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Brooklyn Beck (S1:E10)

Postby Drawkland » Mon Mar 04, 2024 8:12 pm

"The Novatim Year"

With Brooklyn garnering some respect from her teammates in the second week of camp, things started to get a little smoother. She still had a lot of work to do in hitting her metrics, but at least she quieted most of the derision and gained a little respect among her fellow novatim and several upperclassmen.

After that, what more can you ask of a novatim in their first season? Isaac Hext was a senior, and he was going to be the man for his final season. Not like he was a particularly convincing man, but he’d been starting games on-and-off behind Anderson Fox for the last couple seasons. Even if he were to go down with injury, the freshman Jimmy Chapman was going to be the next man up. Brooklyn would only get a chance to start if the sky started falling.

Brooklyn, in all honesty, preferred the sky stay in its normal configuration. She was picking up the playbook pretty well, getting a good feel of the Skyhawk system under Brand Manlio, but in her action on the practice field and part of the scout team, she was thoroughly uninterested in getting laid out by college upperclassmen until she got a little more bulk on.

So Brooklyn bided her time, played her snaps on the practice field, and sat on the sidelines that DOCA season. Sadeg State didn’t do great, but she was making strides in the background. Every week she was improving her steps, throwing the ball a little further, zipping it a little quicker.

The NSCF came and went, and though it appeared Sadeg State was dead to rights halfway through the conference slate, Hext woke up and put some wins together, including ripping the Starlight title from Logan Oakley and the Cavsar Gladiators on the final week of conference play. A couple clutch out-of-conference wins, and the Skyhawks snuck into the playoffs over a Cavsar team people called vastly superior just a month prior that summer. All the while, Brooklyn sat with a tablet studying all she could. She also studied for classes, when she remembered to.



There was only a month of time between the conclusion of the NSCF season and the beginning of next year’s football camp. Sadeg State got dumped out by Raynor in the first round of the playoffs, of course, so that bought Brooklyn an extra three weeks of time to prepare for her freshman season.

Summer was also an interesting change of pace. Even though Brooklyn and Grace were set to keep the same dorm suite for the next year, there was nobody and no reason to remain on campus over the summer. It was all paid for anyway, so Brooklyn took her necessities back to her parent’s house for the break. It was surreal, it felt similar to high school and yet there was an air of change.

“Brookie, do you want to try traveling somewhere while you have a little break in the action?” Elie Beck asked her daughter the week after Sadeg State’s exit from NSCF 30.

“Nah,” Brooklyn replied simply between bites of scrambled egg.

“No?” Dustin Beck asked curiously, sitting down with his own breakfast. “We haven’t had a family vacation all year. We gotta go somewhere.”

“You guys are free to go without me,” Brooklyn shrugged. “I can’t afford to take any time off.”

“Sure you can,” Dustin replied immediately. “A week off won’t kill your progress.”

“Yeah right,” Brooklyn chuckled. “I’ll be eating like shi- crap. I guess I’d gain some weight on it, but not the kind I want.”

“Come on,” Dustin continued. “The BB I know would never pass up the chance to visit a new place.”

“I’ve seen plenty of new places this year!” Brooklyn sniffed. “Valanora, in particular, I’d like to never visit again.”

“Still salty about the loss, huh?” Elie propped her chin against her hand, regarding her daughter carefully.

“Trust me, just getting to spend a few weeks straight at home without having to worry about class is the only vacation I need.” Brooklyn looked up from her plate to look both her parents in the eyes. “Honestly.”

“What about … Quebec?” Dustin floated the word out there, trying as hard as he could to be casual about it.

“What about it?” Brooklyn looked back up at her dad, eyes narrowed.

“What if there happened to be an event happening in that particular nation, a couple weeks before your camp started?” Dustin leaned back in his chair, arms crossed.

“You mean the World Bowl?” Brooklyn asked, putting the pieces together. “Like, the playoffs?”

“In a way, yes.” Dustin nodded slowly.

“I dunno, it would probably be tough to take too long of a break right before camp.”

“Are you sure? Like are you really, really sure-”

“What your father is trying to say,” Elie interrupted, “is that he may have volunteered you for something on that particular date.”

“Volunteered for what?” Brooklyn asked flatly. She raised an eyebrow.

“Vincent wanted to run a ‘futures’ sort of meetup for the first round of the World Bowl playoffs,” Dustin explained quickly, referring to the general manager of the Grid Corps. “Wanted to match up some past, present, and potential future national team members together as a marketing thing.”

“Future national teamer, huh?” Brooklyn broke into a smirk.

“Of course!” Dustin replied quickly, a little too much so. “I felt that it was a perfect way to show the past and future of the Corps. Vince agreed, which is why he asked me to participate. It was only natural to invite you.”

“Uh huh.” Brooklyn nodded, trying her best to not read too much into it. “Who else is gonna be there?”

“Some GLD rookies and Corps retirees,” Dustin said vaguely, avoiding Brooklyn’s glance. “Lots of college guys. We’ll see about getting some other Sadeg State guys to come so you’ll have some company.”

“Any other quarterback prospects?” Brooklyn dropped each word carefully.

“Um, well, there may be.” Dustin shrugged. “I guess I haven’t really spoken to Vince about it yet-”

“Oakley’s gonna be there, isn’t he.”

“He might be …”

“Do I have to go?” Brooklyn’s lip twisted in disgust. She didn’t exactly hate Logan Oakley, but him being the QB for Cavsar and perhaps the most hyped college recruit since her dad, there was an element of disdain.

“Not technically, no. I only confirmed myself so far.” Dustin leaned forward, making direct eye contact with Brooklyn for the first time in a couple minutes. “BB, please. You can’t leave me with those two for the whole event. I have to look good for the cameras, and if I spend too much time unprotected around Cavsar grads, I might start breaking out in hives.”

“Why don’t you hang out with Jack and Leo?” Brooklyn stuck her tongue out. “Or any of the other retired Corps guys that you said would be there?”

“They want us to hang out by position group for the photo ops and everything,” Dustin groaned. “Dakota and Brock are pretty good players but they’re not enough to keep me from wanting to strangle that particular Gladiator.”

“He’s a pushover,” Brooklyn scoffed, then realized the implication. “So I’ve heard from Jack, anyway.”

“Right.” Dustin frowned, deciding to ignore that comment for now. “Doesn’t make me want to sock him any less. Embarrassing that we let our national team get led by such a clown.”

“Can we not have the Proudfoot rant today? It’s not even noon yet!” Elie groaned.

“Fine.”

“Okay,” Brooklyn broke the awkward silence that followed. She had turned the idea over in her head. And though she didn’t like the idea of breaking her workout routine, she did always enjoy the time she spent with the Grid Corps players. Plus, she’d gained former Skyhawk Paul Gore as a sort of mentor, and hadn’t seen him since the beginning of the NSCF season. He would certainly be at such an event.

“Okay what?” Dustin asked.

“Okay, I’ll come with you.” Brooklyn crossed her arms and smirked. “You’re gonna owe me, though.”

“Wonderful,” Dustin smiled, seemingly satisfied. “I can count that against the ledger of all the money I’ve spent raising you. You’ll break even after another hundred favors, I reckon.”

“No, bad!” Elie lightly smacked Dustin on the arm. “We talked about this.”

“What, I’m not allowed to make jokes in my own home now?” Dustin rolled his eyes. “Fine. Really though, thank you BB. I know we’ll make the trip worth it. And hopefully that idiot behind center won’t embarrass us on the field the day after.”

“What did I say about ranting at the table?” Elie replied immediately.

“Right. Brooklyn, if you’d follow me to the porch, I’d like to outline every reason why Lane Proudfoot is a horrible quarterback and person.”

“Have any of the reasons changed since the last time you delivered that rant?” Brooklyn looked up at the ceiling in thought. “What was that, four days ago?”

“No!” Dustin said spitefully. “Doesn’t make them any less true.”

“If I hear one more word about Lane Proudfoot today, you’re sleeping on the couch.” Elie blew a raspberry. “Get new material, babe.”

“Jokes on you, the couch is super comfortable. Firstly, let’s discuss how he has less mobility in the pocket than my grandmother, rest her soul-”
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Postby Saint-Jean-Jacques et Burnham-on-Stove » Tue Mar 05, 2024 8:36 am

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Saint-Jean-Jacques et Burnham-on-Stove wins a thriller against Cassadaigua


Sacré-Coeur district, Saint-Jean-Jacques-sur-Mer - Home games against Cassadaigua and Chromatika are more fun to watch than away games! Saint-Jean-Jacques-sur-Mer scored 41 points at home against Chromatika but only 6 points away against the same team. 3 points away against Cassadaigua and now, 42 at home! As expected, there was light rain at the start of the game. Saint-Jean-Jacques et Burnham-on-Stove won the coin toss and took the lead on their first drive when Callum O'Farrell caught Arielle Bellerose-Deslongchamps' 7 yards pass in the endzone for the touchdown. Cassadaigua answered immediately with a 18 yards passing touchdown from Haylie Steadham to Katelynn Ellis. On the next Tapirs drive, Ji-yoo Han made a 28 yards field goal. The score after 1 quarter was 10-7. Cassadaigua had the ball next, and took the lead when Lacey Bouchard caught Haylie Steadham's 9 yards pass in the endzone. Following Cassadaigua's touchdown, the Jean-Jacquois and Burnhamese scored a 99 yards kick return touchdown when Anne-Élisabeth Guirguis crossed the field with the ball. And Courtney Burton did the same for the Fillies on the kickoff, it was a 102 yards kickoff return touchdown! The Tapirs followed with 5 yards rushing touchdown by François-Pierre Guirguis. Jenna Lewis tied the game with a 26 yards field goal. Saint-Jean-Jacques et Burnham-on-Stove took the lead just before the halftime on a 44 yards field goal and the score was 27-24 Tapirs at halftime.

The Cassadagans started off the 3rd quarter with the ball and took the lead on a 25 yards passing touchdown from Haylie Steadham to Meghan Castro on a formation with 3 wide receivers. On their next drive, the Tapirs had the ball at the 46 yards in their own territory and on a 2nd and 12, they're using a wildcat formation for the 4th time in the game and it worth noting that they ran with the ball for the first 3 times they used this formation. This time, Anne-Élisabeth Guirguis is running in the backfield like she's doing a WR reverse route and gets the ball from François-Pierre Guirguis but, instead of running, she throws deep to Arielle Bellerose-Deslongchamps who was lining as a wide receiver and who was left alone by the defense who thought it was another run play. It resulted in a 54 yards passing touchdown. Cassadaigua had the ball next and they had a 3rd and 7 at the 39 yards in Tapir territory. Haylie Steadham throws to Katelynn Ellis but the ball slips out of her hands and free safety Santiago Guerrero Diaz catches it, however, the ball did touch the ground. It was ruled as an interception and Jennifer Cole throws her flag, arguing that the ball touched the ground. After reviewing, the referree announces that the ball did touch the ground and it's not an interception, however Katelynn Ellis controlled the ball long enough before it slipped out of her hands so it's a fumble recovered by the Tapirs and the Cassadagans loses one time out. The Tapirs gets the ball at the 26 yards line in their own territory. The 3rd quarter ends with Saint-Jean-Jacques et Burnham-on-Stove leading 34-31. They scored a 12 yards passing touchdown from Arielle Bellerose-Deslongchamps to Guillaume Bibeau-Babeux early in the 4th quarter. It started raning harder and Cassadaigua, while at the 27 yards line in Tapir territory, fumbled the ball again. This time, the fumbles goes to running back Crystal Mannix. Salvador Bonilla Gonzalez forced the fumble and Nicholas McMullen recovered it. The Tapirs crossed all the field, killed the clock but they're stopped at the 6 yards line. Ji-yoo Han made a 23 yards field goal and the score was 44-31. On their next drive, Cassadaigua finally scored when Allie Raymond caught Haylie Steadham's pass at the 9 yards line, broke a tackle and ran to the enzone for a 21 yards passing touchdown. Cassadaigua were really confident and aggressive and they went for two! Haylie Steadham threw to Maria Olivares for 2 points. The score was 44-39. Neither team scored anymore and that was the final score.

Both teams are tied in 2nd place and have a 1-1 head to head record, but Cassadaigua gets the 2nd place because of a +12 head to head goal differential (GD) for them. Week 10 is a must win for both of us. The Tapirs travels to Lozho while Cassadaigua receives Kinqueven at Dagan Airways Stadium in Concord Heights. Saint-Jean-Jacques et Burnham-on-Stove have a good chance of finishing 3rd and qualify as one of the best 4 3rd placed teams. Linebacker Mason O'Kelly suffered an ankle injury and will be out on week 10. 22 years old James Wollschlaeger will start at middle linebacker.

SAINT-JEAN-JACQUES et BoS   10  17   7  10  -  44
CASSADAIGUA 7 17 7 8 - 39


GAME SUMMARY
1st quarter
9:29 TOUCHDOWN SJJ et BoS - Arielle Bellerose-Deslongchamps passes to Callum O'Farrell for 7 yards - Extra point good
5:02 TOUCHDOWN CASSADAIGUA - Haylie Steadham passes to Katelynn Ellis for 18 yards - Extra point good
1:45 FIELD GOAL SJJ et BoS - Ji-yoo Han's 28 yards kick is good

2nd quarter
12:28 TOUCHDOWN CASSADAIGUA - Haylie Steadham passes to Lacey Bouchard for 9 yards - Extra point good
12:17 TOUCHDOWN SJJ et BoS - 99 yards kick return by Anne-Élisabeth Guirguis - Extra point good
12:05 TOUCHDOWN CASSADAIGUA - 102 yards kick return by Courtney Burton - Extra point good
6:23 TOUCHDOWN SJJ et BoS - François-Pierre Guirguis runs for 5 yards. Extra point good
2:59 FIELD GOAL CASSADAIGUA - Jenna Lewis' 26 yards kick is good
0:24 FIELD GOAL SJJ et BoS - Ji-yoo Han's 44 yards kick is good

3rd quarter
10:41 TOUCHDOWN CASSADAIGUA - Haylie Steadham passes to Meghan Castro for 25 yards - Extra point good
8:13 TOUCHDOWN SJJ et BoS - Anne-Élisabeth Guirguis passes to Arielle Bellerose-Deslongchamps for 54 yards - Extra point good

4th quarter
14:37 TOUCHDOWN SJJ et BoS - Arielle Bellerose-Deslongchamps passes to Guillaume Bibeau-Babeux for 12 yards - Extra point good
5:25 FIELD GOAL SJJ et BoS - Ji-yoo Han's 23 yards kick is good

2:49 TOUCHDOWN CASSADAIGUA - Haylie Steadham passes to Allie Raymond for 21 yards - 2 points conversion succesful (Haylie Steadham passes to Maria Olivares)


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Postby Sarzonia » Tue Mar 05, 2024 11:51 am

When things are going well, you don't often hear much about a manager being on the hot seat.

Sarzonia were rolling along at 6-1 with only an away loss to the top ranked gridball team in the multiverse and looking like an all but certain participant in the knockout rounds. Then they choked away a lead in a four-point loss to Drawkland in front of an above-capacity crowd at Joe Gibbs Stadium.

Now, after a 21-10 away defeat against South Americanastan, the near-certain appearance in the knockout stages was suddenly less certain. And that's when the questions came to Sarzonian national gridball manager Gavin Davis.

