This week in the FIFL

GREEN BAY BOMBS FORT WAYNE; FLIPS GAME PLAN

Fort Wayne has had a storybook season with 9 wins this far with a large number or Rookies on the field, but week 12 the Green Bay Bombers had some lessons to teach the Safari as they defeated them 36-10.

Green Bay was able to keep the Safari running game off the field making Rookie QB Johnny Manziel throw. For the game, Manziel was 14 of 34 for 159 yards and a TD while Fort Wayne only ran 10 times given they were behind so early.

Since Green Bay got the early lead, they ran and ran the ball, totally 43 rushes for 138 yards and 3 scores.

Upcoming schedule of games;
Week 13 - Saturday, 4pm PT

WEEK 12 GAMES
Reno @ Everett Box Score Scoring .log file
Honolulu @ Portland Box Score Scoring .log file
Fort Wayne @ Green Bay Box Score Scoring .log file
Wichita @ Springfield Box Score Scoring .log file
Colorado @ Minnesota Box Score Scoring .log file
Tennessee @ Nashville Box Score Scoring .log file
Marion @ Lexington Box Score Scoring .log file
Chesapeake @ Rochester Box Score Scoring .log file
Connecticut @ Pittsburgh Box Score Scoring .log file

PRENTICE PURNELL SETS RECORD

Defensive End Prentice Purnell has had a strange career. He was a sleeper pick in the second round of the 2012 draft, but didn't crack the starting lineup until 2015. He had 6 solid seasons afterwards and was on the scrap heap in Portland and Lexington in 2022 and 2023.

This year has been a resurgance at the end of his career.

While Lexington strugles, Purnell had 2 safeties in a game (which ties a record held by 3 others), but with his 2 safeties in a game, and 3 for the year, be came the all-time leader in safeties in FIFL history with 6. The other 3 players with 2 safeties in a game were Ansel George (Madison, 2009), Eric Drakes (Mobile, 2011) and Steve Watson (Battle Creek, 2020). Ansel George is second all-time with 5 career safeties.


RICKY RAY WINS SHOOTOUT WITH NEW TEAM

The Nashville Kats defeated the Marion Mayhem 34-30 in a shootout which featured recently aquired QB Ricky Ray who was 13 of 19 for 266 yards and 2 TD's while HB Eric McCoo won Offensive Player of the Week with his 160 yards on the ground and 3 total TD's.

For Marion, rookie QB E.J. Nemeth was 32 of 43 for 342 yards and 2 TD's while HB Brian Calhoun ran 22 times for 123 yards and a TD.


CHRIS GRIESEN PULLS OUT WIN WITH NEW TEAM

Much like Ricky Ray in Nashville, Colorado picked up QB Chris Griesen off the waiver-wire after starting QB Nick Davila was out with a torn rotator cuff. Griesen was 13 of 20 for 219 yards and 2 TD's in a 31-28 overtime win.

The beat-up Wildcats ran the ball 50 times for 251 yards and got some extra help from HB Ryan Drinkwater who came in for an injured Danny Woodhead, rushing 31 times for 152 yards and 2 TD's.


PITTSBURGH LOSES QB PAT WHITE FOR SEASON

After a 4-2 start and an Offense with a spark, the Gladiators lost their 7th game and their starting QB Pat White, who is out the rest of the season with a broken leg.

Pat White finishes the season with 2,927 yards passing, 18 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions. White also ran the ball 30 times for 130 yards and a TD.

In the game, QB Jerimiah Masoli filled in nicely throwing 20 of 25 passes for 240 yards and a TD. Pittsburgh will decide next week's starter between Massoli or Rookie QB Charles McCullum.


TENNESSEE CUTS TIES WITH PUNTER NATHAN TROUT

The Tennessee Riverhawks survived in Minnesota, pulling off a 27-26 win but with little help from veteran punter Nathan Trout. A last second Field Goal from 35 yardsw was missed by Kicker Todd France.

