Please remember that these predictions are meaningless, and are meant to be for entertainment purposes only. It looks like Mr. Predictor may have changed his name and it appears we have a tag team prediction for each game this year, which looks to give everyone two different views from what sounds like two very knowledgeable, well informed GEFA advocates. We will see if the name change allows for a better prediction record this year or if the new guy knows his stuff. Good luck to all teams this year!
Valley #1 Cyclones (11-0) VS Mountain #1 Tomahawks (12-0)
Gabe Logan: After months of waiting, we will get round 2 of the Tomahawks and Cyclones this year for the GEFA championship. The Cyclones are looking to repeat after running through the league with little to no resistance all season. The Tomahawks had to claw their way past the Hitmen in a back in forth brawl that went 4 quarters. Many will ask what has changed since last year’s matchup that went heavily in favor of the Cyclones. I think both teams have gotten better. The Cyclones picked up even more pieces and returned all of their championship players from the year before. The Tomahawks come into this matchup with far more depth and are going to have a handful of healthy players that were out for last year’s game. But even with that being said, the Cyclones have had zero resistance on their way to their 4th straight Keystone bowl. So much so it’s almost scary to think we most likely will have a repeat of last year’s blow out game, if not even worse. To their credit, the Tomahawks have come a long way the past few years and feel this is their best chance to battle a Cyclone team that the league has yet to challenge. The offense will need to score points to keep pace with Medina and the Cyclone offense that does not stall. Defensively, it’s going to be interesting to see if the Tomahawks can get stops, or even force turnovers to try to keep the Cyclone offense on the sideline. But, with 3 years’ experience prior to this game, the Cyclones have a ton of big game experience and I can assure you that they will not stall on the biggest stage of the year. This match up almost reminds me of the 2013 Sharks and Seminoles game. The Sharks were so overly dominant that year that they were a clear-cut favorite by everyone in the league. But the Seminoles put together a game plan, made some plays on special teams, and did enough defensively to sneak out a Keystone Bowl win. The Tomahawks will make plays, its almost absurd to overlook the talent that team has. But, just on paper, and statistically, I cannot pick against Mount Joy. The amount of depth and playmakers they have at every single position on the field, along with the league’s best player at QB just makes them an over whelming favorite against any team in this situation. It’s going to take a monumental effort for the Tomahawks to keep this one a ball game. In the end, Mt Joy will be too much, too well coached, and too talented for 4 quarters.
Cyclones 68 – Tomahawks 28
Mr. Predictor: This rematch has been talked about since the end of last year’s 72-30 Cyclones win over the Tomahawks. Mount Joy looks to defend their title after coming off a rather convincing win over the Shock as Mifflin County seeks their first title as they came off a hard-fought victory over the Hitmen. It looked as if we were going to have a part two of Hitmen and Cyclones but the Tomahawks came out swinging in the 2nd half and made Flemming disappear off an alleged “injury”. This will be a tough battle for the Tomahawks, but nothing is impossible. If they can contain Medina, then they will have a legit chance on coming out victorious. The Tomahawks were able to stop the one man show in Flemming, so maybe they can think of ways to stop Medina as well. Lashawn needs to have a very precise game and can’t make any mistakes against this very tough Cyclones defense. This will be Mifflin County’s first tough test of the season and with every test comes with a grade. I’m going to give Mifflin County a D+ while the Cyclones get an A-.
Cyclones 72 – Tomahawks 27
Valley #3 Shock (6-3) VS Valley #1 Cyclones (9-0)
Gabe Logan: Both teams advanced and will meet again for a chance at Keystone Bowl glory as the Shock defeated the #2 seed Mt Lions and the Cyclones dismantled the Braves last week. The Shock proved they are ready to step up to the plate and go toe to toe now with anyone and have high hopes heading back to Mt Joy. With a new QB this time, and new hope, can the Shock mount any kind of attack to make this a game? I’m willing to bet that this will be slightly closer than their first meeting, a 57-0 shutout week 3. Everything went the Cyclones way and it gives the Shock a lot to think about approaching this weekend. With QB Brock Mitchell at the helm, the Shock offense functions much more precise and could try to give the Cyclones secondary more looks this week. He has a quick release and is very accurate with his throws. He also can move well in the pocket, and his big stature makes him very difficult to take down in the pocket. The defense still has a monumental task ahead, facing a Cyclone offense that is borderline unstoppable. They have so many weapons it’s hard to fathom the Shock being able to contain them. The Shock might find some success on offense, but it will not be enough to drown out the onslaught of points the Cyclones will be able to score on them. The Cyclones will make their way back to their fourth consecutive Keystone Bowl.
Cyclones 68 – Shock 18
Mr. Predictor: The Shock travel to Mount Joy to hopefully shock the world and upset the powerhouse Cyclones. The Cyclones admitted last week that they were caught off guard, so maybe they fall this week. But, when you have a leader like Medina who can get it done in the air and on the ground, it will be hard to lose. Plus, the defense for the Cyclones haven’t even allowed 100 points yet this season. This will have build up to it and the Shock will come out swinging, but will be TKO’d in the first quarter. Cyclones are out to make a statement and they will just do that.
Cyclones 68 – Shock 6
Valley #2 Hitmen (9-1) VS Mountain #1 Tomahawks (10-0)
Gabe Logan: For the second season in a row, the Hitmen and Tomahawks will face off in a semifinal championship game to enter the Keystone Bowl. Hitmen beat a very good Vikings team that was red hot the final month of the regular season, and the Tomahawks advanced past the Predators. Both teams are well coached and deep with talent on both sides of the ball. Coach Kerr will need to utilize his playmakers against a stingy Tomahawk defense that proved to be a problem last year. One of the league’s top duo’s will need to strike early and often. Flemming and Ellis need to continue to be dominant and not shy away from challenging the Tomahawk corners which have racked up 25+ interceptions through 10 games. Likewise, the Tomahawk offense needs to really rack up points in a game that could turn out to be an offensive heavy game. Running back Harry Lowber was dominate the last part of the season and is looking to rebound from a slow start to make his mark on this game. The Hitmen could really pull an upset here if they can force Brown into mistakes, which this year he has been susceptible to. I predicted an upset in the first round and was right. The Hitmen want to make a statement in their 3rd season, and this is their chance.
Hitmen 58 – Tomahawks 56
Mr. Predictor: The Hitmen travel to Mifflin County in hopes to break the undefeated season and give us a rematch against the Cyclones in the championship game. This game will be a high scoring game with limited big plays on the defensive side of the ball. It’s going to be a battle of the QBs and how well the WRs from each team get open. Mifflin County’s offensive front will have a handful containing the Mario Lucien lead defense while the Hitmen’s offensive line will be struggling containing Frazier and his defensive line. This game will be decided late in the night as well as late in the game. This could be the game of the year and hopefully it becomes just that. The Queen B needs to be a leader while the other B’s be the traditional “worker” b’s. Whoever is covering Flemming will have their hands full, but if you shut him down, they have Corrales who has been just as dangerous at times. I’m not a fan of sequels considering how lopsided the first matchup was earlier in the year, but I think we will have part 2 of Hitmen Vs. Cyclones for a first ever, all Valley Keystone bowl.
Hitmen 48 – Tomahawks 36
The 2017 GEFA regular season is officially over and now, it is playoff time! Here are how the predictions from Gabe Logan and Mr. Predictor added up through the regular season:
Gabe Logan: Through all 80 games this season, Gabe finished the season at 60-20, which comes out to a 75% accuracy rating. Only predictor to have a perfect week of predictions.
Mr. Predictor: Through a pathetic prediction of only 56 games this season, Mr. Predictor finished the season at 43-13, which comes out to a 77% accuracy rating.
Although Mr. Predictor has the better accuracy rating on paper, his numbers are void by default due to the fact he was not willing nor able to finish out the season, much like some teams. Let’s see if Gabe Logan can finish out the year on a high note.
Valley #4 Predators (4-5) VS Mountain #1 Tomahawks (10-0)
Gabe Logan: The Predators will travel back to Mifflin County for a first round matchup against a Tomahawk team they played only a few short weeks ago. The Predators did not travel well and put a make shift team together to battle the future Mountain Conference 1 seed. The Predators have fought to get into the playoffs, with a win last weekend over the Outlaws, and look to have a majority of their team back ready to go to war. They will need it, as a 62-0 loss will still linger from their first match up. The Tomahawks dominated from the start of the game and did not look back. Returning QB Mike Bubeck and play maker Matthew Riddick paid dividends last weekend and look to make an impact offensively this week. The defense should have their full secondary back against a Tomahawk passing attack that has yet to be contained. WR Jordan Bell will need drastic attention as he shredded the Predators a few weeks ago. Up front, the Tomahawks gave then QB Brandon McNulty no time to throw and forced multiple turnovers which put the game out of hand quick. Even with more of their squad back, I can’t see this game being close. The Predators have talent, but it will not be able to run with Mifflin County for four quarters come Saturday. This will be a slightly better game, but I expect the same results.
Tomahawks 56 – Predators 13
Valley #3 Shock (6-3) VS Mountain #2 Mt Lions (8-2)
Gabe Logan: Another rematch from the regular season, the Shock will travel back to Dubois to face the 8-2 Mt Lions. A stunner of a game, the Lions squeaked out a win the first time around. They jumped up to a big lead early and the Shock could not overcome the 3-touchdown hole. This game will be played on much better field conditions and the Shock have QB Brock Mitchell ready to roll for this game. Dubois has fought down the stretch to keep home field advantage and it will come into play for them this weekend, forcing the Shock to make the trip across the state. Minus the lag from the car ride down, the Shock should be ready. With a second chance against Dubois, they cannot turn the ball over like they did in the first meeting. The Lions offense is built to be in the lead and with a backfield of backs ready to grind out the clock and wear defenses down. The Shock need to utilize their athletes on the edge better and capitalize offensively. They must be ready for a dog fight up front and if they can play solid against the run, I feel like the Shock have the talent to match up with the Dubois wide outs. Depending on who gets a lead first, this game will play out very differently by the 3rd quarter. If Dubois can get up again and grind this game out, I don’t see the Shock standing a chance into the 3rd quarter or later. If the Shock can strike first and get out to a lead, possibly stay up till the 3rd and 4th quarter making the Dubois passing attack be their main source of offense, I can see the Shock winning this game. Dubois will put together a tough game plan for anyone, but with the craziness of this league, I’m going with an upset here. The Shock will be the first 3 seed in the new playoff format to make it to the 2nd round.
Shock 40 – Mt Lions 32
Mountain #4 Braves (6-4) VS Valley #1 Cyclones (9-0)
Gabe Logan: Credit to the Braves, they overcame a 0-2 record to fight back and take the 4th seed in Mountain. The bad news is they play the reigning 9-0 cyclones that have yet to be in a single competitive game. Mt Joy finished with another perfect season, outscoring their opponents 572-59. That being said, I don’t expect the Braves to pull a Flash from last year and completely come to lose. This is a well-coached team that has playmakers and should look to put up a fight. They feature a solid rushing attack, great special teams play, and have beaten some solid teams on their way to a 6-4 record. It’s going to be tough sledding against the Cyclone front 3 that features a few guys I expect to see in this year’s top 10 list. The Braves will need to be creative in figuring out how to create lanes for RB James Sweeting to get some footing. The Cyclones offense has been unstoppable and there is just too much talent to contain. Left tackle Ryan Contento is the catalyst to big plays wherever he is on film, clearing lanes on screens and helping QB Greg Medina walk into the end zone, untouched most times. The Comanche had no answer for the Cyclones and it’s tough to see the Braves having any better luck. I’m waiting to see what adjustments they make with a years’ worth of film up. To this point, no one has even come close to figuring the Cyclone offense out. I give a lot of credit to the Braves, but I can’t say that this will be a close game. Repeat mode engaged.
Cyclones 70 – Braves 6
Valley #2 Hitmen (8-1) VS Mountain #3 Vikings (6-3)
Gabe Logan: Probably the most intriguing game of the playoffs, the Vikings will make their first postseason berth. The Hitmen will host their 2nd playoff game and look to make their way back to the conference finals for the 2nd straight year. They will have a major task though, as the Vikings are silently one of the scariest teams to deal with in the league. Both teams feature a roster of playmakers and two solid QB’s heading their offenses. Both have defenses that can make plays, so it’s going to come down to a lot of coaching here. Other than the glaring loss from the Cyclones, the Hitmen have been in a league of their own. They have really dominated every game. They feature an offensive duo that is known around the league for frustrating teams in Flemming and Ellis. Seeing how the Vikings defense will choose to play Flemming is going to be interesting. They could do it by committee or attempt to go iso on him and see who has the better athlete. The Vikings defense has a lot of moving parts and that should give them some advantages to letting the Hitmen wide receivers get through their defense at will. On the other side, the Vikings run game has been one of the better units in the league and are anchored by a passing attack that can explode at any moment. Whichever defense can contain the big plays and produce offensively will have the momentum in this game. Maybe special teams will create a big play as well. Regardless, this will be a close game, down to the wire. Hitmen prevail.
Hitmen 45 – Vikings 39
Maniacs (1-7) VS Jaguars (1-8)
Gabe Logan: This is a classic matchup for the ages. Both teams are battling to not finish dead last in the Mountain Conference. The Maniacs, who come into this weekend after another tough loss, and the Jags who have not been competitive since Dubois knocked the life out of their season. One of these teams though must win this game which is the good news. The bad news is these are both year 1 teams that have little to no success in their first season. Benton features a playmaker which will probably be the key difference maker in this matchup. Orin Sykes has been doing it all for the Maniacs and is on his way to being the Maniacs first all-star later this season. The Maniacs need a single score this weekend to eclipse the 100-point mark for the season. The Jags are playing for pride as well and would also like to finish the year with a win. Hosting one of the all-time worst defenses in league history, giving up 441 points thus far this season. The Jags offense also has been borderline nonexistent since their first few weeks of action. But for both teams to come in new and establish a new franchise, it’s good for the league, and hopefully we can see both teams come back next year, stronger, and better.
Maniacs 24 – Jags 13
Predators (3-5) VS Outlaws (2-6)
Gabe Logan: With the final playoff spot in Valley up for grabs this weekend, the Predators almost control their own fate. They hold a head to head tie breaker win over the Comanche, who will play Mt Joy, and considering Mt Joy will handle their business, the Predators just must handle their own. With the Outlaws at hand, that task may not be so easy. The Outlaws shocked a lot of people beating the Tigers last weekend. At this point in the year just about everyone has completely written them off, including myself. But seeing the Predators dwindling numbers on film, it’s hard to say if they will be completely ready to rumble with the Outlaws. The Outlaws are eliminated after a Dubois loss last weekend, but, just maybe, they have enough of a team left to get the job done? The Predators are suffering for a lack of offense, players going both ways, and their special teams is currently very difficult to stomach. There are a couple of teams in the league I think that will be asking for changes after this season, specifically at the head coaching position. The Wildcats are one, and after their loss this weekend, the Predators will be another.