He was grilled about his decision to go for it on fourth and two at the 8:31 mark of the third quarter at the Bears 29-yard line despite being well within Matt Andersen's range and his team down 14-10.

"I felt we had momentum and we'd be able to turn the tide if we converted there," he said. "Nothing against Matty. He's a damn good kicker, but I thought we'd do better if we led 17-14 than if we trailed 14-13. The attempted quarterback sneak not only didn't work, it resulted in quarterback Cameron Stallworth suffering a shoulder stinger and forced Davis to turn to veteran backup Mike Barnett. That meant the deep shots offensive coordinator Trent Beaucamp called for Stallworth were out of the picture. So, too, were the design runs and the green light to take off and run when receivers were covered. Barnett completed nine-of-17 passes for 103 yards and three interceptions in the loss.

Sarzonia (6-3) are level with South Americanastan, but have the point differential in head-to-head results tiebreaker. That turns their group stage finale against Juvencus at Joe Gibbs Stadium into a must-win with the Bears facing Untecna away. Davis turned and walked away from the podium when asked why he didn't send in third-choice quarterback Wendy Bartlett when Barnett proved ineffective. He was subsequently fined by the Incorporated Gridball Association, which announced that Davis was required by the terms of his contract to answer questions like the one posed to him.

"By rule, we couldn't," Beaucamp said, answering the question Davis refused to. "The thought first came up with a minute to go in the third quarter after we forced the Bears to punt and we got a first down at our 32. If we'd sent Wendy on in the third quarter, we'd be unable to play either Cam or Mike the rest of the match. Punter Evelyn Sutton would have been the emergency fourth-choice quarterback if they'd made the switch then. As for why the team didn't make the change in the fourth quarter, Beaucamp noted that Barnett hit on five consecutive completions to drive the Stars to the Bears 24-yard line before he took a 14-yard sack that put the ball at the 38-yard line.

"That was out of Matty's range on that mud pit of a pitch," Beaucamp said. And then [Sutton] didn't get her footing on the subsequent punt." That punt was credited in the scorebooks as eight yards, giving South Americanastan the ball in good field position. Quarterback Will Hart needed only three plays to hit paydirt for the final margin of victory.

The next day, Davis apologised for walking out on the press conference.

"I thought the answer was obvious, so I thought the question was stupid," he said, emphasising that it was about the third quarter and not the fourth quarter. "We felt going into it that Mike gave us the better chance to win than Wendy did, but I'm not ashamed to say I could've been wrong on that front." Davis added that he and Beaucamp had a discussion about sending Bartlett out there after the eight-yard punt by Sutton. He added that Stallworth would be available to start the finale against Juvencus, owing to the delay implemented by Quebecois officials to the final match.

"That buys us some valuable time," Davis said of the delay. "Cam probably wouldn't have been able to do much more than hand the ball off or throw short passes if we had to play at the originally scheduled time, but he was cleared in time to play against Juvencus."

As for the match itself, the Bears held running back Ty'Relle Clinton in check, limiting him to 64 yards on 21 carries while Stallworth was eight-of-12 for 93 yards and a touchdown pass to wide receiver Steve Swain. Stallworth said he, Beaucamp and Davis were all discussing whether to continue using the "tush push" quarterback sneak.

"They don't want to put me in a position where I could get hurt again," he said.
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Postby Chromatika » Tue Mar 05, 2024 10:09 pm

Chromatik Recruits for NSCF 31

17. QB Cad Filox
School: Tihon Elite Academy
Conference Statistics: 3,198 yards, 28 touchdowns, 9 interceptions; 61 carries, 491 yards, 7 touchdowns
Postseason: Losers' Bracket, First Round
Hometown: Tihon, Urrhed Island
Specs: 6 ft 1 in, 205 lbs
Intended Major: Rushmori Studies
High School GPA (Out of 4.0): 3.52
Description: A bruising Quarterback, Filox is a dual-threat star that can both spread the ball down the field and bowl over the defender. He's had some turnover problems in the past, but with the right pieces, Filox could be a star.

16. FS Amber Lynne
School: Vitoron School of Charge
Conference Statistics: 61 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 fumble; 7 interceptions
Postseason: Did Not Qualify
Hometown: Vitoron, Capital District
Specs: 6 ft 1 in, 210 lbs
Intended Major: Human Resources
High School GPA (Out of 4.0): 3.45
Description: A physical safety with good range and tackling ability, Lynne's calling card is her ability to rise up when the big moments arrive. Despite the Robots having some issues in recent seasons, Lynne remained a rare bright spot.

15. QB Ewan Pyrehamix
School: Umbar Hills High School
Conference Statistics: 3,507 yards, 31 touchdowns, 3 fumbles, 5 interceptions
Postseason: Did Not Qualify
Hometown: Umbar, Mountain District
Specs: 5 ft 10 in, 175 lbs
Intended Major: Communications
High School GPA (Out of 4.0): 3.61
Description: A pocket Quarterback with accuracy and a good head on his shoulders, Pyrehamix's biggest problem has been the school he ended up at. The Grizzlies simply didn't have the weapons needed to contend; he is a rough diamond that requires a bit of work to fit into collegiate level play, but with tremendous potential.

14. RB Edwin Jackson-Jones
School: Facsimile High School
Conference Statistics: 1,398 yards, 18 touchdowns, 3 fumbles
Postseason: Did Not Qualify
Hometown: Vitoron, Capital District
Specs: 6 ft 3 in, 235 lbs
Intended Major: Psychology
High School GPA (Out of 4.0): 3.87
Description: The younger brother of Eileen Jackson-Jones, Edwin is a well-rounded back who possesses the ability to both run through tackles, get away from defenders, and even pass-block. He simply picked the wrong school to go to; hopefully, he'll end up in a better school at the university level.

13. OT Pine Rhucks
School: Crix Arts Institute
Conference Statistics: 58 pancakes, 4 sacks allowed
Postseason: Did Not Qualify
Hometown: Crix, Heartland District
Specs: 6 ft 2 in, 305 lbs
Intended Major: Computer Sciences
High School GPA (Out of 4.0): 3.72
Description: A pass-blocking tackle who can handle speed and size, Rhucks isn't the best in run blocking but handles controlling the blind side without issue. He definitely has the skills to move to the collegiate level.

12. MLB Erik Hammer
School: Flames of the Revolution High School
Conference Statistics: 139 tackles, 3 sacks, 4 forced fumbles
Postseason: Did Not Qualify
Hometown: Alnio, Capital District
Specs: 6 ft 1 in, 210 lbs
Intended Major: Economics
High School GPA (Out of 4.0): 4.00
Description: The best run-tackling linebacker in the class, Hammer does what his name name suggests - make the sure-handed tackle. He maxed out at nineteen tackles in a game this season - not the best in coverage, but crucial in the run game.

11. WR Yi Xia
School: Franscesca Larriet-Cortes High School
Conference Statistics: 91 tackles, 1,391 yards, 14 touchdowns
Postseason: Losers' Round, First Round
Hometown: Alnio, Capital District
Specs: 6 ft 7 in, 210 lbs
Intended Major: Finance
High School GPA (Out of 4.0): 3.92
Description: A true speedster who can tear up the field in an instant, Xia simply just gets yards in bunches. She is faster than Alessandra Mio - she can really just run by anyone. Get the ball her way, and get out of the way.

10. QB Daemon Argonaut
School: East Shantarr High School
Conference Statistics: 4,350 yards, 41 touchdowns, 6 interceptions
Postseason: Losers' Bracket, Third Round
Hometown: Shantarr, Heartland District
Specs: 5 ft 10 in, 180 lbs
Intended Major: Mechanical Engineering
High School GPA (Out of 4.0): 3.81
Description: A Quarterback with superstar potential, Argonaut has been highly billed from the get-go. Argonaut had a disappointing Senior season results-wise, but his stats were spectacular with forty-one touchdowns thrown; his vision, arm strength, and ability to adjust to defenses warrant his top billing.

09. QB Lina Goodson
School: Myana Northwestern High School
Conference Statistics: 3,212 yards, 29 touchdowns, 5 interceptions
Postseason: Lost National Championship
Hometown: Eyrods, Myana Island
Specs: 5 ft 11 in, 190 lbs
Intended Major: Mathematics
High School GPA (Out of 4.0): 3.71
Description: Goodson was the pride and joy of Academy of the Jungle for three seasons before the invasion of the Abyss; then, she transferred to Myana Northwestern, where she had to adjust to playing for a more defensive squad. Despite the dismal stats in her Senior season, she still continued her ability to control the game, make throws to the available receiver without issue, and take over in key moments. She can fit in throws to tight windows, and is absolutely smart with the ball.

08. DT Roland Kyak
School: Mt. Niar High School
Conference Statistics: 51 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 3 sacks
Postseason: Lost in National Semifinals
Hometown: Umbar, Mountain District
Specs: 6 ft 10 in, 265 lbs
Intended Major: Biology
High School GPA (Out of 4.0): 3.82
Description: The best run-stuffing defensive tackle out of Chromatika in a hot minute, Kyak has the strength, the size, and the drive to get at the ball carrier. Whether with a fellow Defensive Tackle or a Nose Tackle, he can absolutely shut down a run up the middle or even get at the Quarterback. This is a true weapon.

07. RB Prince Killart
School: Mt. Niar High School
Conference Statistics: 1,104 yards, 19 touchdowns, 3 fumbles
Postseason: Lost in National Semifinals
Hometown: Z'ai'ai, Mountain District
Specs: 6 ft 4 in, 240 lbs
Intended Major: Chemistry
High School GPA (Out of 4.0): 3.97
Description: A battering ram of a running back, Killart is very good at running through would-be tacklers, leading the nation in yards after contact. Add solid pass blocking to the mix, and it's obvious why he's rated this high on the list. His weakness is in the passing game as a receiving threat, as well as breakaway speed.

06. DE Eden Pontfellier
School: Staramara Tech High School
Conference Statistics: 47 tackles, 11 sacks, 2 forced fumbles
Postseason: National Champion
Hometown: Urrheddiao, Urrhed Island
Specs: 6 ft, 185 lbs
Intended Major: History
High School GPA (Out of 4.0): 3.86
Description: A true edge rusher with a powerful spin move to leave many offensive linemen in the dust, Pontfellier gets better and better as the game goes on. Getting eleven sacks in ten games at the elite level, she only became better and better as the postseason continued. She may have been helped out by Freya Odinsdóttir's presence, but having a consistent edge threat was amazing for the Battle Angels.

05. RB Briana Heavenworth
School: The Chromatik Institute
Conference Statistics: 1,319 yards, 17 touchdowns; 61 catches, 511 yards, 9 touchdowns
Postseason: Losers' Bracket, Second Round
Hometown: Chromia, Capital District
Specs: 6 ft 2 in, 210 lbs
Intended Major: Anaian Studies
High School GPA (Out of 4.0): 3.95
Description: The best running back in the last four years, Heavenworth's ability to stretch the field, run both in and out of contact, and contribute to the game as a whole sets her apart as a true ace. Her presence during the Dread's title run her Sophomore season was paramount, and even afterwards, she was a true lynchpin of The Chromatik Institute's attack. She can truly do it all - and with her clutch gene in the Fourth Quarter, she deserves the world.

04. MLB Evan Derder
School: Mt. Niar High School
Conference Statistics: 102 tackles, 3 forced fumbles, 1 defensive touchdown; 4 interceptions, 1 defensive touchdown
Postseason: National Semifinals
Hometown: Felswyr, Mountain District
Specs: 6 ft 3 in, 230 lbs
Intended Major: Political Science
High School GPA (Out of 4.0): 3.92
Description: An all-rounded superstar Middle Linebacker with ability to both make the tackle, be in the way, and sometimes even contribute in the passing game. A major piece of why Mt. Niar has been a perennial contender, and a lock-in to do well at the collegiate level.

03. QB Cade Stases
School: J. H. Yadasky High School
Conference Statistics: 3,218 Yards, 38 Touchdowns, 5 Interceptions
Postseason: National Quarterfinals
Hometown: Lhor, Coastal District (Schima Bas native)
Specs: 6 ft, 200 lbs
Intended Major: Journalism
High School GPA (Out of 4.0): 3.75
Description: A down year in terms of numbers, but a properly put together Quarterback prospect ready for the collegiate level. A Schima Bas native, Stases is the prime example of a player that's taken the opportunity to make it big in Chromatika. He has great vision, an accurate arm, and height; with surprising mobility and big play ability, he's good to go.

02. QB Dante Flowers
School: Mt. Niar High School
Conference Statistics: 3,819 yards, 31 touchdowns, 5 interceptions; 47 carries, 502 yards, 6 touchdowns
Postseason: National Semifinals
Hometown: Ranoria City, Ranoria
Specs: 6 ft 1 in, 215 lbs
Intended Major: Electrical Engineering
High School GPA (Out of 4.0): 3.82
Description: The best Quarterback in Chromatika for the last three seasons, Flowers can do it all - run, throw, throw on the run, and take over the game. He won a National Championship for Mt. Niar - the first since Gwenderyn - and finally overthrew their rivals. Flowers is highly touted, and will likely be ready at the collegiate level.

01. OLB Freya Odinsdóttir
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Conference Statistics: 72 tackles, 11 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, 8 interceptions, 4 defensive touchdowns
Postseason: National Champion
Hometown: Staramara, Urrhed Island
Specs: 6 ft 3 in, 225 lbs
Intended Major: Environmental Sciences
High School GPA (Out of 4.0): 3.91
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Postby Cassadaigua » Wed Mar 06, 2024 2:23 pm

Fillies fall, Carrington to return against Kinqueven,
by Kenzie Sherman, Concord Heights Times


In a shootout, a type of game that the Fillies really do not want to get into with an opponent, Cassadaigua was knocked off by Saint-Jean-Jacques et Burnham-on-Stove 44-39 on a wet day. The game was mostly a one possession game throughout, and if you are a fan watching, you were certainly entertained. I was, but we all know that the Fillies are not designed to win a wide open game against a good opponent like the Tapirs. One of the best moments of the game came in the second quarter, on back to back kickoff returns for touchdowns. Following a Lacey Bouchard touchdown run that, at the time, made it 14-10 Cassadaigua, Anne-Élisabeth Guirguis went 99 yards for the Tapirs electrifying the home crowd. After all, there are very few plays out there that will energize a crowd more than that. But, before many of them sat down, Courtney Burton took it out of the end zone, and sprinted down the left sideline, getting a key block by Ricky Betts, to go 102 yards for a touchdown of her own. Just like that, it was 21-17, with three touchdowns being scored in span of 23 seconds. There was some rain falling then, but it was not dampening the entertainment value.

At halftime, the Fillies were down by the score of 27-24, but Haylie Steadham connected with Meghan Castro for 25 yards, her third touchdown pass of four on the day, to make it 31-27. Unfortunately, the game turned at that point, just as the rain began falling harder. Saint-Jean-Jacques et Burnham-on-Stove went on to score 17 unanswered points, and were on the verge of putting the game away with five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Steadham did work efficiently to get a touchdown on the next drive, and the two point conversion was successful to make it 44-39. For those who wondered why Jennifer Cole went for two there, the thought process was that there was still 2:49 left in the game, and if the Fillies were to hold the Tapirs to a field goal with time remaining, it would still be possible to tie the game with our final drive. Unfortunately, the pink and black would never touch the ball on offense again as the home side was able to run out the clock, securing a five point win.

