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Postby South Newlandia » Sun Sep 17, 2023 5:28 pm

Red Elephants’ season has a pulse

Playing in the Jungledrom is really tough, with most teams struggling there more often than not. However, the Red Ellies tend to be a bit of an exception. Entering this week 10 matchup, with both South Newlandian schools out of Savannah contention, both teams had won two of the four EVU @ RUoN matchups played. However, the last time, Kasozi Wampona led the Egrets to a decisive win (his first at the Jungledrom). This time, however, the weather would be much better, with no rain in Ratzupalfu the weekend of the game.
The Red Ellies chose to give the Egrets the ball first, and a Wampona/Sampson-led drive got Ratzupalfu all the way into Field Goal range. There, Wampona was looking for a touchdown on 3rd&6, but Felix Krause had other ideas. The Ranorian came around the edge to bring down Wampona in the backfield for the drive-killing sack. Krause had a great game picking on the blindside tackle, notching 3.5 sacks on the game. This first one sent out Prasad-Ahamad for a 45-yard field goal attempt, which she proceeded to send wide left. Taking over, Rico Divalles led the Red Ellies downfield with controlled, short passes. The longest play of the drive was an 11-yard competition to Samajae Dallas. Lance Killiks sent a chip-shot field goal through the uprights, putting the Red Elephants ahead early.
The game went into half-time with the Red Elephants leading 13-8. The Egrets got here thanks to a long touchdown drive capped by Ragnar Sampson plunging in; and a jump offsides on the extra point made them gave the ball to him again to take an 8-3 lead. Divalles, however, managed to continue attacking the Egrets secondary, completing a touchdown pass to Ned Pill, and with time expiring on the second half, Killiks showed the Egrets how to kick a 40+ yard field goal to make it a five-point game.
The Red Elephants took the ball to start the second half, and went on another extended drive, finished off in the end zone by Divalles himself, escaping Krause on this occasion. 20-8 Red Ellies.
However, the Egrets clawed back into the game. Despite the strong Red Elephants run defense being able to focus on the rush, with the Egrets very afraid of attacking Mustafa Engström, some strong rushes by Sampson and a great 18-yard scramble by Wampona set up a 3-yard touchdown pass to Sandra Hillock. 20-15.
Midway though the four quarter, the Egrets were driving again, and Sampson managed to break free for his first real long rush of the game, with the Red Ellies mostly successful in containing the snow bear from eating everyone. However, just one slip-up gave the Ranorian a 56-yard touchdown run to put the Egrets up. The two-point conversion to go up by a field goal fell incomplete, with the Red Elephants now trailing by only one.
Elephant Valley, having been blanked since the first drive of the second half, finally managed to put a drive together, including a great completion to Ned Pill on the side-line. Around the 35-yard line, the Egrets finally managed to stop the Ellies from also running out the clock ahead of a game-winning field goal, with the Red Elephants sending out Killiks on fourth down to kick them two points ahead.
Forced into a two-minute drill with no timeouts – which is to say, an obvious passing situation – Wampona still managed to drive the Egrets down the field, with accurate completions to Arling, Hillock, Sampson and Arling again to give the Egrets a chance at a game-winning field goal. Kicking from 34 yards out in the Jungledrom can be treacherous, but the conditions were good today; but Prasad-Ahamad pushed it wide right to give Elephant Valley the win.


South Newlandian recruits – Part 2

#8 Recruit
Inside Linebacker - César Holmes
Non-Big Seven School (Elephant Valley)
Of course, not all of the top South Newlandian prospects played for one of the biggest High School teams; and Holmes is one such example. He didn’t attract much attention from gridiron High Schools, but the Elephant Valley native has grown up a lot since his middle school days. Now standing at 6’5’’, while still possessing surprising quickness, Holmes has some of the best tools of the South Newlandian graduating class. However, having played against far inferior competition, his skillset is extremely raw; he currently misses far too many tackles and usually looks completely lost in coverage. He’ll definitely need a year to sit and develop, but the physical tools are all there to mould him into a great player at the college level.
Academically, Holmes did well in High School, and is going to pursue a business degree in college. He’s hoping to do so in an environment that can nurture his football skills as well as his academic pursuits. Additionally, being an openly gay man, he’s hoping to live in a country that isn’t awful.

#7 Recruit
Quarterback – Scott Yadav
Beachside High, Kinjestad
Yadav spent most of his senior year running from opposing rushers in what ended up one of the worst offenses in the Big Seven – in fact, every other team outscored Beachside High on the season. It largely wasn’t the fault of Yadav, though, who was the best player on the offense by miles. Even despite a subpar offensive showing by the team, he found time to toss 12 touchdown passes while adding six with his legs, leading his team in rushing. It’s worth noting that he was much more effective in his sophomore and junior seasons, where he actually had some help.
As a passer, Yadav can sometimes be inaccurate, but he processes the game well for a High Schooler, a skill he can definitely develop further with good coaching. His arm strength isn’t amazing, but around average for the college level. However, the thing that makes him a good prospect are his legs, which allow him to either buy time to throw, or tuck and just pick up yards on the ground. He’s not really bulky enough (yet) to use him too much in the designed run game, but that’s definitely something that can still come along. He is fast and elusive, but also has a good sense of self preservation, and will step out of bounds almost every time rather than absorb a hit for a yard or two.
In school, Yadav didn’t exactly excel, but he did well enough for himself. He’s going to pursue a degree in sports management or a similar field.

#6 Recruit
Right End - Lucy Schmitz
Non-Big Seven School (Newport)
Schmitz is extremely raw as a pass rusher, but she definitely has the physical tools to develop into a great one. She’s a big power rusher who had most of her success in High School with her devastating bull rush, but she never really had to face any tackles that could match her raw athletic tools.
Her speed doesn’t define her game, but she’s definitely faster than she looks; but she’s going to struggle to chase down elusive quarterbacks in the open field. Nevertheless, there’s a lot to like there, and some great tools that could be developed by a good coaching staff. She might be able to see the field as a freshman as a change-of-pace, third rusher on the Edge, but she’s not at the level where she could start yet. While she struggles to recognise the run, she is very good at throwing the breaks on running backs if she can get the chance.
In school, Schmitz had excellent grades, and she’s hoping to become a vet after her playing days are over. She’s always had a keen interest in animals, and hopes to see some that don’t live in South Newlandia when she goes abroad for college.

#5 Recruit
Outside Linebacker – Joseph Pearson
Non-Big Seven School (Ratzupalfu)
Guess what, it’s yet another unpolished defender with great tools. Of the three, Pearson is the least polished, but also the toolsiest, with outstanding physical abilities. He has only been playing gridiron during his senior year of High School, and despite having hardly any idea what he’s doing, he’s excelled with amazing power, great speed, good bend, and a strong drive to improve and learn. Nevertheless, he is an extremely raw prospect that will need a lot of polishing, and probably shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near the field as a freshman.
Academically, Pearson’s grades have struggled a bit as a senior, but he’s still doing well enough. He’s hoping to major in journalism.

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Postby Sherpus » Sun Sep 17, 2023 6:24 pm

Napoli-Zinemar quarterback Derrick Hasselman - "We're hyped as f*** right now."


As the actual score for last matchday's game was unveiled, Derrick Hasselman seem absolutely hyped. He said, "5-5 is not too shabby for a B-Tier football country like Sherpus. We wanna see the future go well, we sure as hell hyped our a**es off."

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The Lions will face Koronki University of Technology and Computing (KUTC) in week 12, but no opponents have been determined for the weeks 11 and 13.
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Postby Dhemixia » Sun Sep 17, 2023 8:06 pm

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Jays fall to Zorillos; .500 gutwrenchingly close, yet just out of reach


Closing out the regular season, UC-Prairie lost 24-30 at The Brig against UPAM Boca Rana, dropping their regular season record to 4-6. Jerry Atkinson threw for 2 touchdowns, 1 to Gray-Rasmussen, 1 to Chang, and Kendrick Diaz rushed for a touchdown, as well as Sam Gustafsson going 1-1 on field goals to close out the Jays' scoring.

Whilst a 4-6 record and last place in the division doesn't go far playoff-wise, an NSCF tradition, The Pioneer Bowl, is still in the cards for the Jays. With 3 tame non-conference games, the Jays actually have a shot to make the Pioneer Bowl. If they win out, that would put them at a record of 7-6, which taking into account other rookie teams, would still land them in the Pioneer Bowl, and a date with the University of Akerdalr Lions.

If the Jays can get to the Pioneer Bowl, that will be a great starting point for next season, prepping the Jays for a possible playoff run if they keep producing at these levels. The only main roadblock in that possibility is the Jays' defense. If those Freshmen can step up, grow and learn at their position, and work as one unit, that concern should be quelled with the defensive play. The giant if in this scenario however, is if they get to the Pioneer Bowl. Their journey to get there will be 3 weeks of gritty football, and we will just have to see how it shakes out at the end of the day.


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Scoring Summary
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First Quarter
UPAM TD - RB Lincoln Ramos has 7 yard TOUCHDOWN run. PAT is no good (0-6)
UPAM FG - K Ez Garcia kicks 38 yard FIELD GOAL (0-9)
UCP TD - QB Jerry Atkinson throws 25 yard TOUCHDOWN pass to WR William Chang. PAT is good (7-9)

Second Quarter
UCP FG - K Sam Gustafsson kicks 34 yard FIELD GOAL (10-9)
UPAM TD - QB Cesar Del Rey throws 12 yard TOUCHDOWN pass to WR Dario Jefferson. PAT is good (10-16)

Third Quarter
UPAM TD - QB Cesar Del Rey throws 10 yard TOUCHDOWN pass to RB Lincoln Ramos. PAT is good (10-23)
UCP TD - QB Jerry Atkinson throws 7 yard TOUCHDOWN pass to WR Miles Gray-Rasmussen (17-23)

Fourth Quarter
UCP TD - RB Kendrick Diaz has 20 yard TOUCHDOWN run. PAT is good (24-23)
UPAM TD - QB Cesar Del Rey throws TOUCHDOWN pass to TE Denniy Chung. PAT is good (24-30)

End of Game

Blue Jays, 24
Zorillos, 30


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Week 1: VS. Alexandroupolis L 27-30
Week 2: @ Constantinople L 26-43
Week 3: @ UPAM-Boca Rana L 21-36
Week 4: @ Commonwealth of Baker Park L 23-33
Week 5: @ Green City University W 20-16
Week 6: VS. Royal Naval Academy W 51-3
Week 7: VS. Trent State W 36-17
Week 8: @ Alexandroupolis L 27-39
Week 9: VS. Constantinople W 33-29
Week 10: VS. UPAM-Boca Rana L 24-30
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Non-conference play
Week 11: @ Frontier M&T
Week 12: VS. Lacragos
Week 13: @ BYU
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Postby Commonwealth of Baker Park » Sun Sep 17, 2023 8:15 pm

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Rebounding from disappointing NSCF 28 followed by a UAC season that was marked by an inability to hold onto leads, the University of the Commonwealth has made a strong statement by capturing the Heartland Division title for the second time in three seasons and will have a home crowd advantange when they face the University of Alexandroupolis in the Mineral Conference championship game at the BBP National Stadium.

UC defeated the Redbirds 37-16 four weeks ago, ending UA's six game winning streak, but Ryan Benton knows that it will be a different team that will come into the title matchup.

“They won't be happy that we went into their place and won so they will be looking to return the favor. We'll need to keep our focus on the things we did well over there and not get into situations that force us out of our gameplan.”

A win by UC would be the seventh conference championship in NSCF competition which would be a Mineral Conference record.
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Postby Banija » Sun Sep 17, 2023 8:18 pm

NMU new starting QB Wade Hurley, end of the day where Kabuye named him the team's starting QB


... "Mom, Dad!" He said into his phone, excitedly, as he was calling them late at night. They were, of course, at home in Ranoria, getting ready for bed. Hurley had a 6-9 PM lab on Monday nights- so he always got out late. Right now, he was calling them on his walk back to the dorms.

"Son! Great to hear from you." His Dad said. "How's practice? I know next year you're gonna be balling out..."

"Next year?? How about next week? I'm the starting QB now!" Hurley excited screamed into his phone. A moment of stunned silence on the phone- it was the Mom who recovered first.

"WADE!" She said on the phone, nearly shrieking. "So happy for you my baby boy! Starting Quarterback as a freshman!!

"Son! CONGRATULATIONS!" His Dad yelled. "Oh shit, we've gotta make sure we're in Herzegovina City for this! It's Loyola week, right?? You're gonna dominate- don't worry!!"

The conversation continued for a few minutes longer, and then Wade had gotten back to his dorm. He was reinvigorated- studying deep into the gameplans that the coaches had given him. What an opportunity it would be- first career start against Loyola, of all schools. If he could deliver a win...




NMU new starting QB Wade Hurley, on the Wednesday of Northern v. Loyola game week, heading into Biology 201


Wade Hurley jogged into class, getting into the classroom with about 15 seconds left. Turns out- when you're publicly named the team's new starting QB, at a school that was as mad about football as Northern Moravica was, people always wanted to talk to you in the hall. NMU was certainly an informed fanbase- people referred to him as the future. But the future was here- and for a season that was turning out to be increasingly depressing(4-5?? 3 games out of the divisional race??) the excitement of a new QB invigorated everybody.

"My main man Wade! Starting Quarterback- Congrats!" The professor said at the front of the class. The class starting clapping for him- it was unlike anything Wade had ever seen. Sheepishly, blushing, he stood up and waved.

"Of course, that doesn't mean you don't have to do schoolwork- student-athlete, right?" Everybody laughed. "But, for the life of me, please stick it to Loyola. Those mother-"

"-Professor!" Yelled a student. THe professor was obviously going to go on a tirade against Loyola-Istria. The swear word he was about to unleash was obvious- but whatever other swear words he had planned to describe their despised rivals to the south would not be revealed to this classroom. But the Professor did try to avoid swearing in his class, so he thanked the student.

"Like I said, please beat Loyola. My wife is a U of Moravica grad, and LOVES hating on NMU sports."

"Moravica!" "Garbage school!" "Do they even HAVE a football team?" Random students in the class were shouting about the U of Moravica- aka, the NMU way. Nothing more NMU than looking down on the University of Moravica, is there?

"Anyways- if NMU gets swept by Loyola this year, I have to wear a Moravica jersey to school on both Monday & Tuesday. I'd rather let my daughter go on a date with Marco Hertel than wear that damned jersey..."




NMU radio commentators, towards the end of NMU's stunning 34-6 rivalry victory over Loyola-Istria in Week 10


Play-By-Play Commentator: Levi Ayange is headed onto the field now, the senior QB getting a standing ovation from this red-clad crowd. Wade Hurley had an excellent game today- 225 yards, two TDs. The story, of course, is about much more than him. But Ayange is going to take the final snaps here, take the kneeldowns- Kabuye's letting the senior Quarterback get his moment of glory.

Color Commentator: Even Lance Kabuye, the quintessential angry madman, seems to have a heart and a soul. But he was bold today, yet it paid off. Three straight losses to your archrival, while they also go off to win the division and play for a Conference championship- well, that's a bitter pill for somebody like Lance Kabuye to swallow. Boldest move- the QB switch. Ayange had been bad all year, there's no way around it- even in the wins for NMU, he rarely looked convincing. But in this three game losing streak, he was awful, and the entire NMU offense was awful- something had to be done. And while it's extremely early returns for Hurley, it seems as if the future's coming now for Northern Moravica. He wasn't asked to do a ton, but Northern Moravica simply wanted a QB who could keep them ahead of the chains, and make them respect the pass enough to allow big Red to pound the rock.

And pound the rock they did. A balanced offense all the way around- 252 team rushing yards, 225 team passing yards- an all-around, elite performance. This includes, of course, Loyola getting a turnover on downs by stuffing NMU at the 1 yard line in the first quarter. That playoff streak is still in peril, of course- but this win is the first part of that resume that NMU is going to have to start building, and quickly, if they want to impress the committee and earn a playoff berth."