Outlaws 42 – Predators 30
Mt Lions (7-2) VS Phantoms (3-6)
Gabe Logan: Big news from last weekend’s make up games was the rumors of a Dubois loss. You know it’s a big deal when most of the league was in disbelief of the news when it broke. Dubois traveled with low numbers and it finally came back to bite them. But unlike most of the league that is completely in uproar, Dubois had the 2-seed locked, and no matter what, that will not change. So, I’m still trying to figure out what the big deal was. The Phantoms are finishing another season with the Mt Lions and hopefully we do not get a repeat of the 100 something to 12 something game from a few years back. Honestly, I don’t see Dubois first team really taking much of the reps for this game. Even so, the Phantoms are down to their last handful of players. This could turn into another close battle where turnovers could dictate the winner. With a win or a loss, I’m sure Dubois is getting ready to make another run with their first task being the Valley 3 seed. I just don’t think at this point the Phantoms will even have enough to beat the Mt Lions sitting some of their starters.
Mt Lions 30 – Phantoms 12
Braves (5-4) VS Flash (4-5)
Gabe Logan: The league’s first unofficial playoff game will go down with the Braves and Flash. The winner will go on to the post-season and represent the Mountain Conference as its 4th seed. Flash beat the Maniacs to keep their chances alive last weekend, and look to have returned a few key starters. QB Matt Mazzarra was back and got the offense back on track. Both teams like to run the ball behind an imposing offensive line, so seemingly Sweeting and Dodson will get a lot of touches this week and will need to grind out yards to get their team in a position to win this game. The Braves returned their QB as well and hope that he will spark the passing game this weekend. Tri-Towns defense has been noticeably better since their first month of the season and are opportunistic causing turnovers. The Flash defense is also stout when healthy. They feature a strong edge rush and are very good against the run. Turnovers are going to be a huge factor into deciding a winner this week. The Braves special teams has come through for them all season and in tough games, such as against the Vikings, they proved to be the difference. With a win this weekend, the Braves will clinch and get their first post-season berth since the 2014 season.
Braves 28 – Flash 20
Tigers (2-6) VS Shock (5-3)
Gabe Logan: Tigers and Shock are finishing their 2017 seasons on two sides of the playoff fence. The Tigers will miss the post-season again, and the Shock are the Valley’s 3 seed. The Shock shouldn’t need to play their first squad much in preparation for their trip back to Dubois in a week or so. This is more or less a tune up game for the Shock to make sure they are hitting their stride. With a lot of momentum, this Shock team could be poised to upset a few teams in the next couple of weeks. They suffered a close loss to the Mt Lions earlier this year and I’m sure they have not forgotten. This week, I can see QB Brock Mitchell getting a few drives, getting the game in hand, and stepping out. The Tigers hopefully will finish the season on a strong note and try to get a win. Their future is in limbo with a bunch of off the field issues and low numbers. In their 3rd season, it’s disappointing that the Tigers have yet to make it to the post-season. The Shock should still squeak out a win this week on their way to playoffs the following weekend.
Shock 34 – Tigers 21
Cyclones (8-0) VS Comanche (4-4)
Gabe Logan: A game that is slowly brewing some bad blood between the two teams, the Comanche are playing for playoff survival. Coming off a huge win against Dubois, the Comanche remain a game up on the Predators. The Comanche win this weekend and they eliminate the Predators; a loss and a Predators win, the Preds will then take the 4 seed for Valley. The Cyclones have clinched the 1 seed and were probably on deck to rest most their starters. But after seeing some of the recent talk online, it’s hard to say they will do that now. The Cyclones are eyeing up yet another undefeated season on their way to hosting the Mountain 4 seed in the upcoming week. They have been completely dominant all season and I don’t think they will go easy on the Comanche this weekend either. I think the league would rather see the Comanche represent Valley as its 4th seed, but when it’s all said and done, the odds are still against them. The Cyclones roll in this one.
Cyclones 68 – Comanche 6
Hitmen (7-1) VS Warriors (3-5)
Gabe Logan: The Hitmen will finish their season with the Warriors who have been playing extremely well as of late. The Hitmen have been rolling the past month and are set to represent the Valley as its 2 seed with a matchup against the Vikings. The Warriors were some peoples favorite to get the 4th seed, but opened the season with a bunch of losses that would later come back to haunt them. It’s a shame too. This is a very good squad that basically has worked itself into a very functional group. The offense has finally started to produce, and the defense and special teams is doing its part. Even after being eliminated last weekend, the Warriors have a job to do. The Hitmen game plan should be to get a win and make sure everyone stays healthy for a tough game next week. I know the Warriors had some choice words for the league after seeing they are only sending two players to this year’s all-star clash. Well, lucky for them, this is a perfect game for the league to see that the Warriors have a lot more talent than their record indicates. Unfortunately, in the end, they are who we thought they were.
Hitmen 49 – Warriors 19
Tomahawks (9-0) VS Wildcats (2-7)
Gabe Logan: The Tomahawks and Wildcats were supposed to be meeting in a week 10 show down to decide the fate of the Mountain conference. Instead what we get is a Tomahawks team that has clinched the 1 seed and most likely will rest most of their starters against a Wildcats team that has won 2 games all season. What a disappointment. In my time in this league, I’m not sure if any team has ever been as hyped as the 2017 Wildcats team while under performing so badly. The Wildcats are looking to scrape together enough to travel down to Mifflin County and try to put up a fight. With a few good men left, the Wildcats are showing they still have some fight. But under the lights in Mifflin county will most likely be the Wildcats super bowl, as they have no chance at a post season. The Tomahawks look to finish the season undefeated for the first time in team history. They have put together an impressive run and hope to sustain this effort into the playoffs. I look for the Wildcats to come and go out swinging. They have a core that hopefully can rebuild for the future. The Tomahawks just need to get out of this game like the rest of the playoff teams, healthy. Look for an interesting game, but the Tomahawks prevail.
Tomahawks 30 – Wildcats 19
Flash (3-5) VS Maniacs (1-6)
Gabe Logan: Life continues to get harder for Flash Nation as they fell again last weekend, dropping them to 3-5 on the season. Now almost 2 games behind the 4th seed, the Flash have to win out to advance. Suffering majorly from injuries, they are currently looking to find someone to throw the ball down field. And with little hope left, I can’t see anyone stepping up to fill that need. The run game is still churning out yards. But with no threat of a passing attack, teams are literally putting 7 In the box. The Maniacs are trying to get a win before their first season comes to an end. As a first-year team, it has been a rough outing for most of their season. Opening with a win, it has to leave a bitter taste in their mouths going on a 6-game losing streak. They play hard and with purpose, even late into the season, but as much as they would love to get their 2nd win, I still think the Flash will have enough to barely inch out a win to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. The defense will make enough plays against the worst scoring offense in the league. Hopefully they can start getting some of their injured players back on the field and possibly turn week 10 into an early playoff game against Tri-Town.
Flash 19 – Maniacs 16
Tigers (2-5) VS Outlaws (1-6)
Gabe Logan: Tigers and Outlaws come into week 9.5 both fighting for a 4th seed in Valley that no one seems to want. The Predators have it by default and will end their season against the Outlaws. The Tigers have 2 remaining games and if they can get some help, they could sneak in at the 4 by winning out and having the Predators lose week 10. The Comanche are 1 win away from almost clinching, but that is going to be subject to opinion, as they play Dubois this week and finish their season against Mt Joy. So, who will win this game, giving them a glimmer of hope? The Outlaws couldn’t get it done last weekend which would have put them in the driver seat to control their own fate. The Tigers got bounced by the super Cyclones and look to return their QB this week to hopefully mount some offense. With the loser officially eliminated from the postseason, the Tigers and Outlaws have their postseasons start a few weeks early. But the Tigers will do just enough to potentially sneak into the playoffs this year.
Tigers 24 – Outlaws 20
Comanche (3-4) VS Mt Lions (7-1)
Gabe Logan: The final game of the three for Memorial Day weekend is the Comanche looking to upset the Mountain Lions. Dubois has clinched the 2 seed in the Mountain conference and are looking to continue to build momentum into the playoffs. The Comanche are fighting for their lives at this point and are in need of a win to stay the 4 seed in Valley. After losing to the Tigers, this team is now 3-4 and with Mt Joy next weekend, they must win one of the next two games to have a chance. This late in the season, the Comanche play has suffered on both sides of the ball and they suffered a very bad loss last weekend to the Hitmen. They have nothing working on offense and they are going to need to generate points playing the Mt Lions, who themselves at times have had issues offensively. The Mt Lions defense has played well. They are still a very solid unit and have kept Dubois in the win column in close games. If Dubois can establish their run game early and keep the chains moving, they will win this game. Comanche have one hope and that’s to completely sell out against the run at all cost and force Dubois to challenge them on the outside. The Dubois WR’s have been winning these match ups consistently the past few weeks though, which is why I’m going with them to get this win.
Mt Lions 40 – Comanche 15
Mt Lions (6-1) VS Wildcats (2-6)
Gabe Logan: The Mt Lions are on their way to another playoff run behind a 6-1 record chalked full of hard nose victories. The Wildcats have almost all but officially been eliminated and are currently playing week to week with a patchwork roster. Even with that said, they managed to go to Benton and pick up a victory last weekend. They will travel to Dubois where the Mt Lions will look to get up early and stay up, as the Wildcat numbers dwindle. With a win last weekend against the Flash, I believe the Mt Lions have secured the 2 spot, holding tie breakers over the Vikings and Braves. I would look for Dubois to rest a lot of starters by half time and make sure that this team is geared up to potentially face the Valley 3 seed which will be a tough game. The Wildcats are playing for pride, and with several key starters lost to injury or other, it’s hard to say what kind of team and effort we will see from them this weekend. When it’s all said and done, this Wildcat defense will be known as one of the all-time worst in GEFA history.
Mt Lions 55 – Wildcats 12
Mr. Predictor: We saw last week that the Mt. Lions are still a force to not be taken lightly as they potentially killed the playoff hopes of the Flash by winning in a blowout and possibly locking in the #2 seed. The Wildcats battled with Benton as they played for bragging rights over one another, with the Wildcats picking up their 2nd win on the season. I don’t expect this game to be a close one towards the end of the game, but I can see the Wildcats coming out swinging in hopes to cause the Mt. Lions to sweat over the 2 seed a little bit. I don’t see Shaffer and Warner doing much this game as the Mt. Lions come away victorious.
Mt. Lions 52 – Wildcats 23
Jaguars (1-7) VS Vikings (5-3)
Gabe Logan: The Vikings will finish their season against the Jaguars this weekend. Coming in off a tough loss against the Tomahawks, there are a lot of positives you can take from that game if you are the Vikings. They went into one of the toughest places to play in the league under the lights, and put up a battle till the very end. As a potential 3 seed, this is a very dangerous team that the Valley teams will really need to start paying attention to. With a monstrous roster, they have the numbers to go toe to toe with anyone at this point in the season. The Vikings need to get a steady lead till half, and then start to get some of their depth players good time in the 2nd half to get ready for a playoff run. A win this weekend really puts them in a solid position for the 3 seed, but can the Jag’s sneak one out here? Absolutely not, let’s be real.
Vikings 67 – Jags 6
Mr. Predictor: The Vikings came off a tough loss last week as the mighty Viking boat showed up, but as the game went on, they ended up leaving with 25+ players on a canoe, which inevitably ended up sinking. The game itself was a close one up until late in the first half and then those Killer B’s showed why they are now 8-0. The Jags continued their sour season as they fell to the Braves. In order for the Vikings to stay locked in at #3 and potentially move to #2, they need to bounce back and come away with a win. I have a feeling that is exactly what they are going to do. I don’t think Scott will be on his back much this game as he was last.
Vikings 58 – Jags 6
Maniacs (1-5) VS Braves (4-4)
Gabe Logan: The Maniacs and Braves are set to meet for the first time and both have reasons to continue to battle; the Braves to ensure their playoff hopes stay alive, the Maniacs to continue to build momentum into 2018. That being said, I don’t think this will be a borderline bye-week for them like the other games above. The Maniacs are still bringing it every week. The Braves running attack is back in full force with James Sweeting and Eric Stroup. The Maniacs scoring offense, however, is dead last in the league with 76 points on the entire season. They may not crack 100 points for the entire year. I just can’t see the Braves falling victim to the Maniacs and adding to that score count. At this point, Tri-Town is in the driver seat to one of the best, one-season turn arounds I’ve ever seen in this league and should have the 4th seed wrapped up after this weekend.
Braves 34 – Maniacs 12
Mr. Predictor: The Braves kept their play-off hopes alive while the Maniacs battled to the end suffering a tough loss. I’m not totally counting the Maniacs out this game, but I’m not confident they will win either. The Braves are a sold .500 teams while Benton plays with a chip on their shoulder. I wish Benton would have won a few more games this year to make this a good matchup in the standings. I see the Braves winning in a close one.
Braves 43 – Maniacs 32
Phantoms (2-6) VS Flash (3-4)
Gabe Logan: This is a critical weekend for State College as they will travel to play the Phantoms. The Phantoms started the season with high hopes, signing a ton of big name impact players, and have since dropped out of the playoff picture and their numbers have dropped almost in half. The Flash are having trouble keeping their players healthy. In the past two weeks, they have lost almost 6 or more starters to injuries and their reserves are running thin. Now on their 4th QB, the Flash must get a win this weekend to keep pace for a week 10 showdown with Tri-Town. Their offense completely stalled against Dubois, amounting in only a handful of first downs. Same could be said about the Phantoms, which were held completely scoreless against Mt Joy. This could be one of the more low scoring games this season. The Phantoms have a new QB at the helm, and in his first start against probably the best overall defense in the league, tried to stay poised under an incredible pass rush. He missed some throws but he was making the correct looks. I wouldn’t be surprised if he fairs much better this weekend and even puts some points up. It’s going to be a very ugly game offensively, but when it comes down to it, the Phantoms will end the Flash season early.
Phantoms 19 – Flash 13
Mr. Predictor: The stars were aligned and the ball was in the Flash’s court. Unfortunately, those stars weren’t bright enough and the ball was a little flat as they got crushed by the #2 seed and all but lost play-off hopes. The Phantoms lost in a close one, as they fell to 2-6, losing to the Cyclones 83-0. The Flash are looking to beat somebody up this week and this Phantom team now knows this, so let’s hope they come with gloves on and give us a good game. However, I don’t see that happening. The Flash will get that bolt back this week as they are winning.
Flash 46 – Phantoms 18
Outlaws (1-5) VS Warriors (2-5)
Gabe Logan: Outlaws and Warriors will meet up in a surprising battle for playoff hopes to survive. The Outlaws still have the Predators and Tigers on their schedule; could the Outlaws win out and get to the 4th seed? Well, looking ahead, the Comanche finish their season with a brutal 3 game stretch. Could this turn into a play in game for both teams? That starts with the Warriors, who in their own right, are playing to finish out the season on a high note. This is a solid 2nd year team looking to continue to build for 2018. Both teams come into this game with question marks at the quarter back position and defensively, both have struggled all year. I think right now the Warriors are the more complete team, but have almost no shot at playoffs. But at what point do teams take pride in playing spoiler? This is the Warriors chance and with the Outlaws struggling late, I’m giving the nod to the Warriors.
Warriors 29 – Outlaws 22
Mr. Predictor: Let’s be real here, both teams realistically didn’t show up last week and put up 0 points. It’s a tough thing to say this late in the season and having two teams playing for nothing, we can only hope this is an exciting high scoring game with a lot of heart out there. Stockton will take over this game while Jarvis will struggle a little bit.
