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  1. The San Francisco Star: It's Not All Fun and Games After a surprise win over the L.A. Reign which lifted fan's spirits and team morale, the Frenzy season has come crashing back down to earth. A brutal stretch of games against some of the league's best teams has helped everyone come back to their senses on where the Frenzy really rank. At the end of the day, an expansion team can't be held under too high of expectations. The promising part of this 3 game losing streak? The Frenzy maintained a strong fight in most of these games, proving themselves a more capable and consistent team than their 1-4 counterparts of the Steam and Reign. 38 - 31 Their first match after the win against Los Angeles took place against the 1st place San Antonio Wolfpack. Despite the overwhelming talent and experience advantage held by the Wolfpack, the Frenzy put up a tremendous 28 1st half points, and had a double digit lead entering the break. The Wolfpack would come back to their senses in the 2nd half and dominate en route to a 7 point victory, but the Frenzy had made their message clear. Win or lose, nothing was coming easy. 30 - 20 Next up was the New Orleans Kraken, another 4-1 squad aiming to bring him the title this season. Yet again, despite being outmatched the Frenzy didn't let the Kraken have it too easily. Although New Orleans exploded out the gate to a 23-7 lead, the Frenzy managed to shut them out in the 3rd quarter and stage a temporary comeback. It would fall short, but keeping the game so close against one of the league's premier teams was extremely impressive. 14 - 37 Next came 4-1 Seattle, and as evidenced by the score this wasn't quite as close, the Frenzy still had some impressive moments. Rookie Will Hemakeit made two impressive plays to take a 14-13 2nd quarter lead. The Frenzy would be held scoreless from that point on, but the 1st half proved they could hang with the league's elite like Seattle. What's Next? This week may have proved that the season won't be such smooth sailing as it was in the game against L.A., but the future is still full of hope. Close games and impressive individual performances against these 3 top tier teams show the Frenzy have a roster that will be competitive in no time. And it seems that group of young guys is committed to making that possibility reality, as the Frenzy recently signed QB Handsome Jack and TE Jan Itor to extensions. The players are young, talented, and hungry - and that's a recipe to bring these bad times to an end.
  2. Will the Carnage vs Generals game have over or under 691 yards of total offense? Under Which running back will have the most EFCA rushin yards in week 5 - Fred Flinstone, Khalil Carson, or Levi Lattimore? Flintstone Which EFCA team will score the most points in week 5? Hades Creek Will the total ECFA passing yards for week 5 be - below 2,050 yards, between and including 2,050 and 2,250 yards, or over 2,250 yards? Over What ECFA receiver will lead the country for the season in receiving after week 5? Lasley Will there be over or under 283 points scored in week 5 of the EFL? Over Which EFL passer will put up the most passing yards in week 5 of the EFL? Renomitsu In the Kracken vs Wolfpack game, which player of these 3 will have the most tackles - Amina Gunner, Baker Blade, or Mum-O Killowe? Gunner Will the Miami Neptune have a better, worse, or the same record as the San Francisco Frenzy at the end of week 5? Better Will Johnny Gregg make over or unerd 2 field goals in Wisconsin's week 5 game vs Toronto? Over
  3. Hades Creek and Trenton hopefully going to stay undefeated
  4. The San Francisco Star: Frenzy Earn First Win Expansion isn't supposed to be easy. Success usually first comes at the culmination of years of development, transactions, and of course, losing. The San Francisco Frenzy and the group of young talent they've assembled aren't here to lose, however, and are desperate to prove themselves as an exception to that rule. While it's far too early to claim the Frenzy as a legitimate playoff threat or anything similar, last night's game was a shining ray of hope. After a disappointing week 1 loss to a mediocre at best Denver Steam team, the Frenzy found themselves matched up with a familiar foe - the L.A. Reign. A 2 point heartbreaker preseason loss had the Frenzy thirsty for revenge, and by the end of the 60 minute game, they definitely earned it. LOS ANGELES REIGN (0-1) @ SAN FRANCISCO FRENZY (0-1) First Quarter The Frenzy ended up winning the opening period 6-0, but that score barely tells the story of a back and forth match. After a quick start in the passing game, the Reign's first drive came to a sudden halt after Nick Vandal came through with a clutch tackle to force a turnover on downs. Despite this stop, it seemed the Frenzy remained simply outmatched. Their first go at it took them nowhere, and after punting the ball the Reign simply continued their march down the field. Just like alway, the team had too much fight. Hannah-Bell Lecter nabbed a tremendous interception, and