Week six has come and gone, and both games provided of action as well as two close finishes. All though we were less than a minute away from a major upset, all things stay status quo, both in the regular standings and in these power rankings.
1 Philadelphia Sou (5-0)
LW – Win vs Baltimore Brigade 61-56
This Week – vs Cleveland Gladiators
After steamrolling the Brigade a couple of weeks ago, it took a last minute mistake for the Soul to keep their perfect record intact.
Trailing by a point after a missed extra point that would have tied the game, the Soul were in desperate need of a defensive stop to give them one last chance to take the lead. They didn’t just get a stop, but also a game-winning defensive touchdown scored on a Shane Carden fumble.
For the second straight week, Dan Raudabaugh threw eight touchdowns, with Ryan McDaniel and Darius Reynolds grabbing three each.
2 Tampa Bay Storm (4-1)
LW – Win vs Washington Valor 41-33
This Week – vs Washington Valor
Like the Soul, the last minute fumble helped the Storm’s cause, only this time securing a victory. Playing in Washington for the first time, the Storm survived after the Valor fumbled at the two yard line.
Randy Hippeard threw for five touchdowns, with Joe Hills catching three of them – so it was another day at the office for them.
The offense allowed five sacks and seemed somewhat to struggle at times against the Valor, who they will face again this week, but in Tampa Bay this time.
3 Cleveland Gladiators (1-4)
LW – Bye
This Week – vs Philadelphia Soul
A bye week will hopefully help the Gladiators find a way to make that one stop they need to turn some of these losses into wins. The offense has had no problem putting points on the board, but the defense has been as bad as their counter side has been good.
They get another shot at the Soul, who edged them out a couple of weeks ago.
4 Baltimore Brigade (1-4)
LW – Loss vs Philadelphia Soul 61-56
This Week – Bye
It’s weird how it has worked out, most likely due to their only being five teams in the league but the Gladiators and Brigade have looked far better than what their record would suggest.
One team has to lose though, and both teams haven’t done that one little extra thing needed to get that win.
Shane Carden continues to get better and better, but that last minute fumble that was returned for a touchdown will haunt him, as that cost his team at the first signature win in the franchise’s history.
They will get a week off to try and recollect themselves after the tough loss.
5 Washington Valor (1-3)
LW – Loss vs Tampa Bay Storm 41-33
This Week – vs Tampa Bay Storm
They played much better in the second half of this game, but it still wasn’t enough in the end for the Valor, who have dropped three straight since winning the opener.
Erik Meyer threw five touchdowns to no interceptions but fumbled the snap while at the two-yard line that prevented them from tying the game up.
Mike Washington didn’t play for the second straight game (gave it a go last game, didn’t finish), causing the offense to struggle. For an offense that features T.T. Toliver, a former MVP and ‘The Joystick’, they are only averaging 37.3 points per game. That number puts the Valor last by nearly ten points behind the next team (Brigade with 47).
They get another shot at the Storm this week, this time on the road however.