Warriors 36 – Outlaws 27
Comanche (3-3) VS Hitmen (6-1)
Gabe Logan: The Hitmen are on a tear since their loss to Mt Joy. I don’t think they will take the Comanche lightly. The Comanche currently sit in the 4th spot, but finish the season with a brutal schedule. After the 6-1 Hitmen, they will make up a Memorial Day weekend game against Dubois, before facing Mt Joy. The Comanche have to win at least 1 of these 3 games to stand a chance for the postseason. They will need a lot of plays from their offense which can produce points, but this season they have not been able to thrive against some of the better defenses. The Hitmen look to lock them down after punishing the Predators last weekend. This team is physical and will look to force turnovers all game. The Hitmen rushing attack is starting to spark behind a couple of big backs, and the passing game has been sharp all season. A win this weekend will almost secure a first round home game and allow them to coast into the postseason to heal up. The Comanche season isn’t over, but this game will not go their way.
Hitmen 48 – Comanche 20
Mr. Predictor: The Comanche struggled last week as they potentially lost all chances at making the playoffs by losing to the Tigers. The Hitmen rolled past the Predators in a big win last week. Brandon Ellis will continue his dominance this week as Dennis Odom will need a miracle to pull off the upset. The Comanche are a good team and need to win this week to stay alive for some extra games, but unfortunately the Hitmen are a bit better this year.
Hitmen 63 – Comanche 24
Cyclones (7-0) VS Tigers (2-4)
Gabe Logan: Mt. Joy will host the Tigers this weekend for their first meeting in GEFA action. Cyclones bring a 7-0 record, while the Tigers are still clawing their way out of the bottom of the Valley Conference. After a win last weekend against a heavily favored Comanche team, we will pose the magic question: Do the Tigers stand a chance? Well, they do have a scrappy team, full of solid athletes that seem to be on the verge of turning the corner. They have been competitive in a lot of games and when you sleep on them, it looks as though they will show up and sneak out wins. Problem is, they are playing a team with zero weaknesses and dominate in every aspect of their games every week. I think the Tigers could sneak a TD on the board, maybe two if the Cyclones decide to start subbing after the half. But beyond that, this will turn into another Mt. Joy blowout game.
Cyclones 68 – Tigers 12
Mr. Predictor: The Tigers pulled the upset last week in possibly crushing the Comanche’s chances for the play-offs while the Cyclones escaped with a close win over the Phantoms. Will the Tigers pull the upset again this week? Nope.
Cyclones 67 – Tigers 6
Tomahawks (8-0) VS Predators (3-4)
Gabe Logan: To finish out this week, the Predators will travel to take on the Tomahawks under the lights at 7pm. The Predators did not fare well at the hands of the Hitmen, who dismantled them by halftime. McNulty is down to his last few men to finish the season, and it’s a shame that for a home game they could only manage to show up with 13 players. The Hitmen clearly did not care so they put up 82 points last weekend. To the Mountain side of things, the Tomahawks win here, and they will have the #1 seed locked. So I’m not sure how they will approach this game, but like a few others I have mentioned, by half time, we could see a lot of personnel changes for the Tomahawks. Also, we have the issue of how well the Predators will travel, especially seeing as they are going to play a team like the Tomahawks. I don’t think this one will get as ugly as last weekend, but it’s going to be a very rough ride back home for the Predators.
Tomahawks 61 – Predators 0
Mr. Predictor: We had 4 blowout wins last week, with argument for 5 or 6 depending on what your requirements are that constitutes a blow-out. I expected the Predators to fight a little bit more last week, but they are one of the teams that got blown out and falling out of the play-off picture. The Tomahawks continued their dominance as they had one of the iffy “blow-out” games, sinking the khaki colored boat in a battle from start to finish. From watching film, I’m noticing a lot of INTs from the “Queen” B, so maybe this game will get him back on track and be able to get a good amount of rest late in the 3rd into the 4th as they host the Predators under the lights. If my math is correct, which 99% of the time it is, the Tomahawks proved the haters wrong, including myself, and secured the #1 seed for this year. I see the dominance continuing this week as this will be another Killer B lead win with minimal help from the defense.
Tomahawks 68 – Predators 6
Flash (3-3) VS Mt Lions (5-1)
Gabe Logan: The Flash and Mt Lions both come into week 8 after hard fought games. Flash lost to the Hitmen and really needed to reel in a victory last weekend. With some injuries coming into this game, this could be a bad week to take on the 5-1 Mt Lions. Dubois pulled off a win against a tough Shock team and are consistently finding ways to win close games. Flash will host Dubois in what is set to be a very physical game. Flash have been in a tough game every week and currently are fighting to stay a game ahead of the Braves who are charging for the 4 seed. With injuries to multiple positions across the offense, including QB, the Flash need to find a game plan for a very good Dubois defense. The Mt Lions have had their own struggles offensively, but are finding ways to win games. QB by committee is hit or miss, but the outstanding defensive play they are getting is keeping them a contender. Nick Sipes is on a tear, leading the league in tackles and with the veteran presence on offense, they seem to be doing enough to secure the 2 seed in the next couple games. With a head to head win over the Vikings, Dubois is 2 games away from clinching the 2 seed, and need the Tomahawks to drop 2 of their next 3 games to make a run for the 1 seed. Home field is almost clinched, and for the Flash, a loss here could set up a week 10 showdown with the Braves. Win and get in.
Mt Lions 30 – Flash 21
Mr. Predictor: This game is a must win for the Flash if they want to make it to the playoffs. The Flash pretty much need to win out in order to make it interesting. They had a tough matchup last week that some thought they would come away victorious, but Mr. Predictor was right. The Mt. Lions came away last week with a huge win over the Shock to keep the #2 seed in lock. This isn’t a must win for Dubois but they should be very cautious this week and be locked in. This game will be decided on who has the better defense. I think the Mt. Lions will stop Dodson and the Flash this week.
Mt. Lions 46 – Flash 29
Braves (3-4) VS Jaguars (1-6)
Gabe Logan: The Braves come into this weekend looking to get a win in their pursuit of a playoff spot. The Jags hopefully will be able to field a team in their attempts to travel and take on Tri-Town. After another embarrassing loss last weekend, the Jags are in the cellar of the league. Sporting one of the league’s worst defenses, on pace to potentially give up over 380 points this season, the Braves will have a field day behind a reenergized run game. Tri-Town has executed well and with the chance to get a game on the Flash this weekend, they cannot falter here. The Jags have no offense really at this point and their defense has struggled since week 1. Tri-Town looks to have continued to improve. Their offense now has a QB in place, anchored with a run game that is grinding out the clock and lets them dictate the pace of the game. It’s going to be a long game for the Jags d-line as Tri-Town beats them down for 4 quarters. This won’t be close.
Braves 38 – Jaguars 2
Mr. Predictor: The Braves made ghosts out of the Phantoms while the Warriors speared the Jags. I don’t want to say this game means nothing because the Braves are scratching and clawing to get a playoff spot and it’s still likely this could happen. At this point the Jags can only play to kill the hopes of the Braves and maybe get a 30 for 30 made after them called “What could have been..”. Hopefully next year they bulk up and come out swinging. After bouncing back from a tough loss by the Mt. Lions, the Braves will have a 2 game win streak after this week.
Braves 47 – Jags 12
Maniacs (1-4) VS Wildcats (1-6)
Gabe Logan: Maniacs and Wildcats headline a few non-playoff contenders that are playing for respect. Both teams are looking to rebuild for next year and there is no better way than to finish with a few wins to build some confidence and chemistry amongst the team. Benton, to their credit, has been fighting and are still pretty deep with the team they entered the season with. Battling injuries like most teams, they are doing what they can to get on the field and win games. The Wildcats on the other hand are in a very bad spot. They finish their season on the road and with the morale low, their numbers are trickling down to the mark of players going Iron man and forced to play out of position. It’s a bad situation and unfortunately a lot of players in this league have been or will be victim to this. We hope the Wildcats have enough to finish out the year, because anything will be better than quitting out right and not finishing their season. I’m rooting for both teams, but I believe the Maniacs depth will get them the win at home.
Maniacs 20 – Wildcats 13
Mr. Predictor: The Wildcats casually lost last week while those Maniacs from Benton fought the entire game, but also suffered a loss by the tough Vikings. We hate seeing two teams with 1 win face each other this late in the season because we get the feeling they are playing for nothing. I really hope that isn’t the case here because both teams have decent athletes, they just can’t pull out wins. This will be a hard hitting game and will be a stat builder for Warner. I see the Wildcats pulling away late in this game.
Wildcats 48 – Maniacs 32
Tigers (1-4) VS Comanche (3-2)
Gabe Logan: A potential trap game here as the Tigers will take on the Comanche. This is a very important game for the Comanche as their schedule finishes with Dubois and Mt Joy. A win here is critical before their last few games against playoff opponents. The Tigers are 1-4 and seem to be within a few points of a win every week, but just can’t get it done. Both teams have had their fair share of close games, and I’m thinking this will come down to the wire. Tigers match up well with the Comanche and it will come down to who ever makes fewer mistakes. Both QB’s are mobile and can make plays through the air or ground when necessary. Comanche have a very solid run game and a balanced pass attack. Both teams are very even. Regardless of records, this will be one of the closest games this season. The Comanche must win this game. The Tigers are looking to play spoiler here.
Tigers 32 – Comanche 30
Mr. Predictor: Comanche had a bye week while the Tigers lost a heart breaker against the Predators. The Comanche still have something to play for at this point in the season as they are fighting for the #3 seed. I don’t think this will be much of a game as the hosting Tigers will struggle during the majority of it. Dennis Odom will have a great game against the mediocre Tigers defense.
Comanche 48 – Tigers 12
Shock (4-3) VS Outlaws (1-4)
Gabe Logan: After a loss on the road, the Shock are still in the driver’s seat to a playoff berth, taking on the Outlaws this weekend. Lancaster is really struggling and took a loss last weekend to a Tomahawk team that just had too much for the Outlaws to deal with. Heading into this matchup with a new QB, the Outlaws now have had a week of preparation to get this guy up to speed with things. The offense was just slow and out of sorts, and the offensive line played poorly. The Shock will look to get after this guy on their way to the post season. But the Outlaws are a very talented team. They are physical and their defense is full of heavy hitters looking to make their mark every play. The Shock offense has looked to have gotten back on track after Cragle’s injury and really need to play a few games to get the offense clicking for the post season. I think this is a good chance for them to do so, but the Outlaws will show up and play hard. Their offense has a lot of solid talent and shouldn’t be overlooked by any means. Shock’s run game should excel in this matchup against a lack luster defensive line. The Shock will win this game, but not without a fight.
Shock 42 – Outlaws 28
Mr. Predictor: Both teams lost this past week but only one remains playoff eligible so far. The Shock lost a close one while the Outlaws were steam rolled in what was almost a perfect prediction by yours truly. Brock Mitchell will have a consistently decent game this week and it could be the boost he needs for the upcoming weeks. I also have a feeling this will be a confidence boost for the Shock defense by causing a good amount of 3 and outs. I have Jarvis struggling this week as the Shock will beat the Outlaws.
Shock 39 – Outlaws 13
Predators (3-3) VS Hitmen (5-1)
Gabe Logan: The main competition for the 4 seed in Valley, the Predators have quietly got back to .500 and are looking to get a post season berth. They are a half game behind the Comanche, who finish their season out with Dubois and Mt Joy. Could the Predators be sneaking their way past them the final weeks of regular season action? Well it starts against the Hitmen who were embarrassed at home and are now out to punish every team they play. They beat on the Flash who are solid in their own right, and now look to face off against the Predators. This is going to be a matchup of two teams looking to make statements. One ultimately to clinch a home playoff game and the other to keep pace for a post season berth. The Predators missed out last year and watched as everyone battled it out in the new playoff format. Battling some QB issues, the Pred’s seem to be getting more stable offensively as they explore who the future of the franchise will be behind center. Defensively, they have enough to keep them in games. The Hitmen’s offense statistically is one of the league’s best and beyond the Cyclone game, have been in the 50 point range every week. What’s interesting is the Pred’s do have a head to head tie breaker win over the Comanche, which means if they finish with the same record, they will get the 4 seed. None-the less, this is a game they need to win, but the Hitmen just have too much fire power in the end.
Hitmen 55 – Predators 30
Mr. Predictor: The Hitmen were able to bounce back after a rough loss while the Predators squeaked by the Tigers to keep their playoff hopes alive. This is not a must win for the Hitmen but it is a must win for the Predators if they want to extend their season. I see the Predators playing their hearts out, but Ellis and Flemming will be too much for them to handle as the Hitmen will stop the Chronicles of Riddick and the Predators.
Hitmen 53 – Predators 31
Tomahawks (7-0) VS Vikings (5-2)
Gabe Logan: One of the feature matchup’s to week 8, the Vikings will travel to take on the Tomahawks. One of two night games this week, the Vikings are looking to put the Tomahawks on notice that they are coming for the top spot in the Mountain Conference. Featuring a run game anchored by the league’s leading rusher, and a bunch of play makers across the offense, this team is for real. This team looks like they are well coached on both sides of the ball, making this a very good matchup. Speaking of for real, the Tomahawk defense I was once worried about has been boarder line terrifying since week 2, allowing 12 points a game in that time frame. The secondary features two very stout corners as well as a crew up front that literally is getting to opposing QB’s at will. The Vikings offensive line is very talented in their own right and feature one of the league’s best centers. This could be the main factor in this matchup; the Vikings offensive line against the Tomahawk pass rush. Lashawn Brown comes in looking sharp after a 6 touchdown performance last weekend. The Vikings secondary has been very good holding some of Mountain Conference’s best passing attacks to minimal results. But they have not seen an offense like the Tomahawks yet to this point. Averaging 54 points a game, the Tomahawks are lighting up teams on a regular basis. Mistakes will be very costly this weekend in Mifflin County as threat of a blackout ensues. I think they will be the difference maker in a very crucial Mountain Conference game.
Tomahawks 44 – Vikings 35
Mr. Predictor: The Vikings stayed alive while the Tomahawks cruised past the Outlaws last week. It looks like Thor’s new playbook and unwashed khakis prevailed over those tough Maniacs as they kept their playoff hopes alive. They aren’t a lock at #3, but they can certainly make it closer by upsetting the Tomahawks under the lights this Saturday night in what is our Game of the Week. This game has had a lot of hype behind it that began months before the season even started. It’s friendly jabs and no disrespect from either team. I have a feeling the Short-Killer B’s will struggle early this week because rumor has it that Thor is going to do a rain dance and make it a sloppy game. Maybe those unwashed lucky khakis will finally get the wash they need. The “queen” bee in Lashawn passed the 1000 yard passing mark on the season, so the Vikings defense will need to stop the passing attack in order to win. The likelihood of that happening is actually pretty high this week as the weather isn’t supposed to be the greatest. However, I don’t think the Vikings will be able to close this one out. I’m picking the Tomahawks.