This result means that both teams are 6-3, and tied for second with one game remaining. Cassadaigua owns the tiebreaker on Saint-Jean-Jacques et Burnham-on-Stove because head to head point differential is in our favor. At the same time, both teams are on the positive end to make the playoffs as long as they take care of business in the finale. Since the top four third place teams also get a playoff spot, and there are three teams at 5-4 right now (in addition to the two others at 6-3). The point differential on them is +70, +26, and +26 again. Cassadaigua is at +86, and Saint-Jean-Jacques et Burnham-on-Stove is at +103. It’s kind of unlikely that any of them would pass Saint-Jean-Jacques et Burnham-on-Stove. It’s a little unlikely that they would pass us given that we are playing Kinqueven to finish this off, even though they have beaten us. Although, the +70, Delaclava, also has a game against opponent they could run up the score against. Then, we would need to look at one of the other 6-3's to drop a game. That might not happen though, so a loss by either us or the Tapirs could potentially mean 17th. That won’t be good enough.

So, the Fillies still need to take care of business in their last game against Kinqueven, who’s already beaten us. It was announced that Brittany Carrington will be the starting quarterback for the game, even though Haylie Steadham has been great. Carrington has fully recovered from her ankle injury, but this might not have been an easy decision for head coach Jennifer Cole. Brittany Carrington told reporters, “I’m ready to go. I felt like I was almost there for the last game, but I understand why the decision was made. It’s time to for me to get back there on the field and lead this team into the playoffs.” Steadham, to her credit, was glowingly positive about the decision, “I’m grateful for the opportunity I got. I believe that I showed I could handle the pressure of the World Bowl, so that for future editions I can be considered for QB1. I completely respect that this is Brittany’s spot. I will be her biggest supporter in preparation for the game and during it.” Cole did announce that Steadham is the QB2 now and that Tori Grasso is the third string for this game, and going forward.
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Postby Saint Kanye » Wed Mar 06, 2024 7:31 pm

The first meeting between the St. Kanye Surge and the Ko-oren Dragonflies in the 48th edition of the World Bowl has been a close one. A month ago, the former extended their all-time series against the latter to five wins in eight matchups by virtue of a 27-20 win, and in Ko-oren at that. It was no surprise of course that the Dragonflies arrived at Surge Field in Kardashia, St. Kanye, with pure vengeance fueling them, and they would eventually take the second leg and escape with a 16-13 win, despite being down 10-9 as the game went into halftime. The Dragonflies also tied the Surge's group stage record at 6-1, and cut the deficit to 5-4 all time.

"The loss alone was cause enough for disappointment, not just for myself but for the rest of the squad. I'm well aware, we weren't really performing at our best, especially in that second half," said Surge quarterback R.J. Linetti, who threw only one pass for a touchdown compared to three that got picked off. "But to have it happen against our bitter rivals, that's what makes it sting even harder. We have to get past this and close out our group stage schedule on a strong note, but not only that, make the playoffs and hopefully stay there longer than we did last edition."




1Q STK field goal Rasputin 44 STK 3-0
The Yeezies took an early lead, but it was just by three points due to the Ko-orenites protection of both the air and ground.

1Q KOR Soredhinnau ?? run (Kick failed) KOR 6-3
From three points down, the visitors now go three points up, thanks to a touchdown run by Podhsek Soredhinnau. There was no extra point - Abner Bennett's kick was blocked by the Surge.

2Q KOR field goal Bennett ?? KOR 9-3
Bennett then doubled that lead a quarter later, not allowing the St. Kanye defense to interrupt his kick this time around and calmly sending the ball through the uprights.

2Q STK Moore 7 pass from Linetti (Rasputin kick) STK 10-9
The Dragonflies still held the lead with just 45 seconds remaining in the first half, but the Surge struck quickly, gaining 87 yards in just five plays, capped off with a 7-yard touchdown reception by Patrick Moore off a throw on a run by Linetti.

3Q KOR Welsh 26 pass from Masman (Bennett kick) KOR 16-10
St. Kanye had several opportunities to grow their lead, but their drives in the third quarter tended to end either in three and outs or turnovers. On the other hand, the visitors had one scoring drive - just one, but it was enough for them to regain the driver seat.

4Q STK field goal Rasputin 56 KOR 16-13
Early in the final period, Rasputin nailed a field goal from distance - while impressive, it wasn't enough to give them the lead, and thus the win, as their rivals were able to hang on.




Three days after the game, Linetti sadly informed the team that he won't be able to play in the next game against Zantalio, due to serious family matters. Whether he would be back by Matchday 9 or have to make his return in Matchday 10 was yet to be determined, but he said he would let the team know as soon as he can. Coupled with a shoulder injury picked up by Hussein Jeffers when he collided with Dragonfly defender Toshiyoshi Hirate in the first quarter of their matchup, the offense took a considerable hit. Tim Hunt struggled under center, and the team absorbed their second straight defeat, 27-24, at the hands of the newcomers.

1Q ZAN Naminaino 57 pass from Vanim (Tuvin kick) ZAN 7-0
1Q STK field goal Rasputin 28 ZAN 7-3
1Q ZAN Takiynon 48 pass from Vanim (Tuvin kick) ZAN 14-3
The visiting Yeezies got torched by their unranked opponents in the first quarter, two long touchdown passes sandwiching a short Rasputin field goal that was the only reason they weren't scoreless.

2Q STK Silk 13 run (Rasputin kick) ZAN 14-10
With Hunt having a hard time getting into the groove, it was the Surge ground unit that carried the team during the first half. It was a long run by Gregory Silk that got the offense in field goal range, and now he capped off a long drive with a touchdown run to cut the lead to just four.

2Q ZAN field goal Tuvin 30 ZAN 17-10
Zantalio went three and out in their succeeding drive, but the Yeezies were even worse, losing the ball on a strip sack by Kukkia Nevillo on Hunt. They would eventually score on a Lakkan Tuvin field goal to make it a one touchdown game yet again.

3Q STK field goal Rasputin 46 ZAN 17-13
Rasputin struck again, this time in the third quarter, in what looked like it was going to be the start of the St. Kanye comeback. (It wasn't.)

3Q ZAN Shuva 33 fumble return (Tuvin kick) ZAN 24-13
Things just keep getting worse and worse for the Yeezies, especially for Hunt, as this time he coughed the ball up yet again. Zakian Shuva took that ball to the house and made it a two-possession game with less than two minutes remaining in the third period.

4Q STK field goal Rasputin 44 ZAN 24-16
4Q ZAN field goal Tuvin 37 ZAN 27-16
4Q STK M. Jackson 3 run (Silk run) ZAN 27-24
The two kickers traded, well, kicks to give their teams three points apiece in the fourth. The Surge had a brief window of hope when they scored on a Marco Jackson run with four minutes and change left, and also successfully made the two-point conversion, but the newcomers held them off and hung on to the narrow win.




"It was really disappointing. Zantalio came out there all fired up, if not to try and sneak into the playoffs, to definitely disrupt things for those who are. We didn't underestimate them though, we tried to catch up to what they were doing, but there's just something missing. R.J. and Hussein are two of our weapons, and without them we struggled, as you all saw here," spoke Coach Delphine.

The Surge close out the World Bowl 48 group stages on the road against Delaclava and at home against Crpostran, and they will hope to bounce back to their winning ways. "It's not over," said wideout Deshawn Fredericks. "We stumbled a bit, but we'll keep going on the road to glory, no matter what else will stand in our way."

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| MD | Opponent | Rank | Score | Record | Place |
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| 1 | Equestria | UR | W 34- 7 | 1-0 | 1st |
| 2 | @Ko-oren | 4 | W 27-20 | 2-0 | 2nd |
| 3 | Zantalio | UR | W 43-10 | 3-0 | 1st |
| 4 | Delaclava | 29 | W 36- 6 | 4-0 | 1st |
| 5 | @Crpostran | UR | W 40-22 | 5-0 | 1st |
| 6 | @Equestria | UR | W 39-24 | 6-0 | 1st |
| 7 | Ko-oren | 4 | L 13-16 | 6-1 | 2nd |
| 8 | @Zantalio | UR | L 24-27 | 6-2 | 2nd |
| 9 | @Delaclava | 29 | | | |
| 10 | Crpostran | UR | | | |
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Gale Force Racing (NSSCRA Main Tier)
18 Jeremiah Brooke (S9 Champ, S13 Runner-up) | 27 Stacie Houston (S7 Champ, S12 Runner-up) | 46 Thea Alvarez (S10 Runner-up)

Skip Stiller Speedworks (NSSCRA Second Tier)
20 Sage Caldwell | 22 Pyotr Lavrentiev (S13 Champion) | 30 Lexi Patterson

Champion:
IBC 20, 22, 23, 24 (Basketball)
NSCAA 11 (College Basketball)
IC7 II, VI (7ball)
Arena Bowl VI (Arena Gridiron)
NSSCRA 9 (Stock Car Racing)

Runner-up:
World Bowl 42 (Gridiron)
NSSCRA 10, 12, 13

Bronze:
IBC 19

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Postby HUElavia » Wed Mar 06, 2024 7:59 pm

Golden Skies

The History of HUElavian Airlines, the Flag Carrier of The United States of HUElavia

Episode 7
New Horizons


After a half decade of turmoil for the HUElavian Airline industry, there was much optimism that the 2010s would give much needed improvement for the airlines. Sticking to the planes purchased in the 2000s, HUElavian Airlines began to renovate and refurbish their planes in an attempt to save on costs and make a recovery for the airline's profits.

With more flights coming in and out of HUElavia, the airline saw modest growth in 2011 to lead in the industry for revenue and passengers transported. With there, HUElavian Airlines began to see more growth, collaborating with the HUElavian government to push for airport renovations and expansion of the runways to accommodate more flights in and out of airports. Renovations were done throughout the early to mid 2010s, as now both HUElavian Airlines and HUE Airways were seen as the Top 2 carriers in the country. HUElavian Airlines also found their footing in giving flights to Bigtopia, Maxtopia, Brancaland, Moltevino, Sakura, Aestellia, and Portuzia, which became the most popular international destinations for HUElavians, as well as many passengers from those countries took HUElavian Airlines and their respective Flag Carriers to travel to the luscious continent.

By 2015, HUElavian Airlines was entering full swing with their revenue, going back to their income from the 1990s to 2000, where it was at its peak. With the revenue working at its finest, CEO Arboleda announced the order of some Boeing 737 MAX, as well as Airbus A321neos and A350s, as a way to expand the aircrafts and work with more long distance flights. There was also new orders for MD-90s in order to expand on the short-haul market.

With more expansions being made, the Unions opted to request a better contract, and after tense negotiations, in the Summer of 2017, HUElavian Airlines and the Employee Unions agreed on an excellent contract to match other carriers in the world, With this, the airline continued to grow and improve in flights, revenue and passengers carried. Eventually, HUElavian Airlines opted to buy one of the smaller airlines in the country, Yellow Air, who was known to serve along the North of HUElavia, which served as a very expansive network for the airline domestically.

Entering the 2020s, HUElavian Airlines began to eye more international flights, but they began to follow closely with developments not just from Boeing and Airbus, but also of the scientific community, who began to receive wavelengths of the greater Universe, in what some began to call "The Multiverse." There was a new era about to begin not just for HUElavian Airlines, but for the Airline industry as a whole.

To be continued...

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The Kytler Peninsulae
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Postby The Kytler Peninsulae » Wed Mar 06, 2024 8:53 pm

One problem continues to plague the Kytlerian Green Machine as they prepare for their second tilt at the World Bowl knockout phase; this time, they can't rely on the element of stealth.

"Nobody's going to miss us this time. We're not sneaking up on anyone," conceded quarterback Wecoisus Mocks after a second emphatic defeat of HUElavia, this time 44-6 at a raucous Zube Olympic Stadium - a game that was far closer than that, 9-6 at the half before the Green Machine clicked into gear with five unanswered second-half touchdowns. After the resistance-breaching 70-yard Travis Taylor touchdown early in the third quarter, HUElavia - as they have done too often in this miserable campaign - simply imploded. Remember, on world rankings, this team are meant to be better than the Kytlerians, at least for now. To say the least, that will change.

As it stands, this team are going to be the second seeds in the playoffs, thanks to the single best points differential - +196 - in the entire competition. Their 306 points in nine games has been topped only by 9-0 Drawkland; their 110 points allowed is third behind only the Ko-orenite and Quebecois sides, who have barely 400 points between them (and, in the latter case, two defeats to the Green Machine and three overall). Any win in Daharia - against a side who lost 34-10 in Borlfield earlier in the campaign - should lock in a tie against one of the four teams who backdoor their way in from third in their group, and most likely allow them to avoid the formidable Drawkland until at least the semi-final.

Even thinking in those terms seems fanciful still - Kytlerian gridiron is still not presumed to be a national sport, and you aren't meant to be this competitive in a sport like this with that kind of limited player pool. But the facts are that only Drawkland - the team that ended that Kytlerian stealth raid on World Bowl 47 - have a better record than the Green Machine. Frankly, only Drawkland would be heavy favourites against this team right now; Chromatika (the famous first victims of that WB47 magic) would certainly be favoured against the Green Machine but perhaps not by many points, and the same would apply to Ko-oren if only because their games don't tend to have many points to begin with. And none of those teams will await in the octo-final, and at this point even the quarter-final opponent won't be a group winner - although that does set up a potential rematch with Saint Kanye, the team so stunned in that wild snowy octo-final in Ranoria last time around.

Do the Green Machine fear anyone themselves? "I've never thought about where this team stands in terms of overall ability, how good we are or aren't relative to everyone else in the broader scheme of the sport," conceded head coach Michael Simpson. "We just prepare for each opponent on their own terms and on our own terms, and so far that's been enough to take us a long way. We do things that they don't, they do things we don't, and I think we've just adapted really well and maybe better than our opponents have to us. How long we can keep this going, I don't know, but, you know, there's only one way to find out."

In the longer term, maybe gridiron is becoming a national sport. Opposition to youth gridiron has become the preserve of a small vocal minority often associated with the anti-RPD isolationist movement, who have been so rapidly marginalised themselves that conservative Kytlerian politicians have been flailing to accommodate this new reality. And the crowd atmosphere in not only Borlfield but Zube for Green Machine games has certainly given the feeling of a sport that has hit the Kytlerian big time. (KBT co-commentator Lit Gackbang said as much after that dam-breaking Taylor TD in Zube; "listen to that, and tell me this country isn't a gridiron nation. You can't! Because it is!") Developing a deep - and geographically diverse - player pool that really shakes the "Varnian sport" reputation will take some time. But if there is to be a generation that will make it happen, they certainly have their heroes now.
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Host: World Lacrosse Championship 13, Baptism of Iron X, 7th World Championships of Babbage Rules Football, and Games of the IX Olympiad.

