Mens playoffs and Championship
All 4 of the playoff teams came in with identical records having beat themselves in roundabout fashion. The seeding came down to Point score differential and the match-ups were set. The ‘Shed Crew would face off with Good Times and The Wolfpack would square off with Blackfish.
The ‘Shed Crew is a veteran team having a variety of players from Last Minute, Antioch, Lenys, and the Baddogs, but they were missing a few key pieces for the playoffs and their rhythm really seemed off. Good Times, also a veteran group, had picked up a few key free agents early in the season that were proving to be a great fit. The veteran QB, Erik Simonson, formerly of Timeout, turned out to be the key piece that Good Times really needed. Not only was the ‘Shed Crew missing a few key people, but Good Times seemed to find all the right answers. Dumping to lineman on crucial downs to keep drives alive and the pressure on the Crew. While the Crew tried to make it a game, Good Times was relentless and keep the gap just two wide for the Crew to sneak a last minute victory away.
In the second Semi-Finals game, The Wolfpack came into the game as the outside dark horse of the league. They were young, brash, with a new style that put a lot of athletes in space making it hard for teams to cover. Ellison Tran, the Wolfpack QB did an excellent job evading free rushers and completing passes downfield. With the Wolfpack scoring so quick, Blackfish tried to counter this speed by slowing it down a little more. They went to a more more traditional offense, with all-everything, Paul Won at QB, Blackfish was able to mix a combo of quick passes and QB scrambled to keep some drives alive. But Blackfish was unable to maintain the scoring outburst of the Wolfpack as the game wore on. The Wolfpack had a continues stream of athletes to toss on the field and could get in and out of formations and concepts quickly. This really put pressure on Blackfish and their more traditional sets and personal groups to adjust quickly. Wolfpack pulled away in the second half and cruised into the championship game.
In the Championship game, Good Times QB addition proved to be worth its weight in gold. The solution to the Wolfpacks spread style offense was to just keep them off the field and make the Wolfpack play D. This strategy appeared to work, with Good Times able to find pay dirt 3 times on long possession scoring drives. The Wolfpack on the other hand, finally saw their spread style offense rounded up a bit. Good Times was able to match athlete for athlete in many positions, and found enough magic to force turnovers at just the write time! The Wolfpack was able to get two scores on the board but couldn’t find enough offense to get a 3rd score before the clock ran out.
Good Times won their first championship 18-14 vs the Wolfpack. Congrats Good Times, much deserved and well earned!
Some top performers from the playoff weekend
- Robert Craven for defensive flag pulls.
- Montez McGee with some after burners on a few nice catches
- Adrian Duron for some great clutch catches to keep chains moving from the Oline position.
- And Erik Simonson & Ellison Tran for her play as QBs in the semi-finals and championship game!
Women's playoffs and Championship
It was clear going into the playoffs that the Wink Brow and Dino Nuggets would be the teams to beat, having cruised through the season trading wins against each other and beating the rest of the field.
The other two teams in the playoffs, the Good Cats, in 4th place, were a very aggressive team, with some players having background in the tackle game. Their style of play was great to keep the ball moving around midfield but they struggled to get points on the board when they got into the red zone. The Good Cats matched up with the Dino Nuggets in the first semi-finals game and the two teams traded scores early. But Megan Luk, the QB for the Dino Nuggets, couldn’t be contained. She was elusive, dodging flag pulls in the backfield, completing the ball downfield, and when the play’s would break down she was able to scramble for big gains. Jordyn Nolz, QB of the Good Cats, was able to string together her own scrambles and some quick passes to set up a score early, but the Good Cats just didn’t have enough firepower to match the Dino Nuggets. The Dino Nuggets advanced to the Championship.
The 3rd place team, Tight Ends, had a ton of team speed with great attitude and a competitive spirit. The team ultimately lacked the playing experience to win key games down the stretch. They ended up forfeiting their playoff game vs the Wink Brow, thus paving the way for a match up of the top two teams in the Championship.
The match up for the championship between the Nuggets was everything you would ask for. The teams traded scores early, then they traded defensive stands about mid way through the game and finally a barrage of scoring to finish the game up.
The Dino Nuggets were focused on a heavy offensive game plan with the plan to drive the ball using a balance of run and pass. But the Wink Brow was ready and held tight coverage, forcing more and more QB scrambles. The Wink Brow’s all-everything-do-everything star, Heather Allen, was all over the field on O and D keeping her team in the game. However, as mentioned before, Megan Luk is an elusive QB, and it was on full display in the championship as she strung together great run after great run to keep drives moving.
The real excitement though came in the final few seconds. With the Wink Brow down by 7 with less than a minute to go, they were able to connect downfield for a score and brought the game to within 1. With under a minute and all the momentum in the world, Wink Brow decided to go for 2 and the win. BUT...the Dino Nuggets had different plan. The ball was snapped, the QB dropped back, scrambled a little and floated a pass up to the back of the end zone….out of seemingly nowhere, Tina Sim came flying through the air and got her hand on the ball to deflect the pass and ensure the Dino Nuggets went home with the victory!
Hats off the Dino Nuggets, great season and congrats on the Championship!
Some top performers from the playoff weekend
- Laura Onyon for defensive flag pulls.
- Christine Moore with several sacks.
- Nicole Butts and Laurie Reddy with some spectacular catches.
- Heather Allen for all around play.
- And Megan Luk for her play as QB in the semi-finals and championship game!