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5/22/2023 5:09 pm  #2431

Re: North American Association of Football - NAAF

Playoff football in Providence! Here's hoping the Thunder can stay where they are and Boston keeps out.


5/22/2023 5:19 pm  #2432

Re: North American Association of Football - NAAF

This has been a very competitive season so far,  Hopefully, the WFU will join the NAAF permanently. As for Montreal,Come on, Reds.

EDIT: I wonder is they can use the Mackenzie Cup as a Trophy to the Team with Best Regular Season Record. I can see this being a problem in the future with the Mackenzie Cup as the teams in the East and Central will feel left out and would be worse if a team from the West wins both the Mackenzie and McCallister Cups.

Last edited by ZO82 (5/23/2023 2:23 pm)


5/22/2023 5:57 pm  #2433

Re: North American Association of Football - NAAF

With one of their running backs out of commission, Im hoping that Wesley Wu gets a shot to play.


5/24/2023 5:11 pm  #2434

Re: North American Association of Football - NAAF

1970 Week 13

Roster Moves
BOS: DB Mordecai King | Active Roster -> Injured Reserve
BOS: DB Micah Neil | Reserve List -> Active Roster
LDN: LB Jethro Gibson | Active Roster -> Injured Reserve
LDN: LB Gerrard Miller | Reserve list -> Active Roster
LI: OL Tony D’Allesandro | Active Roster -> Injured Reserve
LI: OL Chet Atkins | Reserve List -> Active Roster
MIN: OL Paul O’Doherty | Active Roster -> Injured Reserve
MIN: OL Jim Bob McRawley | Free Agent -> Active Roster
PRO: QB Ulysses Lawyer | Active Roster -> Injured Reserve
PRO: QB Red King (R) | Reserve List -> Active Roster
PRO: LB Victor Falkensteig | Active Roster -> Injured Reserve
PRO: LB Sheamus Desmond | Reserve List -> Active Roster
TOR: DB Dwayne James | Active Roster -> Injured Reserve
TOR: DB Joseph Ahmed | Reserve List -> Active Roster

Montreal Rouge - 16 @ Providence Gold Stars - 25 - New Providence Stadium - Saturday, September 12, 1970 - 3:00 PM ET - Weather: Clear - Attendance: 53,685
1st Q
3-0: MTL - FG K Frank Hughes
3-1: PRO - Single K Gilbert O’Neill
6-1: MTL - FG K Frank Hughes
2nd Q
6-8: PRO - PTD QB Landon Ross -> WR Justin Palmer
13-8: MTL - PTD QB Mike Key -> TE Sylvain Leblanc
13-11: PRO - FG K Gilbert O’Neill
3rd Q
13-18: PRO - PTD QB Landon Ross -> WR Justin Palmer
4th Q
16-18: MTL - FG K Frank Hughes
16-25: PRO - RTD RB Ronnie Byers

Providence would get a shot at a home playoff game and the East Division title with a strong win over the Montreal Rouge. QB Mike Key started for Montreal and had his team in the lead going into the break, but the Gold Stars were quick to bounce back with a pair of touchdowns in the second half to secure their 6th win in a row.

Long Island Raiders - 23 @ Halifax Mariners - 17 - Atlantic Stadium - Saturday, September 12, 1970 - 3:00 PM ET/4:00 PM AT - Weather: Clear - Attendance: 24,081
1st Q
7-0: LI - PTD QB Ivan Sanchez -> RB Scott Norton
7-7: HFX - PTD QB Michael Miranda -> WR Shane Steadman
2nd Q
10-7: LI - FG K Henderson Schumacher
17-7: LI - PTD QB Ivan Sanchez -> WR Troy York
3rd Q
20-7: LI - FG K Henderson Schumacher
20-14: HFX - PTD QB Michael Miranda -> WR Shane Steadman
4th Q
23-14: LI - FG K Henderson Schumacher
23-17: HFX - FG K Albert Wickerweaver

The Raiders needed a win or a Providence loss to secure the East Division. They would handle business up in Halifax, with an overall strong game led by the defence. However, QB Michael Miranda did have a strong day for the Mariners, showing the team what he has, throwing a pair of touchdowns and giving them a chance late. 
*LI clinches East Division

Pittsburgh Blacksmiths - 23 @ Toronto Steelheads - 26 - Anderson Stadium - Saturday, September 12, 1970 - 3:00 PM ET - Weather: Clear - Attendance: 41,822
1st Q
3-0: PIT - FG K Al Highlander
3-3: TOR - FG K Vic Greatwood
3-10: TOR - RTD RB Alex Herbco
2nd Q
10-10: PIT - PTD QB Louis Vaughn -> WR Taylor Austin
10-13: TOR - FG K Vic Greatwood
3rd Q
10-20: TOR - DTD FUM DL Johnathan Ellison
13-20: PIT - FG K Al Highlander
13-23: TOR - FG K Vic Greatwood
4th Q
16-23: PIT - FG K Al Highlander
16-26: TOR - FG K Vic Greatwood
23-26: PIT - PTD QB Louis Vaughn -> WR Orlando Barrack

Pittsburgh’s position felt safe going into the week, however, they may have taken it a bit too easy on the Steelheads who surprised the Blacksmiths. QB Madison Beck made his first career start for the Steelheads and played well and, with the help of a big defensive score from DL Johnathan Ellison, would win the game. The loss was embarrassing for the Blacksmiths who will now have to go on the road in the first round of the playoffs.

Louisville Thunder - 22 @ London Tigers - 28 - Western Fair Stadium - Saturday, September 12, 1970 - 3:00 PM ET - Weather: Clear - Attendance: 22,431
1st Q
7-0: LOU - PTD QB Buck Murphy -> WR Casey Coleman
7-7: LDN - PTD QB Emmitt Jackson -> WR Cole Fletcher
2nd Q
7-14: LDN - RTD RB Jeremy Royal
14-14: LOU - PTD QB Buck Murphy -> WR Casey Coleman
3rd Q
14-21: LDN - PTD QB Emmitt Jackson -> WR Cole Fletcher
15-21: LOU - Single K Elvis Franklin
4th Q
22-21: LOU - PTD QB Buck Murphy -> WR Lloyd Lane
22-28: LDN - RTD QB Emmitt Jackson

Pittsburgh was not the only team to have troubles with a perceived easier opponent as the Thunder struggled against the struggling London Tigers. Louisville still had a shot to win after a touchdown from WR Lloyd Lane gave them the lead. However, London would have the last say as QB Emmitt Jackson would make a jaw-dropping play where he ran through the entire Thunder defence en route to a 21-yard touchdown run to give the Tigers the late lead. The loss puts the Thunder’s season on the line as an Indy win and either Boston or Ottawa winning would end their year. 

