This week in the FIFL

GREEN BAY DROPS A BOMB DURING TRADE DEADLINE

The Green Bay Bombers put all their chips in on the 2025 season, in a defense of Gold Cup XXVI made a move to aquire HB Tony Hunt and WR Todd Blythe from the Pittsburgh Gladiators for a crop of Draft picks.

The Gladiators will receive the Bombers #1 and #4 pick in 20s6, and #2 and #5 in 2027. The Bombers announced to make room for the two players, FB Jamil Porter and WR Otis Amey have been released.


GRIGGS PANNING OUT AS GREAT BOUNTY IN RENO

In the West in the 1800's, you had your people looking for Gold and quick riches. You had the Gold Rush in California as well as the riches with gambling in state of Nevada (sorry, stretching a bit in this article...). The Reno Express found their potluck by landing DE John Griggs in the 1st round with the 10th pick of the 2024 FIFL Draft.

Griggs had a great rookie campaign, helping Reno to a 9-5 record in 2024 with 23 tackles and 8.0 sacks as a rookie. Despite this years record at only 3-3-1, Griggs has 20 tackles and 7.0 sacks and the Express in a tight race for 1st in the National Conference and their division.


KENNY IRONS CARRIES THE ROCK VS WICHITA

Honolulu HB Kenny Irons ran the ball 35 times in a 23-20 win over Wichita in week 7. The 35 attempts tie him for 6th in rush attempts in a game. He is one of 3 players to do so in an Overtime game. The record in attempts is tied between Leroy McFadden and Wesley Cates with 41, however it was Cates who had 41 attempts in only 4 Quarters. The lone playoff HB to be in the top-10 is former Portland HB Calvin Mims who ran the ball 34 times in the Wild Card round in 2010

Top 10 In Rushing Attempts in a Game
Player
Team
Att
Yards
Opponent
Leroy McFadden
SPR
41
158
Wesley Cates
HON
41
137
Bernard Clark
FGO
38
148
LaMichael James
FWS
37
154
Antoine Bagwell
CON
37
124
Kenny Irons
HON
35
187
Leroy McFadden
SPR
35
176
Tony Stallings
SPR
35
129
Andre Bowden
COL
35
89
Calvin Mims
POR
34
188

-X = Overtime, -P = Playoff.


FIFL WEEK 7 RUN

Week 7 of the FIFL has been run.

Week 8 will be run next week. As a reminder, the trade deadline is before week 10's games, so any trades must be done this week or next.

WEEK 7 GAMES
Portland @ Bismarck Box Score Scoring .log file
Colorado @ Reno Box Score Scoring .log file
Wichita @ Honolulu Box Score Scoring .log file
Springfield @ Minnesota Box Score Scoring .log file
Green Bay @ Nashville Box Score Scoring .log file
Fort Wayne @ Tennessee Box Score Scoring .log file
Marion @ Lexington Box Score Scoring .log file
Connecticut @ Pittsburgh Box Score Scoring .log file
Chesapeake @ Rochester Box Score Scoring .log file

MORRIS APPROACHES CAREER RUSHING RECORD

Pittsburgh HB Bam Morris comes into what should be his final season and is 401 yards short the all-time rushing yardage record. With a half season left, and with some luck, Morris looks to become the all-time leader in yardage (baring injury).

Colorado HB Danny Woodhead appears to be next to crack the top-10, and possibly the 10th HB to hit the 10,000 mark as he stands at 8,219 yards for Colorado in his 7th season with the Wildcats.