now it was SF in control. Lecter shows off his interception They held onto the momentum to knock down two quick field goals before the break. Setbacks came, including a sack taken by QB Handsome Jack, but at the end of the day the team managed to put some points up on the board. Second Quarter Just when things started looking up, they came crashing right down. A slow start to the quarter by both teams took a turn for the worse when Jack was picked off and gave the Reign fantastic field position. They took full advantage, and after some big passes, the enemy had the first touchdown of the game. Jack watches as his throw is picked off The rest of the quarter was a defensive fight, and neither team could gain the edge. A couple punts traded back and forth brought the game to halftime, but the damage had been done. The Frenzy had dug themselves a hole, and would have to do their best to get out. Third Quarter Whereas the first half had consisted of one quarter dominated by each team, the third brought some actual back and forth football. Problem is - back and forth won't cut it while down 1. Big throws downfield from Jack to TJ Hendrix move the Frenzy quickly up field. They needed to actually finish the drive this time - with a trip to the end zone rather than a field goal. A 11 yard dart from Jack to top receiver Matty Thomas got the job done just fine, and the Frenzy regained the lead. Jack and Thomas celebrate in the end zone It appears the Frenzy let their guard down after taking a lead, and the Reign were happy to abuse this mistake. Griffintown came right back at them with a 44 yard catch, and suddenly the Frenzy's new lead was back in jeopardy. Marcus Briscoe managed to take a short pass in for a touchdown and the Reign remained up 1 as the third quarter buzzer sounded. Fourth Quarter After trading punts back and forth, the Frenzy finally started to get something going, with Handsome Jack marching the team down the field. A 30 yard throw to Matty Thomas moved them into the red zone. After a great connection in the last quarter, the duo got the job done once again. Jack to Thomas was the story of last night's game, and it might just be the story of the Frenzy's offense for years to come. The problem? They'd left time on the clock. Several big passes put the Frenzy on their heels, until Steven Stiffland came clutch with a forced fumble and the recovery. Stiffland emerges from the pile with the fumble The Frenzy had the ball and the lead, and the clock read just two minutes remaining. Rookie Will Hemakeit would run out the clock, and that was it. The Frenzy had completed what few expected. The team showed enough to make viewers think that more wins are to come, but there's nothing like the first. San Francisco may have had to wait to finally get a team, but luckily it seems that they've gotten a great one. Jack, Thomas, and Hemakeit is a trio that will rip apart defenses for seasons to come, while Stiffland does his best to get those guys the ball back quickly. One win might only be the start, but better early than never. Frenzy celebrate as time expires
  5. Monday ECFA Week 3 Rangers @ Phalanx Tuesday EFL Week 3 Wolfpack @ Frenzy Wednesday ECFA Week 4 Mammoths @ Growlers Thursday EFL Week 4 Herd @ Mambas Friday ECFA Week 5 Storm @ Mammoths Friday EFL Week 5 Reign @ Steam
  6. Coaching Changes for Both Anigbogu and Lasley With the offseason inevitable comes big changes, and for EFCA stars Terren Lasley and Ziaire Anigbogu this time was no exception. Both of their respective teams, Hades Creek and Trenton, underwent massive coaching changes. To better understand a player's mentality when a new coach comes in, we spoke with both of them to hear their thoughts. Terren: "The coaching swap definitely came a bit unexpected to me, but I was super relieved to hear that Coach Shark was still going to stick around in just a slightly reduced role. Shark is maybe the best coach that's ever coached, so while it was of course upsetting, I'm still excited to see what we can do this season. Our new coach has tons of experience and can definitely take us all the way, we just have to buy into his system. Luckily, we do still have him and Shark on board in a joint role, and I think with two of the best EFCA minds this is going to be our best chance yet. I've been working on my game to hopefully play up to standards this season, so the changes don't worry me too much. HCP will be fine like usual." Ziaire: "The news that Cody was going to depart definitely felt bad - he was the only coach who gave me a chance to play for their team after all - but I can't honestly say it was unexpected. It was quite clear that he was losing his passion for the game and other more important issues made it hard for him to keep focused. I'm still grateful for what he offered me, but I really do think the change was for the best of both parties. In return, we got an awesome new guy in Spartan. He's already using his energy to turn the team's spirits around, and I think we can actually bounce back after a disastrous last season."