Indiana Victors - 23 @ Buffalo Blue Wings - 18 - Milton Charles Stadium - Saturday, September 12, 1970 - 3:00 PM ET - Weather: Clear - Attendance: 53,560
1st Q
7-0: IND - PTD QB Tom Applewhite -> WR Silas Peyton
7-3: BUF - FG K Ryan Perch
2nd Q
7-10: BUF - PTD QB Charles Lemieux -> WR Tracy Driscoll
7-17: BUF - RTD RB Jasper Dickerson
3rd Q
10-17: IND - FG K Ross Poindexter
10-18: BUF - Single K Ryan Perch
4th Q
16-18: IND - PTD QB Tom Applewhite -> TE Eric Peterson
23-18: IND - PTD QB Tom Applewhite -> WR Ed Edwards

The Victors were in a win-or-go-home situation heading into Buffalo. While the Victors did strike first, Buffalo bounced right back to take a 7-17 lead. In the 3rd, both teams struggled to move the ball, especially Buffalo as they were playing more conservatively to avoid injuries. In fact, the Blue Wings would let QB Travis Jackson take over in the 4th in order to rest QB Charles Lemieux. However, it would be the turning point in the game as the Victors would get a touchdown before DB Neville Falkner would get the ball back and set up the go-ahead score to secure the Victors’ playoff berth.
*IND clinches playoff spot

Calgary Tigers - 27 @ Regina Wheat Kings - 30 - Broad Street Stadium - Saturday, September 12, 1970 - 3:00 PM ET/1:00 PM CST - Weather: Partly Cloudy - Attendance: 12,683
1st Q
0-7: REG - DTD INT DB Chris Berrymore
7-7: CGY - RTD RB John Drexel
2nd Q
7-14: REG - PTD QB Lefty Laponte -> WR Nick Spalding
14-14: CGY - PTD QB Mitch Boland -> WR Spencer Hicks
14-17: REG - FG K Mark Mundle
3rd Q
17-17: CGY - FG K Billy Eichelberger
24-17: CGY - RTD RB John Drexel
24-20: REG - FG K Mark Mundle
4th Q
27-20: CGY - FG K Billy Eichelberger
27-27: REG - RTD RB Deion Chapman
27-30: REG - FG K Mark Mundle

The West Division had nothing to play for overall, so the last 3 games featured a bunch of youth getting a shot. QB Mitch Boland would start for Calgary while Regina started QB Lefty Laponte. Both QBs battled it out in a surprisingly fun game which did see a late Wheat Kings comeback earn the team their 3rd win of the season. With the 27 points against the Wheat Kings have now set the record for most points allowed in a single season with 399.

Minnesota Serpents - 24 @ Winnipeg Falcons - 18 - Provencher Park - Saturday, September 12, 1970 - 3:00 PM ET/2:00 PM CT - Weather: Partly Cloudy - Attendance: 23,264
1st Q
7-0: MIN - PTD QB Leonidas Dumont -> RB Carter Roy
7-7: WPG - RTD RB Mark St-Pierre
2nd Q
14-7: MIN - PTD QB Leonidas Dumont -> WR Denis Langlois
3rd Q
14-10: WPG - FG K Jordan Hollingsworth
17-10: MIN - FG K Ray Bough
4th Q
17-11: WPG - Single K Jordan Hollingsworth
24-11: MIN - RTD RB Carter Roy
24-18: WPG - PTD QB Sam Morris -> WR Terry Upshaw

Minnesota trotted out QB Leonidas Dumont to face off against QB Sam Morris and the Falcons. Minnesota controlled the game overall with a strong game from Dumont. The Falcons were able to battle back late, but they would fall short. 
*MIN clinches 1st in the league

Edmonton Rangers - 32 @ Vancouver Wolves - 35 - OT - Vancouver Exhibition Stadium - September 12, 1970 - 3:00 PM ET/12:00 PM PT - Weather: Clear - Attendance: 34,818
1st Q
7-0: EDM - PTD QB Ken Myers -> WR Elliot Gold
7-3: VAN - FG K Sterling Brooks
14-3: EDM - RTD RB Ed O’Connor
2nd Q
14-4: VAN - Single K Sterling Brooks
17-4: EDM - FG K Thomas Standberry
3rd Q
17-11: VAN - PTD QB Stanley Evans -> WR Akira Sakamoto
17-18: VAN - RTD RB Nikki Yang
4th Q
17-25: VAN - PTD QB Stanley Evans -> WR Kendrick Newton
23-25: EDM - PTD QB Ken Myers -> WR Shay Hopkins
25-25: EDM - 2PT RB Ed O’Connor
25-28: VAN - FG K Sterling Brooks
32-28: EDM - PTD QB Ken Myers -> WR Shay Hopkins
32-35: VAN - PTD QB Stanley Evans -> WR Ryan Conway

Edmonton’s QB Ken Myers got another chance to start against the Wolves who allowed QB Stanley Evans to play. Evans struggled in the first half while Myers and the Rangers jumped out to a 17-4 lead. In the second half, Stanley Evans recovered and bounced back with a great comeback leading to another overtime game. In the extra frame, both teams would get points on the board, but Vancouver had the last say to secure the win.

Boston Independents - 24 @ Ottawa Royals - 28 - Royals Stadium of Brewer Park - Saturday, September 12, 1970 - 7:30 PM ET - Weather: Clear - Attendance: 45,081
1st Q
0-7: OTT - RTD RB Corbyn Knight
2nd Q
7-7: BOS - PTD QB Nathaniel Braddock -> WR Al Allmendinger
7-14: OTT - PTD QB Drake Young -> TE Luiss de Brands
3rd Q
14-14: BOS - RTD RB Reggie Whitehead
14-21: OTT - PTD QB Drake Young -> WR Marshall Leonard
4th Q
21-21: BOS - RTD RB Reggie Whitehead
24-21: BOS - FG K Woody Woodstock
24-28: OTT - PTD QB Drake Young -> WR Piers Key

After all the chaos in the afternoon, the battle between the Royals and Independents would decide who would be the 8th and final playoff team, the winner of the game or Louisville if the teams tied. Unfortunately for the Thunder, the game would not end in a tie. The two teams battled back and forth in one of the cleanest games in terms of turnovers with only 1 interception in the game that game in the final quarter. In the end, the Royals would manage to get the late punch in with a stellar drive from QB Drake Young to secure the playoff berth. 
*OTT clinches playoff spot

