This is the 7th anniversary of Spokane’s Turkey Bowl and it is shaping up to be the biggest year yet. With 14 teams registered for the Elite Division and 10 teams registered for the Competitive Division, the road to win all the stuffing will be tough.
The Elite Division Champs will win $1,000 and the Competitive division champs will win $500; let’s take a look at some of the teams vying for the Elite money.
Yakima Grid Iron Gang: Still a fairly new team, but starting to make some noise. Don’t expect this team to just roll over on you, they are really starting to get it figured out and could go deep in the tournament bracket.
Happy Time: A little slower pace team that likes to grind out drives and win with a couple key big plays. They have some great corners and safeties providing excellent secondary coverage, but struggle to contain opposing teams QB from scrambling. We would be very surprised if they managed to take home the turkey this year.
WMD’s: They are pretty much the team you wish you don’t have to play till deep in the tournament bracket. A very solid team on both offense and defense, they scored the highest amount of points through Spokane’s fall season. It's advised to make sure your best cover guys are playing defense when you play against the WMD’s.
Elite: Always a tough team to play and has a great defense! They allowed the fewest point total scored against them throughout Spokane’s fall season. They may have been the odds favorite to win the fall league playoffs, but had some player issues and ran directly into team Bad Intentions. This team has a ton of speed and can put even the best secondaries to shame.
B.I.T.E: Not the team you might have seen from previous seasons and/or tournaments. The team has a strong group of teammates but lacks some organization on the field. This tends to lead to middle of the road finishes and could be the same for this tournament. The team is good enough to knock off the best, but can struggle and turn around and be handed a lopsided loss. If they can find some consistency on the field they could make a strong run.
Outlaws: The Outlaws don’t look like the Spokane Outlaws that were once ranked as high as number 2 in the NW. While their defense is still top notch, they have had some injuries and lack the offensive consistency and fire power that made them such a formidable opponent. They can shut down some of the best teams but if they can’t find the endzone themselves they will struggle to bring home the turkey.
Not Fast or Furious: Very strong team, doesn’t typically play in the fall league due to players commitments to coaching, but finished first in last spring Spokane League and Playoffs. We would expect an excellent showing from this team and a possible catapult into the regional rankings.
The North Remembers: This is a team on the rise, very focused and strong. Their defense can be a little weak at times and allowed quite a few points throughout Spokane’s fall season. However, they can typically match teams in a shootout and have been able to put points on the board. If they are going to make a run, they are going to have to figure out how to stop teams from scoring and make enough big plays themselves.
Bad Intentions: They won Spokane’s Fall league, finished 2nd in the Spring Mayhem tournament, and are one of the top teams in the Northwest. The key to their success is the timing passes from their QB and the great pressure they get on opposing teams QB’s. Likely the odds on favorite to win the tournament, assuming they are playing at full health with a full roster.
FFC Untied: A fairly new team, that has a ton of speed, they just haven’t figured out how to use the talent yet. They struggled to find the endzone on multiple occasions in Spokane’s fall season and seem to be adjusting from tackle to flag. They may need another year before they put it all together and get to a championship game of a major tournament but if the pieces start clicking they could get there a little sooner.
Crusaders: A veteran team with some key pieces in place. They have vied for titles in the past but haven’t broken into the championship game in some time. They have a great QB, that if given time, can make all the throws and gives them a chance to score on any drive. However, their defense lacks the explosiveness that is necessary to knock off a top 5 team, and may struggle with the tournament competition. The key to getting to the semi-finals for the Crusaders is going to hinge on how many stops their defense can come up with.
Meet us at the 30: A very balanced team that can get points on the board and come up with defensive stops. The went undefeated in the B-Division of Spokane’s fall season and will be stepping up to the Elite Division for this tournament. Time will tell if they can hang with the top teams but all signs seem to indicate they will.
Sharks: Finished middle of the pack in Spokane’s fall season, can compete with the top teams and has a strong offense, but can also struggle at times. They will be as good as their offense can carry them in this tournament. Lots of competition, we will see how well they can stand up to two days of football in a competitive tournament.