This week in the FIFL

FOUR ROOKIE QB'S GET WIN AS STARTER IN WEEK 7

The Connecticut Coyotees started rookie QB Keith Null in week 7 and earned a win in his first career start, defeating Nashville 26-12. Null was 19 of 27 for 274 yards with a TD and an INT

Meanwhile, Tennessee Riverhawk QB Terelle Pyror also earned his first win as a starter in his second attempt going 24 of 38 for 288 yards and a TD, narrowly slipping past Bismarck 16-14.

Rookie QB David Klinger of Pittsburgh and QB Tim Rattay of Orlando also earned wins, with the only Rookie loser being QB Andre Ware of Rochester.

Who are the winningest starters as a Rookie in their rookie season? The rookie record is currently tied by both QB Craig Strickland and QB Johnny Manziel.

Top 5 In Career Wins as a Rookie Starter (# two tied at 8-6-0)
QB
W-L-T
YR
TM
Cmp
Att
Yards
TD
TD
10-4-0
2000
COL
281
427
3,223
21
4
10-4-0
2024
FWS
323
467
4,015
17
3
9-5-0
2006
MIS
228
346
2,423
12
3
8-5-1
2018
COL
309
467
3,628
20
9
8-6-0
2000
DAY
279
440
3,372
13
5
8-6-0
2013
MOB
259
393
3,185
16
2

POWER DEFEAT TIDE, MOVE TO 4-WAY TIE IN CONFERENCE

The Pittsburgh Power defeated the Chesapeake Tide 23-7 and with their win, move to a 4-way tie in the Conference and a tie in the division with Fort Wayne.

Rookie QB David Klinger was 17 of 24 for 263 yards with a touchdown and a pick, while HB Marcus Lattimore ran 28 times for 98 yards as Pittsburgh controlled the ball most of the day. DE Johnny Dingle had 7 tackles and 5.0 sacks in the game and for whatever reason received no love for Defensive Player of the game, nor player of the week.

Huge matchups for next week's games in the American Conference and Divisions when 5-2 Fort Wayne travels to 5-2 Pittsburgh, and 5-2 Orlando at 5-2 Chesapeake.

WEEK 7 GAMES
Reno @ Honolulu Box Score Scoring .log file
Minnesota @ Portland Box Score Scoring .log file
Nebraska @ San Jose Box Score Scoring .log file
Green Bay @ Colorado Box Score Scoring .log file
Bismarck @ Tennessee Box Score Scoring .log file
Springfield @ Fort Wayne Box Score Scoring .log file
Chesapeake @ Pittsburgh Box Score Scoring .log file
Nashville @ Connecticut Box Score Scoring .log file
Rochester @ Orlando Box Score Scoring .log file

ORLANDO PULLS OFF ROAD WIN IN NEBRASKA

The Orlando Predators earned a tough road win, squeaking past the Nebraska Knockout 30-24.

QB Tim Rattay was 14 of 28 for 197 yards and 2 TD's while HB Martell Mallett ran 21 times for 120 yards and a TD. For Orlando, QB David Greene was 19 of 35 for 269 yards, a TD and an INT. Rookie HB Lawrence Phillips was knocked out early after only 2 rushes, but HB Sultan McCullough had a great game rushing 13 times for 74 yards and a TD and catching 5 passes for 107 yards and a score.


FIGHTING PIKE HEADLINE AGAIN SCORING 47 IN WIN

The Minnesota Fighting Pike defeated the Bismarck Blaze 47-22 in Week 6, winning their second straight game of the season.

QB Shaun King was 19 of 22 for 266 yards and a TD while HB Damian Beane won Offensive Player of the Week as he ran 21 times for 102 yards and 4 TD's.

WEEK 6 GAMES
Orlando @ Nebraska Box Score Scoring .log file
Reno @ Green Bay Box Score Scoring .log file
Bismarck @ Minnesota Box Score Scoring .log file
Colorado @ Springfield Box Score Scoring .log file
Tennessee @ Fort Wayne Box Score Scoring .log file
Pittsburgh @ Connecticut Box Score Scoring .log file
Honolulu @ Rochester Box Score Scoring .log file
Portland @ Nashville Box Score Scoring .log file
San Jose @ Chesapeake Box Score Scoring .log file

MINNESOTA PULLS OFF UNBELIEVABLE COMEBACK

The Minnesota Fighting Pike defeated the Green Bay Bombers 27-14 with 14 of the points coming on two huge plays in with 31 seconds left in the game.