Won: World Lacrosse Championship 13, Elephant Chess Cup 7, and Memorial Cup. Also top of the medals table at the Games of the IX Olympiad (24 gold, 63 total medals).
World Lacrosse Championship 12 and World Bowl 47 quarter-finalists, World Bowl XV and World Baseball Classic 20 octo-finalists
28 medals, 10 gold, at Games of the VI Olympiad (13th in medal table)
7 medals, 5 gold, at VII Olympic Winter Games (7th in medal table)
26 medals, 10 gold, at Games of the VIII Olympiad (9th in medal table)

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Postby Cardenao » Wed Mar 06, 2024 9:45 pm

Bobby Dials snapped his wrist, firing off a precise pass that smacked soundly into his Nejc Graciano's hands. Getting warm, getting loose before the final group stage game against The Fortem. He stretched out, reaching up towards the sun. Bobby wasn't the tallest, not cracking six feet in height, but he made up for that by throwing dimes like the one he just dished out. Something blocked out the sunlight for a second, the football getting fired back his way.

It was thrown a little long, Bobby had to dig down into the turf to reach it but he's always been a quick boy with a nose for scrambling out of the pocket, and it didn't take much for him to catch the ball before ripping it off to Marquis Ingram, the receiving sensation for the Blue and Golds. The Cardenao national team were enjoying by far their best ever World Bowl, perhaps the best ever qualifying campaign of any Cardenaoan sporting team. Two wins against the #2 Banija, two wins against rivals Utah, top of the table, one of the best offenses in the competition, not the worst defense in the competition, a team filled with a mixture of professional players, LeBois Santura Broncos studs, and the rare New Cardonia State standout, it was a team of Cardenao, made in Cardenao, assembled in Cardenao, and printed and packed in Cardenao. Bobby loved his team, it catered to his strengths as an offensive general with a big arm.

Now he found himself imgaing a horde of Fortem defenders charging down at him, hoping to sack Big Dials or force him into pick six. Not today. Not on this practice field. Bobby cut left, juked to the right, and scrambled out of his imaginary pocked before putting his quick release and good hand-eye coordination to hit his target with pin-point accuracy. That's what he did, that's how he did it for the Broncos and for the Blue and Golds.

Bobby Dials had an intense desire to win, he needed to win and he needed to play well. The lad never gave up, even on the rare occasion he was losing by an insurmountable odds. Losing was just…losing was losing and winning was winning. Easy as that.

National team and BSU coach Steve Valentine yelled out, "THREE!"

Bobby D took the snap, looked up, pump faked out to the left side of the field before hitting Deacon St. John, his third option and an incredibly talented receiver from New Cardonia. The two of them had formed quite the bond over the campaign, why wouldn't they though? Star quarterback throwing to a breakthrough star wide receiver, Bobby should really hit him up to hang out. Just about time for the end of the free practice, a time where the team could come together and simply play football for the fun of it without the structure of a traditional practice or workout. Having fun was key to Steve Valentine's plan for the final game of the campaign. The team was hungry to win, this was absolutely their moment, they just had to reach out and get it.

Bobby threw another pass out there. The time was coming with the knockout stage on the horizon and only he could do play a surefire role in guiding his team's fate.

Time to compete.

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Postby Quebec and Shingoryeo » Wed Mar 06, 2024 10:00 pm

MD10 Cutoff


Group A -- Third-party viewing observed and verified by Tikariot
Daharia (UR) 6–13 The Kytler Peninsulae (16)
HUElavia (09)
62–16 Lisander (31)
Quebec and Shingoryeo (07) 19–9 Ekhistan (UR)

# Group A                     Pld    W   L    PF   PA   PD                                
1 The Kytler Peninsulae 10 9 1 319 116 +203 — 10–6 44–6 34–10 31–0 55–3
2 Quebec and Shingoryeo 10 7 3 205 94 +111 14–17 — 52–3 21–0 19–6 19–9
3 HUElavia 10 5 5 227 249 −22 7–41 27–16 — 23–27 62–16 19–27
4 Daharia 10 5 5 216 197 +19 6–13 0–13 10–20 — 38–23 37–7
5 Lisander 10 3 7 188 318 −130 35–30 22–23 13–47 20–44 — 27–14
6 Ekhistan 10 1 9 125 306 −181 29–44 0–22 3–13 23–44 10–26 —


Group B
Untecna (UR) 0–3 South Americanastan (17)
Sarzonia (11)
37–31 Juvencus (38)
Drawkland (01) 50–7 Sherpus (UR)

# Group B                   Pld    W   L    GF   GA   GD                                
1 Drawkland (01) 10 10 0 373 161 +212 — 35–23 56–19 27–13 50–7 53–26
2 Sarzonia (11) 10 7 3 320 183 +137 16–20 — 24–9 37–31 31–14 53–0
3 South Americanastan (17) 10 7 3 199 170 +29 10–38 21–10 — 31–17 40–3 43–6
4 Juvencus (38) 10 4 6 229 228 +1 7–41 20–30 3–7 — 35–6 45–24
5 Sherpus (UR) 10 1 9 138 327 −189 20–26 14–47 13–16 3–24 — 19–12
6 Untecna (UR) 10 1 9 175 365 −190 20–27 19–49 0–3 22–34 46–39 —


Group C
The Fortem (UR) 9–44 Cardenao (24)
Terefuxe (13)
44–33 Utahn Theocratic Republic (35)
Banija (02) 26–7 The 14 Stars (UR)

# Group C                         Pld    W   L    GF   GA   GD                                
1 Cardenao (24) 10 9 1 341 170 +171 — 34–13 51–17 34–17 43–16 43–13
2 Banija (02) 10 7 3 298 207 +91 23–26 — 41–12 59–21 26–7 40–28
3 Terefuxe (13) 10 6 4 274 237 +37 26–30 19–30 — 44–33 56–16 18–7
4 Utahn Theocratic Republic (35) 10 5 5 240 303 −63 17–30 30–27 19–50 — 20–14 31–10
5 The 14 Stars (UR) 10 3 7 167 226 −59 19–6 13–20 7–19 7–20 — 34–10
6 The Fortem (UR) 10 0 10 131 308 −177 9–44 17–19 3–13 28–32 6–34 —


Group D
Lozho (UR) 23–12 Saint-Jean-Jacques et Burnham-on-Stove (31)
Cassadaigua (12) 51–16 Kinqueven (UR)
Chromatika (05) 45–23 Ubernordwinds (UR)

# Group D                                      Pld    W   L    GF   GA   GD                                
1 Chromatika (05) 10 9 1 339 165 +174 — 24–16 18–6 43–17 46–7 45–23
2 Cassadaigua (12) 10 7 3 325 204 +121 27–26 — 20–3 51–16 51–17 50–17
3 Saint-Jean-Jacques et Burnham-on-Stove (31) 10 6 4 312 220 +92 41–56 44–39 — 41–17 49–3 59–21
4 Kinqueven (UR) 10 3 7 176 302 −126 0–34 17–12 13–37 — 17–9 20–21
5 Lozho (UR) 10 3 7 198 315 −117 21–28 20–34 23–12 34–29 — 44–7
6 Ubernordwinds (UR) 10 2 8 188 332 −144 7–19 20–25 10–20 20–30 42–20 —


Group E
United States of Devonta (UR) 12–39 Valanora (22)
Abanhfleft (14)
52–7 New Fernia (UR)
TJUN-ia (03) 52–14 Oahu-Hawaii (UR)

# Group E                        Pld    W   L    GF   GA   GD                                
1 TJUN-ia (03) 10 9 1 306 136 +170 — 34–19 23–17 26–0 38–10 52–14
2 Valanora (22) 10 8 2 280 172 +108 17–23 — 25–10 31–7 25–12 44–23
3 Abanhfleft (14) 10 7 3 299 212 +87 34–33 19–30 — 52–7 56–34 13–6
4 New Fernia (UR) 10 3 7 165 271 −106 9–34 20–37 0–35 — 28–0 50–27
5 United States of Devonta (UR) 10 2 8 169 297 −128 13–23 12–39 10–13 26–17 — 29–21
6 Oahu-Hawaii (UR) 10 1 9 190 321 −131 3–20 12–13 44–50 3–27 37–23 —


Group F
Zantalio (UR) 17–37 Delaclava (29)
Saint Kanye (08)
82–0 Crpostran (UR)
Ko-oren (04) 20–13 Equestria (UR)

# Group F               Pld    W   L    GF   GA   GD                                
1 Ko-oren (04) 10 9 1 236 81 +155 — 20–27 34–3 23–0 29–7 20–13
2 Saint Kanye (08) 10 8 2 365 146 +219 13–16 — 36–6 82–0 43–10 34–7
3 Delaclava (29) 10 6 4 239 149 +90 0–6 14–27 — 23–6 44–7 43–0
4 Crpostran (UR) 10 4 6 214 294 −80 3–17 22–40 16–49 — 54–29 43–7
5 Zantalio (UR) 10 3 7 206 334 −128 12–27 27–24 17–37 9–40 — 34–20
6 Equestria (UR) 10 0 10 105 361 −256 3–44 24–39 0–20 15–30 16–54 —


Playoff Seeding and Fixture


Seeding

1 B Drawkland (01)                                10   10   0   373  161 +212
1 A The Kytler Peninsulae (16) 10 9 1 319 116 +203
1 D Chromatika (05) 10 9 1 339 165 +174
1 C Cardenao (24) 10 9 1 341 170 +171
1 E TJUN-ia (03) 10 9 1 306 136 +170
1 F Ko-oren (04) 10 9 1 236 81 +155

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2 F Saint Kanye (08) 10 8 2 365 146 +219
2 E Valanora (22) 10 8 2 280 172 +108
2 B Sarzonia (11) 10 7 3 320 183 +137
2 D Cassadaigua (12) 10 7 3 325 204 +121
2 A Quebec and Shingoryeo (07) 10 7 3 205 94 +111
2 C Banija (02) 10 7 3 298 207 +91

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3 E Abanhfleft (14) 10 7 3 299 212 +87
3 B South Americanastan (17) 10 7 3 199 170 +29
3 D Saint-Jean-Jacques et Burnham-on-Stove (31) 10 6 4 312 220 +92
3 F Delaclava (29) 10 6 4 239 149 +90

3 B Terefuxe (13) 10 6 4 274 237 +37
3 A HUElavia (09) 10 5 5 227 249 −22


Kickoff time used would be based on central time, and may be with +/- 1-2 hours depends if east (Camelia) or west (Moogoongwha).

Day 1
#1 Drawkland vs. #16 Delaclava -- Camelia Bowl (17:00)
#9 Sarzonia vs. #8 Valanora -- Stade St. Croix (19:00)
#5 TJUN-ia vs. #12 Banija -- Barry Johnson's Field (15:00)
#4 Cardenao vs. #13 Abanhfleft -- Podo Bowl (13:00)

Day 2
#3 Chromatika vs. #14 South Americanastan -- Barry Johnson's Field (14:00)
#11 Quebec and Shingoryeo vs. #6 Ko-oren -- Moogoongwha Bowl (18:00)
#7 Saint Kanye vs. #10 Cassadaigua -- Podo Bowl (16:00)
#15 Saint-Jean-Jacques et Burnham-on-Stove vs. #2 The Kytler Peninsulae -- Apple Bowl (20:00)
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Postby Saint-Jean-Jacques et Burnham-on-Stove » Thu Mar 07, 2024 9:33 am

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Saint-Jean-Jacques et Burnham-on-Stove loses but still qualifies as 3rd place team


The group stage is over. Saint-Jean-Jacques et Burnham-on-Stove lost 23-12 against Lozho on week 10 and finished with a 6-4 record. The team is the 15th seed and will play against seed #2, The Kytler Peninsulae, in the playoffs. While the Tapirs scored 40 points in each home games, it's been more difficult on the road and they probably underestimated Lozho. Arielle Bellerose-Deslongchamps had a day off to rest a bit and Alexandra Van Voorhis started at quarterback. Lozho started off with the ball but they punted on their first drive. The Jean-Jacquois and Burnhamese followed with a 36 yards field goal. Lozho also made a 31 yards field goal on their next drive. They took the lead with a 15 yards passing touchdown from Quarterback #1 to Wide Receiver #1. Whitin the two minutes warning, the Tapirs reduced Lozho's lead with a 49 yards field goal. The score was 10-6 Lozho at halftime.

It's field goal fest in Lozho and Saint-Jean-Jacques et Burnham-on-Stove made a 22 yards field goal to start the 3rd quarter to bring the score at 10-9. Lozho answered immediately with a 32 yards field goal. The Tapirs made another field goal late in the 3rd quarter and Lozho made one early in the 4th quarter. Midway in the 4th quarter, Alexandra Van Voorhis' pass intended to Anne-Élisabeth Guirguis was intercepted by Strong Safety #1 and returned into the endzone for a pick six. The final score was 23-12 Lozho.

A football match with 2 touchdowns - 1 offensive and 1 defensive - and a total of 7 field goals. And the Tapirs lost it. Saint-Jean-Jacques et Burnham-on-Stove will travel to Chicoutimi, Québec and Shingoryeo to play against seed #2 and group A winner, The Kytler Peninsulae. Arielle Bellerose-Deslongchamps will be back after resting on week 10. Linebacker Mason O'Kelly (ankle) is doubtful and James Wollschlaeger will likely replaace him.

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SAINT-JEAN-JACQUES et BoS   3   3   6   0  -  12
LOZHO 3 7 3 10 - 23


GAME SUMMARY
1st quarter
8:51 FIELD GOAL SJJ et BoS - Ji-yoo Han's 36 yards kick is good
5:38 FIELD GOAL LOZHO - Kicker #1's 31 yards kick is good

2nd quarter
7:47 TOUCHDOWN LOZHO - Quarterback #1 passes to Wide Receiver #1 for 15 yards - Extra point good
0:31 FIELD GOAL SJJ et BoS - Ji-yoo Han's 49 yards kick is good

3rd quarter
11:43 FIELD GOAL SJJ et BoS - Ji-yoo Han's 22 yards kick is good
8:23 FIELD GOAL LOZHO - Kicker #1's 32 yards kick is good
1:27 FIELD GOAL SJJ et BoS - Ji-yoo Han's 38 yards kick is good

4th quarter
13:46 FIELD GOAL LOZHO - Kicker #1's 45 yards kick is good
6:52 TOUCHDOWN LOZHO - 58 yards interception return by Strong Safety #1 - Extra point good


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Postby Sarzonia » Thu Mar 07, 2024 11:58 am

Cameron Stallworth heard the rumours.

As much as he said publicly that he was focused on the job at hand and not thinking about anything else, he knew what the whispers surrounding the team were. He knew manager Gavin Davis was essentially coaching for his job. He knew some of the personnel folks in the Incorporated Gridball Federation wanted to bring in Cal Barkley for tryouts, and that he'd even heard one talking head describe Stallworth's tenure as starting quarterback as a "dead man walking."

He shrugged publicly, but he watched wide receiver Steve Swain walk up to the stool Stallworth was sitting on in front of his locker.

"What are you thinking about, Cam?" he'd asked publicly as the cameras rolled.

"The usual. The Juvencus defence, how we're going to exploit their zone coverages and how to get you and [wide receiver Matt] Largent isolated man-to-man," he'd said, casting a bravado he knew Swain would recognise as BS. But now, the last reporter had left the dressing room, and so, too, had the other players and the managerial staff. He saw the look in Swain's eyes and saw the recognition. Swain knew something was up, even if he couldn't exactly pin what.

"What are you thinking about, Cam?" Swain asked again, a little more insistent this time, with a lower voice even though there was no one else around to hear it.