Injury Report
BOS: TE Tobias Lindholm - 4 Weeks
BUF: TE Paul Arturberry - 9 Weeks
CGY: OL Jeremy Weatherspoon - 1 Week
CGY: OL Charles Schwartz - 1 Week
CGY: WR Patrick Early - 1 Week
CGY: DL Roger Barrett - 2 Weeks
CGY: DB Andre Patterson - 1 Week
EDM: LB Billy Watkins - 5 Weeks
HFX: DL Bernard King - 4 Weeks
HFX: RB Ed Finley - Day-to-Day
HFX: DL Wayne Baxton - 1 Week
HFX: OL Kane Warwick - 3 Weeks
IND: DL Eugene Case - 5 Weeks
IND: DL Ron Prumple - Day-to-Day
LDN: TE Pete Mayfield - 11 Weeks
LDN: OL Felton McDowell - Day-to-Day
LI: WR Frank Drysdale - Day-to-Day
LI: OL Doyle MacInnis - Day-to-Day
LOU: S Tom McDougall - Day-to-Day
MIN: DL Ferris Kane - 1 Week
MIN: RB Richard Morin - 6 Weeks
MTL: WR Chad Anderson - Day-to-Day
MTL: WR Taylor Karis - Day-to-Day
MTL: TE John Schall - 5 Weeks
MTL: S Etienne LaMond - 10 Weeks
PIT: S Peter Sellers - 2 Weeks
PRO: DB Ike Vander Waal - 2 Weeks
PRO: RB George Seahorse - Day-to-Day
REG: S Benny Preston - 3 Weeks
TOR: S Nick Dixon - Day-to-Day
TOR: OL Mason Fitzpatrick - 1 Week
VAN: OL Aaron Wilkinson - 3 Weeks
WPG: RB Mark St-Pierre - Day-to-Day
WPG: DL Quinton Hextal - 12 Weeks
WPG: DL Jasen Shelton - Day-to-Day

Players of the Week

OFF: QB Drake Young OTT - 3 Passing Touchdowns, 293 Passing Yards

DEF: DB Luke Warren TOR - 2 Interceptions, 3 Tackles

Minnesota - 10-2 -Z
Vancouver - 9-3 -X
Winnipeg - 5-6-1
Edmonton - 5-7
Regina - 3-9
Calgary - 1-11

Buffalo 8-4 -Y
Pittsburgh - 7-5 -X
Indiana - 7-5 -X
Louisville - 7-5
Toronto - 5-7
London - 2-9-1

Long Island - 9-3 -Y
Providence 8-4 -X
Ottawa - 7-5 -X
Boston - 6-6
Montreal - 4-8
Halifax - 4-8

Playoff Picture
(1) Minnesota - 10-2 -Z
(2) Long Island - 9-3 -Y
(3) Buffalo - 8-4 -Y
(4) Vancouver - 9-3 -X
(5) Providence - 8-4 -X
(6) Pittsburgh - 7-5 -X
(7) Indiana - 7-5 -X
(8) Ottawa - 7-5 -X
Louisville - 7-5
Boston - 6-6
Winnipeg - 5-6-1
Edmonton - 5-7
Toronto - 5-7
Montreal - 4-8
Halifax - 4-8
Regina - 3-9
London - 2-9-1
Calgary - 1-11

Power Rankings
1 - Minnesota - 
2 - Providence +2
3 - Long Island - 
4 - Buffalo -2
5 - Indiana +3
6 - Vancouver +1
7 - Pittsburgh -2
8 - Ottawa +1
9 - Boston +1
10 - Louisville -4
11 - Winnipeg -
12 - Edmonton -
13 - Toronto +1
14 - Montreal -1
15 - Halifax -
16 - London +2
17 - Regina -
18 - Calgary -2

Playoff Matchups
(4) VAN @ (1) MIN - Mackenzie Cup
(8) OTT @ (2) LI
(7) IND @ (3) BUF
(6) PIT @ (5) PRO

Last edited by Wallflower (5/24/2023 8:25 pm)

     Thread Starter

5/27/2023 4:59 pm  #2435

Re: North American Association of Football - NAAF

1970 Recap

Playoff Schedule and Preview

(6) PIT (7-5) @ (5) PRO (8-4) - SEP 19 - 2:00 PM ET
1970 Head-to-Head: Did not play
Historic Head-to-Head: PIT 4-1 PRO
Historic Playoff Head-to-Head: PIT 0-0 PRO

Both of these teams had hot streaks during the season, however, the last few weeks have seen the visiting Blacksmiths stumble, losing their last 3 games. Providence, on the other hand, has been red hot winning 6-straight and 8 of their last 9. The Gold Stars come in with the defensive advantage having the 2nd best defence in the league. Pittsburgh certainly has some stronger firepower offensively with 1969 MVP QB Louis Vaughn under-centre as compared to QB Landon Ross for the Gold Stars. I expect a very close battle in a game that could go both ways, but in the end, I like the team with the better QB, so I am going with Pittsburgh,
My Pick: Blacksmiths

(7) IND (7-5) @ (3) BUF (8-4) - SEP 19 - 7:00 PM ET
1970 Head-to-Head: W13 - IND 23-18 BUF
Historic Head-to-Head: IND 10-12 BUF - 1 Tie
Historic Playoff Head-to-Head: IND 1-1 BUF

The defending champs appear to have a lot tipping in their favour with an overall stronger team and home-field advantage, however, Indiana has been surprisingly good in Buffalo as they have one of the last 3 meetings between the teams at Milton Charles Stadium, including the 1968 East Division Semi-Final. The Victors are also going to be playing with a lot more pressure as some think this might be the final shot with this core as it includes a lot of aging players. As we know the Blue Wings either lose their first game or win it all, and I think the Victors are going to play inspired and keep that trend going.
My Pick: Victors

(8) OTT (7-5) @ (2) LI (9-3) - SEP 20 - 2:00 PM ET
1970 Head-to-Head: W2 - OTT 18-23 LI & W10 - LI 19-13 OTT
Historic Head-to-Head: OTT 15-9 LI
Historic Playoff Head-to-Head: OTT 1-1 LI (Both games were in the McCallister Cup)

The Raiders have had the Royals’ number this season. The tactically sound game plan from HC Levi Bray has been a thorn in the Royals’ side. However, the Royals have been playing injured all season and are going to be the healthiest they have been since the season began. I expect another close battle that won’t be easy on any team, but I would certainly be scared of a healthy Royals team. However, the Royals have just felt off all season and I think the Raiders will find a way into the 2nd round.
My Pick: Raiders

(4) VAN (9-3) @ (1) MIN (10-2) - SEP 20 - 7:00 PM ET
1970 Head-to-Head: W6 - MIN 20-17 VAN & W11 - VAN 17-25 MIN
Historic Head-to-Head: VAN 0-2 MIN
Historic Playoff Head-to-Head: VAN 0-0 MIN

Much like the Raiders over the Royals this season, the Serpents have had the Wolves’ number this season. Their game plan of getting up early and forcing teams to pass against their strong secondary has worked all season and they look strong heading into a 3rd battle with the Wolves. However, the experience of the Wolves could easily turn the tide in this game as they have been such a strong team in the WFU. I worry that if Minnesota does get caught behind early, they could very well fall into a very uncomfortable position, something I feel the Wolves can overcome on the contrary. Plus, the Wolves are certainly more focused on winning their own Mackenzie Cup and I think will play that extra bit harder in this one.
My Pick: Wolves 

Semi-Final 1 - SEP 26 - 7:00 PM ET
Semi-Final 2 - SEP 27 - 7:00 PM ET

52nd McCallister Cup - OCT 4 - 7:30 PM ET - Montreal, QC

Team Awards

While I still prepare the award nominations I decided in order to help me with some decisions I had each team award their own team awards starting with this season. These only include the following awards.