Green Bay took the lead 14-13 with 0:31 left in the game on a QB Drew Olson to WR Todd Blyth 21-yard pass. Kicker Tyler Rausa then kicked off and WR Tysson Potts returned the ball for a 75-yard TD with 0:17 left in the game, taking a 20-14 lead.

After Alex Trilica's squib-kickoff was returned by WR Johnny Spevak 21 yards to thieir 46 yard line, QB Drew Olson threw a pick-six as S Terry Hawthron returned the ball for a 46-yard TD, ending the game at 27-14.

It will be a long week for Green Bay recovering from this one.

WEEK 5 GAMES
Connecticut @ Honolulu Box Score Scoring .log file
Nebraska @ Reno Box Score Scoring .log file
Portland @ San Jose Box Score Scoring .log file
Tennessee @ Colorado Box Score Scoring .log file
Minnesota @ Green Bay Box Score Scoring .log file
Fort Wayne @ Bismarck Box Score Scoring .log file
Pittsburgh @ Springfield Box Score Scoring .log file
Orlando @ Nashville Box Score Scoring .log file
Rochester @ Chesapeake Box Score Scoring .log file

FIFL FLASHBACK: LUIS ZENDEJAS (AND HERMANO)

In week 3, Kicker Craig Peterson was 6/6 on Field Goals which was not a record, but brought up an itch in the FIFL historians to look at who had the record for most field goals in a game.

As noted, the record for a perfect game in Field Goals is held by Kicker Tim Seder. Seder was 7/7 on September 3rd, 2017 vs the Wichita Warlords.

The record for Field Goals made and attempted in a game is held by Kicker Luis Zendejas, who was 8/9 in a 24-21 OT win against the Green Bay Bombers on November 29th, 2020. Zendejas finished his 10-year career with 763 career points over 10 seasons

Luis is the brother of Marty Zendejas who had a short career, finishing with 193 career points over 6 seasons.


THE SILENT CAREER OF JOHN CLAY

Don't blink, but does anyone know who leads the FIFL in rushing currently? It's John Clay, former 2nd round draft pick out of Wisconsin, drafted in 2022 by the Pittsburgh Gladiators.

HB John Clay was drafted in 2022 by the Gladiators, but with a crowded backfield, traded to Lexington in 2025 where he played sparingly until getting the HB1 role with San Jose entering his 7th season. Clay entered the 2022 season with more career tackles than rushing attempts. Since then, Clay has helped lead the SaberCats to a 3-1 record, and leads the league with 449 yards on 70 carries and 5 TD's.

San Jose and Clay will look to keep pace in the National West Division in week 5 as they host the 1-3 Portland Prowlers.


NEBRASKA SHOCKS BISMARCK, EVEN RECORD AT 2-2

The Nebraska Knockout shocked Bismarck in week 4 action, extinguishing the Blaze 31-7.

QB David Greene was 20 of 26 for 264 yards and 2 TD's, while rookie HB Lawrence Phillips had his second 100 yard game in a row, rushing 23 times 100 yards.

WEEK 4 GAMES
Green Bay @ Portland Box Score Scoring .log file
Nashville @ Reno Box Score Scoring .log file
Bismarck @ Nebraska Box Score Scoring .log file
San Jose @ Colorado Box Score Scoring .log file
Honolulu @ Minnesota Box Score Scoring .log file
Springfield @ Tennessee Box Score Scoring .log file
Pittsburgh @ Fort Wayne Box Score Scoring .log file
Rochester @ Connecticut Box Score Scoring .log file
Chesapeake @ Orlando Box Score Scoring .log file

SLAYERS SIGN RAUDABAUGH WITH DANIEL ON THE MEND

The Springfield Slayers signed FA QB Dan Raudabaugh with Slayer legend QB Chase Daniel out for the next couple weeks. In Daniel's place, Springfield will turn to third-year QB D.J. Shockley. The Slayers are 0-3 this season and in a must-win situation this week as they travel to 1-2 Tennessee. To make room for Raudabuagh, the Slayers dropped veteran LB Michael Josiah.


"CRAIG THE LEG" PERFECT IN SABERCAT VICTORY

The San Jose SaberCats won 25-21 on the road in Bismarck, and the surprising Offensive Player of the Week went to Craig Peterson. Peterson was 6/6 on Field goals, and added 1/1 on PAT's and 2 Tackles. Peterson leads the FIFL in scoring currently with 37 points.