"You've heard the rumours, Swainer," Stallworth said. "I leave everything I've got on the pitch every single match," he said. "I've made some plays a lot of quarterbacks only dream of making. I'm doing everything in my power to help get this team back to winning World Bowl titles, and I've gotta fight for my job every single day. It's frustrating."

"Yeah, I get it," Swain said. "I feel the same way about the folks saying we need a couple more burners out wide and we need to run more 11 or 10 personnel sets." Stallworth looked at Swain. He'd heard that talk as well. The 12 personnel sets Davis ran frequently didn't necessarily allow Sarzonia to open the offence up as much as some supporters wanted. Still, Swain was cognizant of the fact that wide receivers didn't merit anywhere close to the same scrutiny as the starting quarterback. And he understood that the backup quarterback was often the most popular person on the team.

"Cam, I know you've done a lot of studying, both opponent tendencies and your own," Swain said. "It sucks when people perceive you as being something you're not. Just play your game and let it do your talking for you. The way you have been."

When the team played their match against Juvencus, Stallworth had one of his best matches as an international gridball starter, completing 30-for-44 passes for 417 yards and four touchdown passes. Running back Ty'Relle Clinton had the only non-throwing touchdown, taking a pitch on an RPO toss from Stallworth for a five-yard rushing score and Sarzonia survived a successful onside kick attempt by Juvencus to hold on for a 37-31 victory.

"That one was definitely Cam," a smiling Davis said after the match. "He made a lot of great reads and was extremely accurate with the ball and getting it in the right spots for our receivers." Swain caught nine balls for 147 yards and two touchdowns, while Largent had 10 receptions for 155 yards and one score. Tight end Al Langston caught a one-yard pass when Davis opted to go for it on fourth and goal from the one. The score temporarily gave Sarzonia a two-score advantage at 37-24 before Juvencus drove 10 plays for 75 yards in 1:12 to provide the final margin.

It didn't matter to Davis that a defence that had been a strength outside of its poor effort on Matchday 2 against Drawkland was suddenly porous against a team that only averaged 22 points per match going into the finale, in particular, a team that was already mathematically eliminated from knockout stage contention and were only in Joe Gibbs Stadium to play spoiler. What mattered was the result. What mattered was Sarzonia earning the No. 9 seed and setting up for a Round of 16 clash against multi-sport rivals Valanora in the Round of 16.

Davis took a look at video of the matches Valanora played. They finished 8-2 in Group E, one game behind group winners TJUN-ia, which beat the Sabres twice, 23-17 in Mar Sara and 34-19 in New Washington. The Sabres' defence allowed fewer points than Saronia did, 172 compared to Sarzonia's 183, but the Stars have the advantage in points scored. The Stars scored 320 points, with their loss to South Americanastan being the only blip as the Bears held Sarzonia to 10 points. However, Davis knows the road to the later rounds of the world Bowl had to begin with tightening up the defence.

"We don't want to get into a shootout against the Sabres," he said. "We want to control the line of scrimmage, establish the ground game, play tough defence, basically, everything we couldn't get done against Juvencus," Davis said. "We expect a tough one against Valanora. It doesn't matter what the sport, Sarzonia always seem to run into their teams."
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Postby Saint Kanye » Fri Mar 08, 2024 10:15 am

After stumbling in their last two matchdays of World Bowl 48, both by three points, the St. Kanye Surge went back to their winning ways, turning back Delaclava 27-14 to cement their place in the playoffs. The Yeezies (7-2) overcame the absence of both starting quarterback R.J. Linetti (family issues) and primary tight end Hussein Jeffers (shoulder injury), their replacements Tim Hunt and Greg Malloy both stepping up big time in the victory away from home. Hunt completed 22 of 27 passes for 280 yards and three touchdowns (146.91), while Malloy had 123 yards receiving and was the recipient of two of those TD passes. "It was nice to see that the back to back losses didn't get our boys down," said Surge offensive coordinator Dan Shelby. "They regrouped and played with even more intensity today, and that's what got us this win. Hopefully we close things out even stronger next week, we've made it to the playoffs already but our task of finishing these group stage games still isn't over."




1Q DEL WR1 14 pass from QB1 (K kick) DEL 7-0
1Q STK Johns 99 kick return (Rasputin kick) Tie 7-7
Delaclava scored a touchdown on their opening drive, but their early lead turned out to be a short one, the resulting kickoff return from Taylor Johns and the extra point from James Rasputin giving the Surge seven points of their own.

2Q STK Malloy 25 pass from Hunt (Kick failed) STK 13-7
The rest of the first quarter was uneventful though, and it wouldn't be until the second that someone would score again. This would be the first of Malloy's two visits to the end zone, and it was a rare instance of St. Kanye only getting six points out of their drive as Rasputin unfortunately had his kick blocked.

2Q STK Fredericks 38 pass from Hunt (Rasputin kick) STK 20-7
The Delaclavs had the chance to tie or maybe even take the lead with less than four minutes left in the first half, only for their drive to end prematurely. Davon Rockwell got to the opposing running back near midfield, took them down and forced the ball out, which was recovered by Jasper Heath to give the Surge possession. Two plays later, Hunt would connect with primary wideout Deshawn Fredericks to put themselves up by twelve. Make that thirteen, as the Yeezies denied the Delaclavs the pleasure of blocking Rasputin's PAT for a second time.

3Q DEL TE1 11 pass from QB1 (K kick) STK 20-14
In the third quarter, Delaclava were able to cut the lead back down to a single possession, but despite forcing St. Kanye to go three and out multiple times, they themselves just couldn't score another and keep their hopes alive.

4Q STK Malloy 42 pass from Hunt (Rasputin kick) STK 27-14
Hunt threw to Malloy for the first two plays of this drive, getting a first down both times. It was no surprise then that he would go for him again on the third play, but not only was the tight end able to move the chains, he kept going, unopposed, all the way to the Delaclav end zone - sealing the deal for the Surge. The Ko-oren Dragonflies' 17-3 win over Crpostran right around that time also meant that the playoff teams for Group F had been set, so this was especially big as it also meant that Delaclava, the perennial playoff participants, were on thin ice with one game left.




Fast forward to next week with the Surge's final group stage game against Crpostran, but let's also rewind to OC Shelby's words in the presser after the Delaclava win. "Hopefully we close things out even stronger next week," he said; to say they did so turned out to be a bit of an understatement. Linetti, the Yeezies' offensive captain, was able to resolve his personal issues and return to action in the clash at home, leading the team to a monster of a first half. Not only that, Hunt, who himself had a career game last week, finished the job in the second half, and the boys in purple and lime went on to post the biggest win, not only of the tournament, but also of their history as a team, 82-nil.

82-NIL.

ST. KANYE EIGHTY TWO.

CRPOSTRAN NADA.





1Q STK Linetti 10 run (Rasputin kick) STK 7-0
Johns had plenty of open space on the kickoff, and it looked like he would be scoring back to back return touchdowns to start two consecutive games. But one of the Crpostranian defenders got to him at the Surge's ten-yard line, bringing him down. The Yeezies took advantage of such a short field to work with, and on the very next play, Linetti ran the ball himself to the end zone.

1Q STK field goal Rasputin 27 STK 10-0
Rasputin added three points to his team's tally a few sequences later, his first of four successful field goal attempts on the day.

1Q STK Moore 23 pass from Linetti (Rasputin kick) STK 17-0
After displaying his running ability earlier, Crpostran got a taste of Linetti's passing this time around, the reception by Patrick Moore pushing the lead to seventeen with five minutes and change still left in the first quarter.

2Q STK Silk 14 run (Rasputin kick) STK 24-0
2Q STK Weber 34 interception return (Rasputin kick) STK 31-0
St. Kanye's running and defensive backs joined the party a period later, Gregory Silk executing some nasty spin and juke moves on the Crpostran D on his touchdown run, and then Devlin Weber getting his hands on the ball after it bounced off the opposing receiver's helmet and then taking it all the way to the house.

2Q STK Moore 40 pass from Linetti (Rasputin kick) STK 38-0
Linetti had the visitors' defense fooled when it looked like he was going to take off running with the ball, only to throw it instead to his slot receiver. Moore had defenders coming at him from all angles, but managed to shrug them all off, revisit the end zone and score.

3Q STK Fredericks 35 pass from Hunt (Rasputin kick) STK 45-0
Hunt continued what Linetti started, burying Crpostran into a deeper and deeper hole. Fredericks also got himself on the scoreboard thanks to the accurate passes thrown his way by the Surge's reserve quarterback.

3Q STK Schwartz 103 interception return (Rasputin kick) STK 52-0
The visitors finally put together a hell of a drive and reached the red zone for the first time in the game. So why did they end up having a big fat zero on the scoreboard? Blame Mason Schwartz for that, outjumping Crpostran's secondary receiver right in the end zone, snatching the pass and taking it all the way back to the other end of the field.

3Q STK field goal Rasputin 49 STK 55-0
As if 52 points wasn't enough to start the fourth quarter with, Rasputin made it 55 for the Surge as the seconds ticked away in the third.

4Q STK Silk 22 run (Rasputin kick) STK 62-0
Even with a deficit this huge, the Crpostranians seemed to keep on fighting until the end, likely for pride. But even so, the Yeezies refused to take it easy on them, Silk once again making defenders stumble and hurdling over those who had fallen to the ground.

4Q STK Hall 13 pass from Hunt (Rasputin kick) STK 69-0
When Rasputin took the field after the touchdown catch by Tyron Hall gave the Surge 68 points, the purple and lime-clad supporters of the team started chanting "NICE! NICE! NICE! NICE!" to encourage him to make the extra point. He did, of course, and the home fans erupted into loud cheers, high-fiving and hugging each other in the process.

4Q STK field goal Rasputin 29 STK 72-0
4Q STK field goal Rasputin 45 STK 75-0
A lot of fans wanted the team to eat the clock up and keep the score the way it was for the memes, but the Surge themselves had other ideas, mainly wanting to improve their point differential. Rasputin added two more field goals to his total, showing that this one is far from over.

4Q STK Fredericks 70 pass from Hunt (Rasputin kick) STK 82-0
It isn't often that the yardage from a long bomb would be less than the point total of the team that scored it, but this is one of those times. Crpostran hurried up on the succeeding possession in an effort to at least not get blanked out, only to turn the ball over on downs. Thankfully for their fans, St. Kanye chose to kneel down the remaining 1:40 of time.




The annihilation of Crpostran gave the Yeezies an 8-2 slate to close out the group stages, however that was only good for second in the group as Ko-oren's much closer win over Equestria, 20-13, pushed the players in green and blue to 9-1. When all was said and done, the Surge found themselves seeded seventh among the 16 playoff contenders, facing the tenth seeds, which turned out to be..... the 7-3 Cassadaigua Fillies. Huge implications, not only because the two teams were grouped together in the previous Bowl, but also for being the countries of origin of one of (if not the most popular) of NSSCRA's power couples, Jeremiah Brooke (St. Kanye) and Stacie Houston (Cassadaigua).

"Well, since our teams were in separate groups this time around, there are times that Stacie wears her purple and lime gear to watch Surge games with me and support them, likewise with me wearing Fillies pink and black," Brooke said in an interview. "However, this time around, it's gonna be war at the Houston-Brooke household, Okay, maybe more of like friendly banter here and there, we mustn't forget that it's all just a game, you know?" Five-year-old Jericho, the son of the couple who holds dual Yeezie/Dagan citizenship, was asked whether he would be supporting his mother's or his father's team in the Round of Sixteen. "Um.... can't the Surge and the Fillies just team up together and beat some other team, like the Drawkland.... uh.... what are they called again, Daddy?"

"Grid Corps."

"Yeah!"

Brooke chuckled. "You know what, World Bowl peeps? You heard the kid."




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| MD | Opponent | Rank | Score | Record | Place |
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| 1 | Equestria | UR | W 34- 7 | 1-0 | 1st |
| 2 | @Ko-oren | 4 | W 27-20 | 2-0 | 2nd |
| 3 | Zantalio | UR | W 43-10 | 3-0 | 1st |
| 4 | Delaclava | 29 | W 36- 6 | 4-0 | 1st |
| 5 | @Crpostran | UR | W 40-22 | 5-0 | 1st |
| 6 | @Equestria | UR | W 39-24 | 6-0 | 1st |
| 7 | Ko-oren | 4 | L 13-16 | 6-1 | 1st |
| 8 | @Zantalio | UR | L 24-27 | 6-2 | 2nd |
| 9 | @Delaclava | 29 | W 27-14 | 7-2 | 2nd |
| 10 | Crpostran | UR | W 82- 0 | 8-2 | 2nd |
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Postby Cassadaigua » Fri Mar 08, 2024 2:46 pm

Successful return for Carrington; Staciemiah battle awaits,
by Kenzie Sherman, Concord Heights Times


After missing five games due to an ankle injury, Brittany Carrington returned to her starting QB role for the group stage finale against Kinqueven.
It was in the first game between the nations, one in which the Fillies were upset, that Carrington went down while trying to execute a play commonly known as the “tush push”. That play got the first down, but it also turned pretty disastrous for the team in a way. Tori Grasso finished that game and was ineffective and then by many accounts, led the team to an ugly victory by quarterback standards in her first start. That led to Haylie Steadham getting three starts, including a big win over Chromatika. However, with Carrington healthy, it was time for her to reassert herself as the leader of this offense.

Kinqueven was looking to get their second upset of the Fillies, but they would have to do it this time with the pink and black not looking past them and wanting to get a little redemption.
It was also a game that the team needed to win, as even though they would not have necessarily been eliminated with a loss, it was very possible that it would happen. In the long run, with Saint-Jean-Jacques et Burnham-on-Stove surprisingly defeated by Lozho, it would not have mattered that the Fillies lost to Kinqueven in terms of the playoffs, but they still needed to prove themselves against this pesky unranked side. Saint-Jean-Jacques et Burnham-on-Stove fans can still relax, too, because they still advanced.

Cassadaigua won the coin toss for the game, but atypically opted to defer. It’s not uncommon for teams to do that, but the mindset of this team has always been you take the ball on offense first to try and set the tone for the game. This time, the defense had the chance to do that, and they would accomplish that in an emphatic manner with a Hannah Chapman interception. She was pushed out of bounds right after the pick, but it allowed the team to give Carrington the ball with great field position, at the Kinqueven 28. Three plays later, the pink and black were in the end zone as Lacey Bouchard exploded through a hole up the middle for 15 yards to make it 7-0. After the teams exchanged field goals, Carrington picked up her first touchdown pass in the game, connecting to Bouchard on a screen play that ordinarily would only pick up a handful of yards, but Lacey made three defenders look silly on her way to a 44 yard touchdown reception, with just about all of it being yards after the catch. The teams would again exchange field goals before the half, make it 20-6 in favor Cassadaigua.

As we know, the best part of deferring after you win the coin toss is to get possession of the ball first for the second half, and this was a great opportunity for the team to try and put the game away. A short kickoff allowed Courtney Burton to take it out of the end zone, and even though she did not go all the way as she did against the Tapirs, her return put the team on the right side of the fifty. Carrington and company then executed an efficient drive, picking up the remaining 41 yards in seven plays, culminating in a Carrington pass to Katelynn Ellis. Next up, after a three and out earned by defense in which they sacked the opposing quarterback twice, the Fillies were in the end zone again, this time on Lacey Bouchard’s third touchdown of the game, a 13-yard scamper along the sideline to make it 34-6 with still 9:04 left in the third. It would not matter that Kinqueven scored a touchdown of their own when they touched the ball next, because Carrington had another touchdown drive up her sleeve, this her longest of the game, needing to go 80 yards for the score, and she connected with Allie Raymond to make it 41-13.