Trout had 5 punts and a long of 58, while having 2 punts blocked, both by Minnesota DE Jason Acquaye giving him a Gross Average of 25.4 for the game. For the season, he is last with a 42.3 Average.Tennessee picked up former Punter Deric Yaussi.

For Trout's career, he is still the all-time leader in Average, but may have lost his game in his 15th season. Trout is ranked second all-time in Punts with 1,082, second to only Todd Latourette with 1,136. Trout had moved into second this game as he moved ahead of Tripp Pignetti who now is third with 1,078 punts.

Upcoming schedule of games;
Week 12 - Wednesday, 4pm PT

WEEK 11 GAMES
Honolulu @ Everett Box Score Scoring .log file
Portland @ Colorado Box Score Scoring .log file
Reno @ Green Bay Box Score Scoring .log file
Springfield @ Wichita Box Score Scoring .log file
Tennessee @ Minnesota Box Score Scoring .log file
Marion @ Nashville Box Score Scoring .log file
Lexington @ Connecticut Box Score Scoring .log file
Fort Wayne @ Chesapeake Box Score Scoring .log file
Rochester @ Pittsburgh Box Score Scoring .log file

SAFARI SCORE HUGE WEEK 10 WIN

The Fort Wayne Safari scored a season best in points as they thumped the Wichita Warlords 47-15.

QB Johnny Manziel was 18 of 26 for 278 yards and 3 TD's while they combined 41 rushes for 222 yards and 2 TD's between Manziel and 5 other Runningbacks.


CHESAPEAKE DE RAHEEM ORR WANTED FOR MURDER

In all seriousness, it was a closer game than it looked on Defense, but DE Raheem Orr sacked QB Pat White 6 times (2nd all-time in a game) as the Chesapeake Tide went on to win 28-24.

QB Klingsbury was 18 of 31 for 252 yards, 2 TD and a pick while QB White was 16 of 29 for 268 yards, 3 TD's but sacked 11 times vs Pittsburgh's 2.

The "Computer" of Sundby Tools gave Defensive POTW to DT AC Collier however we have overrulled this to give it to DE Raheem Orr for his 7 tackles, 6.0 sacks.


COLORADO PULLS OFF LAST MINUTE MIRACLE

The Colorado Wildcats pulled off a last second win in Portland, defeating the Prowlers 31-29 as Colorado kicker Brandon Coutu kicked a 39 yard field goal with 0:02 left in the game. Portland had gone ahead 29-28 with :22 seconds left in the game, only to allow QB Nick Davila to throw a 47 yard pass to WR Donovan Morgan to get them to the Portland 22 yard line.

In the game, QB Nick Davila was 19 of 27 for 310 yards and HB Danny Woodhead totalled 228 total yards and 3 TD's. Portland QB Khari Jones was 31 of 42 for 418 yards and 3 TD's.


BOMBS EXPLODE IN WICHITA AND ON MCNEAR

After Wichita Warlords got off to a 14-7 lead, the Bombers stormed back and lead early in the 2nd half 22-14. After that lead, the Bombers took over on defense, sacking QB James McNear for a safety twice on two straight drives, building a 26-14 lead. Like several other games of the week, Wichita did have a chance, driving down to the Bomber 29-yard line, but ran out of time, losing 26-21.

In the game, QB Jordan Palmer was 11 of 23 for 182 yards and a TD while Green Bay ran 35 times for 145 yards and had 2 TD's as a team. QB McNear was 31 of 46 for 354 yards and 2 TD's.


MARION PULLS OFF UPSET IN PITTSBURGH

The Marion Mayhem pulled off a 26-25 stunner in Pittsburgh. For Marion, it's their first win of the season and with the loss, Pittsburgh falls behind in the very tight Eastern Division playoff chase.

HB Brian Calhoun ran 20 times for 172 yards and 2 TD's, while QB Chris Greisen was 15 of 24 for 185 yards and a TD. Pat White threw for 379 yards and 3 TD's and HB Tony Hunt lead the team in rushing with 60 yards after HB Bam Morris was injured. Pittsburgh had the ball late, and ran 11 plays and 30 yards, however were stalled at the Marion 43 yard line.