Play-By-Play Commentator: And, if you're talking about Wade Hurley- the lights were indeed bright. Ken Geode did drop an easy interception that could have changed the trajectory of this football game in the second quarter. But really, his arm talent shined through today. He was really whipping it around. That 14 yard TD pass in the second quarter...

Color Commentator: If you don't remember, we'll set the scene. 3rd and 10 at the Loyola 14 yard line. NMU's sitting there, up 10-6. 47 seconds left in the half. It was an absolutely veteran move. Looking left to look away the safety, then turning his head right at the last second and firing in an absolute bullet- in the back of the end zone where only Geese can catch it. He took a big hit too from the safety, but that was the smallest of windows and Hurley fit it in there. Not many young QBs can make that throw at this level- it shows how strong his potential is. If they can continue to unlock that... NMU is going to make quite the push when non-conference play kicks off.

Game played at Mugisha II Memorial Stadium, to a capacity crowd of 93,000

First Quarter
09:07 NMU TD- NMU HB Amira Kong has 3 yard TOUCHDOWN carry. PAT is good (7-0 NMU)
02:11 NMU TO ON DOWNS- On 4th & Goal from the 1, NMU QB Wade Hurley is stuffed on QB sneak by Loyola DT Samuel Jate. Turnovers on downs

Second Quarter
12:33 NMU FG- NMU K Kyler Blatchford hits 37 yard field goal. (10-0 NMU)
09:04 ULI FG- ULI K Alanyo Musaazi hits 41 yard field goal. (10-3 NMU)
04:01 ULI FG- ULI K Alanyo Musaazi hits 27 yard field goal. (10-6 NMU)
00:47 NMU TD- NMU QB Wade Hurley throws 14 yard TOUCHDOWN pass to WR Tyler Geese. PAT is good (17-6 NMU)
00:00 ULI MISSED FG- ULI K Alanyo Musaazi 53 yard field goal attempt is no good, hits left upright. (17-6 NMU)

HALFTIME SCORE- Northern Moravica 17, Loyola-Istria 6

Third Quarter
10:03 ULI FUM- ULI QB Vavayavich is sacked by NMU DE Kang Joseph and FUMBLES, recovered by NMU MLB Kang In-Yeung at the NMU 14 yard line. (17-6 NMU)
04:44 NMU TD- NMU HB Balinda Kisero has 6 yard TOUCHDOWN run. PAT is good (24-6 NMU)
00:12 NMU TD- NMU QB Wade Hurley throws 56 yard TOUCHDOWN pass to WR Alice Conti. PAT is good (31-6 NMU)

Fourth Quarter
07:08 ULI INT- ULI QB Vavayavich pass is INTERCEPTED by NMU CB Abigail Washington in the end zone for a touchback (31-6 NMU)
02:24 NMU FG- NMU K Kyler Blatchford hits 47 yard field goal. (34-6 NMU)

Northern Moravica WINS, 34 to 6





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Two Questions for Loyola- Our two questions for the Blue Thunder as they prepare to take on USC in Baker Park for the Celestia Conference Title


BELLE HAVEN, COMMONWEALTH OF BAKER PARK- The two Banijan schools have had a stranglehold on the Celestia Conference ever since entering the NSCF. Including NSCFs 12-14, there have been a total of 15 seasons with Banijan schools in the NSCF- at least one in the Celestia conference for 15 completed seasons. And 14 of those seasons, a Banijan school has ended up the Celestia Conference champion. Northern Moravica has won this conference 8 times, and Loyola-Istria has won it 6 times. The only time where it didn't happen? NSCF 22, when the Salamantic Universities, of Ko-oren, completed the double sweep against both Banijan schools to win the conference title. And Loyola, of course, won NSCF 25-27- so they are gunning for their fourth conference title in five seasons.

And yet, that streak is under threat.

The Quebecois schools have just as much storied history in the NSCF as the Banijan schools. And while betting against Loyola or NMU to win the Celestia would seem to be a fool's errand, it is USC who enter the game as 3.5 point favorites to take the Conference title to Quebec. So let's get into our three urgents questions for Loyola during Championship week...

Question #1- Can we take anything away from their week 5 matchup?

USC sits at 9-1. They've only lost once all season- their week 5 trip to the Istria Lightning Yard. Of course, lots of teams lose at the Istria Lightning Yard- but this conference title game, for obvious reasons, won't be played there. But Dennis Zervos insists that there is a lot to take away from that game. "We delivered the type of performance that put the whole competition on notice in Week 5." Dennis Zervos told reporters. "We both learned a lot about each other. Of course, if you stay still in this game, you're falling behind- so I don't expect this game to look much like that game. But we found matchups, etc... That we liked, and we plan on exploiting those once again. They may have the better record, but there's full confidence on my end that we can break them down."

Question #2- Did NMU give away the blueprint to beating their archrivals?

NMU and USC are teams that are built similarly. Built on strong O-Lines, running the football, ball control offense, and hard-nosed defense. NMU put that gameplan to perfection in Week 10- they were able to simply physically dominate at the point of attack, and grow stronger and in more control as the game went along. USC would do well to study that. When Zervos was asked about that, he did not put much stock in that game. "Look- it was a rivalry game, on the road, NMU's season on the brink of complete and total collapse." Zervos told reporters. "So for them to come out like that... A team full of desperation. We will be ready. Physically, Loyola may be a high-flying, but we are up to the task of matching up with any kind of football team. And we've got A-MV."

All eyes on Belle Haven. What's on the line? So much. A conference championship- that ever-important title. And, of course, an automatic playoff berth. "You simply can't underplay how big these conference title games are- and it's a blue blood v. a blue blood, it's going to be a spectacular game." Coach Zervos told reporters. "I expect it to come down to the wire- it will be up to our coaching staff to make sure our boys are ready to go out and win this one in the fourth quarter."
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Postby Cardenao » Sun Sep 17, 2023 8:56 pm

Inside the LeBois Santura University Broncos locker room, there's an eerie sense of calm before the storm. The players know exactly what’s ahead of them, they heard it all week on campus, they heard it from the pundits, they heard it from each other, one name on everyone’s lips:

Cold Hill University.

The air in the locker room seems thick, laden with anticipation and knowing that they are minutes away from facing one of the biggest challenges in college football, going against the Cold Hill University Buffalos in the Big Eight Conference Championship. Every one of these boys had played hundreds of games of footballs in their lives, maybe thousands, but this one singular game surely felt like the most impossible game they’d suited up for. The pressure of this moment, of wearing the Blue and Orange of BSU and representing Cardenao on one of the biggest stages for the first time, that weighs heavily on the minds of the players.

Maybe too heavily though, as the atmosphere in the room was quiet, almost somber in nature as the gravity of the upcoming game sinks in and settles on the players. The boys went through their pre-game routines, each lost in their own thoughts as the flame of hope dwindled to an ember. Going up against Cold Hill is not a pleasurable experience.

Amidst all of that pressure, anxiety, and nervousness, there becomes the opportunity and the need for someone to step up, someone to rise to the occasion and drag the team where they needed to be. Enter Sigma Carreon. At 6’4 289lbs, the senior center was a mountain of a man at 22 years of age. He senses the need for a change in mood, that if the Broncos entered the game in this state of mind then it was over before the first whistle blew. Sigma Carreon who senses the need for a change in mood.

‘Big Sig’ stands up, knowing that, as a veteran and leader of this team, it's moments like this that ultimately define a team's character. His speech is brief but passionate, his voice cutting through the silent locker room like a gunshot as he reminds his teammates of their journey, the trials they've overcome, and the unwavering belief in each other that had built the foundation for this fairytale season.

"Alright listen up, fellas, I’m only saying this once! I know it seems stacked against us, I know we got everyone writing us off. Cold Hill is a beast, no doubt about that. Fuck that. Fuck. That. Look around you. Look at your brothers next to you. We've gone through everything for this moment, we fought all season through the bullshit to be right here. They ain’t the first tough team we faced, they ain’t the last. We beat some tough teams this season. BYU, Richardson, let’s add CH. This is OUR fucking moment! OUR time to shine! We're not just a team; we're a family, we’ve worked fucking hard, let’s give ‘em a fucking fight and leave it all out on the field. We’re the Broncos."

As Big Sig sat back down, everyone could feel his words resonate through the room and slowly but surely the somber mood was burned away by the spark of determination. It’s time for the leaders to lead the lads to confidence and victory. Bobby Dials and Alabaster Red, the captains and hearts and soul of the team, join in, turning on music and rallying their team. Bobby went first, standing up and getting his team going.

"Impossible? That’s a bullshit word man, only small men say impossible, only people who don’t believe in their power to make change say impossible. This shit isn’t impossible, Cold Hill isn’t impossible. We're not small men, we’re not fucking losers. We're the Broncos baby! We've trained hard, we've bled together, and today, we’re fight together. Remember what Isaka Jawara said to us last season. Are we different animals but the same beast? Today I think we are. Let’s fucking get this, we’re in our country!”

Alabaster Red knew it was his time to speak so he shot to his feet with a palpable change in attitude towards one of belief and confidence.

"This the game we've dreamed of, this is it. The big one, the one where we face the odds, where we leave everything on the field, where we rise above the challenges. We gonna be the number one defense tonight. Remember who you are, remember who we are, go out there and make a little bit of history! Let’s ride!”

The mood in the room is peaking as Coach Valentine enters and he knows they’re ready. He can see the transformation in his team and can’t help but smile. It’s time.

"Alright gentlemen here we go, this is it, this is the moment. The game we've been waiting our whole lives for is here, it’s finally here. Do you remember where we started? Last year, our first ever season, all the doubters. You've trained hard, you've grown as a team, you've earned the right to be here, this is your shot. Believe in yourselves, believe in each other, and play with heart. 4-6 seconds of maximum intensity, it’s all out there for you to grab, you just have to stand on your brother’s shoulders and reach out and take it.

Cold Hill University, yeah they the big bad wolf but guess what? Sometimes the underdog bites back. Hey it all comes down to this, it all comes down to one game. For three hours, this is our fucking world, nothing else, okay? This is how you build your legacy: Put it all out on the field, prove who you are, show the world you belong. Now finish getting ready and get out there. We got a football game to play."

As Coach Valentine's words hang in the air, the Broncos know they are ready. The locker room, earlier quiet and somber and shitty, is now charged with energy and determination. They hear the marching band playing their song, they hear the fans yelling and cheering for them.

This is their moment, their time to shine, and they believe they can do it no matter the odds.
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Big Eight, Mineral: Conference Championships

Postby Drawkland » Sun Sep 17, 2023 9:16 pm

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Big Eight & Mineral
Conference Championships


Who gets the playoff berth? More importantly, who gets bragging rights for the next year or so? Here we go!




BIG EIGHT

Cold Hill University 36–33 LeBois Santura University


MINERAL

University of the Commonwealth of Baker Park 20–27 University of Alexandroupolis
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NSFB: Everything Is Strange (Earth Trophy X)

Postby TJUN-ia » Mon Sep 18, 2023 2:59 pm

Earth Trophy X. At The Palace. This game was earmarked in the preseason as a celebration of TJUN-ian football, the 10th meeting in the 5th season of the 2-team era of our game...but this one has shaped up to be the strangest one of them all. The Trent State Feathercaps would enter the AU Zone at 4-5, needing wins and fast if they were going to at least make a bowl game, while the Green City Royal Eagles were 3-6 and needed to win just to remain in a shout of a .500 record and a bowl game in the future. Everyone could tell both Johnny Bridgeford and Paul Abdullahi were desperate for a win...and sometimes, men do crazy shit for those green Ws on the resume.

This game would be almost animalistic in its nature, with both teams knowing the full significance of every possible result known to man, and this game would certainly feel brutal in its play. GCU, as the home team and holders of the Trophy, were dogged in their defence with Alisha Obi Michel managing 3 TDs to her name (2 to Carlton McSwane, 1 to Freeman Namnganda) while Colleen Fletcher Christian managed 2/3 PATs and 1/2 on FGs. But this game certainly did feel like it was heading the Caps' way...and Jason Steels was certainly key to that outcome. He performed under this pressure with 4 TDs (2 each for Yurilka Zelinskaya and Catherine Alcaraz-Cortéz) while Eleonora "Firefeet" Scafakou managed to go for 3/4 on PATs and 2/2 on FGs. It was a pivotal day here in the Green City but in the end, it was another rivalry game where the away fans were celebrating. Finally, after all this time, TSU got the Trophy back...going to 5-5 in the process and condemning GCU to its first-ever losing season in the NSCF era.

Onto the non-conference slate we go, with TSU having their Senior Day game against the EVU Red Elephants while GCU have to stay put to host the 2-8 High City College Snipers from Corporate City 1. This is supposed to be the tough bit...so expect more pain maybe?


TSU SCHEDULE (MINERAL Conference, Mineral Division + 3 Non-Conf)
Week 1: @UCBP (CBP) L 6-34 (0-1)
Week 2: @Royal Naval Academy (NAS) W 23-20 (1-1)
Week 3: vs Green City (TJU) - Earth Trophy IX L 14-24 (1-2)
Week 4: vs Alexandropolis (NGS) L 3-13 (1-3)
Week 5: vs UPAM-Boca Rana (SGU) W 27-17 (2-3)
Week 6: @Constantinople (NGS) L 3-10 (2-4)
Week 7: @Columbus-Prairie (DHE) L 17-36 (2-5)
---------------------Mineral Division Rematches---------------------
Week 8: vs UCBP (CBP) - Homecoming W 13-7 (3-5)
Week 9: vs Royal Naval Academy (NAS) W 17-7 (4-5)
Week 10: @Green City (TJU) - Earth Trophy X W 33-23 (5-5)
Week 11: Conference Championship Week
---------------------Non-Conference---------------------
Week 12: vs Elephant Valley (SNL/6-4/4th in Celestia) - Senior Day
Week 13: @Sadeg State (DRK/5-5/5th in Horizon)
Week 14: @High City College (CCO/2-8/7th in Big Eight)


SCHEDULE (MINERAL Conference, Mineral Division + 3 Non-Conf)
Week 1: vs Royal Naval Academy (NAS) W 46-13 (1-0)
Week 2: vs UCBP (CBP) L 24-32 (1-1)
Week 3: @Trent State (TJU) - Earth Trophy IX W 24-14 (2-1)
Week 4: vs Constantinople U (NGS) L 19-30 (2-2)
Week 5: vs Columbus-Prairie (DHE) - Homecoming L 16-20 (2-3)
Week 6: @UAlexandropolis (NGS) L 17-41 (2-4)
Week 7: @UPAM-Boca Rana (SGU) L 13-34 (2-5)
---------------------Mineral Division Rematches---------------------
Week 8: @Royal Naval Academy (NAS) W 59-17 (3-5)
Week 9: @UCBP (CBP) L 7-27 (3-6)
Week 10: vs Trent State (TJU) - Earth Trophy X L 23-33 (3-7)
Week 11: Conference Championship Week
---------------------Non-Conference---------------------
Week 12: vs Sea Dome U (MSD/4-6/6th in Big Eight)
Week 13: @Richardson (RAN/8-2/3rd* in Big Eight)
Week 14: vs Mancodas (PFA/9-2/Zephyr Champions) - Senior Day
1st: ECC4/5, NSSCRA13
2nd: NSCF24/26, ARWC4, WC:TOTS, IBC34, IBS17, RUWC33, ECC6
3rd: ARWC3, IBC32, ECC3/7, ARWC6
4th: WBC50/52, IBC31/33/38, RLWC20/21, IBS19
NSSCRA - JR
T1: #07 Michael Stefan (S13 T1 Champ/9W)/#64 Alfonso Mercado (3W)/#03 Maddison Riley-Jones (S10 T2 Champ/2W-T1/3W-T2)
T2: #96 Alice Jepkosgei (3W)/#70 Gongming Gao [NCR] (5W)/#79 Axel Chase

WGPO: #11 Lane Carter (2W)/ #9 Batu Tüvshinbayar (WGP2 S5 Champion/1W)
NSTT: 4 S-Titles (3 RU)/2 D-Titles (6 RU)

UN - U1
TJUN (Ta-Jun) - An organ of the UN that focuses on "international role-play" (i.e. USA = Fang the Sniper) (U2)
TJUN-ia (Ta-Jun-ee-a) - The testing grounds of TJUN members, but operates as an independent nation. (U3)

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Kings of the Celestia! Loyola win 4th conference title in 5 seasons with 34-20 win over USC at the BBP National Stadium in Baker Park

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Players celebrate with the Celestia Conference Trophy


BELLE HAVEN, COMMONWEALTH OF BAKER PARK- As BBP National Stadium packed to the brim, you had a pair of extremely excited football programs and fanbases, getting ready to compete in a Conference championship game. Dennis Zervos, Loyola's head coach, described the scene of excitement. "These are two proud, storied, blue blood programs- USC and Loyola-Istria. Both schools having foundational roots with Quebecois Roman Catholics, games like these represent everything good about this beautiful sport of college football. Everybody gathering here in the beautiful city of Belle Haven, with so much on the line. We know what is at stake- and our first goal this season has always been to wrest back the conference title. We beat NMU for the Savannah Division- and now, USC is the only team that stands in our way of claiming Celestia conference title #7."