Top 10 In Career Rushing Yardage
Player
Seasons
Rushes
Yards
Avg
Long
TD
Wesley Cates
15
3,779
16,693
4.4
82
150
Bam Morris
15
3,653
16,292
4.5
88
167
Rickey Blake
15
3,770
16,044
4.3
99
156
Leroy McFadden
15
3,222
13,716
4.3
80
129
Rashaan Dumas
13
3,159
13,119
4.2
80
124
Raphael Cooper
14
2,817
12,717
4.5
77
123
Damon Benning
14
2,680
10,928
4,1
83
110
Paris Moore
13
2,149
10,745
5.0
80
131
Jon Hall
13
2,430
10,031
4.1
80
87
Quentin Cradle
13
2,017
8,454
4.2
97
87

MAGER AND BROWN STILL'CATCHING' UP ON RECORDS

Honolulu WR Rob Mager was traded from Rochester to Honolulu last year and while that may have looked like a one-year-rental, Honolulu is still dedicated to giving him the ball, and Mager has performed, catching 32 passes for 419 yards (13.1) and 3 TD's. He now has 1,099 career catches and 15,148 yards and 3rd all-time in receiving yardage. It's unknown if he has the ability, but stands 4,102 yards short of the alltime great, Russell Copeland.

Not too far behind and a bit younger is 'Touchdown-Eddie Brown' who has 846 catches and tied with Anthony Payton with 12,011 yards. One note, and just behind AJ Street in the top-10, long-time Minnesota WR Troy Edwards is at 835 catches for 11,351 yards, so should crack the top-10 this season.

Top 10 In Career Receiving Yardage
Player
Seasons
Catches
Yards
Avg
Long
TD
Russell Copeland
16
1426
19,250
13.5
78
104
Calvin Schexnayder
16
1367
18,721
13.7
88
97
Rob Mager
13
1,099
15,148
4.2
80
62
Larry Ray Willis
14
1,067
13,791
12.9
67
54
Tyrone Jones
13
905
12,193
13.5
80
53
Eddie Brown
10
846
12,011
14.2
72
58
Anthony Payton
14
909
12,011
13.2
95
59
Wesley Cates
15
1242
11,714
9.4
76
61
Rashaan Vanterpool
13
803
11,648
14.5
90
55
AJ Street
13
854
11,428
13.4
82
63

HURRICANE WAITING OFF SHORE

Despite Honolulu's 3-3 start, all three losses were close, and as luck may have it for Honolulu, this year the American Conference is top-heavy in wins vs the National Conference, so even finishing 7-7 this year could get a National Conference team in the playoffs. Their wins came against Portland, Reno and Minnesota, so the jury is still out on this team.

Offensively, besides QB Sherdrick Bonner being the anchor he is under center, the Hurricanes also have HB Kenny Irons, who has flirted 4 straight seasons with 2,000 all-purpose yards, and is up to 574 yards (5.7 ypg) rushing through 6 games. Veteran WR Rob Mager leads the team with 32 catches and 419 yards. Defensively Honolulu has given up 112 points, and while the defense does not have any stoundouts, they are keeping the Hurricanes in each game.

Honolulu will face a tough 3-3 Wichita team in week 6, leading the league with 141 points (23.5) per game.


MARION ROSTER OVERHAUL LOOKING GOOD SO FAR

After several seasons with some bad drafts, bad picks and bad trades, the Marion Mayhem have turned things around in 2025, off to a 4-2 start and only giving up 100 points so far (16.7 per game), and leads the league in defensive sacks with 34.0.

Taking over at QB is David Greene, who so far is 148 of 219 (67.6) for 1,640 yards, 7 TD's and 2 INT's. The Mayhem offense has been descent overall, but it's been the total 'team' defense that's been the difference maker.

There is not one player dominating the defensive stats, however players of note, DE Erasmus James leads with 8.0 sacks, with Dexter Manley III with 6.0 sacks and DT Vicheal Foxx and DE Zarnell Fitch with 5.0. CB Brandon Harrison leads with 47 tackles.


MOST CRAZIEST PASSING STATS EVER RESULTS IN WIN

In all of the games played in the FIFL, I'm not sure I've ever seen this one. In a 27-15 win over Reno, Connecticut veteran QB Adrian McPherson was 6 of 15 for 47 yards. This puts SF QB Jimmy Garrapolo to shame.

McPherson entered week 6 with over 1,100 yards and second in the league in passing TD's with 8, but guess he didn't have to throw the ball this week. Reno outgained Connecticut 362 yards to 210 and only had 1 turnover, but was nearly doubled-up on the scoreboard.