Most Outstanding Player = MOP
Offensive Player of the Year = OPOY
Defensive Player of the Year = DPOY
Offensive Lineman of the Year = OLOY
Breakout Player of the Year: BPOY
Rookie of the Year: ROY

Boston Independents
MOP: QB Nathaniel Braddock
OPOY: RB Reggie Whitehead
DPOY: LB Byron Turner
OLOY: OL Reynold Gilbertson
BPOY: WR Al Allmendinger
ROY: WR Tyreek Flores

Buffalo Blue Wings
MOP: QB Charles Lemieux
OPOY: WR Tracy Driscoll
DPOY: DB Ezra Power
OLOY: OL Artem Sobakov
BPOY: WR Tracy Driscoll
ROY: DL Bill Bailey

Calgary Tigers
MOP: RB John Drexel
OPOY: WR Ted Jackson
DPOY: LB Junior Abbott
OLOY: OL Charles Schwartz
BPOY: WR Spencer Hicks 
ROY: DL Wolfgang Dill

Edmonton Rangers
MOP: RB Gary Hubbard
OPOY: OL Charles Creighton
DPOY: LB Frank St. John
OLOY: OL Charles Creighton
BPOY: WR Shay Hopkins
ROY: WR Elliot Gold

Halifax Mariners
MOP: DL Wayne Baxton
OPOY: WR Shane Steadman
DPOY: DB Joe Robinson
OLOY: OL Kane Warwick
BPOY: LB Frederic Macnamara
ROY: S Sampson Wendel

Indiana Victors
MOP: QB Tom Applewhite
OPOY: WR Jake Abbredezzi
DPOY: DB Neville Falkner
OLOY: OL Jean-Baptiste Desjardins
BPOY: WR Jake Abbredezzi
ROY: LB Maxwell Trevorrow

London Tigers
MOP: DL Mo Kahn
OPOY: RB Jeremy Royal
DPOY: LB Everett Lynch
OLOY: OL Emil Jennings
BPOY: RB Jeremy Royal
ROY: TE Pete Mayfield

Long Island Raiders
MOP: DB Rutherford Winters
OPOY: RB Scott Norton
DPOY: DL Dallas Breaker
OLOY: OL Gary Bies
BPOY: RB Scott Norton
ROY: OL Alan Mitchell

Louisville Thunder
MOP: WR Casey Coleman
OPOY: QB Buck Murphy
DPOY: DB Aquilio Ruiz
OLOY: OL Kash Wilder
BPOY: RB Neil Bradley
ROY: LB Ricky Wildgoose

Minnesota Serpents
MOP: LB Garrett Roberts
OPOY: WR Sebastian Dassler
DPOY: DB Jayson Klyde
OLOY: OL Elias McCarren
BPOY: QB Martin Keller
ROY: DB Austin Sherebernikoff

Montreal Rouge
MOP: WR Taylor Karis
OPOY: OL Elliot Barrett
DPOY: DB Lamar Brown
OLOY: OL Elliot Barrett
BPOY: LB Willie Stetson
ROY: LB Jean-Christophe Bain

Ottawa Royals
MOP: QB Drake Young
OPOY: RB Corbyn Knight
DPOY: S Marc Bellecourt
OLOY: OL Tommy Reynolds
BPOY: LB Tuukka Tariitt
ROY: OL Dane Hodgeson

Pittsburgh Blacksmiths
MOP: QB Louis Vaughn
OPOY: RB Raymond Green
DPOY: DB Zed McLaughlin
OLOY: OL Erik Nelson
BPOY: TE Jesse Butler
ROY: DL Brock Dyson

Providence Gold Stars
MOP: LB Kurt Warlock
OPOY: WR Justin Palmer
DPOY: DL Bartolo Cruz
OLOY: OL Ted Cole
BPOY: DB Perry Ferris
ROY: S Murdoch Chesterman

Regina Wheat Kings
MOP: LB Brett Pride
OPOY: RB Deion Chapman
DPOY: DB Chris Berrymore
OLOY: OL Hugh Johnson
BPOY: WR Nick Spalding
ROY: DL Derrick Parks

Toronto Steelheads
MOP: S Charles Clerk
OPOY: RB Max Tracy
DPOY: DB Oliver Langstrom
OLOY: OL Alan Farquharson
BPOY: WR Sterling Underhill
ROY: WR Cameron Kane

Vancouver Wolves
MOP: QB Kevin Westwood
OPOY: WR Keshawn Johnston
DPOY: LB Shawn Anderson
OLOY: OL David Brewington
BPOY: WR Akira Sakamoto
ROY: RB Nikki Yang

Winnipeg Falcons
MOP: RB Joe Rivers
OPOY: WR Terry Upshaw
DPOY: LB Claude Clarke
OLOY: OL Claude Balderson
BPOY: QB Emerson Thompson
ROY: DL Jordan Mantis

     Thread Starter

5/27/2023 6:40 pm  #2436

Re: North American Association of Football - NAAF

Happy to see Sterling Underhill get an award. Hopefully he will get many more!


5/29/2023 12:38 pm  #2437

Re: North American Association of Football - NAAF

The Thunder just put on a masterclass in bottle jobbing.


5/29/2023 4:19 pm  #2438

Re: North American Association of Football - NAAF

1970 NAAF Award Nominations

Most Outstanding Player - Formerly the MVP award now based purely on individual performance

QB Charles Lemieux - Buffalo Blue Wings
STATS: 25 Passing Touchdowns (3rd), 1st in Passing Yards, 8 Interceptions (2nd-least among QBs that started 2+ games)
Lemieux returned from his injury in the playoffs last season and tore up the field in 1970. He led the league in passing yards for the first time in his career. Lemieux was one of the most consistent and efficient QBs in the league, leading the highest-scoring offence in Buffalo. It was an all-around masterclass of the season from the 1x MVP.

WR Casey Coleman - Louisville Thunder
STATS: 16 Receiving Touchdowns (1st), 2nd Receiving Yards
Coleman was given a bigger responsibility this season by taking on the Captaincy for the Thunder. He took to the role both on and off the field. On the field he would be one of the most dominant WRs in the league finally getting to spread his wings and show his true potential, scoring 16 touchdowns (which is 3 more than the next WRs) and finishing 2nd behind WR Tracy Driscoll in receiving yards.

LB Kurt Warlock - Providence Gold Stars
STATS: 1st in Tackles, 6 Forced Fumbles (2nd), 1 Interception, 1 Defensive Touchdown
Providence’s defensive resurgence this season was led by their former 2nd overall pick in LB Kurt Warlock. Warlock continued to grow into the beating heart of the defence with tackle after tackle. His sheer dominance on the field is reminiscent of superstar LB Scotty Williams, the only linebacker to win the MVP.

