For the first time this season it feels like there's a lot on the line. Week three brings us competition between two undefeated teams, and two winless teams. One team will walk away undefeated, and one, winless. The late game, starting at 3PM at McBride field, will feature 2-0 Polk High vs. 2-0 Onslaught Nation. The QB's of each team split the Albany Distilling Company player of the week awards the for the first two weeks. I expect both of them to be in the conversation for the $500 gotbeer.com league MVP cash prize at the end of the season.
Last week Onslaught Nation QB CJ Tarver made his first appearance of the season and wasted no time introducing himself to his receiving corps throwing TD passes to 4 different receivers in Hakala, Callahan, Cereno and Roark. The talent at WR is astounding - the CTS Spartans defense has been torched so far this season but it's hard to imagine any defense really slowing this offense down.
Polk High lit up the scoreboard week one posting a 26-0 shutout. Impressively, they found a way to win week two without scoring on offense. New acquisition Ozire Mitchell found the endzone twice - once with a 37 yard punt return, then a second time with a pick 6.
The Polk High defense plays disciplined football and doesn't really let anyone get behind them. Banks will likely spend most of the day in the box blitzing or spying CJ Tarver while the secondary tries to keep the all-star WR corps of Onslaught Nation in front of them. Look for Tarver to take what the defense gives them underneath and let his big, athletic receivers make plays after the catch. This game could go a long way in deciding some yearly awards.
The undercard matchup at 1:30PM features the Punishers (0-2) vs. the Constable Tree Service Spartans (0-2). The talent is very concentrated with only 4 teams our first season but these teams have found themselves on the short end of the stick so far this season. Now that the punishers found themselves a QB on the waiver wire, any of the 4 teams can win week in and week out.
The new Punishers QB Brad Hughes, while not victorious, did impress in his debut. The experience and leadership is immediately apparent as you see Hughes commanding the offense at the line of scrimmage as he coordinates his offense to match up against his pre snap reads. It's impressive to see a flag football QB identifying the mike backer and calling out the defensive coverage. I expect the Punishers offense to improve dramatically as he gains some chemistry with his receivers. The struggling Spartans defense may be just what the doctor ordered to get them firing on all cylinders.
Spartans QB Bobby Myers has not been able to get much going so far this season. Week one there wasn't much that could be done with most of his starting offensive line absent, he didn't have that problem week two and there was improvement, but not enough. He's got good chemistry with Oz Murphy who is 3rd in the league in receiving yards, and seems to be building chemistry with new waiver wire acquisition Abel Melendez. Myers will need to work the underneath stuff this week with Punishers d-lineman Nick Bizzaro barreling down on him and safety Jay Proffitt, who all but guaranteed a victory this week, roaming deep ready to pick off anything coming his way.
A round robin scrimmage will give coaches an opportunity to see what free agents have to offer.
Salih Banks First Overall Pick in 2017 UFL Draft.
The draft and season have been pushed back one week.
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Nature's Own is giving a $400 cach prize to the Coach of the Year.
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