For those curious, many kicksers have tied the 2nd place record on going 6/6 on Field Goals (no misses), but the record belongs to former Springfield Slayer kicker Tim Seder. Seder was 7/7 on September 3rd, 2017 vs the Wichita Warlords.


NEBRASKA KNOCKOUT HONOLULU IN 1ST FRANCHISE WIN

The Nebraska Knockout earned their first franchise win defeating the Honolulu Hurricanes 16-10 in OT.

QB David Greene was kocked out early and was releived by E.J. Nemeth who went 18 of 30 for 197 yards. Player of the game was rookie HB Lawrence Phillips who ran 23 times for 119 yards and 2 TD's.

The Knockout will host the Bismarck Blaze (2-1) in Week 4.


PITTSBURGH MOVES TO 3-0 FOR FIRST TIME

The Pittsburgh Power moved to 3-0 for the first time ever in Pittsburgh, and the first time in franchise history since 2011 when they were the Mississippi Firedogs.

The jury ist still out as all three wins were by 3 points or less against Orlando, Minnesota (in OT), and Teneessee. The Power travel to Fort Wayne (1-2) in Week 4.

WEEK 3 GAMES
Chesapeake @ Portland Box Score Scoring .log file
Holululu @ Nebraska Box Score Scoring .log file
Colorado @ Green Bay Box Score Scoring .log file
San Jose @ Bismarck Box Score Scoring .log file
Reno @ Minnesota Box Score Scoring .log file
Orlando @ Fort Wayne Box Score Scoring .log file
Tennessee @ Pittsburgh Box Score Scoring .log file
Springfield @ Connecticut Box Score Scoring .log file
Nashville @ Rochester Box Score Scoring .log file

BOMBERS TURN TO YET ANOTHER STARTER

The Green Bay Bombers signed QB Drew Olson as a Free Agent, and has gone 2-0 as a starter so far this season.

After going with QB Russ Michna, Jordan Palmer, then Darrell Hackney over the past 3 seasons, they saw FA QB Drew Olson was available and signed him in Free Agency.

Olson entered the season 0-1 in his career as a starter and was 48 of 73 for 657 yards, 5 TD's and 2 INT's in 8 seasons. In his first two starts, Olson has defeated Minnesota and Nebraska with a combined score of 34-24 and gone 25 of 37 for 334 yards and 2 TD's.

The Bombers and Olson host 1-1 Colorado in week 3 and look to move to 3-0.


ORLANDO SHOCKS RENO WITH LATE VICTORY

Orlando earned their first franchise victory, winning 23-20 scoring 14 unanswered points in the 4th quarter. The game winner came with 0:39 left on the clock when QB Tim Rattay hit WR Jonathan Orr on a 5-yard TD catch for the game winner.

Rattay finished the game 26 of 44 for 367 yards with 2 TD's and 2 INT's. TE Chad Hayes was 11-186 receiving while Orr was 7-115-2. For Reno, QB Timmy Chang was 22 of 38 for 242 yards and a TD while the Express ran for 91 yards as a team.

Orlando (1-1) will travel to Fort Wayne (2-0) in week three while Reno (1-1) will travel to Minnesota (0-2).

WEEK 2 GAMES
Colorado @ Honolulu Box Score Scoring .log file
Rochester @ San Jose Box Score Scoring .log file
Nebraska @ Green Bay Box Score Scoring .log file
Portland @ Bismarck Box Score Scoring .log file
Nashville @ Tennessee Box Score Scoring .log file
Fort Wayne @ Springfield Box Score Scoring .log file
Minnesota @ Pittsburgh Box Score Scoring .log file
Connecticut @ Chesapeake Box Score Scoring .log file
Reno @ Orlando Box Score Scoring .log file

RETURN OF THE LONG RANGE KICKER - COMING SOON

For many long-term GM's, before the 'great pause of the FIFL' in 2023, several owners had their game profiles updated to include long-range field goal attempts to allow up to 55 yard attempts (vs the default 51 yard in the system.

The FIFL Commish is feverishly working to update the profiles to allow you to choose your FG range from a 51 to 55 range. We will let you know when we have these complete and add to the game plan selection.

For those curious, the record holders for the longest field goals ever belong to veteran kickers Remy Hamilton and Bruce Reinecker, and active kicker Kyle Brotzman, all which hit from 55 yards. Reinecker hit two in his career (2006 and 2010), Hamilton once in 2012, and Brotzman in 2021.