There would be another field goal exchange early in the fourth, and the final touchdown of the game would come from the defense, as a blitz by Xavier Callahan (yes, we were still blitzing, deal with it!) forced a fumble by the opposing quarterback that he was able to recover and take the necessary 36 yards for the ultimate final score of the game. The end result would be Cassadaigua 51, Kinqueven 17. A result that looks much better than the first time we played them. The result means that the Fillies will take on Saint Kanye in the first round of the playoffs, and that’s an opponent that absolutely annihilated Crpostran by the score of 82-0. Perhaps that country should just have robots play for them, instead.

A day after the game, when it became clear that Saint Kanye would be our next opponent, head coach Jennifer Cole was asked her opinion of playing a team after they have that kind of blowout win,
“That game does not really have any bearing on our game. We all know that, so from my perspective, I can just look at it and watch, and think about how you actually put that many points on the board. Is that the biggest blowout in World Bowl history? If not, it certainly ranks extremely high on the list. Congratulations to them. When point differential is used in tiebreakers, those added scores can matter.” Cole was then asked what kind of scouting material you can get from a game like that. “Honestly, you get nothing from that. You use the other games for it.” Of course, Saint Kanye is not a complete stranger to the Fillies as they were in the same group during World Bowl 47. Saint Kanye beat us 19-17 in Concord Heights, then took care of business, 40-10, when we met in the second leg. We had lined up to play them in the playoffs as well, but because of a swap to avoid a group stage rematch, that did not happen. Clearly then, the “Stacemiah” game is one that fans get to see a lot of.

For those who do not know, “Stacemiah” is a reference to NSSCRA power couple Jeremiah Brooke (of Saint Kanye) and Stacie Houston (of Cassadaigua). With Team Cassadaigua no longer pouring money into international racing, Stacie Houston drives as a teammate with Brooke for GFR out of Saint Kanye, but that does not mean that she has forgotten her roots. She’s been an active supporter of other Cassadagan teams, including being seen in Quebec for the World Baseball Classic championship series, as well as dropping the ceremonial first puck for a game against TJUN-ia in the World Cup of Hockey. While racing season is reaching a pivotal point now, Stacie is well aware of this matchup. “Unfortunately, a trip to Quebec is not possible for Jeremiah and I as we both focus on the NSSCRA Chase with our teams, but we will definitely be watching. It’s time for the Fillies to finally stop the Surge!” Houston posted on social media.

We look forward to this contest!
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Postby Valanora » Fri Mar 08, 2024 3:10 pm

The win over the Fleftic side in hand, the team was allowed to go into their final game away to Devonta without the added pressure of it being a must win for the team to reach the playoffs for the first time in their World Bowl history. While the Sabres had not officially clenched their spot in the playoffs, the odds of all the things going wrong for the team to miss out on their first opportunity in the knockout stage of the tournament seemed awfully low, so low that it was not even worth mentioning for the coaching staff as they prepared their team for the final group stage game. Only third placed TJUN-ia had proven a test too far for this ragged bunch who were a small mix of professional and then mostly former collegiate players and the game away to Devonta was being treated as more of a momentum game than a game where the side was going to need to be at their greatest to get the victory. Having only a pair of victories from the previous nine rounds of the group stage game, Devonta was not presenting itself as a huge challenge, but one where the team still needed to be focused to ensure a victory and as good seeding as they could manage.

While it was not the offensive explosion that the team saw when Oahu-Hawaii visited Mar Sara, the team was loose and in a good mood and put on one of their better performances in the group stage, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Scoring on all seven trips into the red zone, with four touchdowns and three field goals to their credit, was a huge success, especially considering the team only had eight drives in the game as Devonta was trying their best to speed up the game with clock management and a running game that might have been trying to target the lack of traditional size and muscle that the Sabres possess. It worked to a point, as they were able to get four scoring drives, but when it mattered the most the defense stood tall and did not allow a single touchdown and restricted the home side to just the four field goals, while forcing them to punt on their other four drives during the game. It was not the most clean of performances, with a few false starts and offsides in the early part of the game but the Vanorians got the job done and secured their spot in second place and looked forward to what would be their first trip to the playoffs.

Awaiting the Sabres will be a team who will believe they have all the advantages despite being the lower seed, as it is fellow Arrosian side Sarzonia that awaits the team, a nation who is far more used to playing the Empire in other sports like football. Based on the performances during group stage play, it is a battle of two fairly evenly matched teams, although Sarzonia has the edge on the offensive end having scored forty more points than their Vanorian counterparts. The Sabres also only finished with two losses, both to the aforementioned first seeds of TJUN-ia, while Sarzonia suffered defeat on three occasions, as the two sides meet in Quebec for the meeting. The neutral venue is seen by a few inside the Empire as to why the Sabres have a good chance of pulling off the upset despite on appearances both in ranking and statistics that Sarzonia should feel fairly confident in walking away from the encounter with a victory. A small bit of hope is what the side is going to have to hold on to and keep close to their chest as they try to navigate their way past a good team who will try to stymie the Sabres average offensive output and test their average defense as well.

Sarzonia and the Empire are not the only teams from Arrosia to make it into the playoffs as the region also sees Banija taking part, who will be taking on TJUN-ia in Quebec and Vanorians will surely be rooting on one of their closest neighbors in that encounter. Elsewhere Saint Kanye also made it into the knockout stages, while the hosts themselves moved on and will be taking on what is seen as their bogey team in the World Bowl in the form of Ko-oren in the first knockout round. The Sabres will play in the late game on the first day of the playoffs and it will be the first night encounter for the team in this tournament, though it should not be a huge concern for a lot of these players who are used to having prime time evening clashes during their collegiate careers, though the late kickoff does change how they approach the day. A victory seems unlikely but the team has its leader in the form of Kasper Ulvestad, the standout defensive end who has been wreaking havoc since he enrolled in university and through his professional career. There is enough talent on this team to pull off a mighty upset and there should hopefully be support among the crowd, the team has to go out there and take the chance that is presented to them.
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Postby Chromatika » Fri Mar 08, 2024 4:02 pm

Chromatika has skated back into the Round of Sixteen of the World Bowl, topping the group with a 9-1 record, only losing to Cassadaigua once; their record puts them at third overall and into a showdown against South Americanastan. Win that, and a potential showdown against Ko-oren looms in the Quarterfinals.

Sarai Gwenderyn has been as sharp as usual, only throwing four interceptions through the four games, while Alessandra Mio, Niles Gwivern, and Constantina Perrier have been solid targets. The biggest strength of the Iron Legion offense has been the line play; Lana Rhodes has been stellar as part of the running game - and as the rushing attack picks up, it allows Gwenderyn to be even sharper.

Park Mi-Hyeon and Jere Rinaldi has been the leaders of the defense; the secondary has been on top of it, and the defensive line play has been getting to the Quarterback.

The Iron Legion march on into Quebec and Shingoryeo, knowing that this will be the last tournament with Sara McAllister as part of the crew; though Drawkland and other such nations loom large, there isn't anyone that can say they should smash the Iron Legion on paper.

South Americanastan is the second placed third-placing team; their point differential is rather abysmal, though, so it's going to be expected that Chromatika does at least make it to the Quarterfinals. Gwenderyn will need to be sharp, the line play must be on point, and they must just not get overrun in the early going.

It's going to be a dogfight to win it all - but with the way that the Iron Legion has been playing, why couldn't they be the ones to take it all?

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Postby TJUN-ia » Fri Mar 08, 2024 4:27 pm

After ensuring the group was ours in a convincing fashion, the Jagaurs of TJUN-ia were 8-1 and could simply chill. Their job was done, the group was theirs...but then again, seeding was still up in the air. That was the focus now, trying to improve our seeding to improve our relative odds of potentially doing something in the coming postseason. Everyone knew that seeding would be big and Gus McKerrin knew that too...but who would this final day go?

Our final game would be back home at the Field of Dreams in The Gardens of New Washington against Oahu-Hawaii...and that just added to the feeling of this fond farewell, a farewell to this stadium for another WB cycle. Things were always going to be emotional in these circumstances but in this game, we produced only the finest ball we could...and it was beautiful. While the visitors did manage 2 TDs and 2 PATs, Gareth Baldwin got 5 TDs - 3 to Gilbert Nyamutsamba and one each for Fremont Whitehorse and Victor Que-et-Vous - while Clayton McGee made 5/5 PATs and a FG. The reserves would get involved after that and things would continue to be fun, with Leon Gallas finding Lucky Sithole-Sita twice while Xander Tiovannen managed 2 PATs. That would mean this ended 52-14...and thus we ended 9-1.

We ended up as the #5 seed and with that, it will be off to the Moogoongwha Bowl to face the 12th seeds...#2 Banija. The #2 teams in the world...is the #12 seeds. I'm sorry what?!

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MD1: vs United States of Devonta (UR) - Field of Dreams in The Gardens, New Washington W 38-10 (1-0)
MD2: vs Abanhfleft (14) - Field of Dreams in The Gardens, New Washington W 23-17 (1st/2-0)
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MD3: @Valanora (22) - Lathalein Celestial Stadium, Mar Sara W 23-17 (1st/3-0)
MD4: vs New Fernia (UR) - Field of Dreams in The Gardens, New Washington W 26-0 (1st/4-0)
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MD5: @Oahu-Hawaii (UR) W 20-3 (1st/5-0)
MD6: @United States of Devonta (UR) W 23-13 (1st/6-0)
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MD7: @Abanhfleft (14) L 33-34 (1st/6-1)
MD8: vs Valanora (22) - Field of Dreams in The Gardens, New Washington W 34-19 (1st/7-1)
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MD9: @New Fernia (UR) W 34-9 (1st/8-1/Group Winners)
MD10: vs Oahu-Hawaii (UR) - Field of Dreams in The Gardens, New Washington W 52-14 (1st/9-1/+170PD)
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Postby Ko-oren » Fri Mar 08, 2024 5:23 pm

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It's not long until humans organise. Many settlements have populations in the tens, then hundreds. They're figuring out how to grow which crops where and when. They're figuring out what animals can do for them and how easy they make tilling and other jobs. Small hierarchies pop up, calendars dictate what work should be done during each part of the year. Some settlements grow into the thousands, and before long, some hit the ten thousand mark. Ores are found, building materials are collected, various kinds of fuels are experimented with. Tools improve, yields improve, cities improve, and with it, organisation becomes necessary.

We're seeing early economies and some attempts at currency. Goods from one town are sold in another, people specialise, and some towns get better at some things than others. And some places figure out ways to deal with that. Towns in good locations - a variety of foods available both from the land and the sea, friendly neighbours with different skills - grow larger. Ko-oren crosses a million inhabitants sometime during this era, which starts at an uncertain time typically set around the first time a city gets to ten thousand inhabitants, but the era has a very clear end: the Bay Confederacy. How did we get there, though?

The era of city states and chiefdoms is one where we see the contours of the themes that will stay with us for the next nine eras. We see that the eastern islands have their own political and cultural traditions, separate from the rest. We start to see a population density map that somewhat resembles the modern one, except that back then, the north was still far emptier than it is today. We see that the balance of power shifts between different parts of the bay, but that the bulk of the work and innovation tends to come from elsewhere and is then brought over.

Ignoring the eastern islands for now, and without spoiling too much about the upcoming eras, the cities on the bay are able to establish simple trading networks, bringing some more wealth than others. In fact, this was a major economic policy at the time: leaders of cities were looking to bring the surrounding areas in line, and then bring about stability to keep that chain of goods intact. The cities further away from the bay are a little more vulnerable, often lacking the economic (usually synonymous with agricultural/nutritional) resilience. The cities mostly leave each other be, though some squabbling over land, resources, and the services of those living in between, do happen but are largely resolved peacefully. It turns out that few cities have the people to spare to go after their competitors - while good neighbours are also necessary to keep the rest of the country at bay as well.

There were some policies implemented that quickly became tradition and is seen as the main cause of our peaceful history, with personal unions and (arranged) marriages between ruling classes of different cities, even across larger distances. The house(s) of Amahne were particularly keen on political marriages, but this proved counterproductive after other cities found them to be involved in too many classes. Add to that the reluctance of many city states to implement dynastic rule, and two issues were tackled at once: one being the problem of a single house that's too powerful within a city, and the other problem being that a city's politics cannot become too entangled with all of its neighbours. In the case of Amahne, a surge of political assassinations in a 20-year time span all but removed their ties with their neighbours. In fact, it's this time span that led to the end of this era directly. Before we go into bloody scenes and juicy stories from that time, we have to talk about one more thing.

Some city states were culturally much more aligned than others. This was mostly a case of distance: of course neighbouring regions will be more alike than others. In particular, the cities of the northwest were situated close together on the shores of the bay, and they all followed the philosophical traditions of the region a bit further inland. That way, they came up with the first separation of powers, in a sense: the day-to-day problems were solved by the local rulers of the city states, but those rulers were replaced every now and again by decree of, and long-term vision of, the University of Razahne - the unofficial name given to this clique of (political) philosophers. They reached an almost mythical status, with the rulers of the cities nearby often going for a visit (and not always returning as ruler of the city state afterwards, sometimes staying beyind in Razahne as an advisor) but rulers of faraway cities hearing about the role the University played in the northwestern cities and thinking those were wild stories.

Razahne went back and forth between being a group of navelgazing debaters with their heads stuck in the clouds and being Machiavellian tyrants directly trying to interfere with several city states. The former seems to have been the preferred mode, the latter happened every now and again. The more rulers they allowed in, the more power-oriented Razahne's decisions became.

As a group, they're responsible for a huge majority of the corpus of philosophical and political texts of the era. There's the legalist Ardithaun and his tradition of law-first idealists. There's Saunahgaraun and his pragmatic bunch of power-hungry disciples. There's Aorehgedhaun pondering what makes a (city) state separate from the rest and what gives it the right to come up with rules for itself and others. There's Tehnaun and his theories on what makes an individual a good ruler and how they should interact with the world. Note that in many cases, the philosophies presented are about how to implement better rules and systems. For less practical ideas, we have to turn to the other cities on the mainland, particularly those on the south end of the bay, for theories on self and other, nature and nurture, and other conventional classical topics. If you're wondering where modern Ko-oren's ideas come from as to how a country should be governed: that's all Razahne, in fact.

Now back to the house of Amahne and the end of this era. By now its house had many members stationed in cities across the south and east end of the mainland, not exactly adhering to the northwestern tradition of term limits, and a few bad years economically and agriculturally saw uprisings pop up across rural areas. City state rulers needed a scapegoat, and decided, more or less together, to blame the members of the house of Amahne, offering them to the revolutionaries. Needless to say, they didn't all make it out alive. Amahne and its close allies responded by blaming its bad years on members of the other houses, sparking a violent wave that also made it to the northwestern cities, which of course weren't immune to the effects of weather and the workings of a 'national' economy.

