliver strikes downfield. Great tournament victory for the Moose and Scott Beadell!
Grants Pass Legit is a fast rising team. They started the year unranked, moved into the rankings at 21, and quickly climbed to #14 after some strong showings in the competitive divisions of tournaments early in the year and is now battling for the championship at the Elite level in some recent tournaments. The team has a strong brand, with highly competitive mens AND womens teams in both the 8v8 and 5v5 formats.
The WMD’s have reassembled late in 2015, after having been disbanded for a few seasons. Due to the nature and history of this squad, it was deserving of at least a decent placement and mention for our v4.0 rankings. Playing in the deep Spokane league, this team is comprised of veterans and playmakers. Let us remind the Northwest what this team is capable of: between 2010 and 2013 they took home three straight league trophies, all undefeated seasons, and 3 straight Turkey Bowl Championships. We are glad to see them back as it only makes the regional competition stronger.
Spokane Turkey Bowl - November
Eugene Northwest Championships - December
Tacoma Holiday Bash (7v7) - December
2015 NWFF Championship and top 3 finalists - End of December
We’ll be keeping everyone up to date on the latest flag football news of the region, so stay plugged in. We encourage teams to map out tournaments that can fit their team’s schedule so that they can get out there and compete against the best regional talent. If you would like NWFF to add or take notice to your team, other developments, tournaments, or leagues please don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll be sure to find a spot in our coverage. Next up Spokane Turkey Bowl!