MINNESOTA GETS WIN, BLANKS FORT WAYNE IN 2ND HALF

The Minnesota Fighting Pilke pulled out a road win in Fort Wayne, winning 30-16. Trailing 16 to 6 at the half, Minnesota switched gears in the second half and blanked the Safari 24-0 in the second half to pull out the win.

QB Shaun King is still showing his age, going 17 of 35 for 268 yards, a TD and two interceptions, but handed the ball off to HB Ray Kirkley who ran 26 times for 108 yards and 2 TD's with FB Noah Herron adding 64 yards on 12 carries.


FIFL WEEK 6 RUN

Week 6 of the FIFL has been run.

Week 7 will be run next week.

WEEK 6 GAMES
Rochester @ Wichita Box Score Scoring .log file
Portland @ Springfield Box Score Scoring .log file
Green Bay @ Colorado Box Score Scoring .log file
Minnesota @ Fort Wayne Box Score Scoring .log file
Nashville @ Tennessee Box Score Scoring .log file
Lexington @ Pittsburgh Box Score Scoring .log file
Bismarck @ Chesapeake Box Score Scoring .log file
Reno @ Connecticut Box Score Scoring .log file
Honolulu @ Marion Box Score Scoring .log file

RIVERHAWKS DEFUSE BOMBERS IN GREEN BAY

The Tennessee Riverhawks defated the Gren Bay Bombers 10-7 in Green Bay in what was a crazy day statistically for such a low scoring game.

Tennessee only had 8 first downs, and was 1/13 on 3rd downs and had 193 Total Yards. Green Bay had 19 first downs, 374 Total Yards, and 5/18 on 3rd downs. QB Russ Michna also sprayed the ball around and was 33 of 55 for 377 yards and the one and only TD the Bombers had in the game.

Green Bay scored late in the 4th quarter with just over a minute left in the game to trail 10-7, and had one last attempt with 0:26 left in the game but went 4 and out.

Green Bay drops to 3-2 in a 3-way tie with Wichita and Colorado and will travel to Colorado in week 6. Tennessee is now 3-2 and will host 2-3 Nashville.


CONNECTICUT COMES UP SHORT VS ROCHESTER

The Connecticut Coyotees lost to the Rochester Raiders 29-24 in what was a sloppy game running for Connecticut, rushing 14 times for 51 yards and fumbling the ball 5 times, albeit they recovered 5 fumbles as well.

Late in the 4th, and trailing 26-24, Connecticut K Kyle Brotzman had a 36-yard Field Goal blocked. Rochester then went on a 11-play, 57-yard drive topped off by K Sean Whyte who connected on a 39-yard Field Goal to go up 29-24. Connecticut then went 14-plays and 70-yards and on 4th and 3 with 0:02 left in the game on the Rochester 19-yard line, QB Adrian McPherson found HB Antoine Bagwell who was tackled at the 10-yard line.

With the loss, the race for 1st tightens in the American Conference East with Connecticut at 3-2 tied with two others, and Chesapeake on top at 4-1.


REILLY GETS FIRST CAREER WIN

Rookie QB Mike Reilly was 26 of 39 for 250 yards and 3 TD's in Portland's 21-20 win over Wichita.

Trailing 20-14, Reilly drove Portland on a 17-play, 80-yard drive and connected on a 10-yard pass to FB Larry Ned for the game-winner with no time left. Rookie Kicker Lirim Hajrullehu kicked the PAT for the 21-20 win.

Portland is now 1-4 and travels to Springfield in week 5.


FIFL WEEK 5 RUN

Week 5 of the FIFL has been run.

Week 6 will be run Saturday morning. Rosters due Saturday morning by 9 am PT.