USC, of course, coming into the game with high ambitions as well. St. Croix came into the game with an impressive 9-1 record, their only loss a 31-7 pasting at the hands of, you guessed it, Loyola-Istria at the Istria Lightning Yard. "A win for USC would mean that, by the end of conference play, they've beaten every single team on their schedule- not something many teams can say." Said a Banijan TV analyst. "A 9-1 record is already impressive- but a conference title would probably put them in the driver's seat for something that is very rare- a top 2 seed in the playoffs. And what importantly comes with that? Home field advantage throughout the postseason. It does not get better than this."

You could see the excitement all day. You could see it throughout the town- blue and white everywhere, since both teams wear the same colors, of course. And then, the actual game- with Loyola kicking off, you could feel the electricty in the air. It had been one hell of a championship weekend so far- highlighted, of course, by the spectacular Big 8 title game, with LeBois Santura and Cold Hill playing a 36-33 spectacular affair. But the Celestia title game, at least to start off, was about defense. Don't get us wrong, Vavayavich made her presence felt- particular with a 37 yard completion down the field to Marcel Schlachter. But that drive only yielded a field goal for the Blue Thunder. Le Bleu et Blanc, on the other hand, didnt' score at all in Q1- so it was the Blue Thunder taking a 3-0 lead into the game's second quarter- although USC was driving.

The Loyola defense would stand tall, forcing USC to kick in the first minute of the second quarter to tie the game, at 3 points a piece. Then, good things started happening for Loyola. Nordstrom returning the ensuing kickoff to the 50 yard line gave the Blue Thunder excellent field position- and you generally don't want to get A-MV a short field. They chopped it up the field, getting plays in good chunks, staying ahead of the chains. Until, of course, she took a 7 yard sack on 2nd & 6, to get a 3rd & 13 for Loyola at the USC 36 yard line. She's certainly not known for her scrambling. But even the flat-footed Vavayavich had all sorts of room to run on the 3rd and long, and she did- being tackled about a yard and a half shy, at the 24, of the line to gain.

4th and a longggg one. At the opposing 24? Take the points- or go for it? "The analytics say go for it there- so no regrets." Said the head coach, Dennis Zervos, after the game. "Sometimes, it works out perfectly. But sometimes..." The fourth down had a jumbo pistol set. Three HBs in the backfield- Cho Sang-Wook and Darrell Jackson on either side of A-MV, with Nordstrom behind her. A tight end on the line, and Schlachter lined up out wide. She got the snap, and it was clear it was a read-option, with Sang-Wook lead blocking. She handed it off to Jackson, but the hole was filled almost as soon as it opened up- the massive USC DT, Benn-Kocian, burst through the line for the tackle for loss. Turnover on downs.

That's when the feared running game of USC really began to take over. We've all seen it- when the ground game really gets going, mixed with the play-action game from USC, that offense can really become unstopppable. Four minutes later, it was a perfect exercise of bully ball, as their big O-Line just mauled the Blue Thunder defenders out of the way so Ryu Seong-Weon could roll into the end zone, untouched, for a 13 yard touchdown run. Not a single third down on that entire drive- just chunk play after chunk play.

Fortunately, the Blue Thunder didn't need long to respond.

Loyola Radio Commentator wrote:We've got 1st and 10 here for the Blue Thunder, at their own 38 yard line, after a successful 3rd down and 3 conversion. Fantastic thinking to run a halfback draw for Manne Nordstrom on 3rd down- especially with 4 WRs. Loyola's trying to become more diversified, and made it a point this season to have a little bit more balance in the offense. A-MV, of course, is obviously A-MV- but they've got a talented group of HBs here, as well. So on the draw- needed 3, and our small, shifty Vanorian running back got 7.

We break the huddle. Vavayavich is in the shotgun- she's got three receivers lined up to her right. Jackson's next to her in the backfield, with a tight end on the line of scrimmage. Goes through her cadence, and the ball is snapped. She sticks it out for Jackson- but pulls back. Play-action pass. She throws deep over the middle of the field... AND IT"S CAUGHT BY ARNAS RØNNING! HE'S BEAT HIS DEFENDER AND CAUGHT IT AT THE 25! 20! 15.... AND HE"S GONNA SCORE! TOUCCHHDOOOWWWWW LOYOLA-ISTRIA!

Oh my, what a throw! A double move by Arnas Rønning left his defender in the dust. Vavayavich saw him, hit him in stride, and the safety did not have time to get over. Six points for Loyola- and the kicker is about to make it 7!


Exciting big play for the Loyola offense. 10-10 ball game. Unfortunately, the defense couldn't sustain that momentum. Much like the prior drive, USC's O-Line and running game really took over. A dominant showing in the quarter, mostly, by the USC offense- over 10 minutes time of possesion for the entire quarter, well-balanced. And 17 points in the quarter as well-, as this drive ended with Boulouque-Milliken throwing a 6 yard TD pass to the Tight End, Tex Alexnader, withh 44 seconds left in the half.

Vavayavich got Loyola into field goal range to end the half- and Musaazi attempted a 56 yarder. But although he had the leg, he didn't have the accuracy, missing the kick well to the right. No good. USC led this game at the half, looking far different than the teams first meeting- USC 17, Loyola-Istria 10. But Loyola-Istria had found something that was working on offense as well- and to start the second half, they intended to keep things moving and grooving.

Opening kick went for a touchback. First play? The Blue Thunder bring out a wildcat formation. Vavayavich at wideout. Nordstrom in the shotgun, with Jackson and Cho Sang-Wook on either side of him. Vavayavich motioned across. The ball was snapped, and the handoff was faked to the QB. Then, Nordstrom ran up the middle- with blockers. He went 27 yards, not being brought down until he had crossed the 50 yard line. Brilliant play design, defense's eyes were everywhere. That big play really started the drive for Loyola, which would finish it with a touchdown. The TD, of course, was a 9 yard TD pass to Cho Sang-Wook, on a HB angle route, on 2nd & 2 from the USC 9 yard line. PAT was good, and the game was tied- 17-17.

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Loyola-Istria EDGE Audrey Neuland, first defensive drive of the second half


The Head Coach, Dennis Zervos, had walked straight up to her at halftime- privately, of course, before addressing the team. "Audrey- you're much better than this. What the hell is going on?" He grabbed the stat sheet that the team's statistician had given him. "You had 1 tackle last week- 0 QB pressures. Against our fucking rivals, NMU. This week, you had 0 QB pressures, 0 tackles- it's like you're a ghost out there! I need more out of you. You're the most talented defender in this G-d damned conference. I need you to fucking show it. Without you, we have no hopes."

He grabbed her helmet. "You're Audrey fucking Neuland- the world is watching. Show this damned competition who the hell you are."

So coming out in the third quarter, after Loyola had scored to open the second half, Audrey Neuland was determined. She had spent the last 6 quarters almost eerily silent- but now, it was time for her to roar. First down and 10 for USC, at their own 25 yard line. They ran a HB toss, straight at her. She shed the tackle like a snake sheds its old skin, and beelined straight towards Ryu in the backfield. He tried to juke her, but he was going nowhere- she grabbed him and brought him down. 3 yard tackle for loss. "LET'S GO BABY!" She yelled, pounding her chest. She pointed straight at the USC QB, telling him he was next- but Samuel Jate, the team's DT, held her back before she got a taunting penalty.

"Hey man, dont' get us in trouble!" Jate said.

"Man, fuck these refs- I'm kicking some USC ass." She told him. The ref, of course, did not call a penalty. Second and 13, from the USC 22. Boulouque-Milliken dropped back. This time, Neuland did a bull rush- driving the left tackle back into the quarterback. The QB tried to step up into the pocket- but Neuland was on his back, wrapping up the Quebecois QB for a sack. She leapt up to celebrate. "YOU. CAN'T. STOP. ME!" She screamed into the night, doing a wrestling title belt celebration. She high-fived Jate, as she jogged to the new line of scrimmage- a 7 yard sack.

3rd and 20 for USC. Neuland still on the field. Her assignment- keep contain on the edge. USC tried to run a WR screen- but she jumped the route and almost picked it off. Of course, nobody's ever mistaken her for a WR, and especially not there- she jumped up, got two hands on it, but could not bring it down. Still, about as dominant of a performance on a single series that a defensive player could ask for. Tackle For Loss on first down, sack on second down, and a pass breakup on third down. She jogged back to the bench- but not before Dennis Zervos got right up to her.

"THAT"S THE SHIT I WANT TO FUCKING SEE!" Head Coach Dennis Zervos told her. "SHOW THESE BASTARDS WHO YOU ARE!"




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So after USC went backyards 10 yards on a three & out (basically forced by Audrey Neuland, nearly by herself), Loyola would once again have the football- this time, at their own 39 yard line. Pretty solid field position for the Loyola offense, with Vavayavich really on a roll. These short passes, west coast style, were really working for Loyola. Obviously, they had already gone over the top once in this game. USC had adjusted to that, with their secondary cheating on deep routes. Ergo, leaving a lot of the underneath spaces open- players like Xaya Larr feasting for those 7-12 yard intermediate passing routes. Although Vavayavich was responsible for most of the yards on this drive, it was Nordstrom who would give Loyola the lead- on the ground.

An outside zone handoff on a second and short, at the USC 24 yard line. But with some excellent lead blocking, Nordstrom hit the hole with speed. Everybody was blocked, except for the USC safety. He went left-right so quick on the juke move that he basically put the USC safety on skates. The safety flailed after him, going the wrong way as Nordstrom easily went past him. The Vanorian HB dove into the end zone for six, giving Loyola its first lead of the day since they had led 3-0 earlier. The PAT was good- and now the Blue Thunder led, by a score of 24-17. And it was the experienced seniors- A-MV, Manne Nordstrom, etc.. Who were leading the way in this conference championship game.

From here, we'll basically skip ahead to the fourth quarter. The Loyola had forced another 3 and out after that TD- giving Loyola a chance to really step on the throats of their Quebecois rivals. But on a 3rd and 4 of their own, Marcel Schlachter was open on an in-breaking route for a first down- but simply dropped the pass. Sure-handed and reliable, but it does happen to everybody- brutal that it was on a key 3rd down though. Chance missed to ice this game, and USC really took advantage of it. They drove down the field, into the fourth quarter, and ended up in the red zone. Down 7, just under 14 minutes left, USC had a 3rd & 2 at the Loyola 19 yard line.

But Loyola was ready. USC ran the play-action- but the Loyola defenders were ready. Secondary blanketing the receivers in man coverage, and a blitz up the middle by Harley Sandoval ended up getting home. 4th down and 7 at the Loyola 24 for USC- a huge stand for the Blue Thunder defense. Maher made the 41 yarder, but Loyola still led- 24-20. Loyola-Istria would get the ball again, and what do you know- another four minute drive for the Blue Thunder. A chance, once again, to put this game on ice. Moving the ball well and efficiently, both via the air and on the ground.

Loyola got to another 4th down decision, up 4. Fourth and 1 at the USC 9 yard line. They once again brought a jumbo package to try and get that last yard. But, everybody was too amped. A False start moved them back five yards, and they were forced to kick. Musaazi hit the field goal, but it was still a one possesion game- Loyola 27, USC 20. Both teams would trade punts- Loyola did get a first down on their next drive, but would eventually have to punt- and USC would get the ball back with about 4 minutes left. Down 7. Conference title on the line. The exact scenario that kids run through all the time in their backyards, right?

But for Boulouque-Milliken, it didn't go according to plan.

Loyola Radio Commentator wrote:Oh wow, an incredible throw up the seam for Boulouque-Milliken! A 21 yard strike for the USC QB, to put St. Croix at the 40 yard line. 1st and 10 for USC here. The QB is under center- but he's got two receivers left, and one WR right. They are in the singleback, with Ryu lined up deep in the backfield, and TE to the QB's left. The ball is snapped, Boulouque-Milliken drops back to throw. He looks right, and his WR cuts in towards the middle of the field. Audrey Neuland is putting him under pressure. The QB is hit as he throws, as Boulouque-Milliken tries to fit it into the window as he's tackled by the Loyola star EDGE rusher...

AND IT"S PICKED OFF! The free safety, the 5th year senior, Kajaly Kiro, has undercut the throw and intercepted it! He's going to try and run with it.. He's got Blockers! THEY'VE TAKEN DOWN THE RUNNING BACK! He's at the 25, 20, 15, 10... AND LEAPS INTO THE END ZONE FOR A TOUCHDOWN! KAJALY KIRO HAS TAKEN THE INTERCEPTION 47 YARDS TO THE HOUSE! WOW- WHAT A TURN OF EVENTS! LOYOLA'S GONNA WIN THIS FOOTBALL GAME! OH WOW! 3 and a half minutes to go, Kiro has turned this game on its head- Loyola lead by two touchdowns!


And that, folks, was that. The PAT made it 34-20, and that was basically it. USC had one last drive, they drove deep into Loyola territory- but an Audrey Neuland strip sack caused a turnover that allowed Loyola to go into victory formation. For the fourth time in the last five seasons, and for the seventh time ever, Loyola are officially Celestia Conference champions. "A fantastic victory, all the way around- playing well in all three phases!" Head Coach Dennis Zervos told reporters. "A conference title well earned. USC may have won 9 games- but we've beat them twice. We're the best team in this conference!"

Audrey Neuland, after a dominant second half performance(5 tackles, 1 TFL, 2 sacks, 4 QB pressures, 3 QB hits, 1 Forced Fumble, 1 PBU) won the Celestia Title Game MVP honors. With a conference title now wrapped up, Loyola will turn its focus to non-conference play and seeding- trying to do what they can to earn at least one, if not a couple of, home playoff games this postseason. That journey will start with a Noon kickoff, at home, against Sadeg State University.

