Updated: Apr 7
ELITE 3 at GOATS 115
GAME STORY: The GOATS (6-2) made sure that their two-game losing streak came to an end real fast jumping out to a 24-0 first quarter lead and cruising to 112-point victory. The GOATS said, “to hell with the running game” and just leaned on their passing game, TE JOHN MACKEY (9-390-3), WR STEVE LARGENT (9-298-6), TE JASON WITTEN (17-201-5) and TE OZZIE NEWSOME (12-177) all went well over 100 yards receiving. ELITE (2-6) had no answer for the GOATS pass rush and that meant that QB JOHNNY UNITAS just could not establish their passing game, Unitas finished with 238 yards and one interception. RB ERIC DICKERSON went from having the top rushing performance in Week 7, to have 17 carries for -1 yards this weekend. Hats off to RB EDDIE GEORGE who caught 13 passes for 134 yards.
GAME BALLS: (O) – GOATS QB OTTO GRAHAM made sure that he put his name right back into the MVP conversation with 1066 passing yards a league tying 14 touchdown passes.
(D) – The relentless GOATS pass rush was led by DL COY BACON, he had 11 of the teams 26 sacks.
Anvils 43 at FURY 114
GAME STORY: The showdown between the AFLL’s final two unbeaten teams turned out to be a disappointment. FURY (8-0) stayed on top of the mountain embarrassing the Anvils (7-1) tearing them apart through the air. TE ANTONIO GATES (12-363-2), WR MARVIN HARRISON (8-239-1), WR RANDY MOSS (6-216-4) and WR DEVIN HESTER (9-200-2) all reached the 200-yard mark in an impressive performance. Anvils QB JOE MONTANTA had a rare bad afternoon, completing less than 50 per cent of his passes and who could blame him, since he was sacked 17 times. WR REGGIE WAYNE couldn’t be blamed for the loss, he had 24 receptions for 385 yards and three touchdowns.
GAME BALLS: (O) – FURY QB PEYTON MANNING kept himself in the driver’s seat for the MVP award, with 1339 passing yards and on top of that equalled Graham’s 14 touchdown passes.
(D) – FURY DT WARREN SAPP had another big afternoon rolling up ten more sacks.
Hunters 26 at IMMORTALS 71
GAME STORY: The Immortals (6-2) continue to roll and after a huge performance last week from TE SHANNON SHARPE, the game plan switched around. This week it was WR TERRELL OWENS and WR STEVE SMITH’s turn to torch the opposition, Owens had 272 yards receiving and three touchdowns and Smith contributed with 255 yards and a couple of scores. QB DAN MARINO of the Hunters (2-6) had 565 passing yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Marino spread the ball around to WR JOEY GALLOWAY (11 receptions), WR ART MONK (10 receptions) and WR ANDRE JOHNSON (11 receptions).
GAME BALLS: (O) – Immortals QB BRETT FAVRE had 733 passing yards and six touchdowns.
(D) – Immortals DB MEL RENFRO has back-to-back weeks of game ball’s to his credit, this time he rolled up 19 tackles and a few knockdowns.
HEROES FC 72 at ORIGINALS 27
GAME STORY: Heroes FC (3-5) found their way back into the win column with a nice performance on the road. They absolutely sent a message especially in the fourth quarter with 27 points and QB STEVE YOUNG was a big part of that. 754 passing yards and eight touchdowns from the BYU product and he had a lot of help from someone who we will spotlight below. Originals (3-5) QB DREW BREES had a day he would like to forget, completing 45 per cent of his passes for 261 yards, a TD and a couple of interceptions. There will be some conversations about Brees and his starting job, you would have to think.
GAME BALLS: (O) – Heroes FC TE TONY GONZALEZ was a one man show in Week 8, 14 receptions (the rest of the team combined for 20), 516 yards and seven touchdowns.
(D) – Heroes FC LB DICK Butkus had a modest day that was good enough for a game ball with nine tackles.
BEOWULF 79 at Birds of Prey 45
GAME STORY: Birds of Prey (1-7) cracked the 40-point mark for the first time in franchise history but dropped their third game in a row. RB EMMITT SMITH scored a couple of touchdowns to go with 83 rushing yards, WR DANTE HALL went over 100 yards receiving (17-152) and also added two touchdowns and QB JOHN ELWAY threw four touchdown passes for the BOP. BEOWULF (4-4) took over top spot in the Walter Camp Division with the win and got three touchdowns from RB ERIC METCALF. RB OJ SIMPSON threw in a couple of scores with both of them coming through the air.
GAME BALLS: (O) – Beowulf QB BART STARR was cool and calm all day long with 1090 passing yards and eight touchdown passes.
(D) – Beowulf DB MIKE HAYNES racked up 13 tackles, 2 interceptions off Elway and a couple of knockdowns.
Throwbacks 27 at DIAMONDS 31
GAME STORY: Shoutout to the Diamonds (2-6) defence as they return to form following a week where they gave up 102 to GOATS. DL ELVIN BETHEA had four sacks on the day and TE HEATH MILLER went with quality over quantity posting two touchdowns on two receptions totalling 173 yards. Throwbacks (3-5) QB TERRY BRADSHAW was a turnover machine with four interceptions and that ruined a fantastic day for RB BARRY SANDERS, Sanders had three touchdowns and went over 100 yards rushing (168) and receiving (129).
GAME BALLS: (O) – Diamonds QB ROGER STAUBACH had 492 passing yards and four touchdowns to go with zero interceptions (we’ll ignore that he had three fumbles).
(D) – Diamonds DB RONDE BARBER had 12 tackles, had two of the four Bradshaw interceptions land in his arms and five knockdowns.
FANCENTRIC FRENZY 47 at Valhalla 3
GAME STORY: FanCentric Frenzy (5-3) LOVE primetime, period. After blowing out the Originals last week, they demolish Valhalla (1-7) on Sunday night. 13 more sacks for the Frenzy defence as they kept QB MICHAEL VICK out of the end zone. QB RANDALL CUNNINGHAM threw for 677 yards and a few touchdowns. Valhalla tried to get RB JIM BROWN going but he was met early and often at the line of scrimmage, rushing 24 times for -3 yards.
GAME BALLS: (O) Frenzy TE JACKIE SMITH caught every single one of Cunningham’s touchdown passes in his 25 receptions and team leading 390 yards.
(D) – Frenzy DL REGGIE WHITE continued on his path of destroying AFLL QB’s with seven sacks.
EOD DEMO GODS 51 at Time Bandits 43
GAME STORY: You want quality games to happen under the lights on Monday Night Football and the EOD Demo Gods and Time Bandits gave us that and more. EOD (6-2) stayed on top of the Jim Thorpe Division with the win and WR HENRY ELLARD was a big reason for it with 13 catches for 143 yards and three touchdowns. Time Bandits (5-3) QB Fran Tarkenton went for 654 yards, three touchdowns and a couple interceptions. WR IRVING FRYAR caught 12 passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns.
GAME BALLS: (O) – EOD QB WARREN MOON danced threw for 666 yards and five touchdowns.
(D) – EOD DB ED REED had three of his teams 15 knockdowns and eight tackles and one interception.