Tomahawks 52 – Vikings 23
Phantoms (2-5) VS Cyclones (6-0)
Gabe Logan: The Phantoms will host the Cyclones in a match up to help battle Breast Cancer. I miss when more of these types of games happened in our league and I’m a fan of both teams stepping up to host a game like this. The Phantoms season is all but over after losing the past few games and are now watching the Braves and Flash compete for a playoff spot. It’s going to be an uphill battle against the Cyclones that sport a 6-0 record and are looking to finish another season unbeaten. The Cyclone offense should have a field day on a depleted Phantoms defense that has lost a lot of its playmakers the past few weeks. Maybe at home they will be at full strength again, but like the Wildcats last weekend, I can see low morale and the fact they are playing the league champs playing a factor in a lot of these guys not showing. This could be a good chance for Mt. Joy to get a lot of reps to a lot of their players and get them ready for another deep playoff run. Expecting the Cyclones to be in a position by half time, they can start resting players.
Cyclones 61 – Phantoms 14
Mr. Predictor: Listen guys, the Cyclones are outscoring their opponents 357-59. The Phantoms got blown out last week by the Braves while the Cyclones blew out the Wildcats. A few weeks ago, the Wildcats put up 85 on the Phantoms while the Cyclones are averaging 69 points per game with a defense that allows 9 points per game. The Phantoms are being outscored 260 to 141. They have an average game score of 43-23 while the average game score of the Cyclones is 59-9. I’m not one to just go by numbers but numbers never lie. This late in the season, we can’t expect anything less than a Cyclones blow out win.
Cyclones 57 – Phantoms 6
Braves (2-4) VS Phantoms (2-4)
Gabe Logan: Two teams fighting to keep their postseason hopes alive. This is the definition of a must win game. Both teams practically will need to win out at this point in order to chase down the 4 seed in Mountain. Phantoms rebounded with a shut out win against the Jags which basically spells the doom for the Jags at this point. Phantoms defense was just outstanding, forcing the Jags into bad field position and mistakes consistently all game. Boosie and the boys need to keep this momentum going this week against the Braves, who have played hard every single week. This team has zero quit, and went up against a tough Dubois team last weekend and could have walked away with a win if the ball bounces differently. All eyes are still on QB Jordan Thiverge as he continues to get the Braves offense into the end zone. Flex Eric Stroup has been one of the most underrated players I have seen on film to this point and the Phantoms will need to find an answer for him defensively. The Braves have a very favorable schedule to end the season, and a win here can really propel them to a strong finish to their season.
Braves 22 – Phantoms 20
Mr. Predictor: Battle to keep playoff hopes alive is what this game is all about. Neither team is a definite lock for the playoffs, but there is still a slight chance the winner of this game can make it. The Phantoms pitched a shutout last week against a pretty athletic Jaguars team while the Braves suffered a close loss against a decent Mt. Lions team. This game will be decided mid to late 4th quarter. I see the Phantoms pulling away late behind the leadership of Boosie.
Phantoms 36 – Braves 29
Maniacs (1-3) VS Vikings (4-2)
Gabe Logan: The Vikings have really come along after the first month of the season and are looking to continue to build as they take on the Maniacs this weekend. Not so much a trap game for the Vikings, but a test to make sure that they do not play down to the level of competition this week. Looking to get to 5-2 and take control of their own fate heading into the latter part of the season, this is a game the Vikings are looking to take control of and dominate. The Maniacs have a solid cast and do possess some great athletes, but the offense is not coming together. In 4 games they are managing 11 points a game. Which in this league does not amount to wins. If they are going to find success against the Vikings, they will need to force turnovers, play excellent on special teams, and pray for a little luck here and there. In their losses, the Vikings struggled with turnovers and has been their downfall all season. I don’t imagine this game being close, but the Vikings need to control their turnovers and keep their foot on the gas pedal all game.
Vikings 38 – Maniacs 12
Mr. Predictor: The Vikings survived last week to keep their playoff hopes alive by beating a very up and down team, while the Maniacs hosted the Tomahawks and played hard, but couldn’t reel in a win. Rumor has it that Thor not only changed his playbook for this game, but he’s going to be wearing something else other than those Khakis. It’s predicted to be a cold and rainy weekend and I’m not sure if that’s just from the tears of Benton from the loss Malik and Scott will hand out. I see the Vikings rolling in this one.
Vikings 52 – Maniacs 13
Flash (3-2) VS Hitmen (4-1)
Gabe Logan: An out of conference game for both teams, and I believe their first ever meeting in GEFA action. The Flash will host the Hitmen this weekend in State College. Flash are playing their second out of conference game after narrowly beating the Tigers last weekend. We won’t talk about the Hitmen’s last game, but let’s say mentally coming into this weekend, it will continue to impact them. After a loss like last weeks, they will travel to play a very talented and physical Flash team that will play them hard for 4 quarters. Flash possess the offensive fire power to put 60 up or a ground and pound offense that can run clock and maintain leads. It’s going to be interesting as the Hitmen have looked stout against the run to this point. The Hitmen defense need to rebound and quick after letting 72 points slide last weekend. The Flash front 3 will be very active and their QB is mobile enough to make plays. I’m going with the Flash at home.
Flash 38 – Hitmen 29
Mr. Predictor: I’m going out on a limb here, but I’m going to call this the game of the week. Even though they don’t have matching records, don’t count the Flash out from having a good team. The Hitmen are coming off a blowout loss while the Flash just keep winning and proving the doubters wrong. The Flash are hosting the Hitmen which I believe will be a difference maker in itself. Let’s just hope we get some better film this week. Mazzarra and Dodson will be a handful on offense while the Hitmen will have fun stopping Ernst on defense. The Hitmen also have some stars on this team that could potentially be difference makers. It’s going to be a good battle with the Flash air attack and Hitmen secondary, however, I don’t see the Flash stopping Ellis and Flemming. I see the Hitmen winning this respectable battle.
Hitmen 52 – Flash 42
Warriors (1-5) VS Jaguars (1-5)
Gabe Logan: This is a very easy prediction from my point of view, but I should at least explain myself a bit. The Warriors will play the Jaguars and both teams sit at 1-5 on the season. The Warriors have a lot to play for and have been battling every week to their credit. They are a scrappy team and I don’t think their record really reflects the effort and talent that team has. On the other hand we have the Jaguars, who have just hit the basement of awful the past month. They were held scoreless again last weekend, and of course, the defense could not keep them in the game. They have been in a constant race with the Wildcats for the league’s worst defense and they currently are almost at 300 points surrendered on the season. The Warriors are going to have a big day against the Jag’s defense, with the run and pass game scoring multiple times. I don’t even have this one close, because if it wasn’t for records, these two teams are light years apart at this point. Warriors in a blowout.
Warriors 58 – Jags 6
Mr. Predictor: The Jags have probably been the biggest disappointment this year after their week 1 matchup. Maybe it was just rust with the Tomahawks week 1, but this Jags team is struggling. Unfortunately, the Warriors haven’t been much better. Each team has a handful of decent athletes but just can’t utilize them to pick up wins. I see the Warriors sending the Jags home with the loss in this matchup.
Warriors 32 – Jags 13
Predators (2-3) VS Tigers (1-3)
Gabe Logan: This game is going under a lot of people’s radars, but is low key a very important game in the Valley. Both teams are trying to keep pace with the Comanche. The loser will most likely need to win out in order to even have a chance at a postseason berth. The Predators currently sit a game back of the 4 seed and will need to beat a Tigers team that will present a major challenge. The Predators will need to score early and often after putting 61 up last weekend. The Tigers are very young and feature a lot of talent, but need to put it all together at the mid-way point to make a serious run. Both teams do not feature a very strong passing game, so the defenses could dictate how this one will go. The Tigers and Predators secondary’s have questions marks as far as their ability to bend and not break. We will see who will put together a bigger game on the back end to take advantage of the lack luster passing attacks. If the Tigers could sneak out a win here, they put themselves right back in the mix and will maintain a very important tie breaker with the Predators. When it’s all said and done, it’s hard to pick against the Pred’s here, as their offense has been really putting up points lately.
Predators 46 – Tigers 28
Mr. Predictor: Last week, the Predators won convincingly while the Tigers had their spirits killed against the Flash. I have a feeling that Farina will have a good game this week by getting to the Tigers offense. This won’t be a high scoring game, but it will be a hard fought battle. The team walking away this week with their 3rd win will be the Predators.
Predators 32 – Tigers 13
Outlaws (1-3) VS Tomahawks (6-0)
Gabe Logan: The Tomahawks will travel down to Lancaster to face off against the Outlaws. The Outlaws have had an extra week to prepare for this game and will look to take advantage of having homefield against the Tomahawks, who have spent the past month on the road. It doesn’t look to have slowed down their offense as Lashawn Brown has been putting up points relentlessly. Jordan Bell is on pace to have another career year alongside a Tomahawk defense that has completely stifled opponents since giving up 41 their first week of play. The Outlaws have shown they can score points, but after watching their offense falter against the Cyclone pass rush, I don’t see this game going well against the Tomahawks defensive line either. Watching these guys on film is like dumping raw meat into a shark tank, they just swarm nonstop. The Tomahawks have also returned a handful of players from injury the past few weeks which should add depth on both sides of the ball. The Outlaws will have their hands pretty full this weekend, and in a crowded Valley conference where the wins don’t come easy, they will continue to fall down the ranks.
Tomahawks 52 – Outlaws 7
Mr. Predictor: The Short Killer B’s were far from short last week, as they stung hard in Benton while the Outlaws got to sit at home on what really was a bye week. I’m not sure if they were there or not, but if the Outlaws were smart, they would have showed up in Benton to try and think of a strategy to stop the Tomahawk offense or watch for holes in the defense. Rodriquez and Cummings can only do so much for this team and give their best while doing so, but sometimes your best just isn’t good enough. Expect a lot of 3 and outs this week from the Tomahawk defense.
Tomahawks 63 – Outlaws 6
Mt Lions (4-1) VS Shock (4-2)
Gabe Logan: The Lions and Shock are set to face off against one another in a game that could go either way. The Lions have been inconsistent offensively, but are doing enough to get wins. Their defense continues to play at a high level, giving up an average of only 23 points a game, and they possess a run game that will grind out games when they need to. The Shock are built behind a rushing attack with play makers on the edge. Their defense has been inconsistent, but does have enough to keep them in ball games. Josh Cragle has come back and is playing through injuries to keep the Shock playoff run alive. They have not been able to get a big win yet this season, and this is their chance to get one against a team they could potentially see in the playoffs this postseason. Even without a consistent pass game, the Lions will be sure to have a game plan ready for any team in this league. They still have Bish and Marshall to man the offense and get the ball into the end zone. There is a reason they are 4-1. It may not be pretty, but this team is proven when they are in tight ballgames. It just seems every time the Shock get tested, they will lay down for their opponent. If the Shock can make this a scoring affair, they can win hands down. But the pace of the game could be on the ground game of the Mt Lions which could spell trouble for the Shock defense. I think this will be a tight game, but the proven success of the Mt Lions when this game comes down to the wire shows as they pull out a win.
Mt Lions 28 – Shock 22
Mr. Predictor: Mt. Lions got back on the winning horse this weekend as did the Shock. At this point we can say the Mt. Lions are a for sure in for the play offs while the Shock just need to keep winning to stay alive. The Dubois defense needs to step it up this week in order to win. If they don’t stop the Shocking Trio, then they will drop to 4-2. With that said, I personally don’t think they can stop them, so I’m going to pick the Shock to shock the host this week.
Shock 56 – Mt. Lions 39
Cyclones (5-0) VS Wildcats (1-5)
Gabe Logan: This could be a wild game as the Cyclones take on a Wildcats team that at 1-5, are still fighting. The Cyclones just embarrassed the Hitmen last weekend and at this rate, I’m not sure what to even think of them against the rest of the league. After putting up 72 against an undefeated team, it’s hard to even fathom the Cyclones not blowing out every team they play on their way to repeating. That being said, regardless of the Wildcats record, this is a very good team full of fight. And after the heartfelt loss of a teammate, I can’t imagine they are ready to lay down and not go to Mt Joy and play their hearts out. The Wildcat offense has shown they are one of the top units in the league and consistently have scored points week after week. Andrew Shaffer is still a wild card on every play and can will his team into the end zone. The Cyclone defense cannot sleep on this team. I think the defensive line will be able to dominate, but they still have the ability to throw the ball and create space with one of the top WR’s in the league on the outside. The Wildcat defense, although very bad, will fly around and be physical all game. But I just can’t see them stalling the Cyclone offense more than a drive or two, if that. With all of this mentioned, I think the Wildcats will give the Cyclones a much better fight than the Hitmen did, but will still fall short at the end of the day.
Cyclones 62 – Wildcats 20
Mr. Predictor: Before the season started you would think this had a chance to be a decent matchup, but unfortunately for the Wildcats, they haven’t been a force this year. We thought we saw a spark a few weeks ago, but it must have been a weak box of matches because that flame went out quick after losing to the Vikings last week. Warner will get a few catches in this one and might even pull down a touchdown or two, but that won’t be enough to beat Medina and the Cyclones.
Cyclones 72 – Wildcats 12
We are officially over the half way mark for the 2017 season, and here are how the predictions from Gabe Logan and Mr. Predictor add up thus far:
Gabe Logan: Through 37 games this season, Gabe is sitting at 25-12 with a 68% accuracy rating.
Mr. Predictor: Through 24 games predicted this season, Mr. Predictor is 16-8 with a 67% accuracy rating.
It looks like both predictors have a record of being right half the time, so lets see if odds can turn in their favor for the second half of the season.
Braves (2-3) VS Mt Lions (3-1)
Gabe Logan: Both teams come in ready to take on the 2nd half of their schedules. Braves started to pick up some momentum but lost last weekend in a tough game to the Comanche. The Braves are in the middle of the pack in the Mountain Conference and it looks like their offense is starting to come together. Defensively, they are going to be in for a battle against a Dubois team coming off their first loss last Saturday. The Lions offense struggled, and some costly turnovers and miscues turned into points. The Mt Lions and Braves are both teams that play outstandingly better when they are on the plus side of the turnover differential. Both teams utilize a power run game behind a mobile QB that can extend plays and pick up critical first downs when needed. This game is going to be a war and the Braves will need their special teams to create plays to help keep them in this game. I can’t see the Lions hanging their heads on a loss for long and are fuming to get back on the field. I think the Lions defense will win this game. They have been stifling opponents and that streak will continue.
Mt Lions 38 – Braves 12
Mr. Predictor: After suffering a heartbreaking loss at home this past week, Dubois looks to bounce back and travel to the Braves field in a much-needed bounce back game. The Braves also suffered a home loss last week and look to stay alive in the play-off hunt by upsetting the Mt. Lions. Braves sure know how to put up the points as well as Dubois, but Kyle Bish will have a big game to solidify this much-needed bounce back win for Dubois.
Dubois 52 – Braves 16
Jaguars (1-4) VS Phantoms (1-4)
Gabe Logan: What is there to say about this matchup? I’m a little disappointed in both teams after they showed a lot of promise to start the season and have both sunk to the bottom of the league in the past weeks. The Jaguars played their SuperBowl week 1 and after a win against a good Williamsport team, well, have looked like the team most people predicted that they would look like. A new team without much experience that will win a game, maybe two. At some point the Jaguars defense needs to understand they need to change drastically and start helping their offense win games. The Phantoms are in a similar boat. They open the season with a win and during the next few weeks, they load up on free agent signings which almost appeared to impact them negatively more than anything. After giving up 85 points last week, that is just unacceptable. Which leads me to try to pick one of these two teams to actually win this game. All in all at this point, both don’t have much to play for. The Flash and Vikings are starting to roll and the Braves are right there looking for a playoff spot. Either team could luck out and win here. But I think the Jaguars are the better team. I think they still have a chance to finish the season out on a high note and get ready to reload for 2018. The Phantoms, I’m just not sure what to make of this team right now. Loads of talent, but the offense has been terrible the past few weeks. At what point do the players there start to chatter for a change at the QB spot? Maybe it starts after this loss.