Game played at BBP National Stadium, to a capacity crowd of 73,500

First Quarter
05:03 ULI FG- ULI K Alanyo Musaazi hits 45 yard field goal (3-0 ULI)

Second Quarter
14:22 USC FG- USC K Rodney Maher hits 33 yard field goal (3-3)
11:01 ULI TO ON DOWNS- 4th & 1 at the USC 24 yard line, ULI HB Darrell Jackson is tackled for 1 yard loss by USC DT Benn-Kocian. Turnover on Downs. (3-3)
06:33 USC TD- USC HB Ryu Seong-Woon has 13 yard TOUCHDOWN run. PAT is good (3-10 USC)
04:58 ULI TD- ULI QB Vavayavich throws 62 yard TOUCHDOWN pass to WR Arnas Rønning. PAT is good (10-10)
00:44 USC TD- USC QB Boulouque-Milliken throws 6 yard TOUCHDOWN pass to USC TE Tex Alexander. PAT is good (10-17 USC)
00:00 ULI MISSED FG- ULI K Alanyo Musaazi 56 yard field goal attempt is wide right, no good. (10-17 USC)

HALFTIME SCORE- Loyola 10, USC 17

Third Quarter
11:33 ULI TD- ULI QB Vavayavich throws 9 yard TOUCHDOWN pass to HB Cho Sang-Wook. PAT is good (17-17)
05:41 ULI TD- ULI HB Manne Nordström has 24 yard TOUCHDOWN run. PAT is good (24-17 ULI)

Fourth Quarter
13:11 USC FG- USC K Rodney Maher hits 41 yard field goal. (24-20 ULI)
08:54 ULI FG- ULI K Alanyo Musaazi hits 31 yard field goal. (27-20 ULI)
03:33 USC INT/ULI TD- USC QB Boulouque-Milliken pass is INTERCEPTED by ULI FS Kajaly Kiro, and is returned 46 yards for a TOUCHDOWN. PAT is good (34-20 ULI)
01:05 USC FUM- USC QB Boulouque-Milliken is sacked by ULI EDGE Audrey Neuland and FUMBLES, recovered by ULI DT Samuel Jate at the Loyola 15 yard line. (34-20 ULI)

Loyola WINS, 34 to 20





NMU Head Coach Lance Kabuye, watching the Celestia Conference Title Game


"... Boulouque-Milliken is hit as he throws, and it's picked off! Kajaly Kiro-"

Lance Kabuye simply turned off the TV. He didn't need to be watching his despised rivals, Loyola-Istria, winning yet another conference title. The thought of Loyola success disgusted him. He, of course, watched this game because it would be a good one- and because he thought USC would be able to beat the Blue Thunder. While it was a good game, USC could not pull off the upset. Of course, this would frustrate NMU fans, but it wasn't his problem- there was a lot to say about NMU during conference play. But that was done- NMU was focused on trying to make the playoffs now.

Of course, that was much easier said than done. All three teams on NMU's non-conference slate were trying to do the same thing- earn their way into the playoffs after failing to get an automatic qualifying berth. First up for the Cougars, would be the Mar Sara Tech Raiders. They had the #1 scoring offense in all of college football, averaging a stunning 34.2 points per game during conference play.

They were coming to Herzegovina City here in Week 11. NMU fans were finally buying back into the team after an emphatic win over Loyola. He knew that the fans could be forgiving- they would be willing to dial it back up to an 11. All those losses to the South Newlandian schools were depressing- but big wins over your rivals tend to paper over those cracks. At least, for a little bit.

While preparing his defense for how they could stop the Ace-formation based, high-powered offense from the Raiders, he briefly looked ahead at the rest of the schedule. BIg rivalries to end the season- first, of course, traveling to Chromatika to take on Staramara Tech. Never an easy matchup. And then, of course, UC-Baker Park. A rival that NMU had not played in a few seasons, due to scheduling logistics- but he was glad that rivalry was back. And not only back- but the last game of the season, as well.

"None of these guys will see us coming." He told himself, as he got ready to go to sleep. "NMU football is gonna be back with a g-d damn vengeance..."
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Postby South Newlandia » Tue Sep 19, 2023 7:07 pm

South Newlandian recruits – Part 3

#4 Recruit
Inside Linebacker – Laura Davis
Mark Friednan High School (Ratzupalfu)
Davis was the clear-cut best player on the second-best defense in the Big Seven. Playing for Mark Friednan, she always had a nose for the big moment, usually stepping up her game in high-stakes situations. She’s a solid run-defender and sure-handed tackler, but her real strength lies in coverage. For a bigger player who can also take down big backs in space, she has remarkable quickness and coverage instincts, to the point where she can reliably defend wide receivers when asked to do that. Targeting her in those situations is not only not a sure bet, but has led to three interceptions in her senior season.
Additionally, she stood out in Ratzupalfu as an excellent field general who can be the captain for a defense, able to work with the defensive coordinator to bring out the best in everyone on the defense. She’s an excellent team player, and can likely take the next step with ease in college.
Davis also provided excellent results in school, being the best student in her class. This would open all sorts of doors to her, and she’s planning to major in Chemical Engineering in College. Also, being from Ratzupalfu, she’s hoping to play in a place that feels similar to that, with plenty of rain and nature around her.

#3 Recruit
Running Back – Mark-Vincent Young
Mark Friednan High School (Ratzupalfu)
As a teammate of Davis, Young was frequently the focal point of the offense, leading all Big Seven players in rushing yards. He also recorded ten touchdowns. Young is the complete package of a running back, being able to power over defenders while also possessing surprising shiftiness to make defenders miss. He’s a less effective option in the passing game, and usually doesn’t make as big of an impact there. Due to this, he might not be a three-down back in college, but it’s equally possible he can be coached to improve his skills in the passing game. Young does have very secure hands, having lost very few fumbles throughout his four seasons in High School.
Academically, Young was always fairly middling, but he’s hoping to major in Social Work. Young is also a talented baseball outfielder, although this is clearly the worse of his two sports. He would prefer a college that would also allow him to compete in baseball on the side.

#2 Recruit
Inside Linebacker - Ruth Lewis
Paachang High School (Jagomir)
Lewis stood out as the clearly best defender for a surprisingly strong Paachang team, even if the season didn’t end how they’d hoped. She was consistently excellent at shutting down the opposing run game, robbing opposing backs of the fun in football by consistently hitting like a truck. In fact, she had the surest hands in the Big Seven, with a missed tackle by Lewis nearly a celestial event. She was also fairly good at blitzing quarterbacks. Her biggest weakness lied in coverage, where she was still fine, but not nearly as excellent. That can most likely be coached into her at the college level, but there will likely be some growing pains there.
In school, Lewis is planning to major in History.

#1 Recruit
Defensive End – Lennard Thompson
Elephant Valley Southwest High School
Thomson broke through as the ultra-rare non-QB Big Seven MVP, and led his Southwest team to a championship, also earning a well-deserved Stein Trophy MVP award in the process, becoming the first player in more than a decade to win both awards simultaneously, and the first ever non-QB to do it. He certainly deserved it, leading the Big Seven in sacks by a decisive margin, and being a major contributor to by far the best defense in the Big Seven. He also led the league in TFL’s.
Thompson can rush with both power and speed, and although his arsenal of pass rush move isn’t complete yet, it stands out among his fellow High Schoolers. Thompson is known to be an extremely hard worker, both in the weight-room and when it comes to watching film; and he clearly wants to excel at everything he does, with a near-unstoppable drive to get better. He’s also good at defending the run, with opposing backs running away from him nearly 70% of the time, highlighting the impact of his mere presence. It is no exaggeration to say that Thompson is the best prospect out of South Newlandia ever (even though the competition is fairly thin).
He was also an above-average student, and is planning to major in Engineering.


Who might be going to the playoffs? Projection time

Trying to predict the OOC games can feel like a fool’s errand, but that will never stop us from trying. For this exercise, we brought in some of the most knowledgeable people in college football, including Carson Detter of the Chromia Central Courier and Banijan sports journalist Allison Kargbo, to try to project the OOC games that had been scheduled at the time. Of course, this may be an incomplete list; some schools are known to schedule their games last minute.
Let’s take a look at what the predicted playoff picture looks like!
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To the surprise of no one, the Ranorian schools are projected to win out and finish one-two in seeding – that’s just what the Ranorian schools do. The third team projected to go 3-0 in their OOC games are Mineral champions Alexandroupolis, which would earn them a bye here as well. The Blue Thunder would remain undefeated at home, earning a home playoff game, hosting 10-win Mancodas who are not helped by their fairly pedestrian schedule.
Interestingly, three teams would miss out despite winning 8 games, including both Mar Sara and Raynor, as well as UComm.
Alright, the elephant in the room – this projection has the Red Pachyderms sneaking into the postseason at 7-6, which is a strong sign that the projection is useless garbage.

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Postby Ranoria » Tue Sep 19, 2023 7:26 pm

If You Strike At The King:
Youngblood Ignites Belle Haven And Delivers Cold Hill A Record 8th Big 8 Championship


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After entrusting this offense to Viktor Rowles, Benoit Youngblood returned for his crown and delivered his best performance of the season


If you'd have told us before the season that it wouldn't be Blake Zuercher leading his team out to represent the class of the Evermore in the Big 8 championship, we'd have told you you were out of your mind. Actually, more likely we wouldn't have - no point in arguing with irrationality. Instead, we'd have posted it and called you insane, using your apparent mistake as fuel for our own gain to go viral and get more viewers.

Well, hypothetical person that we're sure is out there somewhere, we're sorry for what we would have done had you come forward sooner.

After what was already panning out to be a down season, Blake Zuercher went down with a concussion. And without their sword (and shield. And frankly armor, if you subscribe to the theory of the best defense being a good offense), the Miners staggered out to a 5-5 record in a pretty top-heavy Big 8 conference. Meanwhile, this Broncos team followed Bobby Dials, and his passion led plenty of other fans to throw in for BSU as they ripped off seven wins - including one over Richardson University that doomed their chances of attending the conference championship - and made it all the way to Belle Haven.

And here in the crown jewel of Baker Park's sporting world, they had a chance to earn an automatic playoff berth. At 7-3, pretty good shot to get in regardless, but a championship is always worth fighting for.

Standing in their path? The reigning Big 8 champions, a team with the most wins and conference championships in it's storied history. Coming off a loss, with a quarterback who hadn't played since week 4 after a lower body injury that the team took extra precaution with - but who was still a two-time NSCF Offensive Player of the Year, the presumed number one overall pick in the upcoming RFL draft. And really, missing six weeks isn't a factor for him - despite taking a gap year between high school and college, this kid came in to beat a perennial playoff contender in Kohnhead City and handed a soon-to-be championship Governors team their third loss since the start of NSCF 26. Six weeks? He's not even rusty.

With two quarterbacks likely to leave for the pro ranks this season playing in a championship game, their last official Big 8 action, you knew there were going to be some fireworks.

Throw in star linebackers Alabaster Red of the Broncos and four-year-starter Derek Pierce of the Buffalo, and there's pieces on both sides of the field for these teams. Not that Cold Hill's particularly known for their defense, but you get the point.

From the opening gun, things were wild. Bobby Dials and this offense were inspired and they played like it. They opened things up with a quick play action fake, freezing the defense just for a heartbeat before Dials launched it down the seam to Kellen Ciriaco out of the slot - he was already behind Derek Pierce and with Nicholas Hussain on the other end of the field, the rest of the back seven were basically helpless as the wideout went wild, stopping in his tracks to watch Aldon Jameson dive in front of him on a would-be-diving-tackle, then shrugging off another defender before he was finally brought down.

The wideout emphatically swung his arm forward to signal for the first down, then nearly knocked the official over in a forceful handing-off of the ball. The Broncos gave no rest, and once again faked a handoff. Even Derek Pierce, the star that he is, bit - he's a run stopper through-and-through after all - and Dials rolled out, reset his feet, and lofted the ball to Antonio Peterson. It landed right in the breadbasket, and the big tight end clutched it tight to his chest as the secondary swarmed him, but back inside the five, they just didn't have the size to keep him from falling forward into the end zone.

Credit to those in attendance at Belle Haven - they're football fans and they loved the fireworks. The lights cut out and the crowd roared, Dials running up and tackling his tight end in a bear hug just as he managed to untangle himself from a the pile of hapless defenders. The passion of this team was truly a remarkable sight, and they were just getting started. After Alabaster Red made the most impressive play of the first quarter, jumping backwards and fully extending to just barely nick a Benoit Youngblood third down pass. That forced a field goal and it was all Broncos from there. Dials would launch his second touchdown pass of the day, this one from seven yards out as the team had clearly made a point of avoiding CB Nicholas Hussain.

Down 14-3, Cold Hill managed to answer, Benoit Youngblood lofting one to the 6'7" Viktor Rowles from the three yard line to get his Buffalo on the board, but Lebois Santura simply would not relent - Dials made it 3/3 scoring touchdowns on the team's first three drives. He stepped up in the pocket to avoid Congo Fiere's pass rush in a veteran move, ducked down, and shovel passed it to Colt Fulton between the clashing lines as the running back came across the field.

He broke from a quick jog to a full-out-sprint once the ball was in his hands, bending up towards the sideline and stiff-arming the undersized cornerback Mack Moore when he tried to stop him. Only Hussain got a shot at him at the five, and his diving tackle attempt only resulted in him bouncing off the runner as he pumped his fist in the air to finish off a 53 yard touchdown reception off of a checkdown. Alabaster Red and Bobby Dials headbutted as the quarterback came off the field, absolutely feeling themselves as they took a 21-10 lead over the boogeyman of the Big 8. The Buffalo defense looked as sloppy as it had in the Chris Dale era. They were never a juggernaut on that side of the ball, but 21 points in one quarter was downright disastrous. It's weird to say that half your starting lineup is your Achilles Heel, but this defense was making a case to be just that.

Cold Hill needed a spark, and bad. And Lebois Santura knew that. Young head coach Steve Valentine knew that. He knew who they'd look for to create it, and he knew if he could bottle him up here, it could be the biggest drive of the game, early in the second quarter or not. So when Cold Hill ran out their four wide look with Kasozi Batte isolated on one side, he was shocked to see two cornerbacks, one aligned on each shoulder, playing press coverage on him. Throw in safety help overtop, and it was clear they had no intention of letting the ball go his way.

Of course Benoit was tempted to try it - but he was smarter than that, and his rationale won out over his pride.

He faked the handoff to D'andre Fuller, eyes on Alabaster Red the whole time. He left the ball in for longer than most passers could, and Red finally committed. Youngblood then pulled the ball out and rolled, knowing he had a bit of time, and that was all Heine Stølan needed. Running a long breaking route across the field, the Vanorian jet cut upfield as he approached the sideline, poor Ricky Spanish stumbling as he tried to match the change of direction and falling to his face with a skid. Benoit didn't quite have time to plant his feet, and he ripped the ball downfield with everything he had just as Red collided with him.

"I have never seen someone cover a wideout like they did Kasozi on that play," Benoit laughed after the game, "It was a gutsy call, but having effectively dedicated three guys to him, it's asking a lot for the rest of the defense to keep Enox [Silverman} and Heine [Stølan] contained for long." With virtually no one to even try, Stølan did have to stop briefly to reel in the throw, but with his speed, he was already way too far out, and practically jogged into the end zone to get the team right back in this game. Stølan hasn't been the team's most consistent receiver this season, but when he's on, he's been incredible to watch.

With their tempo having shredded Cold Hill's defense to this point, the Broncos kept it up. Dials stepped up into a wide-open line to scramble for eleven yards on the first play of their next drive, then ripped a ball into a tight window for another nine. he was a great quarterback having a better day, but on the next play he finally made a mistake targeting Nicholas Hussain. The South Newlandian's stats haven't jumped off the screen this season - but when you're the only viable cover man on the team, you don't tend to get a lot of targets. However, with Lebois Santura's fast-pace, sometimes you can get lost in the mix. Hussain made a gutsy move, trailing Keenan McCroy by five yards, and Dials ripped it to him on a deep post. If they'd have connected, it would've been another six. Instead, Hussain watched his eyes and closed the gap the second he pulled back, leaping in front of McCroy and snagging the pigskin only for it to pop out when he collided with the wideout, who was attacking the ball hard. The two collapsed in a tangle, and their facemasks locked up as their bodies basically went limp during the fall, but Hussain's flailing leg actually managed to kick the ball in the air, where he managed to fire his hands out and grab it once again, this time extending it away from his body as whistles blew.

Now, getting his helmet detached from that of Keenan McCroy was a bit more complex, but the play stood - freakish or not, it was an interception.

With the half drawing to a close, Cold Hill went tempo, and Benoit Youngblood went 6/6 on a surgical drive including a nice back-shoulder fade to Enox Silverman that led him right out of bounds and an out route that Heine Stølan was able to bend up for a nice gain of 21. The final play would go to Jules Tille - Youngblood lofted it just outside the lines, and with a solid toe tap, the veteran managed to reach out and keep one foot in bounds to score. The Buffalo would take their first lead of the game, 24-21, going into halftime.

And to their credit, the impressive contingent of Bronco fans in attendance made themselves known at the start of the second half - Cold Hill got a false start call partly due to the noise in the stadium that they couldn't bounce back from, and started the third period three and out.