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

MINNESOTA WR TROY EDWARDS KEEPS CATCHING PASSES

Minnesota WR Troy Edwards was awarded with Offensive Player of the Week with his 8 catches for 192 yards and 2 Touchdowns in a 31-19 win.

Edwards has had a quiet career from the headlines, however along the way has won 3 Gold Cups in 4 appearences.

Edwards has over 800 catches and 11,000 yards and looks to finish his career in the top-10 in both categories.


ROCHESTER WR GREAT ROB MAGER TRADED TO HONOLULU

In a surprise mid-season trade, long-time Rochester Veteran WR Rob Mager was traded to the Honolulu Hurricanes for a 2nd round draft pick and WR Bethel Johnson.

Mager has accumilated 1,017 receptions for 14,087 yards and 56 touchdowns in his 13 seasons and has had 1,000+ receptions in each of his seasons since his rookie year. The Raiders receive WR Bethel Johnson who has seen limited action at WR5, but has excellent SP, AG and HA that should make an impact for the Raiders, not to mention the 2nd round pick.

Mager immediately moves up to WR1 and will assist in Honolulu's pass attack this weekend in Marion.


COYOTEES MOVE TO 4-0 UNDER MCPHERSON

A couple weeks into the season, we didn't think much of it, however here we are in week 4 and the Coyotees are starting to pull away in the division at 4-0.

Connecticut's first four opponents are under .500, and will face their first team with a winning record this week, albeit Pittsburgh finished only 6-8 last year and did not expect to be competing in 2024.

Adrian McPherson and the Coyotees host Pittsburgh in week 5 with 1st place on the line. McPherson beat out QB Ken Dorsey as starter after replaces 19-year vet Shane Franzer who retired.


TENNESSEE FINALLY POSTS A WIN

After an 0-3 start, the Tennessee Riverhawks found their way to a win by defeating Nashville, possibly saving their season.

After 4 straight playoff appearences, and 3 straight Gold Cups, the Riverhawks have some work to do to get back into the race. Their next three will be a challenge with Green Bay (2-2), Fort Wayne (4-0) and Springfield (4-0) in their way.


FORT WAYNE OFF TO SURPRISING 4-0 START

Not to jinx the Fort Wayne Safari, but here we go. 6-8 last year, a change at QB with Rookie QB Johnny Maziel, and drafting 3 rookie RB's, there was a lot to think the Safari would need a year or two to get going.

This week the Safari defeated Lexington 33-7, having 6 players running for 165 yards on 35 carries, while QB Johnny Manziel was 22 of 35 for 295 yards and a TD.

With a commanding lead in the division, let's see how the Safari finish.


MINNESOTA DEMOLISHES GERMAINE/DIXON/O-LINE

Minnesota tied a league record of 13 sacks in a game where they demolished Everett 34-10. The record ties Fort Wayne ('13), Sprignfield ('13), Wichita ('16), and Lexingtons ('20) who also had 13 in a game.

LB Michael Josiah had 4.0 sacks and DE Shakoor Bryant had 3.0 to lead the charge.


THE TIDE IS HIGH AND THEIR HOLDING ON

After the retirement of HB Paris Moore, FB Darryl Overton, TE Phil McGeoghan, DE Demetrius Forney, and S Micheaux Robinson, the Chesapeake Tide have gone through an identity crisis.

After the second week of the season, yet again, the Tide has reloaded, much how the tide goes out back to the ocean or sea, it comes straight back in.

The jury is still out at 2-0 and a 9-point win margin, as well as QB starter Kingsbury's 80.2 QB Rating and 0 TD's through 2 games. On the flip side, they have run for 358 yards (5.8 average) on Offense, ranked #1, as well as #5 on Pass Defense, #12 on Rush Defense.