This drastically decreased the status of several city states and permanently altered the status of others. It provided perfect opportunities for smaller cities - mostly on the south coast - to fill the power vacuum. Four cities decided that they had to form a collective against the rest of the nation if it came down to it - the start of the Confederacy, a bond forged between Majara, Gehrenna, Maethoru, and Senoren. They would dominate domestic trade for the next few centuries, form the basis for modern Ko-oren, started the meritocracy-democracy debate raging on to this day, and forced nearly every city state into their camp or the camp of their main competitor(s) - but that's a story for another time.
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Postby Quebec and Shingoryeo » Fri Mar 08, 2024 9:44 pm

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World Bowl 48: Reapers' head coach Hwang Hyeon not certain, but likely to retire after one cycle in charge


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MONTEVICIO, YOSEO-MANITOBA -- As the knockout rounds of the World Bowl 48 looms over Quebec and Shingoryeo, the Quebec and Shingoryeo Gridiron Council (QSGC) may be preparing themselves for their second coaching search in three cycles with Reapers' coach Hwang Hyeon expected to retire from international management after this winter's tournament.

The 65-year old Hwang, who has also served as the head coach of the Levis Ravens for past seven seasons, has reportedly talked to multiple sources 'within and outside the QSGC organisation' regarding his future over the past few days. The reports suggest that while he has not fully decided on his future as the head coach of both the Reapers and the Ravens, with Hwang wanting to be 'fully sure on whatever the decision made', there stands high chance Hwang retire at the end of the World Bowl 48, to be hosted in Quebec and Shingoryeo over next two weeks.

What Hwang intended to make it clear, as he is expected to tell the Reapers' players and coaches first before heading into a week of practices ahead of their second round showdown against Ko-oren, is that he intend to walk off 'quietly and unceremoniously' when the time would come.

Hwang, who is currently at the first of two-cycle, four-year deal, did not comment on his Grim Reapers' future when asked by members of media all World Bowl cycle. Playing under a slow, methodical and game management style of play Hwang's Ravens have been known for, Quebec and Shingoryeo would finish to a 7-3 finish in the group stage with a 7-3 record that would see them finish with second-best record in points allowed.

The statistics, while paling in comparison to historic heights set for the group winners in The Kytler Peninsulae, are not the most telling examples. What was more impressive, however, was the Reapers' 5-1 record halfway into the group stage. It would involve multiple positives, such as the 52–3 desecration of Huelavia in their 'home venue' of Marijuana Island early in the group stage, as well as impeccable performance by the Reapers to control tempo and possession. This would allow them to experiment with playing personnel into the rest of the group stage, with Hwang's insistence that what matters is the 'finished product' and the 'range of options', not so much the outcome.

The 65-year old Hwang, who had coached in the QFL for over three decades, has a 140-116 record in the sixteen seasons he coached as the head coach of Saguenay Saints, Songwha City Roughriders and Levis Ravens. He has made the playoffs in thirteen of the years, with 28 wins, five appearances and three titles won in the Imperial Bowl.

In his eight seasons with the Levis Ravens, Hwang would secure two runs to the Imperial Bowl game in 2058 and 2061, most notably winning the former contest on the back of a defence that did not allow a single touchdown all posteason. He had also served as the defensive coordinator of the Quebecois national team in the past two World Bowls under Clemence 'Phlegm' Boileau, with the Reapers heading into quarterfinals and championship game of the World Bowls with both teams possessing above average, but timely defences that have come away with key wins where needed.

Hwang's relaxed but quieter demeanour, combined with his pale hair with big, bushy moustache that is complimented nicely by the berret (think of Bruce Arians -e.d.-), means that the departure, should it emerge, will come quickly. No words are expected to come out of Hwang's mouth in the coming weeks, especially as the eleventh-seeded Reapers are set to take field against sixth-seeded Dragonflies of Ko-oren in the iconic Moogoongwha Bowl for a 18:00 kickoff time, and that things could change with Hwang 'remaining open' to the idea of completing his two-cycle contract.

Hwang has yet to make the decision on his future as the head coach of the Levis Ravens, though if any decision is to be made on that front, it is likelier he do so after the upcoming season to allow for full, nation-wide coaching search. Hwang has, however, ruled out the possibility of coaching in the college football circuit, mostly due to the greater constraints to personal health accompanied by the year-round clock of the game.
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Postby Cardenao » Fri Mar 08, 2024 10:13 pm

‘Alright, alright here we go. Time for the big game, the big game…[i]another big game. Big game against Richardson University…that was a loss. That was in the past, that didn’t matter anymore. Now it was the big leagues. Now…’[/i]

Bobby Dials leaned back and looked up at the locker room ceiling.

‘…first ever knockout game.’

The Cardenao Blue and Golds had been cooking during the 48th World Bowl. They blew away world #2 Banija twice, easily handled bitter rivals Utah, and only lost one game during the whole qualifying campaign. Bobby Dials had led the offense like a true veteran, showing experience and skill far beyond his 21 years of age. Of course, starting for LeBois Santura University probably played a role in shaping his quality at such a young age, you don’t get where you’re at by being a scrub, you get there by working hard, by putting in the effort, by fundamentally being a quality player. He’d carried that over to the national team, turning in brilliant displays game after game as he fired Team Nao into the knockout stage. Now, the defense hadn’t been slouching either. Elton El-Amin and Mack King were fantastic on the defensive line, ripping through, running over, and overpowering everyone in their path. Up next? The 14th best team in the world, Abanhfleft. This was the Fleftic’s 23rd World Bowl and their 21st since the tragic Flight 5116 accident and the Blurange-Greens were sure to come out swinging with everything they had. Wes Soderlund, sure he was 36 years old, but the 5’8 quarterback can still sling with the best of them as Abanhfleft put up 299 points thanks to Wes connecting solidly with wide receiver Toby Archambeault on several occasions.

It would be a tough game, no doubt, but the national gridiron team of Cardenao were coming off a barnstormer of a game as they blew away The Fortem away from home, 9 to 44. Good game, thanks for playing, better luck next time. Truth be told, the first quarter was a close affair with the Fortemians getting a field goal within the first forty seconds of the game while the Blue and Golds had to battle to a six yard touchdown pass with less than a minute left. The second quarter though? The game was over as the teams went into halftime 6-28 after the Team Nao racked up three easy touchdowns, two passes for a combined three yards, before DeAndre Vick ran in an incredible 26 yard effort after starting, stopping, cutting, juking, starting, diving over the line to get another six points. Badrick Cedella nailed yet another point after attempt, the high school sensation was really building a name for himself and had received an offer to visit the BSU Broncos to play college football for them. Quite an offer, something to think about for the kid.

The second half was a breeze despite Team Nao getting shut out 3-0 in the third quarter, but the Blue and Golds waltzed down the red carpet after a 0-16 fourth quarter that saw Bobby Dials and many of the starters get to relax on the bench. Yaw Beatty, the 5’11 dual-threat QB for the Alameda Redmen, had a great 15 minutes, putting up just over 100 throwing yards while rushing for another 57 in one of the best quarter’s a Cardenaoan had had thus far in the entire World Bowl. Deacon St. John had a solid showing, catching all four of his targets for 46 yards, while Reno Thai came off the bench and ran all over the field in that quarter, damn it was great to see.

Which brought Bobby Dials to right here, right now.

Staring up at those ceiling lights. 60 minutes between him and glory.

60 minutes to prove that Team Cardenao’s run to the knockout stage wasn’t a fluke, that the 24th ranked team was in fact one of the best teams in the world. That Bobby wasn’t just a systems QB in college, that he was legit and deserved the opportunity to play professional ball. These 60 minutes might as well be the rest of his life.

He was ready.

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Postby Quebec and Shingoryeo » Fri Mar 08, 2024 10:46 pm

Second Round Cutoff!


Day 1
#1 Drawkland 24–7 Delaclava #16
#9 Sarzonia 36–27 Valanora #8
#5 TJUN-ia 30–33 Banija #12
#13 Abanhfleft 20–37 Cardenao #4

Day 2
#3 Chromatika 31–24 South Americanastan #14
#11 Quebec and Shingoryeo 13–22 Ko-oren #6 -- Third Party scorinated by Ranoria
#7 Saint Kanye 26–13 Cassadaigua #11
#15 Saint-Jean-Jacques et Burnham-on-Stove 17–15 The Kytler Peninsulae #2

Quarterfinals

Day 4
#3 Chromatika vs. Ko-oren #6 -- Barry Johnson's Field (13:00)
#7 Saint Kanye vs. Saint-Jean-Jacques et Burnham-on-Stove #15 -- Podo Bowl (19:00)

Day 5
#1 Drawkland vs. Sarzonia #9 -- Camelia Bowl (13:00)
#12 Banija vs. Cardenao #4 -- Apple Bowl (19:00)
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Postby Saint-Jean-Jacques et Burnham-on-Stove » Sat Mar 09, 2024 9:43 am

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A miracle in Chicoutimi


Chicoutimi, Saguenay, Québec and Shingoryeo - It's Saint-Jean-Jacques et burnham-on-Stove's 2nd participation in the World Bowl and making the playoffs is already a good achievement, but winning a playoffs game against a top seed is even better. The Tapirs beat The Kytler Peninsula 17-15 and they made it to the quarterfinals. Saint-Jean-Jacques et Burnham-on-Stove won the coin toss but they didn't score on their first drive. Neither the Kytlerians did. The 1st quarter ends with a nil score. Early in the 2nd quarter, François-Pierre Guirguis runs into the endzone fo an 11 yards rushing touchdown and the Jean-Jacquois takes the lead. On their next drive, The Kyler Peninsula is stopped at the 48 yards line and they punt again. Craig Goodman's punt goes out of bounds at the 1 yard line.The Tapirs have the ball, and on a 3rd and 9, Arielle Bellerose-Deslongchamps is sacked in her own endzone by Ragnar Snorrisson and it's a safety for the Kytlerians. They follows with a 18 yards passing touchdown from Wecoisus Mocks to Heath Ilford. The Kytler Peninsula is leading 9-7 at halftime.

The Kytlerians started off the 3rd quarter with the ball but they had to punt. On their next drive, the Tapirs took the lead with a 36 yards field goal and the score after 3 quarters is 10-9. Late in the 4th quarter, on a 4th and goal at the 3 yards line, Arielle Bellerose-Deslongchamps passed in the endzone to Mao Ming Ze, who has dual Jean-Jacquois and Shanzhouan citizenship. Shanzhou is a small city state located just north of Saint-jean-Jacques et Burnham-on-Stove. There was less than 3 minutes left in the 4th quarter, the Tapirs were leading by 8 and The Kytler Peninsula had the ball at the 20 yards line. With just one minute left to play, Wecoisus Mocks passed to Travis Taylor for a 25 yards touchdown. The score was 17-15 before the conversion and the Kytlerians obviously went for two. Wecoisus Mocks tried to pass to Travis Taylor but the ball was battled down. The Kytlerian Peninsula, then, made an on side kick but it was recovered by the Tapirs who killed the clock and won the game!

It's unbelievable, Saint-Jean-Jacques et Burnham-on-Stove, in their 2nd year and ranked #31 at the start of the World Bowl, won a playoffs game and goes to the quarter finals. The Tapirs will face a familiar opponent, Saint Kanye, at the Podo Bowl in Anju, Québec and Shingoryeo. The Tapirs and the Surge were in the same group in the World Bowl 47 and we got crushed 41-27 and 61-10. It will be the 3rd " Battle of the Saints " and the score will be more tight this time. Linebacker Mason O'Kelly (ankle) is questionnable and, if he can't play, James Wollschlaeger will replace him again. Jérémie Castilloux suffered a leg injury against The Kytler Peninsula and Jean-Christophe Guérette will replace him at right guard. We talked to our Jean-Jacquois kicker, Han Ji-yoo, who says she was born in Joongyeong before migrating to Huayramarca at the age of 3. Her parents, who only spoke Korean and French, had a hard time learning spanish and eventually moved to Saint-Jean-Jacques-sur-Mer when she reached 8 years old. She says she's really thrilled to visit her homeland for the first time since her family moved away.

SAINT-JEAN-JACQUES ET BoS   0   7   3   7  -  17
THE KYTLER PENINSULA 0 9 0 6 - 15


GAME SUMMARY
1st quarter
No score

2nd quarter
12:32 TOUCHDOWN SJJ et BoS - François-Pierre Guirguis runs for 11 yards. Extra point good
10:27 SAFETY THE KYTLER PENINSULA - Arielle Bellerose-Deslongchamps sacked in her own endzone by Ragnar Snorrisson
7:01 TOUCHDOWN THE KYTLER PENINSULA - Wecoisus Mocks passes to Heath Ilford for 18 yards - Extra point good


3rd quarter
8:42 FIELD GOAL SJJ et BoS - Ji-yoo Han's 36 yards kick is good

4th quarter
2:59 TOUCHDOWN SJJ et BoS - Arielle Bellerose-Deslongchamps passes to Ming Ze Mao for 3 yards - Extra point good
1:18 TOUCHDOWN THE KYTLER PENINSULA - Wecoisus Mocks passes to Travis Taylor for 25 yards - Two points conversion attempt failed


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Postby Sarzonia » Sat Mar 09, 2024 4:13 pm

Some of the talk during Sarzonia's run in the 48th World Bowl has centred on Gavin Davis's not-so conventional decisions. Those decisions, in losses to No. 1 Drawkland and No. 17 South Americanastan received scrutiny from media throughout Sarzonia.

After ninth seeded Sarzonia prevailed 36-27 against eighth seeds Valanora, all the talk was about a Gavin Davis decision that worked out. Sarzonia took a 34-27 lead with 41 seconds left after Cameron Stallworth hit Steve Swain for a 31-yard touchdown, Davis immediately held his right index and middle fingers up. He wanted to go for a two-point conversion.

Stallworth faked a handoff to running back Ty'Relle Clinton, then sprinted around right end for the two, providing the final margin.

"I wanted to make it a two-possession match," Davis said when asked about the decision to eschew the extra point. If we don't convert that, we're up seven, and I don't think [Sabres manager Andy] Magnusson goes for two in that situation. If we kick the extra point, they can still draw level with a two."

The two teams scored a combined 63 points in a match that saw Stallworth just miss a second straight 400-yard passing game as he completed 29-of-38 for 389 yards and three touchdowns. Clinton rushed 21 times for 104 yards and one score, getting 71 of his yards in the second half.

"They were playing us tough in the first half," Clinton said. He rushed nine times for 33 yards in the first half, with 26 coming on a score that cut Valanora's lead to 21-14 at the half. "They weren't playing eight men in the box, but they were keying on the run."

Davis and offensive coordinator Trent Beaucamp decided at halftime to open up the passing attack and trust Stallworth to find open receivers and use his legs to create opportunities to move the ball. Clinton ran six times for 38 yards on the opening drive of the second half and that allowed Stallworth to use a devastating play fake and draw in the Sabres defence and hit Matt Largent for a 46-yard score to draw the match level at 21-21.

Defensive coordinator Tyler Paige got caught in a blitz on third-and-11 on the next series and Sabres quarterback Håkon Schau sidestepped the pass rush and hit wide receiver Emil Gundersen on a 76-yard touchdown just three offensive plays later. Paige decided to employ stunts and a cover-two package and removed middle linebacker Howard Dent in favour of cornerback Clancy Rollingford. Safety Chris Snell also spelled linebacker Calvin Jacks.

"We wanted to get some speed in there, even if it meant sacrificing some size," Paige said, adding that he also used defensive tackle Pete Downey at nose guard and opted for a three-man rush. The Stars forced three three-and-outs and got an interception on the final four series.