With good field position, the Broncos came hard, and Bobby Dials managed to drive into field goal range, but on 3rd and 1 they tried to QB sneak and Derek Pierce was there, going up top and grabbing onto Dials, ripping him backwards and smashing him in what almost turned into a full nelson to end the series and force a field goal. And when D'andre Fuller fumbled in the red zone a couple drives later, the Broncos made it 6 unanswered points to take back the lead at 27-24.

Fortunately, Benoit tends to thrive in these big moments.

The following drive would see Benoit try to roll out of the pocket only for Alabaster Red to block off the edge and give defensive end Jon de la Cruz time to jump on his back and bury him for a six yard loss. He'd leap to his feet and shout along with the fans in attendance - and Youngblood was a bit slower to find his feet. But as they say, if you strike at the king, you must kill him. And the king of the hill was far from out. The spark on this one came by way of none other than wideout Jules Tille again when Youngblood looked his way in triple coverage. Objectively it was a poor decision from the veteran quarterback - but hell, if you can hit the throw, right?

He threw a moonshot of a pass that arced too high to give any defenders a chance at it, hitting Tille in stride, and with the ball having dropped in the way it had, he had time to back juke before any of the defenders knew what was going on, briefly escaping the labyrinth of the secondary, pushing off a corner, and trying to sprint off before he was dragged down for a gain of 43 yards. A lot of field to defend is a defense's friend, but when you have a guy who can cut it in half so quickly, it's more of a fickle lover.

Two more plays and it'd end, with the Benolution bouncing off the first tackler and trucking through a second from six yards out to run it in and take the lead back at 30-27. For some reason or another, Chris Dale decided to go for two, and that went about as poorly as could be, with Bronco linebacker Alabaster Red blowing it up and forcing a hurried throw that would land in the turf.

But as this one drew to a close, Bobby Dials and his team had one last gasp in them and they took full advantage, driving down and scoring a touchdown with a minute and two seconds left to play on his fourth touchdown of the day.

As they lined up for the PAT, this special teams unit showed some creativity - it was missed pre snap, but Cold Hill lined up interior defensive linemen on the left edge instead of DBs, with the exception of Nicholas Hussain. With those guys so use to running stunts, they slanted outside on their rush, and the South Newlandian corner knifed in, cutting in two gaps in one step, closing the distance between himself and the kicker with another, and then blocking the PAT in a leaping effort. It could've been a crucial play with Cold Hill only having one timeout, limiting the Bronco lead to three.

But Youngblood never let it be a factor. His final drive took three plays. The first was a deep shot down the seam to Kasozi Batte, who'd lined up in the slot. With Lebois Santura guarding the boundary, he chewed up 27 yards on that first play, and they already had their next play called, a quick out to the same man who'd get out of bounds on a four yard out after trucking through an unlucky defensive back.

Still holding onto their timeout, Youngblood floated a vertical to Enox Silverman on the boundary, and on a quick spin he caught it, picking up a another set of downs and falling outside the boundary as he did it.

Lebois Santura were on their back foot now, and with more than thirty seconds and most of the distance covered, the Buffalo took another shot to guess who. We're not going to sit here and say it was the best stop and go we've seen, but Kasozi Batte came out of his route and made the right read on the coverage - cutting inside to cut the empty space between the safeties to beat cover two - and Youngblood found him again. The Broncos were able to stop him, and Cold Hill finally called their timeout.

Interesting scenario here - a field goal would tie it, but a touchdown would win it with fifteen seconds on the clock. Probably time for two shots and then a field goal if all else failed.

The first play was rather inconsequential - Youngblood didn't see anything he liked, rolled out, and threw it into the stands. Nine seconds.

It was supposed to be a quick slant. Alabaster Red had other plans.

The veteran linebacker knifed through the A gap with a perfectly timed blitz, and thank goodness Youngblood was in the shotgun. RB D'andre Fuller saved the day for once - he tried to block Red, but was swallowed up and only served to keep him from wrapping up the superstar quarterback, Benoit stumbling away and then driving his legs to break free from a grip on his jersey, which ripped at the seams. He went to throw it away - but thank god he glanced up and saw as the last second flashed on the clock. The throw might not make it out in time.

So instead he pivoted. Red had by now ragdolled poor D'andre Fuller and was coming back for more and the rest of the defensive line was closing. Youngblood backpedaled as fast as he could, found his man, and launched it just as he took another hit.

And there was Kasozi Batte, coming across the field and simply extending the ball over the line to gain with no contention. For all his physical prowess, his chemistry with Benoit has always been his best attribute, and he sensed when his man was in danger.

Youngblood held up his arms from where he laid prone, and the Buffalo offense swarmed around Batte - hell, soon the sideline joined. Flags flew for excessive celebration, but this thing was over. Viktor Rowles came in to take a kneel down on the PAT to end it, and that would be that. Benoit and Dials exchanged words at midfield as did Dale and Valentine, and soon after the festivities began - for tonight, they could celebrate a Big 8 record 8th conference championship, placing them now three spots ahead of Richardson.

But tomorrow, it was on to Felswyr State. There would be no rest for the weary here - because their biggest game of the non-conference slate gave them very little time for turnaround as Benoit Youngblood and Kadesh Odika look to square off for what might be the last time in their collegiate careers.
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Postby Chromatika » Tue Sep 19, 2023 8:08 pm

Part 1: Rainbow District
Part 2: Mountain District
Part 3: Heartland District
Part 4: Coastal District
Part 5: Myana Island
Part 6: Urrhed Island
Part 7: Capital District East
Part 8: Capital District West
Part 9: Playoffs, First Round
Part 10: Playoffs, Lower Bracket, Second Round

Chromatik High School Gridiron - Season Twelve, Part Ten: Playoffs, Lower Bracket, Second Round

Season 1 Champions: Central Heights High School (MVP: QB Harold Jieter)
Season 2 Champions: East Omnio High School (MVP: WR Alessandro Mio)
Season 3 Champions: Mt. Niar High School (MVP: QB Sarai Gwenderyn)
Season 4 Champions: Mt. Niar High School (MVP: QB Sarai Gwenderyn)
Season 5 Champions: Flames of the Revolution High School (MVP: RB Nyata Antonucci)
Season 6 Champions: Staramara Tech High School (MVP: Edge Nicole Manstrom)
Season 7 Champions: Franscesca Larriet-Cortes High School (MVP: QB Liara Anderson)
Season 8 Champions: Vitoron School of Charge (MVP: QB Anne-Maurice Vivayavich)
Season 9 Champions: Myana Northwestern High School Blue and White (MVP: QB Nicole Estera)
Season 10 Champions: Myana Northwestern High School Blue and White (MVP: CB Lisa Bonsoon)
Season 11 Champions: The Chromatik Institute Dread (MVP: QB Raul Sébastien Santos)

This season, the playoffs have changed. Conference Champions head to the District Champions (Round of Sixteen), while Second Place per Conference play each other to decide which team will make it to the National Playoffs on the losers' side. Then, it will be double elimination until there are eight teams left, which will lead to a single elimination bracket.

Losers' Bracket, Third Round
All games held neutral venues

To see Sidney Jones be throttled by the Regiment's defense was not what anyone was expecting. Playing second fiddle to Merik Hyosal and Adam Mykele for most of the season, Sophomore Middle Linebacker Asbjorn Tellerin had a career day with seventeen tackles, two sacks, and a forced fumble. Hyosal did what he does, finding Mykele for two scores on an efficient, 19-of-29, two-touchdown day, as Amber Lynne struggled against he precise route-running of Mykele. It was supposed to be a down year for the Robots, so reaching this far isn't bad, while the Regiment continue to turn heads with this compelling run through the playoffs.

Another giant continuing to make up ground is the Martyrs of Franscesca Larriet-Cortes High School. Darin Piltoffer and Ray Donnovan know how to run down the clock, and though Cade Stases did his best to hang in the game, the Heroes ended up kicking way too many field goals. A twelve-play, eighty-three yard drive in the Third Quarter that ate up twelve minutes was the dagger, as it put the Martyrs up by fourteen points, a lead that they would not relinquish. Dustin Perreault will be missed, but Stases will be back for one last season, while the Martyrs, after finishing second in their Conference, stand one game away from the National Quarterfinals.

Mattieu Hancock is on a mission - to put the Battle Angels back on the map, and carry them to new heights. A four-touchdown day against a depleted Royals defense absolutely helps this cause, as Gill Gaines was held to just one touchdown by Freya Odinsdóttir and the Staramara Tech defense. Freya continues to play at a high level, with two interceptions, nine tackles, and a rangy, ball-hawking performance that will put the rest of the nation on notice once again. With Vera Éloit chiming in with another interception, the Battle Angels' defense showed that they are ready to complete the lower bracket run.

What do you get when you put a team that's playing out of their minds against a team that is tired of playing second fiddle to a title contender? A barnburner, that's what. Tied 28-28 at halftime, it would be the Saints' defense - specifically the play of one Roy Hillcrest - that decided this affair between Tears of the Revolution High School and Academy of the Jungle, as Lina Goodson threw a questionable throw that was returned 71 yards for a touchdown to put the Saints fully in the lead for the first time. Lark Fromis, the Senior Running Back, added to the lead just three minutes later, and despite Goodson finding Lance Tyler for his third touchdown catch of the day, the Cats were sunk as the Saints go marching on...

Losers' Third Round Results
Capital District Academy 30–10 Vitoron School of Charge Chromia
Staramara Tech High School 37–10 Dynasty High School Myana
Academy of the Jungle 34–45 Tears of the Revolution High School Wirr Tsi
J. H. Yadasky High School 19–26 Franscesca Larriet-Cortes High School Lhor


Winners' Bracket Quarterfinals
All games held neutral venues

The Winners' Bracket Quarterfinals were defined by the Quarterback play. There was Raul Sébastien Santos, carving up the Scorpions' defense with relentless efficiency, going 28-of-38 for 418 yards and five touchdowns, finding Lenny Rhimes on ten of those completions and just having a field day. The Scorpions had no answer for RSS, Thayer Silt not being able to be everywhere at once, and Draven Kiljoy couldn't match the firepower. The defending MVP looks more than ready to defend his title, and he's got the supporting cast to do it.

If there was a drive that defined this round, it came from Dante Flowers and the Anacondas. Down 23-20 with three minutes left, Mt. Niar could've gone for the Field Goal. However, the Ranorian had other things in mind. Sandwiching a thirty-three yard strike to Earl Silverman between throws to Samantha Ysalt, Flowers marched down the Fog Wall with ease, playing around Rostyslav Illich Kysil, the Fog Wall's best defender. Prince Killart caught a swing pass down to the eleven, and on the very next play, Flowers froze the defense for a full second before taking the ball himself up the middle for the game-winning score. He looks very good, doesn't he?

As for the only Quarterback not named Sarai Gwenderyn to win two titles, Nicole Estera also had herself a day. Sure, the defense did what it usually does, holding the Masterminds to just tow Field Goals, never giving Dean Stephens any time to breathe, and having Mira Oseph score two long field goals to get any points at all; however, Estera's poise and ease under pressure was apparent, as she only missed on three throws and went 24-of-27 for 318 yards and three scores. Alexander Eisenberg, the masterful Sophomore, had three sacks on the Blue and White's victory, as one of the most successful programs in CGHS history moved to the Quarterfinals with aplomb.

That left one game - the one that nobody saw coming. There were the Flying Jellyfish, led by high-flying cornerback Karen Michaelangelo, living and dying by their defense. Also there are the Recruits of Chromatik Army High School, with a developing, young, hungry core. Their battle was the coming-out party of one Jair Lleyamana. Sure, he'd had a decent conference season, but Lleyamana showed that he can be equally dangerous on his feet as well as his arm, carrying the ball eleven times for seventy-three yards and a touchdown as the Recruits won time of possession by more than twelve minutes to maintain control over the game. Beck James did well to lead his team to two scores, but with the Recruits able to find success as long as they avoided Michaelangelo, the Flying Jellyfish lacked the firepower to keep up.

Myana Northwestern, Mt. Niar, and The Chromatik Institute to the National Quarterfinals, joined by a pesky young team in Chromatik Army High School. Did anyone call the fourth one?

Winners' Quarterfinals
Lhor Central High School 14–23 Chromatik Army High School
West Shantarr High School 17–42 The Chromatik Institute
Myana Northwestern High School 23–6 Wirr Tsi School for the Gifted
Mt. Niar High School 27–23 Tihon Elite Academy

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Team listed first is at home
Wirr Tsi School for the Gifted vs. Tears of the Revolution High School
West Shantarr High School vs. Franscesca Larriet-Cortes High School
Lhor Central High School vs. Staramara Tech High School
Tihon Elite Academy vs. Capital District Academy
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Postby Chromatika » Tue Sep 19, 2023 8:44 pm

Chromatik Schools Prepare for Out-of-Conference Play on Two Different Paths

As the Out of Conference slate looms, Felswyr State University and Staramara Tech University couldn't be on two more different paths. Felswyr State has won the Horizon once again - having held Koronki University of Technology and Computing to only one touchdown through three and a half Quarters while the Firehawks put up forty-six.

The tone of the game was set in the first drive of the game where Bogdan Koper was sacked on back-to-back plays by Karwana Kimaka, pinning them back on a third-and-fifteen from their own five yard line. A handoff was snuffed, and the upstarts from the Equinox Division had to punt the ball from their own end zone - which allowed Odika to only have forty-three yards of field to cover, which he did on one play - a stop-and-go from Essa Kayode that would've made Alessandra Mio proud. 7-0, Firehawks, just a minute and a half in.

Felswyr State's defense feasted on the Crows, sacking Koper seven times, picking him off twice (Lisa Bonsoon took one fifty-two yards for a touchdown), and getting a safety in the Second Quarter. By halftime, it was 26-7, and there was no way that Koronki was going to mount a comeback. Having barely defeated the Crows in conference play, they were wont to let up, and it would be the Fourth Quarter before the backups would enter the game.

Anderson Joseph, Jr. would make the most of the opportunity, adding on a score to Nero Ramsey, before the Crows would score a meaningless touchdown and two point conversion for the final score.

Horizon Conference Champions again, but it's time to kick things up a knotch.

The Firehawks will travel to Ranoria to face the Cold Hill University Buffaloes in a matchup of Conference Champions, then go to Loyola-Istra, where Anne-Maurice Vivayavich and the Celestia Conference Champions Blue Thunder await. Then, they will finally have their Senior Day, hosting the Rockets of Raynor University in a rematch of the last title game. It's a murderer's row of opponents, but with their playoff spot secured, they are relishing in the opportunity.

"We get three weeks to see exactly where we are in the hierarchy," commented Curentino after the win, "And see what we will need to work on if we are to repeat as champions. It's going to be a lot of fun, and it's going to be glorious."

As for the Lava, after having watched their rivals win another title, they will travel to the University of Mancodas before hosting Northern Moravica and the Ratzupalfu University of Nature - two teams that will be playing for their playoff lives.

It will be exciting, there will be drama, and with one team already locked in the NSCF playoffs, Chromatik collegiate gridiron will continue on.

Is it finally Odikatime once more?
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Postby Dhemixia » Tue Sep 19, 2023 8:45 pm

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Jays look to bolster Pioneer Bowl resume from non-conference games


As the Jays are only 3 weeks away before the postseason of their inaugural campaign, all eyes sit on the final 3 games of the season. These 3 games are just as important as the conference games that came before them, only that this time, it's the teams' last chance at the playoffs. With a relatively tame non-conference schedule, experienced journalists around the NSCF, compiled together by a group of South Newlandian journalists, place the Blue Jays at 2-1 through their OOC slate, with the only loss coming away at the Miners of BYU's very own Joseph Smith Stadium against said 6-4 Miners.

Should the Jays manage to sneak out a win at BYU and hold on to win the other 2 games, they are practically a shoo-in for the Pioneer Bowl, which would grant a tremendous amount of prestige and development to the Jays. This said prestige and development is essential if the Jays want to make a run at the Boreal division title next year. but knowing coach Craig Kelly, they definitely want to.

All that said, however, the Jays just have to play this one game at a time, and if they stick to the fundamentals and basics, they have a chance at going 3-0. So, will the Jays go impress at Frontier M&T, or will they flop like the first four weeks? We'll just have to wait and see what happens in crunch time.