Offensive Player of the Year

QB Charles Lemieux - Buffalo Blue Wings
STATS: 25 Passing Touchdowns (3rd), 2nd in Passing Yards, 8 Interceptions (2nd-least among QBs that started more than 2 games)
As mentioned before Lemieux’s dominance on the field this season was special, continuing to show why he is still considered the best in the game today. 

RB Gary Hubbard - Edmonton Rangers
STATS: 15 Rushing Touchdowns (T-1st), 2nd Rushing Yards, 2x 2-point conversions
Gary Hubbard was the centrepiece of the Rangers offence which finished as the 2nd highest-scoring offence in the league this season. Hubbard’s consistency down the middle was a big factor in this season. He’s a tough fighter that always could scrap out a few more yards on each play. Some may say that he was certainly helped by the Rangers’ O-line which ranked as one of the best in the league, but no doubt a guy that scores 15 touchdowns in a season isn’t worthy of a nomination.

QB Tom Applewhite - Indiana Victors
STATS: 28 Passing Touchdowns (1st), 3rd in Passing Yards, 15 Interceptions
Applewhite was not quite as efficient as last season with 4 more interceptions, but he did nab 5 more TDs than last season in an effort to get the Victors back to the postseason. The strong-arm QB continued to produce an explosive offence with a bit of a change in the receiving core as WR Jake Abbredezzi broke out and WR Ed Edwards took a step back. 

WR Casey Coleman - Louisville Thunder
STATS: 16 Receiving Touchdowns (1st), 2nd Receiving Yards
As mentioned before, Coleman stepped up in a big way this season and showed why he can be, and is, one of the best weapons in the NAAF. 

Defensive Player of the Year

DB Neville Falkner - Indiana Victors
STATS: 9 Interceptions (1st), 6th in tackles in the secondary
Falkner, as per usual, did his thing this season with 9 interceptions, that led the league. Overall, he wasn’t as dominant as he has been in the past, but he came up with some big plays when the team needed him during the season-ending playoff push as he remains a key factor in the defence.

DB Rutherford Winters - Long Island Raiders
STATS: 8 Interceptions (T-2nd), 4th in tackles in the secondary
The aging veteran in Winters reemerged as a top corner in the league. He lead his team in secondary tackles and knockdowns this season. His 8 interceptions were tied for 2nd in the league as he led the Raiders' defence through their return to strength this season. 

LB Garrett Roberts - Minnesota Serpents
STATS: 4th in Tackles, 4 Forced Fumbles
Minnesota sported the best defence in the league this season, and at its centre was last year’s 1st overall pick in LB Garrett Roberts. He did miss at least 1 game this season, but it didn’t slow him down from finishing in the top 5 in tackles this season being a key factor in the sturdy run defence. 

LB Kurt Warlock - Providence Gold Stars
STATS: 1st in Tackles, 6 Forced Fumbles (2nd), 1 Interception, 1 Defensive Touchdown
As mentioned before Warlock’s dominance this season was reminiscent of Scotty Williams’ play during the 1950s. He was unbelievably effective all over the field this season.

Special Teams Player of the Year (Finalists no vote - These are the top 3 in terms of points scored during the season)

K Ryan Perch - Buffalo Blue Wings

K Nimrod Handsworth - London Tigers

K Sterling Brooks - Vancouver Wolves

Offensive Lineman of the Year

OL Charles Creighton - Edmonton Rangers
As mentioned under RB Gary Hubbard, the Rangers’ O-line ranked as one of the best this season and Creighton was the best of that crew. His expertise in the run game led to a lot of opportunities for Hubbard and the backup RB Ed O’Connor to get into the open air this season. 

OL Elias McCarren - Minnesota Serpents
Minnesota’s offence was one of the most efficient this season having the least amount of turnovers this season. A large reason for that is the protection that Elias McCarren provides for QB Martin Keller who was able to make the smart play under little pressure. On top of that, McCarren was effective in helping to create a lot of holes for Minnesota’s run-heavy offence. 

OL Erik Nelson - Pittsburgh Blacksmiths
The former 1st overall pick continued to be the central figure on the Blacksmiths’ O-line. Nelson continues to be a key factor in giving QB Louis Vaughn enough time in the pocket as well as being able to give a considered weaker run game some life, being extra physical in the trenches. 

Rookie of the Year

OL Alan Mitchell - Long Island Raiders
Mitchell made an immediate impact on the Raiders’ O-line this season. In the past couple of years, the Raiders had slipped down to the lowest ranks allowing more pressures than most teams in the league. However, with Mitchell coming and some other help the Raiders’ O-line has taken a big step towards returning consistently to the top of the league. 

LB Ricky Wildgoose - Louisville Thunder
STATS: 1st in Tackles among rookies, 3 Forced Fumbles
Wildgoose took a couple of games to get going, but after an injury to LB Le’Darius Wynn, Wildgoose was forced to step up this season. He stepped up well, leading the Thunder and all rookies in tackles this season. It appears that the Thunder may finally have found themselves a sturdy LB core with Wynn and Wildgoose.

DB Austin Sherebernikoff - Minnesota Serpents
STATS: 5 Interceptions (1st among rookies)
The expectations for Sherebernikoff were lower going into the draft and when Minnesota took the corner 8th overall, many were skeptical, however, Sherebernikoff turned out to be a great pick. While it took a couple of games to get into the starting lineup, by the midway point he was a staple in the lineup and would pick up 5 interceptions over the later half of the season. He’s a great fit in the Serpents' secondary and should be a cornerstone piece for years to come.

Coach of the Year

HC Levi Bray - Long Island Raiders
RECORD: 9-3 - 1st East
Bray’s return to a head coaching role turned out to be a smashing success as the Raiders bounced back from missing the playoffs for the first time since 1963 last season to win their NAAF-leading 8th division title. Bray’s offensive scheming also rejuvenated QB Ivan Sanchez’s career which was on its last legs after a pair of disappointing seasons. Bray clearly showed continued growth in the game and looks to be the right man for the Raiders.

HC Soni Dionne - Minnesota Serpents
RECORD: 10-2 - 1st West
Dionne improved on the masterful first season for the expansion Serpents by taking them to the top of the league with a 10-2 record. Minnesota made several changes to the gameplan this season and it paid off putting up a top 5 offence and a #1 defence this season. Last year’s Coach of the Year winner continues to make his mark and prove that last season was not a fluke and the Serpents are here to say.

HC Tommy Warner - Providence Gold Stars
RECORD: 8-4 - 2nd East
Another new coach made a massive statement this season with Tommy Warner taking over the Gold Stars. Warner had already been working with the defence, but now being fully in charge, his defence flourished, being ranked #2 in the league. Providence massively improved to make just their second playoff appearance since 1964 which certainly gets fans really excited for the future. 