BJORN NITTMO ALIVE AND KICKING WITH PITTSBURGH

The other day I read this article and joke about in reference to Bjorn Nittmo, and never knew. Sad story if you read deaper. Read the article about "Who do you think you are, Bjorn Nittmo"?

Also this on YouTube from David Letterman. Funny at the time I am (not sure about Letterman's mother).

Back to FIFL news, Bjorn Nittmo continues his career with Pittsburgh starting his 6th season after being drafted in the 3rd round of the 2019 FIFL Draft. In 5 seasons he has 471 points, averaging 94+ points per year.


MCPHERSON STILL ALIVE AND KICKING

After a crazy career, and playing the ultimate sub role and on rosters year after year, Adrian McPherson is still playing.

With the retirement for Shane Franzer, Connecticut was needing a second QB and welcomed the veteran QB following his being released from Green Bay.

McPherson turned things around in Green Bay and helped the Bombers finish with a 6-8 record after a horendous start. We will see if McPherson gets the rock, or if he plays apprentice to Ken Dorey, who threw for 921 yards, 5 TD's and zero INT's in his backup time to Franzer.


MAGER CONTRACT EXTENSION GETS SHIRTY

After 12 seasons with Madison Mad Dogs and the Rochester Raiders, Rob Mager is pissed.

The 12-year veteran WR has accumulated 986 catches for 13,562 yards and 55 TD's, catching for 1,000 yards at least in each of his 12-seasons, but caught wind of Rochester looking to trade him.

While on vacation in England, we caught quote from Mager... "I got rat arsed last night after getting the word. I don't care. My work shows my effort. The GM is a pillock...We had a bit of a barney... he said he wanted me to stay but he's full of shite. He's spreading a bunch of porkies... What a prat. This wanker hasn't seen the last of me if he wants me to retire. Rubish".

We will see what turns up for Rob coming into Training Camp and 2024.


PARIS MOORE ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

After 13 seasons with Black Hills and Chesapeake, Paris Moore announced his retirement.

Coming into the season, Moore looked to break into the HB2 spot, however unfortunately he had a forgettable last season, having more total tackles than total yards.

Moore retires ranked #9 all-time in rushing yards with 10,745, and 11th all-time in all-purpose yards with 17,097.


MCPHERSON SIGNS WITH COYOTEES

After the the retirement of legendary QB Shane Franzer, the Connecticut Coyotees found a new QB with former Green Bay Bomber veteran Adrian McPherson.

McPherson was 149 for 241 for 2,054 yards, 16 TD's and 2 INT's for the 6-8 Bombers. McPherson will be entering his 15th season, ammassing 18,607 yards, 86 TD's and 31 INT's. McPherson played for Connecticut from 2010-2016 where he was drafted by Connecticut in the 2nd round, 20th overall in the 2020 FIFL Draft.

McPherson is expected to take a back seat to 4th year QB Ken Dorsey.


YOUTH MOVEMENT IN PITTSBURGH?

After tweleve seasons, veteran HB Bam Morris has ammassed 13,853 yards and 150 TD's. His is 4th all-time in rushing yardage, but Morris is aging quickly, and possibly too quickly for Pittsburgh who is going through a major youth movement.

Pitttsburgh QB Rickey Foggie has retired, and QB Graham Harrell has been dealt to Lexington, so this leaves the job up to either QB Pat White, QB Jerimiah Masoli, or rookie QB Charles McCullum. Pittsburgh is looking to see what an option-QB style offense will bring the team.


MARION SELECTS QB E.J. NEMETH IN SECOND ROUND

The Marion Mayhem selected QB E.J. Nemeth in the 2nd Round of the 2024 FIFL Draft, 20th overall.