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Scoring Summary
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it was a bye week.



Schedule

*blue indicates home games
Week 1: VS. Alexandroupolis L 27-30
Week 2: @ Constantinople L 26-43
Week 3: @ UPAM-Boca Rana L 21-36
Week 4: @ Commonwealth of Baker Park L 23-33
Week 5: @ Green City University W 20-16
Week 6: VS. Royal Naval Academy W 51-3
Week 7: VS. Trent State W 36-17

Week 8: @ Alexandroupolis L 27-39
Week 9: VS. Constantinople W 33-29
Week 10: VS. UPAM-Boca Rana L 24-30

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Non-conference play
Week 11: @ Frontier M&T
Week 12: VS. Lacragos
Week 13: @ BYU
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Postby Commonwealth of Baker Park » Tue Sep 19, 2023 8:48 pm

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Defeat to University of Alexandroupolis in the Championship game of the Mineral Conference won't be fatal to the University of the Commonwealth's playoff chances if they can make a good showing in the non-conference slate beginning with the visit of Richardson University's Governors to Gleason Field.

The oldest of the Warriors' out of conference rivals, along with Northern Moravica, the Govs finished behind their Ranorian arch nemesis Cold Hill in their Big 8 division battle, so they come to BP rested and like UC, looking to make a favorable impression for one of the final seven berths available for the NSCF end of season playoffs.

The Warriors came away from the UA game without their seventh MinCon title, but also without any major injuries that might affect their play down the stretch; the 27-20 loss at the BBP Stadium in front of 66,385 was a hard fought matchup between evenly balanced teams, with the Redbirds taking control in the 4th quarter.
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Postby NSCF » Tue Sep 19, 2023 9:00 pm

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Non-Conference Play Week One (MD11)

Bowerstone University (ATH) 22–45 LeBois Santura University (CAD)

University of Loyola-Istria (BNJ)
47–32 Sadeg State University (DRK)

Northern Moravica University (BNJ) 33–13 Mar Sara Tech (VAL)

Kusbon College (CAD) 63–17 University of Akerdair (ATH)

University of the Commonwealth of Baker Park (CBP) 32–14 Richardson University (RAN)

Koronki University of Technology and Computing (DOR) 3–32 Ratzupalfu University of Nature (SNL)

University of Alexandroupolis (NGS) 23–22 High City College (CCO)

Université du Saguenay (QUE) 37–9 Cavsar University (DRK)

Frontier Mechanical and Technical University (SAS) 28–32 University of Columbus-Prairie (DHE)

Universidad Politécnica Autónoma del Metro-Boca Rana (SGU)
17–9 Bingham Young University (UTA)

Crown's College (SHM) 47–44 University of Constantinople (NGS)

Green City University (TJU) 44–42 Sea Dome University (MSD)

Trent State University (TJU) 10–10 Elephant Valley University (SNL) (23–20 OT)

Hankow State University (UVI) 20–37 Maximus Rochester Institute (PFA)

Raynor University (VAL) 23–33 Université St. Croix (QUE)

Cold Hill University (RAN) 13–28 Felswyr State University (CMT)

University of Mancodas (PFA) 10–38 Staramara Tech University (CMT)
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Postby TJUN-ia » Wed Sep 20, 2023 10:44 am

After the most confusing Earth Trophy of all time and a 1-week break, the Non-Conference slate of games was about to begin. Let's see what happened here:

- The Trent State Feathercaps would host their traditional non-conference rivals in the EVU Red Elephants back at the Horseshoe, with the recently regained Earth Trophy taking centre stage. This, of course, was TSU's Senior Day and all of the seniors were honoured in this game - Jason Steels, Patrícia Chládeková, Kim Il-Yoon, Kim Won-San, Faf van de Kloot, Jade Schembri, Mark Scicluna, Carrie McGabbason, Valentina Alcoron-Zulia, Saga Kamal, Ridgeciano Jozefzoon, Eleonora "Firefeet" Scafakou, "Apple" Jack Stevenson, Heðin Hansen and Liudmyla Naumenko. That's a lot of names but they would all contribute towards this tight affair, with Steels finding Yurilka Zelinskaya for the TD while Scafakou went 1/1 on PATs and 1/3 on FGs. It was a similar story for our opponents, with Rico Divalles finding Samajae Dallas for their only TD while Lance Killiks went 1/1 on PATs and 1/3 on FGs, meaning OT was inevitable. Both Steels and Divalles found TDs in OT (with Zelinskaya and Etan Gadi catching this time) and with both PATs good, 2OT was required. TSU's defence would hold off EVU, forcing only a FG from Killiks, which presented an opportunity that Steels couldn't say no to - with Catherine Alcaraz-Cortéz walking it off this 23-20 Double OT classic. TSU moves up to 6-5 as they prepare to face Sadeg State in Drawkland next week.

- The Green City Royal Eagles were 3-7, this season already lost, but that doesn't mean they can't end it on a bang. They would end up back in the Palace facing the Sea Dome Stingrays from...Sea Dome, of course, and this one would actually be an underrated banger. Agardel the Liberator (great name) certainly had a decent team at his disposal and it would show here with Summer Canticle throwing for 7, yes SEVEN, TDs (2 each for Barleycorn Mia, Taley Gord and Woling Rampart with a QB sneak also involved) while Crosdry Sullivan was a perfect 7/7 on PATs. Beating that output would certainly be tough, but Alisha Obi Michel never said no to a challenge and she would respond with 7 of her own - 3 each for Harrison Jeffers and Carlton McSwane with AOM getting a QB sneak as well. Colleen Fletcher Christian would only go 6/7 on PATs (as if 6/7 is bad), but her FG with 20 seconds to go would ensure of the 44-42 win - a barnburner in every sense of the word. GCU are now 4-7 as they prepare to make the long trek to Ranoria to face Richardson.


TSU SCHEDULE (MINERAL Conference, Mineral Division + 3 Non-Conf)
Week 1: @UCBP (CBP) L 6-34 (0-1)
Week 2: @Royal Naval Academy (NAS) W 23-20 (1-1)
Week 3: vs Green City (TJU) - Earth Trophy IX L 14-24 (1-2)
Week 4: vs Alexandropolis (NGS) L 3-13 (1-3)
Week 5: vs UPAM-Boca Rana (SGU) W 27-17 (2-3)
Week 6: @Constantinople (NGS) L 3-10 (2-4)
Week 7: @Columbus-Prairie (DHE) L 17-36 (2-5)
---------------------Mineral Division Rematches---------------------
Week 8: vs UCBP (CBP) - Homecoming W 13-7 (3-5)
Week 9: vs Royal Naval Academy (NAS) W 17-7 (4-5)
Week 10: @Green City (TJU) - Earth Trophy X W 33-23 (5-5)
Week 11: Conference Championship Week
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Week 12: vs Elephant Valley (SNL/6-4/4th in Celestia) - Senior Day W 10-10 (23-20 OT) (6-5)
Week 13: @Sadeg State (DRK/5-6/5th in Horizon)
Week 14: @High City College (CCO/2-9/7th in Big Eight)


SCHEDULE (MINERAL Conference, Mineral Division + 3 Non-Conf)
Week 1: vs Royal Naval Academy (NAS) W 46-13 (1-0)
Week 2: vs UCBP (CBP) L 24-32 (1-1)
Week 3: @Trent State (TJU) - Earth Trophy IX W 24-14 (2-1)
Week 4: vs Constantinople U (NGS) L 19-30 (2-2)
Week 5: vs Columbus-Prairie (DHE) - Homecoming L 16-20 (2-3)
Week 6: @UAlexandropolis (NGS) L 17-41 (2-4)
Week 7: @UPAM-Boca Rana (SGU) L 13-34 (2-5)
---------------------Mineral Division Rematches---------------------
Week 8: @Royal Naval Academy (NAS) W 59-17 (3-5)
Week 9: @UCBP (CBP) L 7-27 (3-6)
Week 10: vs Trent State (TJU) - Earth Trophy X L 23-33 (3-7)
Week 11: Conference Championship Week
---------------------Non-Conference---------------------
Week 12: vs Sea Dome U (MSD/4-6/6th in Big Eight) W 44-42 (4-7)
Week 13: @Richardson (RAN/8-3/3rd* in Big Eight)
Week 14: vs Mancodas (PFA/9-3/Zephyr Champions) - Senior Day
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2nd: NSCF24/26, ARWC4, WC:TOTS, IBC34, IBS17, RUWC33, ECC6
3rd: ARWC3, IBC32, ECC3/7, ARWC6
4th: WBC50/52, IBC31/33/38, RLWC20/21, IBS19
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Offensive explosion powers Loyola to important 47-32 home win over Sadeg State


ISTRIA, MORAVICA- When the Istria Lightning Yard started filling up, you could feel the excitement in the air. The Blue Thunder offense expressed confidence. "We think we have the tools to get win #8 today, I have no doubt about that." Head Coach Dennis Zervos said before the game. "We have to go out and execute, of course- but this offense is truly elite. There's an opportunity to gain a win that'll give us quite a bit of confidence going into a rivalry game against the defending champs, Felswyr State."

And with the crowd packed to capacity, at nearly 100,000 strong, the game kicked off, with Loyola's kicker booming a kick into and through the end zone for a touchback. The crowd was energized for this game- Sadeg State getting a false start on the opening play of the drive simply showcased that. It's a raucous crowd here at the Lightning Yard, it always is. Even for noon games- this crowd really knows how to get up and make themselves heard. After two running plays, Sadeg State faced a 3rd and 6- obviously running a silent count. Pressure from Audrey Neuland forced an early throw from Skyhawks QB Anderson Fox, and of course, Neuland hit him as he threw the ball. Becaus of that, the ball was underthrown... And it was picked off! By the nickel back, Reed Rick, who would return it to the opposing 21 yard line.

You give the Blue Thunder that kind of field position, especially at home, and you may as well put 7 points on the board. They feel as if they are the best offense in this entire competition, and this game was a mission to prove that. It would take them just three plays to score. First play- an 8 yard out route to the WR1, Marcel Schlachter. 2nd and 2 at the opposing 13 yard line, they line up in the pistol, and hand it off, up the middle, to Darrell Jackson- who rumbles forward for a 9 yard gain, tackled by the safety. First and goal. Third play, line up jumbo on first & goal, and pull off a play-action- Vavayavich hitting her TE, and compatriot, Han Byung-Ma, in the corner of the end zone for a TD.

7-0 early to the Blue Thunder! But a few drives later, the Skyhawks would have a big play that would launch a TD drive of their own. Of course, right after that TD, Loyola's D would stuff Sadeg State for another 3 & out. But unfortunately, after one first down, Loyola could not press the advantage- so with under 7 minutes left in the opening quarter, we were punting. But you see these big Drawks. The punt was blocked! It was first year player, Lorenzo Allen, who got the punt block. The Skyhawks recovered at the Blue Thunder 14 yard line. Just 4 plays later, Fox was throwing a perfect fade route from the 2 yard line- even Ken Geode, very large for a corner, had no chance on that ball. Huxley reached out and caught it, and even got two feet in bounds- that's a catch on Sundays, too. 7-7.

Two early touchdowns from both teams to set the tone. And the game stayed fairly even after that- Alanyo Musaazi hit a long field goal at the very end of the first quarter, while Donald Jensen hit one for Sadeg State with about 11 minutes to go in the 2nd quarter. That came wth a big time defensive stop. A good drive had netted them 3rd and goal. From the ULI 3 yard line. Sadeg State faked the HB toss to try a backdoor screen, but ULI was all over it. The TE was covered, the WRs blanketed. Fox, with nowhere to go, was sacked by ULI LB Karilisa Sentambaazi for a 4 yard loss. So Donald Jensen had a chip shot 24 yard field goal that he buried- 10-10.

Loyola would get the ball back and begin moving it, trying their very best to break this team open. Sometimes, it's about the big play- and Loyola is always filled with home run hitters. This time, it would be Arnas Rønning who would be the big-time threat. Lined up in the slot, he ran a deep out, and when he saw he had single coverage, he turned it up the field. Adjusting his route, Vavayavich saw the same thing as well. Plenty of time given by her O-Line, she lofted a beautiful deep ball- all sorts of air underneath the ball. Arnas Rønning caught the ball in the end zone, a beautifully thrown touchdown. Perfect touch on the deep ball, and it was the Blue Thunder who led, by a score of 17-10.

And you know about these Loyola home run hitters. Once one does something, everybody else wants in on the action. Sadeg State had a nice, long drive, 4 and a half minutes, once again getting to the red zone. But on 3rd and 4 from the Loyola 16, an Anderson Fox passed was knocked away on a diving PBU by Ken Geode, our CB1. Forced yet another red zone field goal for the Skyhawks, and it was 17-13. Loyola wouldn't need a ton of plays to score its next time out. Return the opening kick to our own 22. Darrell Jackson taking a carry up the middle for 12 yards. Then, a comebacker to Marcel Schlachter for 9 yards. 2nd and 1, at their own 43- whole playbook in front of them. We ran a simple bubble screen for Xaya Larr, out of the slot, to the QB's right. Hit him, get a few yards, and a first down, right?

He had other ideas. He caught the ball, and the two WRs over there sealed him a hole- he burst through. It looked like he'd get 7-8 yards- but then, an absolutely sickening spin move back end zone got the Sadeg State safety flailing at nothing but air. And then, it was about putting on the jets. Darrell Jackson had been racing upfield, putting a block on the other Sadeg State safety about 15 yards upfield, and with that guy on his back, it was the block that let Larr go. You give Xaya Larr a head start, and you would never catch him from behind. He's too quick! 57 yards later, he was sprinting into the end zone for a touchdown- and leaping into the student section. Another big play by Loyola in the passing game, with the PAT good. Blue Thunder lead extended, 24-13.

Unfortunately, that's not the lead that would hold into halftime. The two minute offense for the Skyhawks was exemplary, and ended well, with their HB, Cloud Kelly, taking a direct snap from 6 yards plowing into the end zone. Red zone offense works again- 24-19. They went for 2 to try and make it a field goal game at the half, but it did not work- they wanted to go for the WR reverse, but Neuland flew into the backfield and blew up the play for a 2 yard loss. So at halftime, we sit with a high-scoring contest, Blue Thunder leading by a score of 24-19.

The second quarter was a lot about the big play firing Loyola forward. But receiving the opening kick in the second half, they wanted to showcase that they could simply drive the length of the field, as well. And they did that. A 14 play, 79 yard drive, that took nearly 6 minutes off the clock. Getting themselves into 3rd and manageables, and making them. 3/3 on third down on this drive, ending in a 1st & goal TD run by Darrell Jackson from the Sadeg State 7 yard line. Exactly the type of drive every offense loves to start off a half with. Short passing game, as well as the running game, working well against the Skyhawks defense. Loyola-Istria opening up a 12 point lead, 31-19. Could they start to pull away after this?

Not exactly. Just a couple of minutes later, the Skyhawks would show off their own big play ability- Mark McKee burning Ulu Niazi in single coverage, as Anderson Fox hit him for a 64 yard touchdown that would make the score 31-26. And then, another drive that would end in a field goal, taking Loyola's 12 point lead down to just 2 points, 31-29, to enter the fourth quarter. We were certainly in for a barn burner of a fourth quarter, weren't we? Sadeg State got the ball back with 4 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Fox completed a 6 yard out route to Henry Huxley to end the quarter. 2nd & 4 for Sadeg State. Then, the Blue Thunder defense came up big. Cloud Kelly run up the middle stuffed by Samuel Jate and Noah Dahle for a 2 yard loss. 3rd and 6.

Loyola Radio Commentator wrote:The Skyhawks have 'em spread out for this 3rd and 6. The crowd's roar is deafening- I don't think anyone can hear him! That's why the silent count exists, eh? Two WRs on each side of the line of scrimmage, with Cloud Kelly lined up in the backfield next to Fox, as he's in the shotgun. A key drive in this two point game. Loyola's looking like they'll show pressure... And as the ball is snapped, they are bringing the blitz! Fox rolls to his right, as he's chased by Audrey Neuland... Who catches up with him from behind for the sack! The Ranorian pounds her chest for the big-time, fourth quarter sack!