Breakout Player of the Year

WR Tracy Driscoll - Buffalo Blue Wings
STATS: 13 Receiving Touchdowns (T-2nd), 1st in Receiving Yards
Driscoll exploded as QB Charles Lemieux’s favourite target this season. The speed threat consistently made big plays that got Buffalo out to many big leads. Not only was he great at getting into the endzone, but he consistently picked up loads of yardage leading to him being the league leader in receiving yards this season. A great breakout season for the former 12th overall pick.

WR Jake Abbredezzi - Indiana Victors
STATS: 13 Receiving Touchdowns (T-2nd), 3rd in Receiving Yards
Right next to Driscoll was Abbredezzi who had a similar rise to the top. Abbredezzi overtook WR Ed Edwards for the top WRs spot in Indiana this season, being a deep threat the also scored tons and picked up a lot of yardage. Abbredezzi was a much-needed injection of firepower in the Victors’ offence.

LB Garrett Roberts - Minnesota Serpents
STATS: 4th in Tackles, 4 Forced Fumbles
Roberts’ first season was lackluster as the #1 pick in the draft, but he came alive in his second year and made a big impact in the league’s best defence. Roberts is developing into what many expect him to be after being taken #1, a sturdy force down the middle of the defence that will rack up tackles, especially in the more cover-focused defence. 


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Re: North American Association of Football - NAAF

1970 Quarter-Finals

Roster Moves
BUF: TE Paul Arturberry | Active Roster -> Injured Reserve
BUF: TE Ben Gibson | Reserve List -> Active Roster
IND: DL Eugene Case | Active Roster -> Injured Reserve
IND: DL Steve Hamm | Reserve List -> Active Roster
MIN: RB Richard Morin | Active Roster -> Injured Reserve
MIN: RB Allen Navarro | Reserve List -> Active Roster
OTT: S Donald Dozier | Injured Reserve -> Active Roster
OTT: S Joseph Ackerman | Active Roster -> Reserve List
PIT: DL Sammy Pickett | Injured Reserve -> Active Roster
PIT: DL Albert Kirk | Active Roster -> Waivers

(6) Pittsburgh Blacksmiths @ (5) Providence Gold Stars - New Providence Stadium - Saturday, September 19, 1970 - 2:00 PM ET - Weather: Clear 22ÂşC | 72ÂşF - Attendance: 62,121

1st Q
With clear skies overlooking the biggest crowd of the season in Providence, the 1970 NAAF playoffs kicked off with Pittsburgh receiving the ball. The Blacksmiths were quickly forced to give the ball to Providence after just two plays, however, Providence would have their own 2 and out shortly after. Neither team showed anything special out of the gate, which led to the lack of offence early, however, Pittsburgh was not scared to pull some tricks out of the bag. On their 3rd drive of the game, the Blacksmiths would look to go deep. WR Orlando Barrack was always the favoured target on these plays with his blazing speed, which is exactly why the Gold Stars had made a note to shadow him on deep plays. Pittsburgh HC Ted McMahon figured this and so he used Barrack as a decoy as WR Taylor Austin broke wide open after crossing underneath Barrack’s route. Austin would catch QB Louis Vaughn’s pass in stride and take it the rest of the way for the first touchdown of the game. The crowd went silent but they were given something to cheer about late in the quarter as Providence would put up a field goal.

2nd Q
Providence’s offence continued to find a rhythm and slowly tipped the field position battle in their favour as each team traded short drives. RB Ronnie Byers would eventually escape the Pittsburgh D-line for a play of 24 yards to set up a second field goal. The 2nd quarter remained fairly quiet, however, Providence’s defence was making their mark with a forced fumble from LB Kurt Warlock and a key stop on 3rd and short to create a couple of turnovers. They were unable to score on either of the ensuing drives but it did keep Pittsburgh off the board. Pittsburgh did manage a late push into Gold Stars’ territory, but the clock hit “:00” and they were forced to try a very long field goal. K Al Highlander had quite a leg, but hitting a field goal from 50 yards would have been impossible with his limited accuracy. So he would just give it everything he got to get the ball down there and hope for a single. The plan worked and the ball bounced right though the endzone to give the Blacksmiths a late point.

3rd Q
The pressure was starting to mount for the Gold Stars’ offence, as their defence had done everything they needed to in keeping the Pittsburgh offence quiet, but they were still behind. Luckily, they rose to the challenge. Early in the 3rd, QB Landon Ross would find his groove and slowly pick away at the yards toward the endzone. Eventually, they would hit a snag with a sack at the 23-yard line, forcing 2nd and 14. The Gold Stars would trust their run-game which caught Pittsburgh a little off guard. RB Ronnie Byers would break through a hole and find a lane right to the endzone. The Gold Stars’ fans erupted with excitement as their team took the lead for the first time. The Blacksmiths remained calm and grabbed a field goal shortly after, but they were still down 11-13. Then, a turning point came. As Providence’s offence worked to extend their lead, they would be met with some strong resistance at their own 42. Pittsburgh put on the pressure and it worked almost too well. QB Landon Ross would drop back and turn to make a fake handoff to RB Ronnie Byers. Byers took off, but as Ross turned back upfield DL Matthias Hartmann was right there. Ross put up his arm as a reflex and took a powerful hit from the D-lineman right in the rib cage. The ball squirted loose and Pittsburgh jumped on it. Ross was unable to get up likely with a rib injury. Pittsburgh took over and they would use the short field well marching down to the 6 before RB Raymond Green would put the ball in the endzone under a chorus of boos from the crowd who certainly were not happy. As Providence’s offence took the field for their next drive the excitement returned to the fans as this year’s 2nd overall pick, QB Red King took the field for the first time.
PIT 18-13 PRO

4th Q
QB Red King was having some success throwing the ball on his first few drives, however, he still was making some mistakes under the pressure of the situation. Eventually, King got comfortable and did get the offence to push down the field. They slowly made it into Pittsburgh territory, however, WR Owen Paisley would be stopped inches short of a first down at the 33-yard line. QB Edwin Hunt would get on the field for a short-yardage play. Hunt powered through easily for the first, but then he popped up and called a hurry-up play, catching Pittsburgh off guard. Hunt took the snap and tossed the ball to WR Edward Webb who picked up another 14 yards. Red King retook the field and a few plays later he would hit WR Owen Paisley for his first career touchdown pass to give Providence the lead back. The cheers rang out in Providence as their young star jogged off the field following a missed 2-point try. Despite the excitement, Pittsburgh remained calm and they countered with a strong drive of their own. QB Louis Vaughn got the ball out quick, not giving the strong Providence front 7 a chance to pressure him. The methodic drive would lead Pittsburgh to a field goal to regain the lead. Pressure turned right back over to Red King and the Gold Stars. Pittsburgh did not make the next drive easy as they brought back the pressure. King did his best to make plays, but he was not as accurate as before. King eventually tossed ball into a dangerous place. WR Edward Webb tried to get a hand on it, but it only did more harm as the ball popped off his hand and into the arms of DB Aiden Sargent. Pittsburgh took over in Providence territory and would add to their lead, eventually leading to a big road win for the Blacksmiths.