Jaguars 38 – Phantoms 18
Mr. Predictor: Last week was a tough week for both Phantoms and Jaguars after suffering blow out losses to fall to 1-4 between them both. The Phantoms only win this year was a squeak by win, while the Jaguars beat the same team that put up 80+ on the Phantoms. Downer and Jags definitely have the talent, but they just can’t get a win, however; that will not be the case this week as the Phantoms will fall to 1-5 on the season while the Jags rise to 2-4.
Jaguars 36 – Phantoms 28
Vikings (3-2) VS Wildcats (1-4)
Gabe Logan: This could be a very interesting game brewing at the Vikings Battlefield as the Wildcats come to town. After putting up 85 points last weekend (yes, I said 85) on the Phantoms, the Vikings have to be a little bit nervous. But in their own right, the Vikings have really stepped up to the plate and could have easily laid down and gave up on their season. They responded with two big wins that put them in the driver seat to a playoff spot. Williamsport is on the outside looking in, but with a win against the Vikings, they are right back in the mix. With a tough schedule ahead, the Wildcats absolutely cannot falter on the road. The most important part of their win last weekend was the Wildcat defense finally stepping up and doing their part. Holding the Phantoms to a respectable 20 point effort. Overall, the Vikings defense is very good. They are fast and fly around to the ball. They are giving up 30 points a game, but thanks to their offense, they are able to make plays when it counts to get wins. This game will come down to the wire and with a big win, the Wildcats rally and get themselves back in the mix.
Wildcats 41- Vikings 38
Mr. Predictor: 80+ points! I said last week that Shaffer needed to be a leader the entire game and Warner needed to channel his inner Megatron but damn, hope you guys at least used lube. You guys definitely listened to when I said it needed to be a statement game and you made your statement. The hosting Vikings kept their play-off hopes alive last week with a big win against the Predators. I don’t see the Wildcats making the play-offs this year, but I can see them spoiling the Vikings chances. Shaffer and Warner will continue the stat building while leaving Thor’s Vikings and his khakis at 3-3.
Wildcats 52 – Vikings 38
Flash (2-2) VS Tigers (1-2)
Gabe Logan: A staple rivalry of the GEFA, the Flash and Tigers have been battling since their first meeting in 2015. That game ended in a literal brawl. This year, the two teams meet and as out of conference rivals. The Flash have been solid the past month. They are currently improving and have a very favorable schedule down the stretch. The Tigers may only have 1 win to this point, but currently are sitting 5th in the Valley and have a bunch of athletes across the board that can make plays on both sides of the ball. With a young QB that is still progressing, and a fast, aggressive defense, the Tigers could present a problem to the Flash. But, like their 2015 meeting, the Flash are going to be physical at the point of attack for 4 quarters and the Tigers just were wearing down by the 3rd quarter. Which is exactly what I believe will happen again. This will be close till the end of the 3rd when the Flash start to pull away. Their size up front will be too much for the Tigers to handle.
Flash 31 – Tigers 18
Mr. Predictor: Every time I pick against the Flash, they win. This week I’m going to pick the Flash to win as I see them continuing their winning streak to keep their play-off hopes alive. The Tigers are a struggling team right now that isn’t too solid at QB. They rely heavy on the rushing attack while the Flash love defending the run. I really hate predicting blow out games because it’s so disrespectful but I’m sorry Tigers, I see it no other way.
Flash 48 – Tigers 6
Warriors (1-4) VS Predators (1-3)
Gabe Logan: Two teams on a down spin, both need to win here to have any kind of playoff hopes for the 2nd half of the season. The Warriors picked up a big win last weekend which should help team morale coming into this week. They have been playing better offensively the past few weeks and it’s good to see the players are hungry to get back to the field for this weekend’s game. Credit to them for continuing to battle uphill and to keep the Warriors 4 losses from really hurting the team. The Predators are a win away from being in the mix after a tough loss against the Vikings. Their opponents win-loss ratio through the first 5 weeks is a combined 13-5 which was a rough way to start their season and might be the toughest W/L that any team has opened with. This is a much better team than their record reflects to this point, which is why I’m sticking to my guns and Gabe Logan Accuracy with my picks and going with the Predators.
Predators 25 – Warriors 13
Mr. Predictor: The Predators only win this year came from a decent Comanche team while the Warriors only win this year came from the inconsistent Maniacs. The Warriors need Stockton to have a solid game in the air and on the ground for them to be able to win this game. This should be a good game and come down to the wire, but both teams will play their hearts out. I’m going to pick the Warriors to win this game but will not be shocked if the Predators squeeze one out.
Warriors 36 – Predators 33
Maniacs (1-2) VS Tomahawks (5-0)
Gabe Logan: The Maniacs really need to come ready to roll this weekend as they host the Tomahawks. The Maniacs faltered last weekend against the Warriors as their offense continues to struggle. The Tomahawks have had their own struggles offensively, but their defense and special teams have been among the league’s best the past month. They are generating pressure and have a secondary of ball hawks that are hitting their stride at the midway point of the season. The Maniacs are going to need balance offensively if they want to find any success against the Tomahawk defense. The ground and pound will be in full effect as Benton’s backfield looks like two linebackers running the ball. They feature some great athletes, but without a pass game, teams are loading up and can keep them in check. This is looking to be a very one sided matchup at this point. The Tomahawks will roll in this one.
Tomahawks 62 – Maniacs 13
Mr. Predictor: I’m not going to say last week was an upset win from the Tomahawks, but it was surprising that it wasn’t as close as one thought it would be. The Short-Killer B’s came through strong as usual, with a very strong showing from the defensive line. This week, the Mountain Conference leaders travel to face the Maniacs of Benton in what should be a decent showdown. Being a young team in Benton, I think they will come into the game with a lot of spunk. This will be a hard-hitting game to start, but will slow down after the half. Benton won’t stop that Mifflin County offense in this one.
Tomahawks 56 – Maniacs 13
Shock (3-2) VS Comanche (3-1)
Gabe Logan: The Shock and Comanche are currently both sitting at 3 wins with the 3rd and 4th seeds in the Valley Conference. This game is going to prove to be a statement game that both want to win. One team is going to come out as a contender and the other a fraud. The Shock rebounded after losing QB Josh Cragle, but then got jacked up by the Hitmen last week. The Comanche opened the season with a loss but have strung together 3 wins to put them right back in the mix of things. Their schedule doesn’t get any easier, with games against the Hitmen, Cyclones and Mt. Lions coming down the tail end of the year. For the Comanche, this is a critical game at a critical time because one of the teams could be on the outside looking in at the end of next month. The Shock seem to be on the verge of taking that next step but are not able to get over the hump of competing against some of the higher end teams in Valley. On paper this is a very even matchup, but I do question the quality of the Comanche wins as they have all come against sub .500 teams. This is going to be a very close game. But the Shock do just enough.
Shock 42 – Comanche 40
Mr. Predictor: This game I feel will make things very interesting for the #3 seed in the Valley if the Shock pulls away with a victory. I said this last week with the Wildcats so I’m saying it this week with the Shock. For the Shock to win, Cragle needs to be a leader the entire game while Lamoeaux comes out running hard. The Shock have the receivers to win, they just need to utilize them and lock down on defense. The Comanche secondary is very tough and this will be a tough task for the Shock, but I have them winning.
Shock 42 – Comanche 38
Hitmen (4-0) VS Cyclones (4-0)
Gabe Logan: This week’s feature presentation. 7pm kick off with undefeated records on the line. The Hitmen and Cyclones have both been on a tear which hypes this game up that much more. Cyclones are coming off a 66-6 thrashing of their “rival” Outlaws and the Hitmen took control against the Shock and never looked back. The Cyclones feature the league’s best defense giving up only 33 points through their first 4 games. At this point, if you score on them, you might as well keep that ball mounted in your trophy case. This Hitmen offense is averaging 56 points a game, so something has got to give this weekend. Both teams feature stand out QB’s and a stable of playmakers surrounding them both. Ellis and Flemming are arguably one of the top combos in the league to this point heading into the midway point of the season. Greg Medina is currently also on everyone’s radar as he continues his rampage, potentially on his way to another MVP. The key matchup in my mind is how the Hitmen are going to keep QB Brandon Ellis upright. Guylan Brown has been unstoppable up front along with Nose Todd George. Teams simply cannot block them and it shows on the score board. If Ellis has time, he should find success keeping the Hitmen in this game. They will also need to coach their defense against a QB who is able to make plays with his legs and arm. Medina seems to always make the right choice and pre-snap, has been elite at getting the Cyclone offense in a position to be successful every play. But after the Shock game, it’s hard to see this going in the Hitmen’s favor. The Cyclones just have too much depth at every position, and even if they can sustain drives, they won’t be able to keep the Cyclone offense from scoring.
Cyclones 55 – Hitmen 20
Mr. Predictor: This week we have the #1 seed Hitmen facing the #2 seed Cyclones. Now before the Cyclones get too mad, blame the guy in charge of the website. The Cyclones came out with a chip on their shoulder last week and pummeled the Outlaws while the Hitmen continued their winning streak by beating the shock. This battle of the Valley top spot looks to be a good, hard hitting game with defensive stops and big plays. The Cyclones will continue to have a chip on their shoulder as they will come away victorious against the hosting Hitmen. Medina knows how to win in big situations and this proves to be just that. His veteran leadership ability prevails.
Cyclones 60 – Hitmen 13
Braves (2-2) VS Comanche (2-1)
Gabe Logan: A very good cross conference game. Both teams are in similar situations, and a win here can shape the 2nd half of their season for better or worse. Braves are starting to hit their stride offensively with QB Jordan Thivierge making plays with his legs. This is going to give other players around him better chances to see 1 on 1 matchups. Braves are coming off a huge win against rival Williamsport. The Braves offense has come alive, putting up 54 points last weekend. The Comanche come into the game with a 2-1 record and cannot afford to lose this game with the Predators and Outlaws hot on their heels. With a win, the Comanche plant themselves in the playoff mix with the Shock and Hitmen. At the midway point for both teams, we will see who wins a dog fight of a game.
Braves 27 – Comanche 22
Mr. Predictor: The Braves came through big last week and missed the upset by beating the Wildcats in a shoot-out. This week, it’s a battle of the better Indian tribe, as the Comanche travel to take on the Braves. This should be a pretty good matchup and will be decided on the defensive side of the ball. Tyler Deiter will have a hay day against the weak offensive line for the Braves and will rack up 3-5 more sacks to secure his lead in the GEFA standings. In order for the Braves to stand a chance, they must get rid of the ball quickly. Comanche routes the Braves in this game.
Comanche 42 – Braves 12
Predators (1-2) VS Vikings (2-2)
Gabe Logan: Predators and Vikings are learning that wins do not come easy in the GEFA. Both teams are grasping to hold onto position in the Valley and Mountain and neither can afford to fall short. Thor’s Vikings went to Columbia County and took it to the Phantoms. They exposed the Phantoms secondary all night with big plays on the outside. The Predators have a set of WR’s offensively set to make plays and help the Predators bounce back into that win column this weekend. With an extra week to prep for this game, we can only anticipate McNulty will have plenty in store for the Vikings. These teams match up to this point very close, and turnovers and the extra prep time for the Predators will ultimately be the determining factor.
Predators 26 – Vikings 20
Mr. Predictor: After traveling and beating the Phantoms, the red hot #2 seed looks to continue the road wins as they travel to face the struggling Predators. The Predators have a pretty solid all around team, but unfortunately, they haven’t proven themselves to be elite yet. The Predator defense will struggle as they look to contain Scott and Breon. Between receiving and rushing, Breon has a total of 421 yards combined. If the Predators defense can’t stop him, then that total could go up drastically. I see Thor’s khakis and the Vikings taking it easy in the 4th quarter of this game, as they will roll over the Predators.
Vikings 54 – Predators 16
Jaguars (1-3) VS Flash (2-2)
Gabe Logan: The Jags might be the league’s most inconsistent team. Starting the season separating themselves from the pack in the Mountain and emerging as a potential playoff seed, only to have lost back to back games by a pretty lopsided margin. This just makes me question what the Jags will be at this point. Currently through four games, they have the 2nd worst defense in the entire league. The Flash on the other hand got their first taste of victory. QB Matt Mazzarra has the Flash offense putting points up, and against the Jaguars, I don’t see that stopping. The Flash front 3 took over against the Wildcats. The Jag’s are a little stouter up front, but that won’t change the fact that QB Blake Downer will be on the move often. Downer comes into the game leading the league in rushing. He can really gash the Flash defense if they give him chances to. But the problem is the Jags defense. They cannot stop anyone.
Flash 49 – Jaguars 40
Mr. Predictor: After week 1, I would say this matchup was probably on everybody’s radar. Unfortunately, injuries have caused both teams to struggle on both sides of the ball. The only advantage here in this situation is the Jaguars being able to sleep in a little bit later than the visiting Flash. Alvarez and Downer will beast the weak Flash secondary as those two could combine for 250+. The Jaguars are probably the best team in the league with a losing record from unfortunate circumstances. All the Jags need to do is stop Dodson on the one or two big plays he may have. If he’s held to under 5 yards a carry, then they win.
Jaguars 48 – Flash 21
Wildcats (0-4) VS Phantoms (1-3)
Gabe Logan: I can’t really think of a more disappointing team right now than this Wildcats squad. At 0-4, they are all but eliminated from playoffs, a few weeks removed from being a lot of people’s picks to upset the Tomahawks for the Mountain conference this season. They have rode the hype into a hole that they desperately need to climb out of. Their defense is dead last, surrendering 209 points. The Phantoms sit not much better after coming off a loss at home to the Vikings. After struggling against the Vikings offense, the Wildcats could find success this weekend. I think the Phantoms can put together enough offensively and rely on a ground game that should have a lot of success against Williamsport. They have a solid mix of speed and power that should be a devastating combo. The pass game will only need to do just enough to convert and the rest can be left to the Phantoms defense to get after QB Andrew Shaffer and force him into making turnovers.
Phantoms 31 – Wildcats 18
Mr. Predictor: Brace yourselves! The Wildcats will pick up win #1 of the season. Adderly and Williams are going to do everything they can on the defensive side to make sure the Phantoms go home 1-4. Shaffer needs to be a leader the entire game and Warner needs to be Megatron. This is a statement game for the winless Wildcats. All playoff hopes are out the window if they lose this week. Chalil Smalls can only do so much, but not enough. Unfortunately, the Phantoms will give the Wildcats their first win in a thriller!