Only a one yard loss of course- but more importantly, forcing a punt. The momentum had been leaning Sadeg State's way for a while- they've scored the last 10 points in this game. But the equation is changing at the moment. Jarvis Langdon, Sadeg State's senior punter, is on the field to boot it away. He gets the snap, and he boots the kick high and deep... Manne Nordström fields the ball at his own 19. He runs forward, jukes past a defender who's overpursued him. He sees a whole... He's at the 40, 45... 50! Stiff-arms a defender as he cuts back towards the middle of the field! He's at the 35... 30... Only the punter to beat! And... OH MY, LOOK AT THAT BLOCK! A Loyola player lays out the punter! 15... 10.... TOUCHDOWN!!!!!!!! LOYOLA!

OH MY, WHAT A PLAY! EIGHTY. ONE. YARDS. NORDSTROM HAS TAKEN IT ALL THE WAY BACK- WHAT A PUNT RETURN! All the momentum goes Loyola's way now! Hell, there's Dennis Zervos, sprinting down the sideline, to celebrate with the players in the end zone! He sprinted down and chest bumped Nordstrom in the end zone. He's gonna get penalized for that, but who cares! Touchdown Loyola!


The head coach did, indeed, get penalized for that. Excessive celebration on the head coach- but look, with the PAT, it was a 9 point game. The penalty was applied to the kickoff. With better field position than normal, Sadeg State was able to get themselves into field goal range, and saw Donald Jensen hit a long field goal. Make it a one possesion game again with 10 minutes to go!

Sadeg State hanging around. Loyola-Istria getting the ball back- and a chance to really put the game on ice. Another long drive for them- a mixture of short passes and pounding the rock. The key play on this drive, came with about 6 and a half minutes left. Loyola, facing a 4th & 4 at the Sadeg State 39 yard line. What do you do here? A 56 yard field goal in college is a low percentage play- but miss the 4th down and give Sadeg State good field position. But who the hell is punting from inside the opposing 40? So Zervos decided to go for it. But he's got the experienced senior, Anne-Maurice Vavayavich. They ran a Levels play- short crossing routes, right at the sticks, with Schlacther running a deep post over the middle. The Skyhawks did a good job of taking away the routes right at the first down marker. She saw him, and trusting her arm, lazered it into the window- and he caught the ball for a gain of 17 yards. Looking like RFL hands, taking a huge hit from the safety but hanging on.

The drive would eventually end in Vavayavich throwing a 14 yard TD pass, on a swing route, to Cho Sang-Wook, the stud true freshman out of Chromatika. #1 overall recruit to #1 overall recruit. PAT was good. 44-32, the Blue Thunder led, with 5 minutes remaining in the ballgame. What would really end the ball game was a Ulu Niazi interception just two plays later, to give the Blue Thunder back the ball, with dangerous field position, with over 4 minutes left. They ran the clock basically all the way down after that, with Musaazi hitting a 22 yard field goal with just 8 seconds left in the ballgame, to give us our final score- Loyola 47, Sadeg State 32.

It was a win Coach Zervos was happy with. "There's a lot we have to work on- but you can see the proof of concept here. How this team is rounding into playoff form. Getting contributions in all three phases- even when they threw their haymakers. Offense showing explosiveness with multiple big touchdown passes. And yet, consistency- twice, we scored TDs on drives that lasted over 5 minutes. We can run the ball, pass the ball- hurt you in all sorts of ways. Plenty to clean up on defense- but nobody wants to play us."

The 4 year starter at guard, and team captain, Duka Chosani, told reporters the team expects a similar performance against Felswyr State. "We all remember what happened last year against the Firehawks in the playoffs- this rivalry is important to this school." He told reporters. "It'll be senior day too- we are going to go out there and kick some ass. They will not be able to handle the Istria Lightning Yard- we are wresting back the title of program in all of college football, and we are going to do it by force."

See you at 3:30 next weekend, eh?

Game played at the Istria Lightning Yard, to a crowd of 99,821

First Quarter
13:22 SDG INT- Sadeg State QB Anderson Fox pass is INTERCEPTED by ULI CB Reed Rick, who returns the ball to the Sadeg State 21 yard line. (0-0)
11:54 ULI TD- ULI QB Vavayavich throws 4 yard TOUCHDOWN pass to TE Han Byung-Ma. PAT is good (7-0 ULI)
06:54 SDG BLOCKED PUNT- ULI P Vandra Krause punt is BLOCKED by Sadeg State Player Lorenzo Allen, recovered by Sadeg State player Zane Cavanaugh at the ULI 14 yard line. (7-0 ULI)
05:13 SDG TD- Sadeg State QB Anderson Fox throws 2 yard fade route to WR Henry Huxley for a TOUCHDOWN. PAT is good (7-7)
00:07 ULI FG- ULI K Alanyo Musaazi hits 44 yard field goal. (10-7 ULI)

Second Quarter
11:04 SDG FG- Sadeg State K Donald Jensen hits 24 yard field goal. (10-10)
08:13 ULI TD- ULI QB Vavayavich throws 45 yard TOUCHDOWN pass to WR Arnas Rønning. PAT is good (17-10 ULI)
03:48 SDG FG- Sadeg State K Donald Jensen hits 33 yard field goal. (17-13 ULI)
02:10 ULI TD- ULI QB Vavayavich throws bubble screen pass to WR Xaya Larr, who breaks a tackle and takes it 57 yards for a TOUCHDOWN. PAT is good (24-13 ULI)
00:22 SDG TD- Sadeg State HB Cloud Kelly takes direct snap in wildcat, has a 6 yard TOUCHDOWN run. 2PC FAILS. (24-19 ULI)

HALFTIME SCORE- Loyola-Istria 24, Sadeg State 19

Third Quarter
09:07 ULI TD- ULI HB Darrell Jackson has 7 yard TOUCHDOWN run. PAT is good (31-19 ULI)
07:13 SDG TD- Sadeg State QB throws 64 yard TOUCHDOWN pass to WR Mark McKee. PAT is good (31-26 ULI)
02:10 SDG FG- Sadeg State K Donald Jensen hits 42 yard field goal (31-29 ULI)

Fourth Quarter
13:42 ULI TD- ULI HB Manne Nordström fields punt at his own 19 yard line, and returns it 81 yards for a TOUCHDOWN. PAT is good (38-29 ULI)
10:04 SDG FG- Sadeg State K Donald Jensen hits 48 yard field goal. (38-32 ULI)
05:02 ULI TD- ULI QB Vavayavich throws 14 yard TOUCHDOWN pass to HB Cho Sang-Wook. PAT hits the right upright, no good (44-32 ULI)
04:34 SDG INT- Sadeg State QB Anderson Fox pass is INTERCEPTED by ULI CB Ulu Niazi, who is brought down at the Sadeg State 36 yard line. (44-32 ULI)
00:08 ULI FG- ULI K Alanyo Musaazi hits 22 yard field goal. (47-32 ULI)

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It was eleven in the morning when Gilligan 'Gill' Ahn slowly drove his way to the Fiston Marian High School. His small, Catholic high school was located in middle of Fiston, with students mostly of affluent, Catholic student population who wore uniforms and ties as mandated by the school dress code, and he was of no exception, even more as one of the half-dozen prefects selected for his graduation year.

Of course, being a prefect had meant relatively little in Gill's case. Even more so right now was the case, as today was a rather simple day for the young, seven-footer man whose futures lay abroad (wait what?) and to be decided with the words he's going to say on live television. Being a Quebecois-Ranorian dual-national, whose father's none other than all-time edge rusher Vontaze Ahn, and who had received over twenty offers abroad and here, including multiple NSCF programs, had clearly meant something for him. As was his profile as a nose tackle, whose physical tenacity and ability to carry the Fiston Marian to back-to-back A-class state titles, with this economically-depressed, sports-mad city of Fiston, where a superstar Quarterback in Lane Proudfoot has generated a mania of his own, being as high on their hero as they could be.

Little time and even less space were wasted, as he would arrive into the podium on top of the stage in the school theatre. School gym, as classic as the occasion would be, was unfortunately booked for a state basketball quarterfinals, and he knew that Fiston Marian needed him on the stands right after the game to cheer - his younger brother (his seven other siblings were older than him) Ramezay Kondogbia-Ahn played centre for the Maroons varsity basketball team and they were going to tip off five minutes after he would make his commitment. It was a controlled setting, with multiple Ranorian and foreign journalists at the back row, followed by family members and a couple of their teachers, including his football coach, Mssr. Leo Briand, at very front.

At the table there was a single box. He was going to have to open it and unveil the hat that would show his eventual destination. Having been familiar to the NSCF and other domestic college football scenes across the Multiverse, he really had three options.

Saguenay was the first of his options. It was the school that his family had gone for generations, and this included both his father and uncle Dexter, who were alumni and had combined for six Tiger Bowl titles during their time with the South Bend school. He's visited the school no less than a dozen times, including when his father was playing for Jolbonopolis Raiders, Oakwood Siberias and Labrador Roughriders, and he's maintained decent contact with coach C.C. Youngblood, someone who he's found to be an admirable coach on his own and really knew defences well. Unfortunately, there were a few things that stood his way. He has found their academic requirements, which included additional study-abroad sessions and other related requirements during summers, to be a challenge. Not because it would affect him - he was still a decent 3.8 student, even though he was nowhere near his father or uncle in being a dilligent student - but it would affect one person he wanted to play together with. Being a Mount Ester graduate who's now manning the school known for stringent admissions rivaling that of St. Croix and Farrer, CC Youngblood didn't exactly try to push for easier admissions to some of his recruiting targets. This has cost him before, and this would cost him in this case.

Second option was Cold Hill. Cold Hill was a really enticing option in his case, and perhaps the most realistic one as well. Growing up in Ranoria and having watched them play with The Lord Almighty Proko (LAP) at rover, and then Benoit 'Beno' Youngblood at quarterback, he was a hardcore fan of the school and Chris Dale's program, almost to the point where he's even open to play as a walk-on if they were (ever) short of scholarships to offer for the young man. But now, while Cold Hill was a sentimental favourite, Gill had to be a bit more careful. Unlike Richardson, one school he's had respect for but did not put as option due to their rivalry with the Buffalo, Cold Hill had already recruited a couple of nose tackles the class directly above him. This had left a slight developmental glut for defensive coordinator Hellsing and Gill, while wanting to go there, did notice that.

I want more than that, was what's on Gill's mind as he had to decide in the weeks leading up to his decision. Gill, while solid in his belief that he could start three years there, wanted more certainty. Somewhere where he could not just star, but also bring his own legacy to. And perhaps bring his friend along as well for the foundation. Of course, this was going to be a bit of hard sell, especially with how immersed his friend Steven 'Estibi' Gordon, who himself was considered a top 10 prospect his recruiting class, was to the Cold Hill lore. His parents and uncles have all gone there, played for Chris Dale's legendary sides, and have themselves multiple NSCF rings to talk about whenever the Ahns and the Gordons would go on their cottage trips. So it was going to be a harder sell...

..unless they could promise themselves a future as program-defining talent.

When Gilligan talked to his parents the weekend before, they were pleasantly surprised to see the young buck selecting a left-field option. The choice, one that only so few brave and yet daring would make, was not something that they had expected from Gilligan after all. Being son of Vontaze Ahn, his path has been a fairly straightforward one with his father as a strength and conditioning coach, and mum keeping close eye on his schooling and wrestling abilities, and he went to no-nonsense preparatory schools where the environment surrounding him had given him every measures to succeed. Now, he was going to have to pave his own way out in the open world, to somewhere cold and depressing where the vampwolves awaited and the nightlife questionable.

'Let's not bore ourselves any further, shall we not?' smiled Gilligan, as the 7'1, 350 lb nose tackle looked at the audience. There was a chuckle or two that followed, to which his parents Irma and Vontaze winked back at them. 'Alright, let's make this easy.'

He opened the box, taking out with it a cap, and then placed it to his head. It was the crimson and tan cap of Cavsar University Gladiators. 'Go Gladiators baby, said he. He knew that a round of surprises, perhaps even horrified reaction, followed, while his father Vontaze was chuckling at how surprised the crowd were over it. That said, this was not the time for either of them to think about that, because Gilligan had a message to make. Gilligan picked up the mic, his voice booming, and declared the challenge to his good friend: 'Estibi Gordon, you better be a Gladiator. See you out in the turf, gents.'
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5. Sebastian Torsvik - Tight End - 6'2" - 208 lbs - A receiving tight end who can block for the run fairly well. Like most Vanorians, more lithe than what you would expect from a person of their size and position, but can still battle toe to toe in the trenches. He's got too much pace to him to be covered well by linebackers but too strong for most secondary to bring down in a solo tackle, making him a great fit for short pass heavy offenses or as the safety valve for the quarterback after going through their progressions.

4. Elias Olden - DT - 6'0" - 210 lbs - Elias is a fairly good defensive tackle who can work either at the nose position or in a four down lineman formation, with good strength for Vanorians. A slightly smaller build allows him to use better leverage against offensive lineman as well as a bit more agile to finesse his way past more bulky opponents who lack the sort of agility and acceleration to keep up. Needs to work on their endurance a smidge to be on the exceptional side of good, though gives it their all for the downs that they are on the field.

3. Linnea Nystuen (F) - CB - 5'9" - 163 lbs - She's got both bite and speed and if she was another inch or two taller, probably would be put in on offense as a slot receiver with how good her hands are. What she lacks is a truly elite vertical, making defensive matchups against the taller wide outs a more difficult situation, but that is really her only detriment with how well she can cover in both zone as well as in man to man.

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1. Thorbjørn Skår - RB - 5'11" - 188 lbs - There is usually one player who is coming out of the academy that seems ready made to play at even an elite level and this season it just so happens to be a running back. Strong and durable with good but not elite speed, he looks to be an all around back who can even stay in to block if needed. That would be a mistake as he has lined up often in the slot for Magnus during the season and has the hands to play there at a high level, while also difficult to take down. The past season nearly eighty percent of his yards came after contact, with two or three defenders often needed to be able to bring him to ground. However he has told coaches that he wants to stay close to home if possible.
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Postby South Newlandia » Thu Sep 21, 2023 6:39 pm

Egrets make strong Bowl game case, defeat the Crows

After losing the all-bird all-Esportivan rivalry matchup by three scores last season, the Egrets were looking to level the score this year, and did so decisively. In what was projected to be another tough road game at Stadion Akademicki, the Egrets defense stepped up massively. Crows QB Bogdan Koper was on a lot of pressure all game from Rafal Duda and Mpoza Kanya off the edge, and the Crows also struggled to get much of anything going on the ground. This allowed the Egrets to mostly mask their relatively poor secondary, with Koper usually just not having the time to see his routes develop.
The best drive for the Crows came in the second quarter, when they put their only points on the board. Koper found Jacek Kwiecień who burned Lucas Garcia on the sideline, picking up 56 yards before finally being shoved out of bounds by Tom Reynolds. Now inside the red zone, the Crows had a chance to put a touchdown on the board, but a Kanya sack pushed them back, and Koper did not manage to put a rabbit out of their head on 3rd and 17. Hugo Sułek booted the kick straight down the middle, cutting the deficit to 6, with the score now 3-9. The Egrets had gotten on this weird point footing thanks the first Crows’ drive of the game. A good tackle on the kickoff had the Crows backed up at the 10, Rafal Duda ate Logan Harrison for breakfast for a big sack to push it back to the two, before Mack Honnack burst through the middle to bring down Jacek Cisza in the Crow End Zone, giving the Egrets a quick 2-0 lead before the offense even stepped on the field.
Speaking of the offense, they were pretty effective, with Wampona totalling two touchdowns in the first half; one on the ground, and one finding Sandra Hillock. They could have led 19-3 if not for a missed field goal and missed extra point, but they were still up 15-3. In the second half, the Egrets were able to effectively chew clock and dominate the time of possession. Randi Devi had his first game with more than ten carries as the game got increasingly out of hand, and Ragnar Sampson got most of the second half off; with the Egrets making sure to preserve their star running back for upcoming games at Cavsar and Staramara.
Now at 5-6, the Egrets hope that despite two upcoming defeats, a 5-8 record might be just enough to sneak into a bowl game before anyone checks their credentials; and maybe, they can even put points on the board and/or prevent their opponent from putting up 30+ this time.