Nemeth attended Sacred Heart University upon his high school graduation, continuing his football career. After two seasons with Sacred Heart, Nemeth transferred to King's College (PA) where he would use one season eligibility. After 2003, Nemeth dropped out to become a beer distributor. Nemeth re-enrolled in college in 2010 at Towson University, but dropped out due to financial restrictions. He re


RENO SELECTS DE JOHN "J.D." GRIGGS IN 1ST ROUND

The Reno Express drafted DE John Griggs 10th overall in the 2024 FIFL Draft.

Griggs grew up in Piscataway, New Jersey, where he graduated in 2008 from Piscataway Township High School, and played for the basketball and football team.

Griggs enrolled at Nassau Community College, where he played football in 2010. Griggs enrolled in the University of Akron, where he played for the Akron Zips football team from 2011 to 2012. Griggs comes into the draft at 6'5, 244 lbs.


SLATON SELECTED BY PITTSBURGH, REUNITES WITH WHITE

The Pittsburgh Gladiators has selected HB Steve Slaton 9th overall in the 2014 FIFL Draft. Slaton joins fellow West Virginia teammate QB Pat White, who Pittsburgh selected in the 3rd round of the 2022 FIFL Draft.

Slaton was born in Levittown, PA and went to High School at Conwell-Egan. Slaton ran for 4,171 yards for West Virginia between 2005 and 2007, with a career high of 1,863 yards in 2006. The combo of White-to-Slaton may return.


JOHNNY MANZIEL TAKEN AS FIRST QB IN DRAFT

The Fort Wayne Safari is looking for a change and has made it by drafting QB Johnny Manziel with the 4th pick overall in the 2024 FIFL Draft.

Manziel was born in Keerville, Texas. The 6'1, 200 lb QB attended High School at Tivy High before moving on to Texas A&M University. While with the Aggies, he threw for 7,820 yards and 63 TD's in two full seasons starting. His best season passing came in 2013 when he was 300 for 429 for 4,114 yards, 37 TD's, 13 INT's and ran for 759 yards and 9 TD's. He ran for an astonishing 1,410 yards and 21 TD's in his 2012 season.


NASHVILLE SELECTS CB MARVIN ROSS #1 OVERALL

The Nashville Kats have selected CB Marvin Ross first overall in the 2024 FIFL Draft. Ross is the 5th ever CB drafted 1st overall in a FIFL Draft, the last being CB Demarcus James by Portland in 2016.

Ross was born in Jacksonville, Florida on 5 May 1990. He started playing American football at Trinity Christian Academy and awarded second-team all-conference as a senior student. After graduating, Ross played college football for the Florida A&M Rattlers football team from 2009 to 2012. He had a career total of 113 tackles and 14 pass breakups with Florida A&M.


LSU DEFEATS PSU 20-10 IN 2024 COLLEGE CHAMPIONSHIP

In an experiment of putting all the draft class into a pool and having the computer manage a draft, training camp and playing a 10 game season with the rookies, the results are below.

Please take into account these are all rookies, all computer managed, games played with no injuries. Results from this league are not a guarantee in their transition to the FIFL in 2024.

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NEED SOME HELP WITH TEAM PROFILES????

Since you all don't have the game, and perhaps need some help with what a Dallas Offensive Profile does, or a Bears Defensive Profile really does, I have supplied some examples of what would happen if I ran the NFL teams and what the numbers would be.

Basically, ran 3 seasons using the NFL96 teams... runs 1 and 2 had no injury's set, while run 3 did. Also, season 3, I updated the recordbook on a weekly basis.Use these tools to your advantage. CLICK HERE to view.

PPP Document and Game Plans

Cannot confirm what the difference is between FBPro97 and FBPro98, but here is in PDF Format a document describing what each plan uses. Click here to download. Also, here is the breakdown of the formations. Click here to download. Thanks TC as always.

Here is a Game Plan document, courtesy of the FWL. Click here to download.

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Colorado @ Honolulu
Portland @ Reno
Springfield @ Everett
Minnesota @ Green Bay
Fort Wayne @ Tennessee
Wichita @ Lexington
Chesapeake @ Marion
Rochester @ Connecticut
Nashville @ Pittsburgh
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