Top 10 In Career Receiving Yards
Player
Yrs
Gms
PAT's
FG's
PTS
50+
55 LNG
Remy Hamilton
15
213
380
281
1,223
17-34
55
Bruce Reinecker
12
168
363
253
1,122
17-40
55
Kyle Brotzman
7
85
197
137
608
5-15
55
Player
Yrs
Gms
PAT's
FG's
PTS
50+
54 LNG
Carlos Huerta
18
252
513
400
1,713
13-42
54
Frank Biancamono
15
207
460
306
1,378
24-45
54
Todd France
13
193
412
285
1,267
16-41
54
Tim Seder
13
171
302
234
1,004
18-38
54
Mike Black
13
186
331
224
1,003
21-44
54
Rob Bironas
13
186
276
205
891
14-38
54
Clay Rush
11
154
236
167
737
15-28
54

AGELESS QB SHERDRICK BONNER THROWS FOR 453 IN WIN

The Honolulu Hurricanes defeatead the Portland Prowlers in week one 26-20 in overtime and moved to 1-0.

Trailing 20-10 in the 4th, Honolulu scored on a 9-yard TD pass from QB Sherdrick Bonner to HB Kenny Irons, and then got a 41-yard FG from K Chase Vinatieri with 0:21 left in the game. The game winner came on a 1-yard run by Irons with 5:25 left in OT.

Honolulu's new rookie weapons chipped in as WR Terrell Hudgins caught 9 passes for 135 yards while rookie TE TE Matt Furstenburg caught 9 passes for 116 yards

Week 2 will be Saturday. All changes due by 10 am PT Saturday, 10-30-21.

WEEK 1 GAMES
Portland @ Honolulu Box Score Scoring .log file
San Jose @ Reno Box Score Scoring .log file
Bismarck @ Colorado Box Score Scoring .log file
Green Bay @ Minnesota Box Score Scoring .log file
Nebraska @ Connecticut Box Score Scoring .log file
Fort Wayne @ Rochester Box Score Scoring .log file
Springfield @ Nashville Box Score Scoring .log file
Tennessee @ Chesapeake Box Score Scoring .log file
Pittsburgh @ Orlando Box Score Scoring .log file

PITTSBURGH POWER UP WATTAGE IN 2028

The Pittsburgh franchise are changing up things after years under the Gladiator logo, and will be adopting the traditional Pittsburgh black and gold logo, changing their mascot and team name to the "Pittsburgh Power".

Optomistic for a fresh start, Pittsburgh drafted rookie QB David Klinger to be the new arm behind the franchise, and brought in soon-to-be HOF WR Darrius Watts to complement veteran Eddie Brown to help with the new air-raid offense.

Look for more excitement coming soon from the Pittsburgh franchise.


DARRELL HACKNEY GIVES MIDDLE FINGER TO GM HANLON

After the end of watching Monday Night Football, veteran QB Darrell Hackney got the word through ESPN's ticker that he was released by the Green Bay Bombers as the Bombers aquired QB Drew Olson via Waivers.

Hackney was called for comments, but none could be relayed into the article due to it's explicite nature, only a call out to GM Hanlon and his knowledge of how to manage a team.

Hackney lead the Bombers to an 8-6 finish in a tough National Conference, finishing the year with 3,493 yards, 20 TD's and 5 INT's. On a side note, Olson has only thrown for 657 career yards with 5 TD's and 2 INT's in 7 seasons.


FIFL WELCOMES ORLANDO TO THE FIFL

The FIFL welcomes GM Daniel Collins to the leagaue, and wishes them the best of luck as they kickoff their inagural season with the FIFL in 2029.

The Orlando franchise (formally Wichita) was only a few years ago Gold Cup winners winning Gold Cup XXV in 2023.

Orlando drafted QB Tim Rattay with the second overall pick and looks to make a splash in week 1 as they host the Springfield Slayers.


NEW ENGLAND KNOCKED OUT TO NEBRSKA

The FIFL has taken over the New England franchise for the 2029 season or until an owner is found and the team is now known as the Nebraska Knockout. With the addition of the Orlando Predators to the league, Orlando moved to the American Conference, so freed up a spot for either Springfield or another team to move, but made sense with New England. Should you have a person in mind, please inform the Commisioner.


FIFL DRAFT 2028

The FIFL Draft is under way. Follow along with the Draft Picker by clicking this link or the FIFL 2028 Draft logo below.

The full draft list is in Excel as well by clicking the 2028 FIFL Draftlist here.