  7. QB - Staubach (6) RB - Kevin Wu (4) RB - Tomas Kacer (2) WR - Alastair Lynch (6) WR - Daniel Johannessen (2) TE - Rex Lehman (2) K - Lucas Brandt (3) DEF - Pirates (5)
  8. Champion: Memphis East Finalist: Memphis West Finalist: New Orleans MVP: Tugg Bote Award: Teppei OPotY: Trey Masters Award: LaFleur DPotY: Chocolate Thunder Award: Forg QB: Martin Isaac Award: Carswell RB: Marcus Johnson Award: Cooper FB: Vestards Mordzinsh Jr. Award: Jakobsen WR: Colt Cream Award: Kelley TE: Joplo Crittenden Award: Griffintown LB: Marcus Holloway Award: Kelley CB: Ivan Zamora Award: Archer S: Ray Ray Foster Award: Boxcar K: Bryce Larkin Award: Smith KR: DeAnderson Sabathia Jr. Award: The Field Off Rookie: Hunter Slade Award: ManCheetah Def Rookie: Ben Faeger Award: Aardvark GM: Wheaties Memorial: Nyko ECFA Predictions Champion: Hades Creek Heroes Finalist: Athens Legends Finalist: Hades Creek Heisman Trophy - MVP: Carson Leonard Lawson Award - Defensive Player OTY: Line Backer Drew McPewPewPew Award - Offensive Player OTY: Carson Lance Swift IV Award - Top Offensive Freshman: The Field Shaka Lawal Award - Top Defensive Freshman: The Field QB: Teppei Renomitsu Award: Staubach RB: Gale Grey Award: Carson WR: Patrick Kelley Award: Markstrom TE: Fahk-Nahd Memorial Award: Bumberpuff FB: Thormund Jakobsen Award: Hopkins LB: Clinton King Award: Line Backer CB: Lester McCorn Award: Necomer S: Noah Jacobs Award: Crittenden K: Dianna Gunner Award: New Player KR: Nydroj-Abbot Award: Carson Wuerffel Trophy - Community Service : Renomistu Coach of the Year Award - AD: Sharkstrong/Wally
  9. Username: ngine4 QB: Gavin Rose ($6) RB: Apollo King ($3) WR: Asahel ($4) WR: Henry McDolin ($4) WR: Jadeveon Pierre-Creek ($1) FLEX: Oscar Jebaseelan ($5) TE: Ay Pee E (3) K: Kicker McKicking ($2) DST: NY ($2)
  10. How Good I Assume Each EFL Team Is So basically, I'm an EFL noob. I've only ever played in the NCAA/EFCA, and even then I know very little about the other college teams. I don't think I've ever looked at an EFL standings page before, I'm not sure which EFL teams are the expansion ones (besides SF as I am their beat writer now), and I couldn't name one EFL player outside of maybe a couple recent draftees. So, I figured it was a great idea to talk about something I don't know anything about. These rankings will be purely based on team names, logos, and things I have heard (or think I have heard) about them. 12. The San Francisco Frenzy Basically, the Frenzy are really the only team I have somewhat of a clue where they might place. I know they're a new expansion team, and when I was writing my beat article I did look at their EFLO players page. In short, it's not good, and I don't expect them to be good. I did consider ranking them higher because shark and I know Shark is the goat, but Shark doesn't seem to be affiliated with this team in anyway. 11. Denver Steam I mean come on. The Steam??? From Denver??? Is the logo a train? Like I honestly think it's cool, but I can't seriously make myself think that a team called the Steam is actually good. I really don't have a single other basis, but come on, I think that's pretty solid reasoning. 10. New Orleans Krakens I'm not a big fan of green in general, so maybe this is just personal preference. But among all the greens, I feel like this logo truly manages to pick the ugliest greens. Like every single one. If they're this bad at picking the best greens, I can only assume they don't pick the best players/ 9. Toronto Skyhawks Honestly this article is kinda harder than I expected it to be. Who knew that looking randomly at names and trying to rank on performance wasn't a good idea. The two best reasons I can think of on why my brain decided on Toronto at 9th is because I know they don't football like that in Canada and the team reminds me too much of the Thunderbirds (SBA) who aren't good right now. 8. Miami Neptune