(7) Indiana Victors @ (3) Buffalo Blue Wings - Milton Charles Stadium - Saturday, September 19, 1970 - 7:00 PM ET - Weather: Clear 16ÂşC | 61ÂşF - Attendance: 53,944

1st Q
Two growing rivals met for their 3rd ever playoff meeting. Once again surrounded by the loud Buffalo faithful at Milton Charles Stadium. The home fans had a lot of cheer about early in the contest as Buffalo opened the scoring early in the 1st with a RB Jasper Dickerson touchdown. Indiana’s offence sputtered out of the gate, going 2 and out on their first two drives. Buffalo continued to add to their lead with a field goal, before getting a DL William Sanderson forced fumble off of RB Tresean Jones, leading to a second field goal and a 0-13 lead. 
IND 0-13 BUF

2nd Q
Following the disastrous 1st quarter, Indiana was able to get on the board early in the 2nd with a field goal. Buffalo remained calm and in control, but the Victors were slowly picking away at the Blue Wings’ defence. QB Tom Applewhite would eventually make a risky throw that would pay off, finding WR Ed Edwards on a play where he was double-covered. Edwards made an excellent catch which set up Indiana at the Blue Wings’ 34. It only took a couple of more plays before Edwards would get the ball again, only this time he was in the endzone to cut the lead down to 3. Neither team was able to get anything else before the break.
IND 10-13 BUF

3rd Q
After being shut out in the 2nd, Buffalo was quick to get on the board in the 3rd. QB Charles Lemieux would pick apart the Victors in order to get a quick field goal and extend their lead to 6 points. It took some time for either team to score, but eventually, Indiana would catch a break with a missed tackle on TE Eric Peterson. Peterson would escape the clutches of LB Dallas Dillard and then ramble through DB Dean Hawkins before being taken down by S Wesley Jones for a pick-up of 27 yards. Indiana kept the plays coming and eventually got down to the 3 where RB Tresean Jones would punch it in to give Indiana their first lead of the game. Buffalo would not let the score go unanswered as QB Charles Lemieux immediately followed up the major with one of his own. While the Victors’ DB Neville Falkner had done fantastically in shutting down WR Tracy Driscoll, DB Cameron Taylor was less successful with WR Jimmy Jack. Jack was able to get away from the veteran DB on a 23-yard toss from Lemieux, turning the play into a 38-yard touchdown to give Buffalo the lead back heading into the final quarter.
IND 17-23 BUF

4th Q
The final quarter would be intense with the fans in Buffalo getting their loudest to help their home team. However, Indiana was determined. The loud noise did not faze them as they were prepared for it. The Victors had a set plan in place when the game got loud and QB Tom Applewhite executed it perfectly. The team marched down the field and got right down to the 11-yard line before Applewhite would fire a dart of a pass into WR Silas Peyton’s stomach. Peyton collapsed onto the ball and rolled back into the endzone to give Indiana the lead back, 24-23. The strong drive from the Victors had the Blue Wings’ fans a little worried. Luckily for them, Buffalo answered back with their own strong drive. Buffalo looked to get WR Tracy Driscoll involved for the first time in the game by pulling out a WR screen. The play worked with Driscoll able to use his speed to escape for a 35-yard play. QB Charles Lemieux kept chipping away at the Victors’ defence, but they would eventually be forced to 3rd and 9 deep in Indiana territory. Buffalo settled for a field goal to regain the lead, 24-26. Once again, Indiana needed another drive and Tom Applewhite answered the bell. He got Indiana rolling with a pair of quick first downs. Then, he escaped a potential sack from DL Ned Hedman before finding WR Silas Peyton open for a pick-up of 12. Indiana was now on the edge of field goal range and they wanted to get as close as possible. On their next play, Applewhite would connect with WR Jake Abbredezzi on a big play. Abbredezzi made a great catch over DB Ezra Power. Coming down from the jump, Power landed awkwardly and fell leaving Abbredezzi in the clear. DB Santino Arriola was the next closest defender but was blocked by WR Ed Edwards. Abbredezzi took the ball up the sideline and into the endzone for what would be the game-winning touchdown, sending Indiana to the Semi-Finals. 

(8) Ottawa Royals @ (2) Long Island Raiders - Long Island Stadium - Sunday, September 20, 1970 - 2:00 PM ET - Weather: Partly Cloudy 24ÂşC | 75ÂşF - Attendance: 40,394

1st Q
The Raiders’ return to the playoffs started well for the East Division champs. The Royals started the game with the ball, but on just the second play, QB Drake Young would throw an errant pass to DB Lauri Hayha. The Raiders took over in Ottawa territory and found the endzone shortly after with QB Ivan Sanchez finding WR Larry Mossholder for the score. Luckily for the visitors, QB Drake Young shook off the early mistake and was able to counter with his own touchdown drive. WR Colby Bancana would get the score after finding some open space in the endzone. Following the Royals’ score, both teams would step up defensively leading to a 7-7 tie heading into the 2nd quarter.
OTT 7-7 LI

2nd Q
The Raiders’ defence remained all over the Royals’ offence, but their own offence was starting to find some traction. RB Scott Norton was a major factor being able to pick up good chunks of yardage. His strong play would eventually be rewarded with a touchdown midway through the 2nd quarter to regain the lead. Ottawa’s offence continued to struggle. The pressure from the Raiders’ front and the excellent coverage was forcing the Royals to many short drives. The Raiders’ offence on the other side, kept up production and would get another 3 points before the half.
OTT 7-17 LI

3rd Q
The momentum the Raiders had picked up in the 2nd continued early in the 3rd. QB Ivan Sanchez would get a chance to show off his arm by finding WR Frank Drysdale down field for a big pickup which led to a early 2nd half field goal. The pressure was mounting on the Royals’ offence that needed to score to lessen the 13-point gap. It took some trial and error, but eventually the Royals managed to connect on a couple of plays and found some momentum late in the 3rd. QB Drake Young would make a great pass to WR Marshall Leonard and then to WR Cedric Peterson. The 27 yards picked up by the two veterans would set up a great run from RB Corbyn Knight to get the Royals down to the 9-yard line. Young would then find WR Piers Key in the flat on the next play and the veteran would take it in for a score to cut the lead to just 6 heading into the final quarter. 
OTT 14-20 LI

4th Q
Ottawa’s momentum continued into the final frame. Young was able to string together another strong drive early to add 3 more points and cut the lead down to just 3. The Royals’ defence was also stepping up with DL Bernhard Hartmann picking up a vital sack on 2nd and 4 at midfield. However, they could not make anything happen on the next drive as the Raiders’ defence was bouncing back from allowing 10 consecutive points. The 4th became a deadlock between the defences that both didn’t want to give an inch. Eventually, the Royals would catch a break with DL Winfield Winchester knocking the ball out of the arms of RB Scott Norton. Ottawa got the ball with a great chance to try and at least tie the game. However, the luck didn’t stick with them as WR Marshall Leonard would lose the ball right back after taking a big hit from DB Rutherford Winters. The Royals would appear to be defeated with the turnover as the Raiders would run the clock as much as possible before pinning the Royals down at their own 7-yard line. QB Drake Young tried to get the team out of their end, but on 3rd and 3, he would fail in an attempt to pick up the first down on his feet, leading to another turnover. It took only a few plays for RB Dareion Fields to get into the endzone and secure the win for the Raiders and send them to the Semi-Finals. 