Retirements, Rosters, Roster Potentials and the Schedule has been updated, as well as the History Page and Annual (Note, the Sundby tool is goofing up the All-Rookie Team since 2023 so will have to do this manually later).

If the draft order is not correct please chime in. I've only posted what the game spit out. I will review later this week. Also note, GBY and SPR had punters retire so I signed veterans as placeholders for them for now.

2028 FIFL DRAFT
1. Rochester 4. Colorado 7. Nashville 10. Portland 13. Chesapeake 16. Springfield
2. *Orlando 5. N England 8. San Jose 11. Minnesota 14. Green Bay 17. Connecticut
3. Pittsburgh 6. Tennessee 9. Honolulu 12. Fort Wayne 15. Bismarck 18. Reno

DANNY WOODHEAD TOPS TOP-10 IN RUSHING

The Colorado Wildcats have not been in the top of the standings in recent years, but one constant coming out of the Switzerland of America has been HB Danny Woodhead. After finishing 2027 with 923 yards, Woodhead in his 12th season has moved into the top-10 in rushing, reaching 10,596 yards. With possibly three more years under his belt, Woodhead has the potiential at this pace to reach the top-5 in all-time yardage rushing.

Top 10 In Career Receiving Yards
Player
Yrs
Gms
Rec
Yards
Avg
Lng
TD
Bam Morris
15
210
3793
16,830
4.4
88
163
Wesley Cates
15
210
3779
16,693
4.4
82
150
Rickey Blake
15
210
3770
16,044
4.3
99
156
Lincoln Coleman
15
210
3786
16,043
4.2
93
149
Leroy McFadden
15
210
3222
13,716
4.3
80
129
Rashaan Dumas
13
182
3159
13,119
4.2
80
124
Raphael Cooper
11
154
2817
12,818
4.5
77
123
Damon Benning
11
154
2680
10,928
4.1
83
110
Paris Moore
13
182
2149
10,745
5.0
80
131
Danny Woodhead (*)
12
168
2545
10,596
4.2
80
96

MAGER RETIRES 3RD ALL-TIME IN RECEPTIONS & YARDS

WR Rob Mager retired after 16 season, and in doing so, finished 3rd all-time in career Receptions and Receiving Yards. Mager had over 1,000 yards in all of his years playing except for one year when he finsished with 938 yards in 2026. Mager unfortunately never won a Gold Cup, finishing 0-3 all-time in his career, losing in 2014 with Madison, 2020 with Rochester, and finally 2025 with Honolulu. Mager finished the 2027 season with 82 catches and 1,033 yards and certainly could have gone another year, but decided it was time for the next chapter in his career. The FIFL wishes Mager the best in his retirement.

Top 10 In Career Receiving Yards
Player
Yrs
Gms
Rec
Yards
Avg
Lng
TD
Russell Copeland
16
224
1426
19,250
13.5
78
104
Calvin Schexnayder
16
224
1367
18,721
13.7
88
97
Rob Mager
16
224
1296
17,745
13.7
80
68
Eddie Brown (*)
13
182
1042
14,721
14.1
78
67
Larry Ray Willis
14
196
1067
13,791
12.9
67
54
Darius Watts (*)
11
154
1073
13,363
12.7
80
73
Troy Edwards
15
206
989
13,440
13.6
72
46
Tyrone Jones
13
170
905
12,193
13.5
80
53
Phil McGeoghan
14
196
895
12,012
13.4
65
67
Anthony Payton
11
153
909
12,011
13.2
95
59

 

RENO EXPRESS WIN FIRST GOLD CUP
Express defeat Coyotees in 22-13 victory

 CONNECTICUT COYOTEES (11-4-2) @ RENO EXPRESS (14-3)
January 2nd, 2028
1 2 3 4
Total
Connecticut Coyotees 0 6 0 7
13
Reno Express 3 10 7 2
22
 
Offensive MVP : - Timmy Chang (REN)
Defensive MVP : - Mike Bazemore (CON)
Game Summary | Box Score | Gamelog
Reno Event Center (8,000), Reno, NV
 

Summary: The Reno Express won their first franchise Gold Cup, defeating the Connecticut Coyotees 22-13. QB Timmy Chang won Offensive MVP as he went 28 of 42 for 368 yards with a TD and an INT. The Offensive MVP found WR Chad Jackson, TE Mike Siedman and HB Lee Suggs for 25 catches and 339 yards as all three had more than 100 yards in the game. For Connecticut, QB Ken Dorsey was 22 of 43 for 298 yards, a TD and INT.


 
Other Stuff

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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