Wildcats 37 – Phantoms 33
Warriors (0-4) VS Maniacs (1-1)
Gabe Logan: With their season all but lost, the Warriors will play a Maniacs team searching for an identity. Opening their 2017 season with a win, the Maniacs looked completely out of sorts against Dubois. Scoring only 16 points in their first two games, they will look to muscle a Warriors defense that has been consistently abused this year. Even with 2 more games under their belts this season, the Warriors offense has not even come close to being productive. This will not be an offensive showcase by any means. Both teams though will be in a position to get their defense’s going. The Maniacs had a solid outing against the Phantoms. They held their ground on the back end, and stopped a very potent Phantoms backfield. They struggle terribly though with the offense’s inability to get the ball down field. The run game will keep them in games, but without any type of pass threat, realistically the Maniacs are going to be very one dimensional. This will not be a pretty game from either team.
Maniacs 16 – Warriors 13
Mr. Predictor: Unlike the previous game, we will still have a winless team at the conclusion of this game. Stockton is going to break down sooner or later and I foresee that happening during this game. Those Maniacs might only have 2 games under their belt but they are a better team than most people would like to believe. This game won’t have much excitement, but the Maniacs will go back to Benton happy, as I have them beating the Warriors.
Maniacs 42 – Warriors 36
Outlaws (1-2) VS Cyclones (3-0)
Gabe Logan: The Outlaws were finally able to piece together a solid team win putting them into the win column in the Valley Conference. The Cyclones have been watching, patiently waiting to get back on the field after two weeks off. It has been a very brutal start to the season, as the Outlaws have faced some of the best Valley teams. This week will be their biggest test this season as they square off against Mt Joy. The Cyclones come into this game with the league’s top defense; one that has play makers at every position. Their defensive line has been dominant and has single handedly took over games. The Cyclone offense is poised for another big day behind Greg Medina, who is putting together another stellar season. But I don’t think the Outlaws are going to back down from this challenge. They are going to continue to get better as the season progresses and have an offense that can score points. They need to first find an answer to block the Mt Joy front 3 and give their WR’s a chance to get open. At this point in the season, the Outlaws have been in a battle every week and I don’t think that will change against Mt Joy. I just don’t think they will be able to go up against them and survive 4 quarters.
Cyclones 62 – Outlaws 19
Mr. Predictor: Battle of Lancaster. Rivalry initiated! Will the #2 team show enough to make the jump to #1 after their matchup this week? Medina will struggle early, but will show his true leadership ability after the half as the Cyclone defense will secure the win in Outlaw country. Anybody can be beat any day of the week and the only way Outlaws win on Saturday is if they stop Medina. The Cyclones rely too much on their defense to win them games. I don’t see that changing much this week, as the defense will control yet another game for the Cyclones. Which one of the offensive players is buying the defense a steak dinner?
Cyclones 52 – Outlaws 6
Hitmen (3-0) VS Shock (3-1)
Gabe Logan: This is a Valley matchup with a lot on the line, as the Hitmen put their undefeated record on the line against the Shock. There are only 4 teams left with a perfect record, the Hitmen being one of those teams. The Hitmen are really impressing me through their first 3 games. Their offense is going to be very tough for anyone to match up with. Their defense will bend but can make plays when they need to. They give a lot of different looks, which the Shock might have trouble with. After watching how bad they struggled with the Cyclones, I could see this game going the same way. Shock had a great bounce back win after being held scoreless against the Cyclones. Running backs Cody Lamoeaux and Andre Chollette really have been solid, helping carry the offense with a new quarterback stepping in. They will really need a productive game from these two this weekend against a very good front. The Hitmen look a little better on the back end and their secondary should have chances to make plays this weekend. The Shock had no answer to the Cyclones WR core, and I don’t think they will be able to match up with the Hitmen either. Beyond Flemming, they have a slew of playmakers that can light teams up when they need to. Beyond the records, this doesn’t seem to fair well for the Shock.
Hitmen 51 – Shock 27
Mr. Predictor: The Hitmen are rolling and the Shock bounced back. Both are deep play-off teams and both also seem to be missing that one guy to make them a championship team. In order for the Hitmen to stay unbeaten, the Ellis and Flemming connection needs to be perfect all game. The Shock falling to 3-2 is almost a certain at this point, but that isn’t a bad thing when they are losing to the #1 seed in a close battle.
Hitmen 54 – Shock 48
Mt Lions (3-0) VS Tomahawks (4-0)
Gabe Logan: This has been one of the league’s best rivalries as of late. The Tomahawks will travel to Dubois where they have not played since a 2015 conference championship loss in heart breaking fashion. Dubois went on to be the league champion that season. The Tomahawks most likely have not forgot this and are going to Dubois to face the Mt Lions in a game that has huge Mountain implications. The loser will most likely finish as the 2nd seed and winner as the 1st. I can bet most of the league will be tuning into this game, knowing the caliber of these games in recent history. QB Lashawn Brown struggled heavily against the Phantoms and will need to be on point as they play a Dubois team that has been a league leader in turnover differential. They are built to run the ball and grind out games. Dubois will need to be physical up front, with Paul Bullers manning the defense while being the monster he is inside. They will also need production from the QB position which has been a committee effort to this point. Servidea, Bish and Marshall have all taken reps and each have a very different play style. The Tomahawk defense will have to game plan for all 3 at this point, especially Marshall who should know this matchup better than anyone. It’s going to be a war, but in the end, the Tomahawks offense will be too much.
Tomahawks 35 – Mt Lions 27
Mr. Predictor: Your #1 seed Mt. Lions host the streaking #3 seed Tomahawks in what will be an all-around battle that could be determined at just one position of the game. Dubois lacks explosive offense, so that alone could give the Tomahawks a slight advantage this week. But, on the other hand, the Tomahawks haven’t found the explosive run game they’ve had in previous years. If Dubois’s secondary can shut down the Killer B’s, then they will pull away and prove why they are the true #1 seed in the Mountain. However, we all know how B’s are, once you piss off one, the others strike harder and over 1300 yards of total offense between the three can sting pretty bad. I see the Tomahawks using a different play style this week and I see them traveling to get yet another win on the road as they beat Dubois in a thriller.
Tomahawks 48 – Mt. Lions 36
Wildcats (0-3) VS Braves (1-2)
Gabe Logan: This weekend features two great match-ups in the Mountain Conference. After a wild west shoot out of upsets, battles, and great games, the Mountain 3 and 4 seeds are still completely up for grabs. The Wildcats and Braves are now set to battle after their postponed week 1 match-up. The Wildcats lost another heart breaker to the Flash last weekend as their defense continues to struggle. The Braves on the other hand went into a match up with a highly-favored Vikings team and came out on top. I’m excited for this Braves team as they are a scrappy team full of fight, and are now looking to bounce back and look ahead as a potential playoff contender.
What’s even more shocking is after the way last weekend played out, the Wildcats are still right in the mix and are borderline a win out from rebounding their entire season. I’m not sure if this is a credit to how much more competitive the league has got, or how weak the Mountain is this season. It’s hard to pick against the Braves in this match-up. They just grind and do what it takes to make things happen when it looks like all odds are against them. Their defense causes turnovers and their special teams is low key one of the better, more aggressive units in the league. The Wildcats have as much fire power offensively as any team, but if they struggle at this point, their defense will not keep them in the game. Giving up 155 points through their first 3 games is unacceptable. But like every week, we got to go out there and play the game.
Braves 29 – Wildcats 27
Phantoms (1-2) VS Vikings (1-2)
Gabe Logan: With a slated 7pm kickoff, this is the prime-time match-up of the week. There is some bad blood here between these two teams, as Thor’s Vikings are looking to rebound from last week’s loss and put Boosie’s Phantoms on notice. The Phantoms have loaded up on their D line and it showed last week. Jorden Stout and Dylan Watts were dominant last weekend and will continue to get better as the season rolls along. The Phantoms offense will be set to explode with Stout helping to expand the run game for the Phantoms. We will see if the Phantoms defense will bounce back against the Vikings, who struggled offensively against the Braves. Its going to be another close game here. Even with intel from Lian Xing, I’m having trouble deciding the winner of this game.
Phantoms 19 – Vikings 12
Mt Lions (2-0) VS Maniacs (1-0)
Gabe Logan: Going into week 4, we have a lot of exciting games. Unfortunately for the Maniacs, I don’t think this will be one of them. After struggling with the Vikings, Dubois woke up and dismantled a hopeful Jaguars team showing a lot of promise after their first 2 games. The defense pitched a shutout on their way to a 50 – 0 win over a team that is going to be in the playoff hunt this season. The Maniacs had a strong showing last weekend in their opening game which surprised a lot of people. This Maniacs team is a lot better than people are giving them credit for. But it’s a huge step in their second week of GEFA action to expect a win against the Mt Lions. If anything, this game will prove to be a building block for the young Maniacs team looking to find footing in a Mountain conference that has a lot of teams showing they are for real, early in the season. I just don’t think Dubois lets off the gas pedal from last weekend and really hammers home the point that they are a top tier team.
Mt Lions 46 – Maniacs 13
Mr. Predictor: Those feisty Maniacs were able to pick up a close win last week while the Mt. Lions proved to be once again a powerhouse in this league by pitching a shutout. This week, the Maniacs have to truly test themselves as they travel to Dubois to face the potential #1 seed, the Mt. Lions. I don’t foresee this being a close game due to how poor the Maniacs looked and how strong Dubois looked last week. The mercy rule will be in effect this week as Justin Marshall and the Mt. Lions will be maniacs on the field and roll over Benton.
Dubois 58 – Maniacs 6
Braves (0-2) VS Vikings (1-1)
Gabe Logan: The Braves are locked to take on the Vikings coming off their first win last weekend against the flash. Another tough fought game by the Vikings who are looking very impressive on both sides of the ball. QB Shane Scott has been accurate and has been able to move the ball down field, utilizing two big, physical WR’s on the outsides. Vikings run game has looked solid as well, giving them balance. They are a good team that will present a lot of matchup problems to teams that are a one-dimensional defense. Tri-Town is really struggling to get its first win. Run game has not flourished like they had hopes and the pass game is under constant pressure. Defensively they have made plays, but it’s been too little to balance out the offensive struggles. Vikings have been prone to some turnovers, giving the ball away 5 times to the Flash last weekend. Week 1 against the Shock, the Braves caused a few turnovers at crucial times that kept that game close into the 3rd quarter. I think the Braves season is far from over and they will be up for the challenge this week. But like last weekend, the Vikings overcome some costly turnovers and hand the Braves another L.
Vikings 29 – Braves 26
Mr. Predictor: The Braves looked pretty sloppy last week as the Tomahawk defense was too much for Donald Warner and the Braves. I don’t see his luck changing this week as they travel to face the potential #2 seed, the Vikings. The Vikings are a team that had a fluke loss against the Mt. Lions and a very convincing loss over the Flash. The Braves are going to struggle at shutting down Shane Scott and his receivers while the offense will struggle at containing Jenkins. Vikings route the Braves this week.
Vikings 48 – Braves 16
Wildcats (0-2) VS Flash (0-2)
Gabe Logan: At this point in the season, both team’s records are 0-2. I think this speaks to the raised level of play in the Mountain conference from last season. Wildcats were many peoples pick to be a strong contender in the Mountain and the Flash were a playoff team last year. I feel like both teams got better but so did the rest of the conference. At this point, both teams need to win this game. And like usual, the Flash and Wildcats games always have playoff implications. The Wildcats bolster an explosive offense that has been putting up points, but the defense currently ranks as the 3rd worst defense in the league, giving up 103 points the past two games. The offense is averaging almost 30 points a game and they are still losing. The Flash dropped another tough game to the Vikings, but overall as a team look fundamentally better than last season. Their pass rush is again one of the top units in the entire league, the running game looks solid, and their defense is putting them in positions to win games. This is a very tough game to call because on paper they stack up very evenly. But what is certain, the loser of this game will have an almost insurmountable climb back into the Mountain playoff picture after dropping to 0-3. If the Flash offense can make plays, this is their week to light up the scoreboard. We will see them get back on track with a win.
Flash 33 – Wildcats 28
Mr. Predictor: The 0-2 Flash travel to face the sub-par 0-2 Wildcats. I have a feeling this will be an offensive game that comes down to the wire. Andrew Shaffer has 318 yards passing while Matt Mazzarra has 225 yards so this should be a pass heavy game with limited run gain from Dodson on the Flash. If the Flash can contain the hook up of Shaffer and Warner then I see the Flash getting their first win of the season. However; like I said, this will be an offensive game and the home team will come out on top.
Wildcats 42 – Flash 38
Jaguars (1-2) VS Outlaws (0-2)
Gabe Logan: This could be one of the better matchups of week 4. The Outlaws and Jags are set to play out of conference and it should be a good test for both squads. The Jaguars were straight embarrassed last weekend. The defense gave up a pile of points and is now ranked dead last. If the Jags have playoff hopes, this issue needs to be addressed. They are playing an Outlaws team that can and will score points. That’s what makes this matchup interesting. The Outlaws are fighting hard every week but are just coming up short. Their defense is also struggling to hold teams late in games, which has been their short coming in their first two games. A lot of the game comes down to the health of Jaguars QB Blake Downer. Missing last week literally resulted in the offense coming to a halt. If he is back, we can expect this game to go a little more in the Jags favor.
Jags 45 – Outlaws 30
Mr. Predictor: The less dominant cat was shown last week as the Jags fell to the Mt. Lions without their star QB Blake Downer. They look to bounce back this week as they host the winless Outlaws. The Jaguars were my early playoff favorite going into this season but after last weeks thumping and the severity of Downers injury, my thoughts are quickly changing. We all know the Outlaws can put up points and we know what the offense of the Jags is like with Downer and we all saw last week what it’s like without him. In order for the Jags to win, Alvarez needs to step it up this week and make sure he’s open for Timko to hit him.
Jaguars 32 – Outlaws 28
Hitmen (2-0) VS Tigers (1-1)
Gabe Logan: The Hitmen come into week 4 looking stout on both sides of the ball. This is a team that will be a problem this year and the Tigers are about to find this out. Coming off a clutch victory, the Tigers are looking to build momentum to carry into this matchup. The Tigers will rely on their QB to make plays with his arm and legs as he will look to find weaknesses in the Hitmen defense. Unless there is a complete meltdown in the Hitmen secondary, I just don’t see this working out well for the Tigers this week. The Hitmen currently have the 3rd best scoring offense in the league, lead by the tandem of Brandon Ellis and Jermell Flemming. This week I expect nothing different. The Hitmen will score their points; it’s a matter of the Tigers being able to match this output offensively.
Hitmen 62 – Tigers 28
Mr. Predictor: This #1 seed and #3 seed matchup has potential to be a great match-up. Hitmen have scored 52 points in both of their games this season and the Tigers are 1-1 because of 1 point. It seems like Ellis and Flemming cannot be stopped no matter who the defense is. The Tigers will go in 1-1 but unfortunately they will come out 1-2. The Hitmen are just an all-around better team and this all-around better team will remain unbeaten.
Hitmen 58 – Tigers 24
Predators (1-1) VS Shock (2-1)
Gabe Logan: Valley conference is starting to unfold and the results have been very mixed. The Predators have looked very stout and their loss against the Cyclones was hard fought and they flashed at times showing that with time, this team is going to be able to compete at a high level this season. The Shock, after last weekend, I’m not sure how to write them up at this point. Their wins have come against opponents with a combined 0-5 record. Add in the loss of a top 5 QB in Josh Cragle for the season, this team could be in trouble. A win here could really put either team in the driver’s seat early this season for a playoff berth. The Shock need to compose themselves quick after being dismantled last weekend. Hopefully that’s a loss they learn from quickly. The Predators have a QB who has been solid the first month of the season, playmakers on the outsides that are going to quickly make a name for themselves, and a defense that has shown they are better than advertised. This is not a good mix for a Shock team that struggled heavily last weekend, and has shown some holes defensively that also need addressed. I’m taking the Predators here. This is going to be a tough team to beat as the season progresses and they continue to get better.