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"In Wade We Trust-" Why, after two games, Lance Kabuye's bold switch at QB1 has resurrected Northern Moravica's playoff hopes


HERZEGOVINA CITY, MORAVICA- This week's win against Mar Sara Tech saw some second half domination from Northern Moravica. But more importantly, it saw offensive balance, and NMU controlling games in the ways that they want to- by being dominant up front, and allowing the runnign game to really get a chokehold on the game. Wade Hurley did not do a ton- 14/19 throwing the ball, for 194 yards and a pair of touchdowns, 58 of them on one play, but they did enough to not only pull away early in the second half, but really step on the throats of Mar Sara Tech.

And so much of that is down to the QB. These teams, especially this year, are about running the ball. Amira Kong & Balinda Kisero are both too good to not each get double digit touches per game, and that means that you aren't going to air it out like you are Cold Hill or Loyola. That's fine for this offense. "Look- obviously we need to work within the structure of the offense that we have laid out." Said Coach Lance Kabuye. "We're not going to go into shotgun 45 times a game and bomb it 40 of those times. But we need a QB who can not only work within structure, is happy about the structure- but who can make explosive plays within that structure. Wade Hurley, he can do that."

We're going to go through some reasons why Wade Hurley has resurrected this decrepit- from the depths of 4-5 and bottom of the Savannah Division, to suddenly having real hopes, even if they are faint, of making the playoffs.

Reason #1- Wade Hurley's deep ball is simply beautiful

His physical talent simply cannot be denied. The coaching staff is still working with him, of course- he's only a freshman, even if he's a redshirt freshman. His footwork, in particular, still could use a little bit of refining. But you see the way the ball zips out of his hands? "The dude almost broke my hands whipping it to me when I jogged a post route for him in practice- I'm the damn coach!" Kabuye said after this game, laughing, talking about his young QB's progress. "But that's one of his greatest abilities- the physical is all there."

The 58 yard touchdown pass to Tyler Geese was probably the best example of this. Let's set the stage. Early in the 3rd quarter. First and 10 for NMU. The Cougars are up, 13-10, so at that point in time, the outcome is still certainly very much up in the air. The Raiders dial up a blitz. Safety creeps up and blitzes. The recognition was there from both Hurley and Geese, as the WR1 adjusts his route to a fly route. Hurley steps up in the pocket to buy that extra half second, and then throws it as he's taken down by the said strong safety. His arm strength is that he got nearly 50 air yards under the ball despite going down.

Geese runs underneath it at the 8 yard line, and breaks a tackle to score. "Levi Ayange simply is not making that throw- he's checking it down or taking the sack." Said a Banijan TV analyst. "That kind of throw- to take the top off under that kind of pressure- not everybody can do that."

Reason #2- Defenses are fearing the pass, which opens up things for the run game

This offense struggled a lot across the three game losing streak because they seemed so one-dimensional. "At some point, Levi Ayange in the passing game just became completely and entirely ineffective." Said a NMU radio analyst. "You can already see- although, of course, it is a small sample size. But we were facing 8 man boxes at the highest rate in all of college football- maybe 40% of the time? Stuffing the run and pressuring the QB, because they were confident that Levi Ayange could not beat these corners in single coverage.

But Wade Hurley? That rate has gone down, almost in half. 20% of the time facing 8 man boxes is still quite a high percentage, showcasing how NMU still likes to run the football. But they are able to get more creative in their run game. And with passes like the one we mentioned to Geese, they've finally got somebody able to punish those big boxes. Still a small sample size, yes- but scoring 30+ twice in a row, against good opponents, even at home, is a good sign!

Of course, there's a huge Q on how he will handle road crowds- he'll get a massive test against a key rival, Staramara Tech, this upcoming weekend. But respecting the pass helps a lot in opening the run game- which is how Kabuye wants to win football games.

Reason #3- Leadership demeanor positively effecting the team

Not everybody can be a leader, of course. And it's hard as a young QB, a freshman- especially when you didn't become a starter until week 10. But his attitude is infectious- this guy seems to have people believing in him, who want to follow him. Take an example from the North v. South Showdown. Always a chippy game when these two rivals meet. NMU ran a double reverse on a play- and suddenly, Hurley was upfield, throwing a block onto Audrey Neuland.

He pushed her, and she pushed him back- he went to the ground. But it was enough of a block to unleash Tyler Geese on the double reverse for a 22 yard gain on the ground. And getting up- the O-Line sprinted to him, getting into Audrey Neuland's face, fighting for their QB. And when he got up, he was in Neuland's face too- setting the tone, setting that NMU attitude. It was a drive that would end in a touchdown for the Cougars, a drive that showed exactly the attitude Kabuye's been begging for all season long.

A lot of season left. Playoffs still unlikely- NMU are 18th in the RTC points standings, adn there are 12 playoff spots. But two games are plenty- this upcoming road game against Tech will tell a lot. If they can win that... All things are possible, right?

Game played at Mugisha II Memorial Stadium, to a crowd of 92,391

First Quarter
10:40 TECH INT- Mar Sara Tech QB Jericho Swayne is INTERCEPTED by NMU CB Elisha Osumba in the end zone for a touchback. (0-0)
04:13 NMU TD- NMU HB Amira Kong has 3 yard TOUCHDOWN run. PAT is good (7-0 NMU)

Second Quarter
08:02 TECH TD- Mar Sara Tech QB Jericho Swayne throws 14 yard TOUCHDOWN pass to WR Samo Sarr. PAT is good (7-7)
03:48 NMU TD- NMU HB Balinda Kisero has 15 yard TOUCHDOWN run. PAT hits the right upright, no good (13-7 NMU)
00:45 TECH FG- Tech K Daniel Olsen hits 26 yard field goal. (13-10 NMU)

HALFTIME SCORE- Northern Moravica 13, Mar Sara Tech 10

Third Quarter
12:02 NMU TD- NMU QB Wade Hurley throws 58 yard TOUCHDOWN pass to WR Tyler Geese. PAT is good (20-10 NMU)
08:04 TECH FG- Tech K Daniel Olsen hits 47 yard field goal. (20-13 NMU)
01:32 NMU FG- NMU K Kyler Blatchford hits 44 yard field goal. (23-13 NMU)

Fourth Quarter
09:58 NMU TD- NMU QB Wade Hurley throws 17 yard TOUCHDOWN pass to WR Okwayi Kyebanja. PAT is good (30-13 NMU)
03:34 TECH FUM- Tech QB Jericho Swayne is sacked by NMU DE Josiah Michaels and FUMBLES, recovered by NMU LB Zebadiah Ongonga at the Tech 7 yard line. (30-13 NMU)
01:47 NMU FG- NMU K Kyler Blatchford hits 21 yard line. (33-13 NMU)

Northern Moravica WINS, 33 to 13


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Part 1: Rainbow District
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Part 3: Heartland District
Part 4: Coastal District
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Chromatik High School Gridiron - Season Twelve, Part Eleven: Playoffs, Lower Bracket, Final Round

Season 1 Champions: Central Heights High School (MVP: QB Harold Jieter)
Season 2 Champions: East Omnio High School (MVP: WR Alessandro Mio)
Season 3 Champions: Mt. Niar High School (MVP: QB Sarai Gwenderyn)
Season 4 Champions: Mt. Niar High School (MVP: QB Sarai Gwenderyn)
Season 5 Champions: Flames of the Revolution High School (MVP: RB Nyata Antonucci)
Season 6 Champions: Staramara Tech High School (MVP: Edge Nicole Manstrom)
Season 7 Champions: Franscesca Larriet-Cortes High School (MVP: QB Liara Anderson)
Season 8 Champions: Vitoron School of Charge (MVP: QB Anne-Maurice Vivayavich)
Season 9 Champions: Myana Northwestern High School Blue and White (MVP: QB Nicole Estera)
Season 10 Champions: Myana Northwestern High School Blue and White (MVP: CB Lisa Bonsoon)
Season 11 Champions: The Chromatik Institute Dread (MVP: QB Raul Sébastien Santos)

This season, the playoffs have changed. Conference Champions head to the District Champions (Round of Sixteen), while Second Place per Conference play each other to decide which team will make it to the National Playoffs on the losers' side. Then, it will be double elimination until there are eight teams left, which will lead to a single elimination bracket.

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Winner to National Quarterfinals, loser out of the tournament. Everything on the line.

Let's see how these matchups turned out, shall we?

Wirr Tsi School for the Gifted 26–26 Tears of the Revolution High School (29–35 OT)

A Senior Quarterback going against a young gun who's stepping into his own, while the supporting cast tries to punch above their weight against a defense that's proven their worth. The first half saw three Field Goals from each team, as both Dean Stephens and Andrew Wiggins ran into a wall inside of the opposing twenty yard line. This stalemate would be broken by the Masterminds in the first play from scrimmage with Everard Gilstand busting out a sixty-eight yard touchdown run, giving Wirr Tsi School for the Gifted a seven point lead. The Saints would answer with a long Field Goal from Will Jaire, before the Masterminds also had a Field Goal of their own. With regulation coming to a close, Andrw Wiggins' screen pass to Lark Fromis, with Yara Mood blocking in front of him, led to a fifty-three yard screen pass for a touchdown, and the game went to overtime. The Masterminds would have to settle for a Field Goal after Gilstand was stopped short on a third-and-one by a blitzing Roy Hilcrest, and on the first play from the twenty-five, Andrew Wiggins found Kimberley Dread on a post route for a masterful touchdown that walked off the win. The Saints would be marching to the National Quarterfinals.

West Shantarr High School 15–16 Franscesca Larriet-Cortes High School

If it wasn't for that 1-3 start to the year, the Martyrs wouldn't be in this position - having to win their fourth game in a row to even make the National Quarterfinals. The scorpions didn't make it easy, but Marcus Aureleus and the West Shantarr offense seemed to be drawn into a sieve every time they got within the Martyrs' ten yard line, having to settle for five field goals from Theodore Skylar instead. Instead, it was the Martry's new signal caller, Dustin Piltoffer, that led the only touchdown drive of the game late in the fourth Quarter, as fellow Freshman Roy Donnovan took the fade route thirty yards to get into the Red Zone, followed by a nice toss to Yi Xia for the deciding score and the one-point lead. The Martyrs are now one of the hottest teams in the country, and showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon...

Lhor Central High School 3–23 Staramara Tech High School

Remember when the Battle Angels lost to the Fog Wall, how everyone was so quick to write them off? Since then, Staramara Tech High School has been on a mission, and they weren't going to let some Flying Jellyfish derail them. Despite the play of one Karen Michaelangelo - she had a pick on the day, five tackles, and three other passes defensed - Mattieu Hancock and the Battle Angles would not be denied, helped along with a career day from Freya Odinsdóttir (11 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, 1 interception, 2 defensive touchdowns) as Staramara Tech rode the momentum of both of those defensive touchdowns to dominate the Flying Jellyfish with a score of 23-3 to make it to the National Quarterfinals. Odinsdóttir, a Græntfjaller-Chromatik widely heralded as one of the best Outside Linebacking prospects in the country, stripped Beck James of the ball in the Second Quarter, taking it back twenty-three yards for the first score, and then doubled on it late in the fourth on an interception of a screen pass, taking the ball sixty-three yards to put the game out of reach. The Flying Jellyfish, in the end, lacked the firepower to win.

Tihon Elite Academy 49–21 Capital District Academy

Make it two out of two teams from Urrhed Island to make it to the National Quarterfinals, as the Fog Wall destroy the regiment. Cad Filox had the best day of his career with six touchdowns - three to Nils Jonke - while Rostyslav Illich Kysil, the proven Middle Linebacker, has sixteen tackles on the day. The Regiment did well enough to hang around for a half - it was 21-28 Fog Wall at halftime - but then, Merik Hyosal through three interceptions in the second half, and the Regiment were buried. Give some credit to one Neil Blackburn - the Sophomore Corner had two interceptions on the day, including the one that really put the game out of reach.

National Quarterfinals
At higher seed

Mt. Niar High School vs. Staramara Tech High School @ Felswyr, Mountain District
Dante Flowers leads his Anacondas against the newly fired-up Battle Angels in this first Quarterfinal, as Vera Éloit will try to contain Earl Silverman, a matchup that could decide this game. Mattieu Hancock's last time to shine, the Senior will try to outdo the Ranorian, who had the best drive in the CGHS so far this season. This is also the matchup between the Anacondas' offensive line and the one player that could put an end to any title hopes for Mt. Niar - Freya Odinsdóttir. She will be a bullet aimed at Dante Flowers play after play, and with the help of one Eden Pontfellier, the best pass rusher off the line, the Ranorian will have to be smart with his decision making. Don't expect a lot of points - but it will come down to the Quarterback play, and who doesn't turn the ball over.

Chromatik Army High School vs. Tears of the Revolution High School @ Chromia, Capital District
Did anyone predict this matchup at the start of the season? The winner of this game heads to the Semifinals, and both teams will be hungry for the glory. The Recruits sport a better-than-expected Jair Lleyamana and an in-form Angie Pyre, but the Saints have a proven defense between Roy Hilcrest and Yara Mood. The Saints seem to be the team better suited to make a run, which is ironic given their status as the team from the Lower Bracket. Andrew Wiggins will have an easier time against Sean Cadillac and the Recruits' core, meaning that it will come down to just how much the Recruits can handle the defense of the Saints. Whomever wins this game will be the underdog going forward.

Myana Northwestern High School vs. Franscesca Larriet-Cortes High School @ Myana, Myana Island
This is the game of the Quarterfinal. The Blue-and-White of Myana Northwestern taking their high-powered defense against a Martyrs squad that hasn't lost in ten games. Darin Piltoffer will have the hardest test of his career against the teeth of the Myana Northwestern defense, while Nicole Estera will be on the other side, waiting for her chance. Sure, the Martyrs have done enough to gain their confidence and get back to this point, but is there really any debate that the favorite is the Blue and White? Estera doesn't need to play hero - just do enough to score maybe twenty points - but when she does explode, she can take this team to heights that the defense alone can't. Will Piltoffer be able to keep his cool? Or will the Blue and White take one more step to trying to make it three out of four?

The Chromatik Institute vs. Tihon Elite Academy @ Chromia, Capital District
Raul Sébastien Santos takes his air raid offense against a Fog Wall team that's shown that there is more than just Staramara on Urrhed Island. RSS is flying high with fellow Senior targets Lenny Rhimes and Jacqueline Fofo; they also have Briana Havenworth as a reliable Running Back. As for the Fog Wall, they will live and die by the play of Cad Filox and Nils Jonke, helped along on the defensive end by Rostyslav Illich Kysil and Neil Blackburn on the defensive side of the ball. Yes, the Fog Wall match up well through the middle of the field, but on the edges, the Wide Receivers will have a field day against the Fog Wall's cornerbacks. Can Cad Filox do enough on the other end to make up for the difference? Conventional wisdom says no.

National Semifinals Draw

Mt. Niar High School vs. Starmara Tech High School Winner vs. The Chromatik Institute vs. Tihon Elite Academy Winner
Chromatik Army High School vs. Tears of the Revolution High School Winner vs. Myana Northwestern High School vs. Franscesca Larriet-Cortes High School Winner
Former User of the Nations of Yesopalitha and Falconfar

Champion: WBC 52, NSCF 24, 26, 28, and CoH 82
Regional Tournaments: AOCAF 55 Champions, 52 & 63 Runners-Up
WC Proper Appearances:
Second Place: 93
Semifinals: 76
Quarterfinals: 77, 78
Round of Sixteen: 79, 80, 87, 88, 92
Group Stage: 81, 83, 84, 86, 89
CoH Appearances: 77 (Ro16), 85 (Ro16), 90 (Champions), 91 (QF)
KPB Ranking: 4 (Post 93)
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