WEEK 5 GAMES
Pittsburgh @ Bismarck Box Score Scoring .log file
Wichita @ Portland Box Score Scoring .log file
Reno @ Honolulu Box Score Scoring .log file
Nashville @ Minnesota Box Score Scoring .log file
Colorado @ Springfield Box Score Scoring .log file
Tennessee @ Green Bay Box Score Scoring .log file
Lexington @ Fort Wayne Box Score Scoring .log file
Rochester @ Connecticut Box Score Scoring .log file
Chesapeake @ Marion Box Score Scoring .log file

HURRICANE WINDS BLOW JUST RIGHT FOR LUZAYADIO

Honolulu went into Minnesota and didn't score a TD. Minnesota has a great defense and normally that means a victory on their side, however it was the 6 Field Goals that Ton Luzayadio kicked that was the difference as Honolulu won 18-13.

Luzayadio connected on Field Goals of 27, 41, 37, 49, 26 and 22 and finished 6/6 on the day. The record on Field Goals was 7/7 by Tim Seder of Springfield on 9-3-17 vs Wichita. As for the 6/6 day, 9 others have matched this feat, the last being Steve Videtich of Marion on 9-22-24.


ROOKIE WHYTE MAKES ROOKIE MISTAKE

After giving up a 16-play, 80-yard drive where QB David Greene hit WR Eric Peterman on a 1-yard TD to give Marion a 20-17 lead, Rochester drove down on a 5-play, 62-yard drive and with 0:05 left on the clock, setup a game-tying 19-yard Field Goal. It was missed, sending Rochster down to 2-2 and the Marion Mayhem into a 3-way tie in the division at 3-1.

In the game, to make a note of his performance, QB David Greene was 34 of 43 for 363 yards, 2 TD's and no Inteceptions and connecting with 9 receivers.


PROWLERS AND REILLY FUMBLE AWAY CHANCE AT UPSET

Rookie QB Mike Reilly and the Portland Prowlers nearly pulled it off. With a 23-21 lead with less than a minute left following a 50-yard FG miss from K Kyle Brotzman, Reilly fumbled the snap with :57 left in the game, then Connecticut ended the game with a FG, winning 24-23.

Portland's QB1 #13 Mike Reilly fumbles the ball. The ball is recovered by Connecticut's LB3 #73 Michael Okwo. Okwo runs for a gain of almost 9 yards. Okwo is tackled by HB2 #34 Darius Fudge. First down, Connecticut! First and 10 to go. That was 24LOAD (1088) against 43GLRM2M (1090).

Connecticut moved the ball to the Portland's 16-yard line and went ahead on a 33-yard Field Goal. The game ended on a sack on their 25-yard line, ending any change for a Field Goal win.

Rielly and Portland have a long season ahead at 0-4, however, great showing for the Rookie QB with his 21 of 33 for 257 yards, 2 TD's and zero Interceptions.

Week 5 will be this weekend. Rosters due at 10 am PT Saturday morning.


REILLY TO MAKE FIRST START FOR PROWLERS

After a successfule career with a 52-46 record as a starter for Portland, QB Khari Jones is taking a pause to give way to rookie QB Mike Reilly.

Jones took over for Albert Higgs and short-term start QB Kane Claunch and first got into the playoffs in 2019, howeer has been 1-5 as a starter since then.

Reilly was drafted 16th overall in the 1st round of the FIFL Draft and traded from Fort Wayne to Portland for a 1st round pick and QB Trevor Harris.


RIVERHAWKS "D" PITCHES SHUTOUT

The Tennessee Riverhawks recorded a shutout in week 3, defeating the Rochester Raiders 7-0. The shutout was the first since 2021, week 10 when Colorado defeated Everett 7-0, and also ties that game for the 3rd lowest scoring game in FIFL History. The lowest scoring game ever came in 2020, week 7, when Springfield defeated Peoria 3-0.

Offensively for Tennessee, the game was a weird one as they ran the ball 41 times for 197 yards and QB Kyle Rowley was 15of 20 for 152 yards, yet they only scored the 7 points. The Raiders HB Mell Holliday was stuffed, managing only 8 yards on the ground after winning week 2's Offensive Player of the game.