Predators 22 – Shock 19
Mr. Predictor: The Shock didn’t really shock us last week with the blowout loss to the Cyclones and I don’t really expect much from them this week either. The Predators are pretty steady offensively with a few shake ups on defense but I can see the Predators shocking the Shock and coming away with a victory. We hope to see the Shock bounce back from a tough week but it’s just not that likely, unfortunately.
Predators 24 – Shock 16
Phantoms (1-1) VS Tomahawks (3-0)
Gabe Logan: Phantoms are looking solid to this point, despite a loss last weekend to the Maniacs in the last seconds of that game. Coming in at .500, the Phantoms have spent the past week signing and bolstering their roster for the traveling Tomahawks. After a very convincing win last weekend, it looks like the Tomahawk defense is coming into form after allowing only 27 points the past two games. Starting a long road trip, the Tomahawks do not have room to slip up against any teams seeing as Dubois is matching them win for win. With the Jags losing last weekend, this is a chance for the Phantoms to establish themselves, but the odds are against them. QB Lashawn Brown and his offense have been out to make a point, scoring an average of 53 points a game in their first 3 games. Anchored by Jordan Bell and Timmy Beck, the Tomahawks have been too much for teams offensively. The Phantoms have to look to their secondary this week to make plays because they will have their work cut out for them. Up front, the Phantoms have brought back edge rusher Dylan Watts to help solidify the defensive line. We will see if he provides a spark to get after Brown, who is also one of the more mobile QB’s in the league. QB Boosie Simmons will need to be accurate often, as the Tomahawks have half a dozen players with interceptions on defense. It’s going to be an uphill battle for the Phantoms. At this stage in the season, they will fall short.
Tomahawks 51 – Phantoms 13
Mr. Predictor: The 3-0 Tomahawks travel to Columbia county to face the 1-1 Phantoms in what could be just a detour to their much anticipated week 5 matchup against Dubois. The Phantoms were only 1 point away from starting the season off 0-2 so don’t let that 1 win fool you. As the first 3 teams this year, they secondary for the Phantoms will struggle against the deadly passing/receiving tandem of the Killer B’s; Brown, Beck, & Bell. If the Phantoms come out and lockdown the passing game, then it could be a decent game as the Tomahawks as well as the Mountain conference leading rusher is Brown. Boosie Simmons needs to be a leader on and off the field this week if they stand a chance.
Tomahawks 58 – Phantoms 12
Comanche (1-1) VS Warriors (0-3)
Gabe Logan: The Comanche and Warriors are both 2nd year teams and are both fighting to stay alive in a competitive Valley conference. The Warriors have been bad. And it starts with their offense. They have been inconsistent, and after one game, switched QB’s to remedy the problem. It’s frustrating to watch their games, seeing that the talent and scheme are there, but they just cannot move the ball. At 0-3, the season isn’t over, but they drastically need to change things offensively to build something and put points up by any means necessary. The Comanche are on the verge of going 2-1 and that puts them in a position to make a push for a playoff spot. I don’t think this will be an easy win for the Comanche and I hope they don’t take the Warriors lightly. That’s why we play the game. But this game will go in their favor.
Comanche 32 – Warriors 17
Mr. Predictor: The Warriors definitely have the individual stats this year but they don’t have the stat that matters. Stockton seems to be a one man show for Wyoming Valley as they are 0-3 to start the season off. It’s going to be a good match this week to see if Tyler Deiter and the Comanche can stop Stocktons dual threat ability. The Comanche on the other hand has a win and also has a dual threat QB of their own in Dennis Odom. He’ll be the game changer this week and he will lead his team over the Warriors to make them the first 0-4 team of the 2017 season.
Comanche 38 – Warriors 14
Jaguars (1-1) VS Mt Lions (1-0)
Gabe Logan: This is a great year for the Mountain conference as it looks like the level of competition has drastically increased across the board. The Jaguars are a pleasant surprise after a week 1 battle against the Tomahawks and then beating a Wildcats team last weekend, which happened to be a lot of peoples pick to potentially host a playoff game this season. The Jags mean business and are going to continue to shock the league this week against Dubois, who was in a literal war with the Vikings to open their season. This could be a tricky matchup for Dubois. The Jags have proven they have an offense that can and will put up points. Mt Lions were no slouch in this aspect either, racking up almost 40 in their opener. Being a veteran team with a coaching staff that has been in tough games, Dubois will make good decisions and the changes needed to beat you when it counts. The Jaguars are locked and loaded for another tough game against another quality opponent.
Mt Lions 32 – Jaguars 30
Mr. Predictor: The Mt. Lions are traveling to face their feline rival, the Jaguars, this week in Jefferson County. Dubois has been pretty much an unstoppable force in this league with a combined record of 65-10 over 6 seasons including a championship in 2012. They squeezed by last week and won in a thriller 37-30. Their opponent this week might be a .500 team thus far but don’t let that fool you. Blake Downer has proved that he is a dual threat QB with 370 passing yards and 63 rushing yards. Dubois’s secondary will have their hands full with 3 of the top 5 receivers so far in the Mountain conference. Alvarez, Childs, and Bright have a total of 343 receiving yards between the 3. Will Dubois’ offense be able to keep up when the Mountain tackle leader, David Hul (15), is threatening them every play? I’m not going to call this an upset when I feel the Jags are going to the playoffs.
Jaguars 57 – Lions 35
Vikings (0-1) VS Flash (0-1)
Gabe Logan: Both teams played their first game last weekend and both teams fell short. The Vikings lost a nail biter to the Mt Lions and the Flash fell short against the Tomahawks. Vikings seem to be about that business after an offseason of changes and taking a Dubois team down to the wire. Their offense is clicking and the defense put them in a position to win that game. This is a team that looks to be full of fight and have rallied for 2017 with a purpose. I can’t write off the Flash by any means. Their front 3 defensively is outstanding with multiple sacks last Saturday. They are a physical team and have a rushing attack and a passing attack to keep teams guessing. This is another tough game to call, but for one of these teams, they will end up 0-2 and on the outside looking in for a playoff spot early in the season. This will be another close Mountain game.
Flash 28 – Vikings 22
Mr. Predictor: This week the Vikings are coming off of a very tough loss that will probably be in the back of their minds while prepping for a scrappy Flash team. The Vikings seem to have a pretty solid and well balanced team while the Flash seem to rely heavily on the rushing attack of Jon Dodson. With that being said, if the Vikings can contain Dodson and force them to pass the ball, I see this being a pretty competitive game coming down to the wire with the Vikings making a game changing play and coming out victorious to earn their first win of the 2017 season while sending the Flash back to State College 0-2.
Vikings 34 – Flash 30
Wildcats (0-1) VS Hitmen (1-0)
Gabe Logan: This is a game a lot of people in the league will be keeping an eye on. The past two seasons, these two teams have played each other out of conference, and the past two seasons they have been a part of some of the best games GEFA had to offer. Last year the Wildcats lost by a point to the Hitmen in route to the Hitmen finishing 9-1. This was a critical game for the Wildcats, as it was one that helped knock them out of the playoffs. Again this season, this is a critical game for the Wildcats who now need a win. Losing against the Jags was unseen by a lot of the league, and now the Wildcats have an uphill battle to rank themselves among the contenders in Mountain Conference. The Hitmen handled the Outlaws last week and in their 3rd year of GEFA action, they just continue to improve. QB Brandon Ellis and WR Jermell Flemming are becoming an elite duo. The Wildcats on the other hand are looking for the duo of Andrew Shaffer and Xavier Warner to strike early and often. Offenses will light it up this week for sure, with the Hitmen proving to be too much for a stingy Wildcat team looking for their first win.
Hitmen 49 – Wildcats 42
Mr. Predictor: The Hitmen are 1-0 behind the connection of Brandon Ellis and Jermell Flemming. Ellis has thrown for 183 yards while 107 of those yards came from the hands of Flemming. If the Wildcats can contain Ellis then I think they have a legitimate shot on beating the Hitmen. In just 1 game, the Wildcats defensive front has 8 sacks. Those sacks didn’t come on an easy QB and offensive line either. This Wildcat defense will be the game changer which is why I’m picking the Wildcats to beat the Hitmen in a shocker.
Wildcats 45 – Hitmen 28
Warriors (0-2) VS Tigers (0-1)
Gabe Logan: Warriors are having a rough outing to start their 2017, opening against two conference favorites. A lot can be said, but this is a Warriors team that was expected to push for a playoff spot this year and haven’t been able to live up to those expectations yet. The Tigers opener had a strong showing against the Phantoms in a game that could have went either way. Both teams need a win early in the season and this week only one will walk away without a loss. Notably, the Warriors have played two standout teams in the Shock and Cyclones. Where they fit into the Valley is still up for grabs. If they don’t win this week, that will probably set the tone for the rest of the season. This will be another difficult game. They really need to get their offense going and put together a more solid performance defensively. This Tigers team has shown they will come and play for 4 quarters.
Tigers 26 – Warriors 17
Mr. Predictor: The Warriors are off to a miserable start to the 2017 season by being outscored 93-19 in just 2 games. Unfortunately, I don’t see their luck changing anytime soon as they will be hosting the pissed off Tigers. Anytime a team loses by 1 point, they are fuming going into the next week. Jalen Stockton is going to come out throwing and do some scrambling to try and put the Warriors on his back for a W but I’m predicting he fails this week.
Tigers 34 – Warriors 6
Tomahawks (2-0) VS Braves (0-1)
Gabe Logan: The Tomahawks are coming off another solid offensive performance. Coming into this game against a Braves team that is hungry for their first win, this is not a game they can overlook. The Braves were in a ball game last week, regardless of the score, with their special teams and defense forcing turnovers and keeping their team in the game. The Braves now travel to Mifflin Count where they have not won a game since the 2014 season. Looking to bounce back from last week, they have a lot to build off and correct. To the Tomahawks credit, they really came out and set the record straight that they are still the top team in the Mountain with a pretty convincing win against a Flash team that will push for a playoff spot deep into the regular season. The Tomahawks defense is starting to catch up and looks to put together their best performance yet against the Braves at home. Coach Brian Rodgers is really looking for his team to make a statement, as they start the next part of their schedule on the road after this game.
Tomahawks 61 – Braves 16
Mr. Predictor: We don’t know too much about this Braves (0-1) team other than they have regrouped with some veterans over the off season, lost last week to the Shock 37-13, and have significantly declined in the last 3 years with a 2014 record of 8-2, 2015 record of 4-6, and a 2016 record of 2-8. Starting off the season 0-1 is tough, especially when your next game is against the 2-0 Tomahawks at their home field. Tomahawks look to improve to 3-0 behind the passing attack of Lashawn Brown with 376 passing yards this year averaging 188 per game. Tomahawks have a solid receiving core with Bell & Beck leading the way with 281 yards combined. The home team is beating their opponents 107-59 so far this season with a 53.5-29.5 per game average. I don’t see them slowing down this week either.
Tomahawks 55 – Braves 6
Comanche (0-1) VS Outlaws (0-1)
Gabe Logan: Both teams come into this grudge match looking to get their first win. Both teams were able to score points last week, but their defenses were not able to hold up their end… at all. Both teams gave up over 50 points, so there is no question this one will be on the offenses to light things up. A power struggle to not fall to 0-2 should be motivation. Looking ahead for both teams, their schedules do not get any easier. Both have matchups with the Cyclones yet. Outlaws will see the Tomahawks down the road and the Comanche are still due for a makeup game against Dubois. We will see when pushed to the limit which team will have the ability to make plays defensively to get off the field. This is the trickiest of matchups to pick this week. But I will give the nod to them Outlaws.
Outlaws 49 – Comanche 35
Mr. Predictor: Going into this week both teams are 0-1 and both teams gave up 50+ points in their home opener while both put up 25+ on offense. We know both teams can put up points and both can give up points as well. The Comanche definitely have more of a threat on offense than the Outlaws do as it seems that Jarvis Cummings is a one man show in Lancaster. Dennis Odom will be the game changer this weekend. If the Outlaws can contain him and cause him to panic then I can see them pulling away with a W. However, I don’t see that happening so I’m going with the Comanche in a close one.
Comanche 31 – Outlaws 29
Cyclones (2-0) VS Shock (2-0)
Gabe Logan: Candidate for an early game of the year here on deck, as Mt Joy and the Shock prepare to put their unbeaten records on the line. Shock and Cyclones have both readily handled their opponents to this point. Both have played and dismantled the Warriors and both teams look to have championship aspirations this year. The Cyclone defense is going to be a key in this matchup. They have been stifling to this point, allowing only 27 points in two games. The Shock have also been on point, allowing only 18 points. Both teams feature standout offenses with Greg Medina and Josh Cragle going into a shootout here this weekend. Medina has been dominant and I don’t see that changing this weekend. His ability to make plays with his arm and legs is unparalleled and almost impossible to prepare for. The Shock defense has not seen a WR core with the amount of talent Mt Joy has either. Tight end Matt Tavarez has been clutch and often goes over looked for his offensive contributions. On the flip side, the Shock have converted one time QB, Brock Mitchell, into a 6’6” threat that could really keep this match up interesting. I can’t pick against the champs yet. The Shock will come and play and show they belong with the title contenders in the league. But the champs are too much to handle.
Cyclones 30 – Shock 21
Mr. Predictor: Could this matchup be the game of the week or will the Cyclones continue their dominance and make this game unwatchable by halftime? Lets look at some numbers. Both teams are 2-0 thus far with Cyclones outscoring their opponents 98-27 and the Shock outscoring theirs 76-19. The Cylones definitely have the better margins. One of the Cyclones opponents so far has a win. The Shocks opponents so far are 0-3. So I have to give the Cyclones the strength of schedule between the two. I see the Shock putting up a fight early on but I don’t see them containing the dual threat nightmare in Greg Medina. This will be a team win for the Cyclones.
Cyclones 58 – Shock 18
Phantoms (1-0) VS Maniacs (0-0)
Gabe Logan: Phantoms are looking to go 2-0 against the Maniacs who have yet to touch the field. This should be a good test to gauge where the Maniacs stand in the league. The Phantoms did what they needed to do and got a good opening day win. They have a chance to go 2-0 in what will be a crowded playoff picture soon with the Jaguars chalking up a win last weekend. If the Maniacs were to win this game, that would send shock waves across the league. Phantoms will present a good test and we will see how the Maniacs respond.
Phantoms 22 – Maniacs 6
Mr. Predictor: This is essentially the first game for the Maniacs that reside in Benton which isn’t a good thing. The Phantoms barely got the win last week behind the play of Boosie Simmons and the defense so this is going to be a tough call. I don’t see the Maniacs being up to the game speed that the Phantoms are going to bring but I’m predicting they will get their act together by the 4th quarter.