Stallworth completed 10-of-11 passes for 71 yards and a 22-yard pass to third down back Paul Edgerton on Sarzonia's possession following the Gundersen touchdown to draw the match level.

Sarzonia's reward for their win over Valanora? A third meeting with No. 1 Drawkland, who defeated Delaclava 24-7 in their Round of Sixteen contest. Drawkland entered the knockout rounds as the lone unbeaten side in the tournament, but the Stars said they weren't going to let that intimidate them.

"We can play those guys tough," Clinton said. "We beat ourselves a bit last time we played them (a 20-16 home loss on Matchday 7) and we scored 20 unanswered against them on Matchday 2 at their place."

"There's no mystique against those Drawks," Stallworth said.
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Postby Ko-oren » Sun Mar 10, 2024 3:28 am

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Perhaps the name we gave to this era conjures up wilder images than it should. In the previous era we saw how people organised into cities and how they interacted with one another. Some even call that a bit of a golden age, one where Ko-oren's political vision was first rolled out, where we find our classical legacy in terms of architecture and philosophy. This era is the one where those things intermingle with different viewpoints, where it clashes and is forced to adapt and evolve.

This era starts at year zero, the starting point of our calendar. It starts with the formation of the Bay Confederacy, where the four modern day capitals decide to work together as a single force in the face of economic threats from the rest of the mainland. It's here where the elite, living further upstream in the region of Razahne, and the day-to-day realism of the cities, located closer to the shore, merge. The four cities are all equals in the face of the treaty of Gauthizu, a tiny town eponymous to a lake that's roughly in the middle of all we've talked about so far. And the massive inland Razahne region counts as a fifth factor in this: it's inextricably linked to the fate of the cities now - though with lower taxes, as it brings in far less, and with less political representation, as management is purely operated by the rulers of the four cities.

Speaking of that: two rulers are appointed as leaders of the Confederacy, changing every year, with different combinations of the four rulers making up the duopoly at any one time. One year it's the leaders of Majara and Gehrenna, the next it's, say, Maethoru and Senoren, then Senoren and Majara, until we have every combination in charge in a six-year cycle. A city's ruler can be in charge for a maximum of six years - though sometimes they even struggled to stay in power that long - but staggered so not all four cities should change leadership at the same time, providing a pretty good mix of continuity and change.

The early days of the Confederacy are marked by squabbles between the cities. Two leaders, with one or both seemingly always trying to become the main person of the duo. Four cities, with one or more always trying to one-up the rest with innovations, architecture, culture, and the like. The competition creates some of the best and most beautiful things in Ko-orenite history. The previous era is all about classical things and culture - a little unrefined at times but practical and lasting - but this one gives us plenty of material and immaterial finer things.

However, the four create somewhat of a monoculture. Where their focus is internal, the other city states - aware of the Confederacy but unaware of its future power, of course - continue business as usual. Amahne remains a huge power on the Bay, able to dominate its immediate surroundings and also boasting an impressive output of plays - satire by Thwaudhun, absurdity by Dhjukhun, and a long list of tragic plays by the duo of Thjoakhin and Roigun - as well as fine craftsmanship. For history and politics, though, the city is known for a strong democratic tradition, which traces all the way back to here. Press freedom - or rather, playwrights' abilities to make fun of whoever - is important and most matters are voted on by all over the age of 30. It's a closed off system, though, and sometimes those who want to cast their vote can only do so after attesting to their Amahne-ness by showing where their family is from, making sure that they've always been in and from the city. In better times, the system is opener and people from Amahne-controlled areas do find an in.

It's not just these two blocs, though. Far from it. The southwest is a patchwork of small chiefdoms, each with a main city or town, in the agriculturally wonderful Orental, Uruhzarehn, Poninoren, and Ahungoren regions. Back then it was said that everyone could have a decent life as long as you lived here, tilling your own garden and sharing in the joy of boisterous town life, sharing what you had with your neighbours - all at an incredibly small scale - and this lifestyle persisted more the closer to the south coast you got, while Ahungoren and Poninoren, further north, got caught up in Bay politics far more. Cities were established, and grew, and hoped to play a part as well. Ahmiri, Monrama, Azahndhil, but also Okharsha, Seretunahshe, Belmohri, Gilimaura... and the unassuming coastal town of Garihnkatar, situated a bit too far east to join in the abundance of Uruhzarehn and Orental but being so well defended by its geography, with a potentially endless harbour with all the little nooks and inlets, and being fed by two of the largest rivers of the country - Granthewi and Argahr, which both empty out into the sea nearly in the same place. It's at that convergence that the town is established. Keep an eye on them, they might be big in a few centuries.

The mainland's southeast fills up with mines and quarries. Serekhan and Berelkhanaur become influential cities with their near monopoly on certain rocks and minerals. Ethuweri and Gehenohn are far enough away from Amahne to not get completely overrun, and they're close enough to the mines to get good deals - and they attain a look that the far bigger, more powerful places can only dream of. Those who are rich but disillusioned by Amahne politics settle down here with their entourages and, stressing again, huge piles of money.

We also get some action in the north: a few outposts become harbours of their own, and they're the starting point for adventurous types to start looking at all that northern Ko-oren can bring. Only the toughest survive the winters, looking for valuables to sell for a premium in the harbours. Furs, hides, but also gems, and fish not found in the Bay - before long, goods from northern Ko-oren signify wealth.

The eastern kingdoms start growing strong as well. The island of Alahrenna unifies under king Goziden, Ethena does the same under Rjofosein. The largest island, Leleja, has the dynasty of Loudosen taking control of everything, and a period of unrest starts that would continue for most of this era with on and off revolts, uprisings, and a lot of assassinations trying to figure out who secures the Throne of Katahshi - sometimes only for weeks, until a new faction comes along and does away with the old.
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Postby Saint Kanye » Sun Mar 10, 2024 11:55 am

If there was anything that Yeezie sports fans love more than watching teams of people in helmets and pads try to take a leather-covered egg to opposite ends of a field, it's watching people try to see who can drive a rolling advertisement in circles a set amount of times the quickest.

Hence, when it was announced that the St. Kanye Surge's opponents in the Round of Sixteen of World Bowl 48 will be the Cassadaigua Fillies, everyone and their grandmother immediately made the NSSCRA connection between the two countries (husband and wife driver couple Jeremiah Brooke and Stacie Houston being Yeezie and Dagan, respectively, for those uninitiated). This resulted in a massive boost in TV and online viewership numbers, plus a larger than usual Yeezie crowd at the bleachers of the Podo Bowl in Anju, Quebec and Shingoryeo. And it wasn't all in vain either. The purple-clad Surge, determined to shake off the bad memories of last edition's playoffs and actually go further than one and done, held off their opponents in pink (for the third time in two editions) to advance to the quarterfinals by the score of 26-13.

Against the Fillies, R.J. Linetti completed 25 of 33 passes for 272 yards and a touchdown (109.66), while also rushing for another. No doubt a decent performance for the veteran quarterback, but it was nose tackle David Berlin and linebacker Hansel Jones who got a lot of attention for what must be the highlight play of the day, which occurred early in the fourth quarter.

Faced with third and goal, Fillies running back Lacey Bouchard found a gap in the Surge defensive line, slipping through it for a three-yard touchdown run to cut St. Kanye's lead to four, 17-13. Kicker Jenna Lewis then lined up for the extra point, a routine she's practiced and performed countless times before, including once earlier in this very game. Maurice Hassler snapped the ball to holder Lauren Cox, who made sure to have the laces out, facing the uprights. Lewis swung her foot for the kick and let the ball fly; if everything goes well, its path would take it between those two uprights, and another point would be awarded to Cassadaigua to close the gap to just three.

It did not go well. At least for Lewis and the rest of the Dagans, that is. Berlin saw the ball just within arm's reach, swiping at it and causing it to fall to the ground. Now comes Jones' part. Before any of the pink shirts could react, he scooped the ball up, tucked it under its arm and made like hell to the opposing end zone. Several Fillies then noticed what was going on, leaping into pursuit, only for Jones to keep outrunning those who weren't able to get to him in time, and push away those who were. Finally he reached the end zone, doing a little dance as the referee finally signalled that he had just given his team two points. Instead of 17-14, it became 19-13 Surge, and a later pick six by Oliver Law sealed the deal and gave us the final score.




1Q CDG Ellis 43 pass from Carrington (Lewis kick) CDG 7-0
It was actually the Dagans who would score first in what the press in St. Kanye have dubbed the "Stacemiah Bowl" or the "Jericho Bowl". the latter being a reference to the son of the NSSCRA's seventh and ninth season champions. Brittany Carrington launched a perfect pass to wideout Katelynn Ellis, beating the St. Kanye secondary in the process.

1Q STK Linetti 6 run (Rasputin kick) Tie 7-7
However, from that point onwards, it was the purple and lime in control. After leading his men from their own 15-yard line to the Fillies' red zone, Linetti capped off the long drive by evading a sack from Matthew Longwell and running the ball six yards for six points. A James Rasputin extra point later, and it's all level.

2Q STK field goal Rasputin 44 STK 10-7
Not much going in the second period until the last few seconds, with Rasputin scoring a field goal to prevent the two teams from entering halftime in a deadlock.

3Q STK Moore 29 pass from Linetti (Rasputin kick) STK 17-7
The Surge were put into a difficult situation on the opening drive of the second half. Return man Taylor Johns was brought down almost immediately on the kickoff, causing them to start things off on their own seventeen-yard line. Afterwards, Linetti absorbed two consecutive sacks for a loss of twelve yards, making it third and 22 on the St. Kanye 5. Linetti called for five receivers on the next play; the Fillies adjusted their defense accordingly, aiming to prevent the Yeezie shotcaller from gaining lots of yardage through the air. But it was all part of a ruse to have no one stopping the run, and so Linetti kept the ball and took off, gaining 25 yards and thus moving the chains. Only then did he go for the long bomb, targeting Deshawn Fredericks. It would be an incomplete pass, Hannah Chapman with the coverage..... but wait! The referee blew his whistle. Pass interference, defense, number 23, first down. This moved the Surge all the way to the Fillies' 39. Fullback Marco Jackson blasted through the Dagan D and gained ten yards, and as for the remaining 29, Linetti connected with his other receiver, Patrick Moore, for the score.

4Q CDG Bouchard 3 run (Kick failed) STK 17-13
4Q STK Safety, Jones 85 return of blocked extra point STK 19-13
This sequence was already explained in detail above, but for those who want a TL;DR, Bouchard scored a touchdown, Lewis attempted the extra point, Berlin blocked it, and Jones returned the loose ball.

4Q STK Law 64 interception return (Rasputin kick) STK 26-13
Despite how incredible the Surge's play was, it only put them up by six, meaning the Fillies still had the opportunity to steal the win. Their defense did indeed come alive in the final period, forcing the purple shirts into three and outs several times. But the offense still needed to play their part. They needed to score. With 2:38 left in the quarter and the game, Cassadaigua had first down just past midfield, St. Kanye's 48-yard line to be exact, Bouchard having gotten them there with a massive 21-yard run on the previous play. Carrington stepped back to pass. The blitz-happy Yeezies went at her from several angles, but she managed to find, target, and let the ball fly in the direction of Allie Raymond just as Simon Carver tackled her to the ground.

Raymond jumped up and in the direction the ball was heading..... only for it to not land in her hands, but those of Law. The Surge strong safety then shook off Raymond, Carrington, and several other offensive players, dashing to the end zone and recording the pick six. A turnover on downs from the Dagans and a massive consumption of the clock from the Yeezies, and the score would remain until the final whistle.




The Surge players were understandably happy with the results, whooping it up, fist pumping and high fiving each other as their supporters looked on and screamed themselves hoarse. But they didn't forget about good sportsmanship, as afterwards, they were shaking the Fillies' hands and in some cases hugging and consoling them for being eliminated. Linetti jokingly approached Carrington for a jersey swap - only for his Dagan counterpart to oblige, saying she'll be having a men's size of her jersey in the mail in the days to come.

"You really hate to see such a hard fighting team go out like that," Linetti said in the post-game presser, "but in the end, someone must win and someone must lose. In the end, it was the result of all our combined efforts that led us to be the former instead of the latter, and we hope to keep this up in the quarters and hopefully beyond."

Waiting for the seventh seeded Surge in the quarters are the Tapirs of Saint-Jean-Jacques et Burnham-on-Stove, who as 15th seeds pulled off a narrow upset at the expense of the Yeezies' tormentors from the previous edition's playoffs, the second seeded Kytlerian Green Machine. The Tapirs prevented a Green Machine two-point conversion that would have tied the game in the fourth quarter, holding on for the 17-15 win.

"We're of course familiar with the Tapirs, having faced and beat them twice in the group stages of the last Bowl," spoke Surge head coach Jeff Delphine. "But that was the same Tapirs team in name only. They have improved massively, failing to make the playoffs then and not only making it now, but actually winning in it. They're ranked 31st in the world [compared to St. Kanye's 8th], but that doesn't make us over-confident as we're a team that are no stranger to upsets. We won't be taking them lightly, that's for sure." The "Battle of the Saints" will once again be held at the Podo Bowl; St. Kanye will wear their dark alternate tops and pants this time around after going with purple on purple against Cassadaigua.

The region of Arrosia sent six teams to the playoffs out of a possible sixteen, including the Surge. Four of these stayed alive after the first round, but the two that got eliminated only did so because they faced fellow Arrosian teams. These two inter-regional matchups were the Sarzonia Stars against the Valanora Sabres, which the former would win 36-27; and the Ko-oren Dragonflies versus the Quebec and Shingoryeo Grim Reapers, where the Yeezies' rivals would turn back the hosts 22-13. The final Arrosian side were the Banija Serpent Eagles, who edged the TJUN-ia Jaguars 33-30.

Jeremiah Brooke and Stacie Houston were unable to attend the game in person due to their NSSCRA obligations, so they tuned in at home instead. Said the former, "We invited our respective crew members for some sort of a watch party, and let me tell you, it was just as crazy as it would be if we were actually there. We were rooting as hard as we could for our respective teams, but Little J [Jericho's nickname] cheered for both. It was really nice to see the Surge come out on top, but what's even sweeter is knowing that I won't have to take out the trash from now until the Proving Grounds 500, and seeing Stacie have to paint her nails purple and lime."

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| MD | Opponent | Rank | Score | Record | Place |
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| 1 | Equestria | UR | W 34- 7 | 1-0 | 1st |
| 2 | @Ko-oren | 4 | W 27-20 | 2-0 | 2nd |
| 3 | Zantalio | UR | W 43-10 | 3-0 | 1st |
| 4 | Delaclava | 29 | W 36- 6 | 4-0 | 1st |
| 5 | @Crpostran | UR | W 40-22 | 5-0 | 1st |
| 6 | @Equestria | UR | W 39-24 | 6-0 | 1st |
| 7 | Ko-oren | 4 | L 13-16 | 6-1 | 1st |
| 8 | @Zantalio | UR | L 24-27 | 6-2 | 2nd |
| 9 | @Delaclava | 29 | W 27-14 | 7-2 | 2nd |
| 10 | Crpostran | UR | W 82- 0 | 8-2 | 2nd |
| R16 | Cassadaigua | 12 | W 26-13 | 9-2 | QF |
| QF | SJJeBoS | 31 | | | |
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