First off, if that's not the Neptune I apologize, it's the closes thing I could see as being their logo. Anyways, as I mentioned in the last part I'm running out of ideas so Neptune are 8th because I think that's where the planet ranks in our solar system. If I'm wrong well oops and if I'm correct I'm such a hilarious guy aren't I. 7. Seattle Predators Just not a big fan of the logo, if I'm being honest. The colors are kinda weird and I feel like he's shaped weird. It looks kind of faded too. 6. Memphis Mambas Not sure how I scrolled past this thing so many times while I was looking through the logos page, but somehow I glossed over this thing multiple times. Whatever it is, I don't like it. I kind of liked the Memphis Mambas name, but this one is just kinda yuck. Anyways I'm getting kind of bored and I hit like 500 words so the top 5 are: 5th - Brigade (only made it this far because I didn't notice their logo at the top of the page until now) 4th - Herd (Herd in SBDL are solid so I assume these guys are too) 3rd - Wolfpack (like everything about the team name and stuff but the wolf looks more like a nice dog trying to look mean and that stops them from being top 2) 2nd - Frontier (I can't even say that I like that logo, but it's so much going on I just know the team owner is crazy. And a crazy team owner probably got deep pockets and just buys good players) 1st - Reign (the name tells me they should be the best, they're in LA so bonus points from me, and Lions are cool)
  11. The San Francisco Star: A Look at Frenzy's Newest Addition EFL fans around the globe huddled together last night to watch the Season 21 Draft take place, eager with anticipation to see which of football's brightest young stars would join their team. Rumors of a night filled with trades and surprise picks were all but surpassed, with transaction after transaction shaking up the EFL world. But for our new expansion team, the Frenzy, one moment in particular shines the brightest. As a new expansion team, the Frenzy are desperate for talent wherever they can find it. And this Athens Carnage product is pure, raw talent. Will Hemakeit will be a day one impact player for the Frenzy, and there's a lot of reasons to believe Hemakeit was a steal, even this early into the draft. EFCA Champion. 1951 yards. 17 touchdowns. 5.8 yards per carry. That's just a small list of what makes Hemakeit such a special player. The best part of it all? That's a work in progress, and get ready to see that grow. He's entering an incredible situation for him in San Francisco, as he'll be given the tools to excel as early as his first game. He's already the clear cut starting running back for the team, and with the squad's overall lackluster passing attack he'll surely rack up tons of carries. Getting the ball is the only thing Hemakeit needs to shine. Once it's in his hands, the tape tells the rest of the story. He's an option in the passing game, with solid hands for a running back. He's not the strongest runner out there, but he's got just enough muscle to punish defenders who dare step in his path to the end zone. And we haven't even gotten to the best parts of his game yet. He's got fantastic agility, with the ability to make sharp, quick cuts and leave defenders looking lost. The funny part? He rarely even needs to utilize his ability to make defenders miss, as they never even get a chance when he's 20 yards out in the blink of an eye. Good luck catching Hemakeit in the open field. Overall? Frenzy fans couldn't be happier with this pick, and it's easy to see the root of all this excitement. Hemakeit is going to be a star in this league for a long time, and all of us in the bay are happy to see him do it with us. Expansion teams never get it easy, but there's not many better ways to start than with a talent at the level of Hemakeit. @Lefty_S
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