RAIDERS OFF TO 2-0 START IN PACKED EASTERN DIVISION

The Rochester Raiders moved to 2-0 with a 24-14 win at home over Portland.

After benching veteran QB Quincy Carter, Justin Zwick has taken over and gotten the Raiders off to a 2-0 start. HJB Mell Holliday ran 22 times for 137 yards and 2 TD's and caught 8 passes for 73 yards in the win.

Rochester is tied with Marion and Chesapeake at 2-0 in the American Conference East Division. Still a long season to go before crowning them champs, but off to a good start.

WEEK 2 GAMES
Minnesota @ Bismarck Box Score Scoring .log file
Chesapeake @ Honolulu Box Score Scoring .log file
Wichita @ Springfield Box Score Scoring .log file
Reno @ Green Bay Box Score Scoring .log file
Conneciticut @ Nashville Box Score Scoring .log file
Tennessee @ Fort Wayne Box Score Scoring .log file
Colorado @ Lexington Box Score Scoring .log file
Pittsburgh @ Marion Box Score Scoring .log file
Portland @ Rochester Box Score Scoring .log file

ROOKIE WATCH - CHARLESTON HUGHES

Bismark rookie DT Charleston Hughes was drafted #1 overall in 1st round of the 2025 FIFL Draft.

In his debut, Hughes had 3 tackles and 2.0 sacks in a 10-10 tie vs Reno.

Hughes (6'1, 246, Northwood) and the Blaze put together 10 sacks over 5 quarters of play. Bismark looks to get their first win this weekend vs Minnesota, 0-1.


ROOKIE WATCH - SEAN WHYTE

Rochester rookie K Sean Whyte was drafted #46 overall in the 3rd round of the 2025 FIFL Draft.

In his debut, Whyte was 5/5 on PAT's and 1/1 on Field goals with a long of 43 yards. He also had a tackle.

Whyte (5'9, 175, Santa Monica) and Rochester (1-0) will host the 0-1 Portland Prowlers this weekend in week 2.


RUSS MICHNA TAKES OVER IN GREEN BAY

The Green Bay Bombers have had 3 starting QB's in three years now between current Connecticut QB Adrian McPherson, last years Gold Cup winning QB Jordan Palmer, and now the Bombers have moved on to QB Russ Michna.

The 7th year QB, Russ Michna (6'3, 225, Western Illinois) won on the road in Minnesota 14-10, going 17 of 23 for 223 yards and 2 TD's.

Michna has been with Honolulu (2019), Peoria (2020), Wichita (2011) and Green Bay since 2022, and entering this season, was 8 of 16 for 93 yards for his career and 1 rush for 14 yards.


JUSTIN ZWICK NOW UNDER CENTER IN ROCHESTER

After a long run at QB with Quincy Carter, the Rochester Raiders are turning to QB Justin Zwick. Carter put together a 54-48 record as a starter, however no Gold Cups, getting close in 2020, losing 17-16 to Springfield in Gold Cup XXII.

The 6th year QB, Justin Zwick (6'4, 225, Ohio State 38-7 vs Lexington, going 16 of 20 for 201 yards, a TD and an Interception. He also ran 5 times for 13 yards and a TD.

Zwick comes into 2024 with a career 1-0 record as a starter, a 30-27 win vs Albany in week 11 of the 2018 season where he was 19 of 27 for 295 yards. For his career, Zwick enters 2024 50 of 77 for 692 yards, 3 TD's, 1 INT and 9 rushes for 20 yards and a TD.


PITTSBURGH WINS IN OT ON A SAFETY

The FIFL historical committee will have to go back in time to determine if this has ever happened, but in week one of the 2025 season, the Pittsburgh Gladiators won 21-19 in overtime on a safety.

With less than two minutes left in overtime, DT Andy Petek, who had 5 tackles and 2.0 sacks in the game, tackled HB Haywood in the endzone to give Pittsburgh a 21-19 overtime win.

Pittsburgh, 1-0, travels to 1-0 Marion in Week 2 while Wichita travels to 0-1 Springfield.


