Howdy, sports fans! Let's get started with the NHFFL results this week, in which our three undefeated teams dwindled to two, and the Purple division went 5-1 against the Gold. No 70+ point performances this week, but we did manage a pair of 50's. The Rangers stayed undefeated with a 54-30 win over winless Buzz. Another big Tom Brady day and a 15 point performance by Run DMC made most of the damage. The B2s routed the Beagles 53-32, and Eli Manning's 15 and Wes Welker's 12 led their way as the only Gold team to win the years' first cross-division week. Just missing were the Aguas, who blew out the Ducks 47-29.A close match until the late games, the Aguas got 15 from Mike Wallace and Tim Hightower in the late two games.
The KCAs got on the win column with a 43-29 win over the Clock BBQs, nearly doubling their season's point total.Switching to 2nd Kicker Jason Hanson (15 points) and 2 TDs from Ryan Mathews carried the weight in the father-son matchup that was close throughout the early Sunday games. The Angels ended the Elks undefeated run 30-21, with Pittsburgh's D breaking open a one-point game Sunday Night. And in Newbie bowl #1, the Greenwoods topped the Chops 24-21, with a Ben Rothlesburger-led Porkchop rally falling just short. Here are the week three standings:
Next week we go back to divisional play, with #1 Rangers facing the Beagles, #2 Aguas against the Greenwoods in Newbie bowl #2, #3 Elks playing the Ducks, and KCAs/Angels, B2s/Chops, and Clock BBQs/Buzz.
In the FCS, my top 3 hold positions, with easy wins for #1 GA Southern (52-20 over Western Carolina) and #2 Wofford (38-23 over Samford), and #3 App State pulling out a close one against #12 Chattanooga 14-12. GA SO gets a tough test against Elon next week, and is one of 7 teams who I matched places with this week's coaches poll ( the others being #3 App St, #4 Montana St, #8 James Madison, #10 William AND Mary - tied for tenth- #18 Sam Houston St, and #25 Sacremento St -also tied for the spot). Wofford, 2 for me and tied for 6 on the coaches, faces off against #3 App St this weekend. Montana St , fresh off a 36-21 pasting of defending champ (and current 0-4) Eastern Washington, play #25 Sacremento State, who squeak back in after embarrassing Montana 48-27. Jacksonville State moves up to #5 after topping Eastern Illinois 28-21. They get less love from the poll (13) and look to move up against a tough Murray St team.
New Hampshire takes my 6 spot (poll #9) after their exciting 35-31 win over then #7 Richmond. They get a cupcake game against Holy Cross this week; while Richmond ( 9 on mine and T-10 poll) get # 8 JMU, so a lot of things are going to get shook out this weekend! If you read last night's post, you know what JMU did to W&M Saturday (which is more than I could say at the time), so W&M drop to 10 and get archrival -and struggling- Villanova, who just got their first win this weekend... I don't like where this is headed!
Lehigh holds at 11 (14 poll) after downing then #15 Liberty 27-24. They play Yale this weekend, the only undefeated Ivy League team, so we'll see if there's any point in following the Ivy League Saturday. Chattanooga holds at 12, 17 coaches, and plays a much easier game against the Citadel this weekend. North Dakota St (13/16) moved up after winning their Big Boy Game over Minnesota 37-24 and come back to conference play next time against Illinois St. I really wanted to move Delaware up a little farther after a 27-17 win over then #22 ODU, they'll have a better shot Saturday against conference foe Maine. Montana's loss dropped them to 15/16; they'll try to recover against Idaho St.
South Carolina St enjoyed a 69-0 bashing of cupcake over Delaware St (this year's Valparaiso) and face Norfolk St next. Southern Illinois (who they like better than me at 17/12) limped past 0-4 Missouri St 20-18 and get state rival Western next weekend. Sam Houston blew a big lead in the fourth quarter but won their BBG, 48-45 OT vs New Mexico; they get Texas San Antonio next.Holding at 19 is UMass after losing their BBG to Boston College 45-17; They'll take on the also-holding #22 ODU. UMass is 20 on the coaches poll and ODU is back to "also receiving votes" along with my #20 Towson, #23 Liberty, and #24 Bethune-Cookman(who is technically in the "not receiving votes" category).
Towson joins the fun after brushing their teeth with Colgate 42-17, but have a BBG against the Terps of Maryland this week. Indiana St (21/23) edges up after edging Youngstown St 37-35 and get South Dakota St next time. Liberty tries to get back off the schnide against cupcake Kentucky Wesleyan; B-C took out a tough Hampton team 35-31 last Thursday and will likely take a whupping against BBG Miami FL.