41st Mackenzie Cup: (4) Vancouver Wolves @ (1) Minnesota Serpents - Midgard Stadium - Sunday, September 20, 1970 - 7:00 PM ET/6:00 PM CT - Weather: Partly Cloudy 24ÂşC | 76ÂşF - Attendance: 50,160

1st Q
The city of Minneapolis hosted its first NAAF playoff game in what was the 41st contest for the Mackenzie Cup. Both teams entered the game determined for different reasons. Vancouver was a little more focused on keeping their trophy in Canada while the Serpents wanted to get past this game and into the 2nd round. Both motives proved to create a tough battle as both teams were not giving an inch early in the game. It would take a missed tackle on WR Akira Sakamoto to allow Vancouver to get into field goal range and open the scoring 3-0. However, Minnesota caught their own break with RB Carter Roy slipping by the Wolves for a big gain to set up an equalizing field goal. 

2nd Q
The game remained hard-fought and deadlocked into the 2nd quarter. Minnesota would catch the next break with DB Austin Sherebernikoff nabbing a pick on QB Kevin Westwood to set up another field goal. Luckily for the Wolves, they would bounce back and answer the field goal with one of their own following a great play from WR Keshawn Johnston to catch the ball with 2 defenders closing in. The pair of field goals would leave the contest knotted at 6 heading into halftime.

3rd Q
As the 2nd half began, the pressure was certainly mounting on both teams to start to put up points. Especially for Minnesota, whose strategy worked best when the team was in front. Unfortunately for the Serpents, they would not get the early break as Vancouver’s RB Nikki Yang would take a punt return back 42 yards to give the Wolves excellent field position. QB Kevin Westwood would take advantage by leading the team the rest of the way down to the 12 before hitting WR Akira Sakamoto for the go-ahead touchdown. The nerves were certainly rising in Minnesota as Vancouver looked very much in control of the contest. Luckily for the home fans, the Serpents would get down the field and put up another field goal by the end of the 3rd to cut the lead down to 4. 
VAN 13-9 MIN

4th Q
The late field goal drive from the Serpents would give the team some hope. QB Martin Keller and the offence kept the ball moving throughout the early stages of the final quarter. Keller specifically needed to step up and make some throws. He did just that by making back-to-back connections with former college teammate, WR Ferdinand Matthews. The offence kept the ball moving on the ground as well utilizing both RB Hugo Hughes and RB Carter Roy. The drive would keep moving and eventually, RB Hugo Hughes would break through to the endzone to give the Serpents the lead they have been looking for. Now with the lead, the Serpents knew the Wolves would be forced to pass more against the Serpents’ strong coverage defence. The Wolves knew this from the previous 2 matchups they had played against them in the season and had lost, so they made some strategic adjustments. A couple of reverses and screen passes started the drive to pick up a couple of first downs. The calls would pull the secondary closer to the line of scrimmage, which opened the door for a big play from QB Kevin Westwood who would drop back to give the ball to RB Jeremiah Morrow. As this was happening, WR Keshawn Johnston tore around back from the outside. The play looked like another reverse, however, Westwood faked both and turned around to see WR Akira Sakamoto had a step on his guy. Westwood would fire it to him. The pass would be a little long, but Sakamoto dove and caught the ball to set up Vancouver deep in Minnesota territory. The Wolves would eventually settle for a field goal to tie the game once again. Minnesota would get the ball back and hope to answer back. Keller did his darndest, but a great breakup on what would have been a first down catch from S Nick Palmer would thwart their attempt. Vancouver would get the ball back and the offence went to work. QB Kevin Westwood would continue to throw in some trick plays, but just as easily picked apart the defence to get back into field goal range. K Sterling Brooks would get on the field for a 34-yard kick which would seal the win for the Wolves who would win their 4th consecutive Mackenzie Cup.

Injury Report
BUF: S Mathieu Cazenave - Day-to-Day
IND: LB Marshall Langenbrunner - Day-to-Day
IND: OL Taylor Alexander - Day-to-Day
IND: OL Jean-Baptiste Desjardins - Day-to-Day
LI: DL Tyrone Powers - 1 Week
OTT: OL Tommy Reynolds - 1 Week
PIT: LB Kyle Essena - Day-to-Day
PIT: OL Ben Jammin - Day-to-Day
PRO: WR Justin Palmer - Day-to-Day
PRO: QB Landon Ross - 8 Weeks
VAN: DB Tim Ho - Day-to-Day

Players of the Week

OFF: WR Akira Sakamoto VAN - 1 Receiving Touchdown, 103 Receiving Yards, 25 Rushing Yards

DEF: DB Rutherford Winters LI - 1 Forced Fumble, 2 Knockdowns, 6 Tackles

Semi-Finals Preview

(6) PIT (7-5) @ (4) VAN (9-3) - SEP 26 - 8:30 PM ET
1970 Head-to-Head: W10 - PIT 27-22 VAN
Historic Head-to-Head: PIT 1-0 VAN
Historic Playoff Head-to-Head: PIT 0-0 VAN

Both of these teams came out on top against the league’s two best defences. Now they get to face each other in what is expected to be a bit more of an offensive showdown. Pittsburgh did take the previous meeting between these two teams, but Vancouver showed that it didn’t matter against the Serpents last week. At this point, both teams absolutely have a chance to move on to their first McCallister Cup, but I think the way the Wolves pulled it together last week is enough to convince me that they have the best shot at moving on.
My Pick: Wolves

(7) IND (7-5) @ (2) LI (9-3) - SEP 27 - 7:00 PM ET
1970 Head-to-Head: Did Not Play
Historic Head-to-Head: IND 6-13 LI
Historic Playoff Head-to-Head: IND 0-0 LI

Indiana is just a year removed from a run to the McCallister Cup in 1968, and just like that last season, they had to go into Buffalo and win in the first round. Maybe I am just seeing deja vu, but there’s sneaking suspicion that this Victors team may be destined to move on. However, let’s not discredit the Raiders who probably had the strongest win of the Quarter-Finals winning by 10 points. I do think the Raiders have an advantage here, but there’s still that part of me that thinks the Victors will be the more determined team and pull out another win.
My Pick: Victors

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