SPRINGFIELD KICKER TYLER RAUSA HAS A ROUGH DAY

The Springfield Slayers lost 20-19 in week one, and the one point they needed was a tough one as 2nd year Kicker Tyler Rausa was 2/4 on Field Goals, and 1/2 on PAT's.

After trailing 20-13, Springfield put together a 10-play, 75-yard drive and scored a TD on an 8-yard TD pass from QB Chase Daniel to WR Purify. Following the TD, Rausa missed the PAT, ending all hope for the Slayers.

Springfield, 0-1 will host Wichita also 0-1 in week 2.


CONNECTICUT DENIES FORT WAYNE AGAIN - SAME SCORE

In the American Conference Championship, the Connecticut Coyotees defeated the Fort Wayne Safari 17-12. Some how, some way, the stars were aligned and both teams met in week one of the 2025 season, and Connecticut faced Fort Wayne and won by the same score, 17-12.

QB Adrian McPherson was 15 of 22 for 226 yards and 2 TD's, out battling last years ROTY QB Johnny Manziel who was 30 of 48 for 318 yards and a TD.

Connecticut travels to 0-1 Nashville in Week 2 while Fort Wayne hosts 0-1 Tennessee.


HONOLULU KICKS OFF 2025 ON A MISSION

The Honololulu Hurricanes came out in week one on a mission - a mission to make up for last years playoff loss. The Hurricanes were statistically the best team in 2024, and were booted in the first round, ending what could have been there best season in FIFL history.

Honolulu ran over Portland 38-22 on the road in week 1, with HB Kenny Irons winning Offensive Player of the Week, rushing 12 times for 172 yards and a TD, catching 6 passes for 102 yards and a score.

QB Sherdrick Bonner came out throwing, going 16 of 24 for 247 yards and 4 TD's. Bonner, no doubt, saw the aquisition of QB Bo Levi Mitchell as a signal it was now or never for another Gold Cup for Honolulu.

Honolulu hosts Chesapeake in week 2.

Upcoming schedule of games;
Week 2 - Sunday, 10 am PT

WEEK 1 GAMES
Reno @ Bismarck Box Score Scoring .log file
Honolulu @ Portland Box Score Scoring .log file
Green Bay @ Minnesota Box Score Scoring .log file
Springfield @ Colorado Box Score Scoring .log file
Wichita @ Pittsburgh Box Score Scoring .log file
Tennessee @ Chesapeake Box Score Scoring .log file
Fort Wayne @ Connecticut Box Score Scoring .log file
Nashville @ Marion Box Score Scoring .log file
Lexington @ Rochester Box Score Scoring .log file

THE MOBILE QUARTERBACK

There's been a recent changing of the guard at QB for several teams, but some of note have a QB with more of a 'run' option than others.

Fort Wayne now as Johnny Manziel, Pittsburgh has Pat White and Wichita has James Mcnear. All three noted QB's are in the top-3 in rushing QB's. McNear being in his 9th season, he's a bit of the old guard getting a late start in his career, but the question for Manziel and White (and possibly others), can they topple some of the all-time bests at QB when it comes to rushing yardaage at QB?

Below are the top-7 QB's in rushing yardage who rushed for at least 1,000 yards in a career. Can Johnny Maziel, Pat White or others challenge these numbers?

Top QB's In Rushing Yardage
Player
Seasons
Rushes
Yards
Avg
TD
Fumbles
FR
Rickey Foggie
2006-2023
980
2,227
2.3
16
82
15
Shane Franzer
2005-2023
723
1,592
2.2
14
49
12
Michael Bishop
2008-2019
671
1,423
2.1
5
103
11
Major Harris
1999-2008
333
1,360
4.1
6
29
3
Craig Strickland
2000-2015
565
1,116
2.0
12
38
12
Monte Christo
1999-2011
525
1,239
2.4
13
52
9
Josh Wallwork
1999-2012
565
1,116
2.0
12
38
12

 

 
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