Maniacs 27 – Phantoms 25
Vikings (0-0) VS Mt Lions (0-0)
After a snowstorm hit central PA, both the Vikings and Mt Lions will enter week 2 playing their first games of the season. This is a huge game for the Vikings against an established championship level team in Dubois. A lot is riding on this game for the Vikings. They are looking to prove their program is on level to make a playoff run and this game shows the league if all the hype behind their offseason was worth the wait. The Vikings have overhauled their roster with free agent GEFA talent, along with a well scouted group of rookies that should all come in and contribute immediately for the Vikings in all phases. They will play a stout Dubois team that will bring physical play upfront, along with a lot of experience on all levels of the team. I can expect the Mountain Lions to take advantage of running behind the #2 rated offensive lineman from last season with one of the league’s most dominating rushing attacks. I don’t think Dubois will need to score a lot of points to secure this victory, that isn’t their style, but they will grind this game out establishing that they are still a top dog in the league.
Mt Lions 33 – Vikings 12
Tigers (0-0) VS Phantoms (0-0)
Another set of teams playing their first game in week 2. I was hoping to have a lot to say here, but without much intel, this could be a very tricky matchup to pick. Tigers come under the radar after an offseason of controversy. Overcoming some internal conflicts, the Tigers will take the field to kick off their season against a Phantoms team that might shock some people. This is a very well put together team and can benefit with a confidence boost over a Tigers franchise in disarray. The Phantoms are a team looking to make playoffs, which the team missed for the first-time last season. Bringing in some young play makers, this is a squad that can sneak up on a lot of teams overlooking them. The Tigers on the other hand are going to be limping into this matchup and hopefully make it to the end of the season. I will Gabe Logan roll past all the shots fired here and give this one to the Phantoms.
Phantoms 28 – Tigers 12
Wildcats (0-0) VS Jaguars (0-1)
As predicted last week, the Jaguar’s came out and beat on the Tomahawks for four quarters, losing the game against the current Mountain Conference champions. What I didn’t predict is the offensive scoring ability of this team. This puts me in a tough spot here with this matchup as the Wildcats will open the season with the Jaguars. Wildcats are coming off the hype train behind one of the league’s top offense’s last year. But will that be enough to deal with a Jag’s team that has put points up on what was thought to be one of the league’s top defensive units? We may be in store for a shoot out here, but the Jaguars do have a game under their belts to correct some week 1 mistakes. The Wildcats do not. But the Wildcats do have the luxury of having an extended week now to prepare for this game. It will come down to mistakes and who can take care of the ball or cause more turnovers. The Jaguars have shown they can be a tough team to deal with, and the Wildcats will see that in full effect.
Jaguars 38 – Wildcats 34
Warriors (0-1) VS Cyclones (1-0)
Seems out of place here, but both teams come into week 2 after a week 1 game. The Cyclones took care of the Predators week 1, looking stout on both sides of the ball. The Warriors had a showdown with a tough Shock team that did not go in their favor. It’s a tough task for the Warriors, but being on the verge of 0-2 is really going to hamper their playoff hopes already. Hosting the Cyclones will be a very difficult task for the Warriors, who admittedly underperformed week 1. At this level of play, that will get you beat on in this league. The Warriors have a good team and should rally this week to put together a much better effort against a Cyclone team looking to go to 2-0. Greg Medina was sharp in the elements week 1 and his defense held the Predators to 14 points. I’m hoping not to see a repeat of the last time these two teams met.
Cyclones 50 – Warriors 12
Outlaws (0-0) VS Hitmen (0-0)
This could be one of the better games early this season. A rebuilt Outlaws team looking to fight its way to the playoffs this season and they open week 2 with the Hitmen who are looking to take the next steps in being a championship level team. Both teams have firepower on the offensive side of the ball, which leads me to believe this game will come down to Defense. Hitmen have a stout group across the board. Linebacker Stephen Walker is a difference maker and enforcer in the middle. The Outlaws might be able to put up points, but it’s their defense and special teams that will be the concern. The Hitmen do not drop the ball at any phase of the game and can score with anyone in the league. The Hitmen are too solid opening the season for the Outlaws to overcome.
Hitmen 30 – Outlaws 21
Flash (0-0) VS Tomahawks (1-0)
This is another interesting matchup. The Flash are fresh off a playoff season birth and open against the Tomahawks who were in a dog fight week 1. This can be viewed a few different ways, but the Tomahawks came out with the win. Even with sloppy field conditions, QB Lashawn Brown lit up the scoreboard to the tune of 60 points. The Tomahawk defense, on the other hand, looked out of sorts at times, letting the Jaguars move the ball almost at will. With the Flash opening at home, we will see what type of game plan they have for Mifflin County. With returning QB Matt Mazzarra and RB Jon Dodson, the Flash offense needs to get off to a quick start. Both were a part of the 2015 Flash that had one of the league’s top rushing attacks. We will see if the Tomahawks fix their mistakes to get ready to tackle a team that leans on its run game heavily to wear you down. The Flash will look to try and stop the Tomahawk offense, which was in full effect week 1 scoring about every way imaginable. It’s going to be a short trip for the Tomahawks over Seven Mountains and it looks like it’s going to be a longer ride home.
Flash 42 – Tomahawks 40
Shock (1-0) VS Braves (0-0)
The Shock are coming off a convincing win over the Warriors in week 1. The defense and offense seemed to be clicking, with new players making impacts already. The Braves were a victim of the bad weather and did not play last weekend. Opening their season out of conference is a great opportunity to see if the Braves are ready to enter a tough Mountain Conference where they have not seen the playoffs in a few seasons. Reloading across the board, the Braves always fight hard, but just did not have the talent last season to match up with teams at the skill positions. QB Josh Cragle threw for 5 TDs week 1, lighting up the Warriors secondary often. The Braves should fare better bringing Jeremy Sweeting to rejoin Mike Ditzler on the Braves defense. Both players are excellent open field tacklers and excel in coverage. Braves run game should also see drastic improvement as well as boosting a stable of runners. The Shock also have a solid group in the backfield that should take some of the stress off Cragle Saturday. The Shock are the favorites here in this matchup, but it’s hard to sleep on the Braves. This will be closer than week 1 for the Shock, but they still have the talent to overcome a hardnosed Tri-Town squad.
Shock 40 – Braves 19
Comanche (0-0) VS Predators (0-1)
A very critical, early Valley matchup for both teams. The Comanche will open their season against the 0-1 Predators. After losing week 1, the Predators are almost in a must win game here with a Comanche team that will be chasing a playoff spot this season. The Predators took an L week 1, but fought hard against the Cyclones. They have some talent on the outsides and QB Mike Bubeck stayed composed while under pressure all game. With a week to fix these week 1 mistakes, the Predators should be able to bounce back and put together a solid performance against a Comanche team that has reloaded with talent for year 2. I drastically under estimated the Predators going into week 1 and I won’t make that mistake again. This is going to be a tough squad if they can overcome a tough week 1 loss. The Comanche still have a chance to take this, but it’s going to be a challenge.
Predators 22 – Comanche 19
Good luck to everyone week 2!
Until next time,
Wildcats (0-0) VS Braves (0-0)
Mr. Savage: The Williamsport Wildcats finished last season with a 5-5 record and feel that they can turn things around this season, starting with a home opener, which can be that spark they need. Then on the other side, the Braves ended last season with a 2-8 record and would like nothing more than to start the season with a win and move the team in the right direction. I got this game being a little closer than many may think.
Gabe Logan: One of the leagues oldest and most prestigious rivalry’s up until recent years, the Wildcats and Braves open week 1 in Tri-Town. Williamsport has gone through some changes over the past two years and the ownership seems to have settled in with a staff and a core that are turning them back into a championship level team. Williamsport brought back one of the leagues oldest vet’s in Andrew Shaffer, who helped the Wildcats light up teams on the scoreboard with Xavier Warner establishing himself as a threat on the outside. Williamsport will need to step up defensively to help their offense, which was most of their downfall last season. Week 1 they should be able to do this against a Braves team looking to reestablish their identity as a power running team. Braves historically have featured some of the best rushing attacks till recent memory. They have upgraded at the skill positions, but I’m not sure that will be enough to compete with the Wildcats, who potentially have one of the league’s best offensive units. This game should be closer than some people will think, with the Braves returning some old weapons of their own on both sides of the ball.
Wildcats 34 – Braves 20
Phantoms (0-0) VS Vikings (0-0)
Mr. Savage: Both teams had seasons last year that they would like to forget about. Moving forward, it is going to be interesting to see, especially for the Vikings since last season they were tasked with putting a team together in a short time. I am very excited to see what the Vikings did this offseason with time to make some moves. The Phantoms had their first losing season since joining the GEFA last year and are looking to get back to the playoffs. I believe this game comes down to the wire.
Gabe Logan: These two teams won’t rank high on anyone’s preseason power rankings, but these two teams are better than people think. The Phantoms feature one of the best young linebacker groups in the league and looked to add to a young secondary which was exposed often last season. If the back end of the defense can develop, this can be a very good unit. Vikings head coach Thor Marlow has done his due diligence and put together a team in a few weeks last season. Seeing as he had an entire year to recruit, build, and develop players, we will see if the Vikings are ready to take the step week 1 to become a playoff team. The Vikings offense and defense will feature a mix of rookie and veteran players. The Vikings have appeared to have won the offseason, but it is still not clear how this will transfer to the field. The one key in this matchup is the Phantoms QB, Boosie Simmons. If he can keep from turning the ball over, he is a very productive player in the pocket. The Vikings gave up 409 points last year. The Phantoms only scored 108. Both almost last in the league. I expect both teams to improve in those areas. The Vikings front 3 defensively can win or lose this game. Regardless of how many pickups the Vikings have got, I think the Phantoms come in better prepared.
Phantoms 28 – Vikings 6
Flash (0-0) VS Maniacs (0-0)
Flash are coming off a 7-3 season and had their season end to a playoff loss to the champions. The Flash are a team that you can put as a contender, I believe, again this season. The Benton Maniacs are a new team, but I see some talent from around the league has joined them and are looking to make a name for themselves. I think Benton gets a hard welcome to the league.
Mr. Savage: 48-12 Flash
Probably the most foreign matchup of week 1, I know almost nothing of the Flash for 2017. I could say the same for the Maniacs, but they have been out working against other teams. Benton comes in following the many cursed, 1 year teams of the past few years. High hopes, but very poor performing seasons. Benton does have a veteran presence on the team which could help bring along the GEFA rookies and get them up to speed with the physical play and speed of the league. Shockingly, the Flash made the 4th seed for the Mountain conference last season and then vanished off the map, systematically making me question all aspects of the team at this point. Flash have been a very potent rushing team featuring the league’s top rusher in 2015 and a solid 2016 unit. Its honestly a very difficult game to pick, not really knowing how either team will pan out this season. The Flash are at home to open the season and we will see how well the Maniacs travel in their GEFA opener.
Gabe Logan: Flash 20 – Maniacs 0
Tigers (0-0) VS Outlaws (0-0)
Game of the week. This year I have the outlaws as my sleeper team. Why? It’s no secret that the Mustangs and Outlaws have teamed up to make a run in the GEFA. I think the Outlaws can make some noise in the league and it can start in a week 1 matchup with the Tigers. The Tigers finished last season with a 5-5 record, moved down to the Valley conference, and are looking to show everyone that they can stand with the Valley teams.
Mr. Savage: 21 – 12 Outlaws in a close one
Outlaws and Tigers are both teams looking to establish themselves in the Valley Conference. Outlaws have been a mid-level team for years and with some recent new additions and a more serious coach at the helm, this is a good chance for the Outlaws to show that they are on the way up. Boosting a solid offense, the Outlaws should put points up week 1. Defensively, they have had a few opportunities now to get things together against a Tigers team that has been in disarray the past few months. It’s mostly speculation at this point as to how ready the Tigers will be in a few weeks. Based off what I have seen, the Outlaws are a lot more solid of a pick to walk away with the win.
Gabe Logan: Outlaws 30 – Tigers 14
Hitmen (0-0) VS Spartans (0-0)
The Spartans were the Venom last season and maybe a name change can be a jump start to something good for the organization. The Hitmen finished their season last year with a 9-1 record and fell short in the playoffs. I believe the Hitmen will stand their ground again this season and come out firing week 1.
Mr. Savage: 56-7 Hitmen
The Hitmen have established themselves as a power house team and have the players and coaching staff to propel them to another great season. Finishing 9-1 last year and having a group of players featured in the GEFA top 10’s, this is a very talented team. QB Brandon Ellis was one of the league’s best passers last season with over 1500 yards passing and the Hitmen offense is loaded with weapons across the board. The Spartans, who are new comers, have a lot to think about when putting a defense on the field week 1.
There are a lot of unknowns at this point when it comes to the Spartans. It’s hard for me to fathom that the Spartans will have the tools needed to match up with the Hitmen for four quarters. The Spartans will most likely need to put up a lot of points, but then again, the Hitmen defense might be one of the fastest and most disciplined units in the GEFA. They have two linebackers that can go sideline to sideline and give a lot of different looks defensively which will give a lot of team’s trouble. This could be one of the more lopsided matchups in the first week of the 2017 season.
Gabe Logan: Hitmen 48 – Spartans 6
Shock (0-0) VS Warriors (0-0)
Last year the Warriors came to the GEFA and finished 4-6 as a first-year team in a tough conference that’s good. The Shock returned to the GEFA last year and proved they can be a top team in this league. I think both teams come out this season better than last year and week 1 is going to be a slugfest.
Mr. Savage: 28 — 24 Warriors
The Shock and Warriors are a very interesting matchup. Warriors are going into their 2nd season after falling short of the playoffs last season. The Shock reentered GEFA action and blew away expectations after a 7-3 season and a playoff berth. Shock are a definite contender now and have high hopes of hosting a playoff game this season. They have a high-flying offense with returning QB Josh Cragle and WR Tom Kolodzieski. They have added a few key pieces as well that give them plenty of playmakers on both sides of the ball.
The Warriors are a team looking to break away from the middle of the pack in the Valley Conference and establish themselves as a serious contender for the 2017 season. Returning most of their offensive and defensive units, its only expected that they come back better with a year under their belts. The Shock are deep on both sides of the ball and it’s hard to pick against them for this matchup. The Warriors are definitely going to be a solid team this season and will most likely push for a playoff spot. But they don’t have enough to contend with the Shock, yet.
Gabe Logan: Shock 45 – Warriors 30
Tomahawks (0-0) VS Jaguars (0-0)
Last year the Tomahawks went 9-1, running the Mountain conference, storming into the playoffs, but falling short in the championship. The Tomahawks can beat you with a running game or go deep to a very good wide receiver group. I personally think the Jaguars have the toughest challenge week 1 out of the new teams this season. This game will show them where they stand.
Mr. Savage: 62-7 Tomahawks
The Jaguars start their GEFA season going to one of the toughest places to play in the league. The new Jaguars need to be on point as they head to Mifflin County. The Tomahawks fell short in last year’s Keystone bowl and have high hopes of going into 2017 as a title contender. QB Lashawn Brown comes into the 2017 season after having one of the most prolific passing seasons in GEFA history. The Jaguars secondary is going to be challenged often. Jefferson County is a hardnosed football team. Their physical play might cause the Tomahawks some issues and if they can get a few turnovers or breakdowns on special teams, the Jag’s could make this a dog fight. Defensively, the Tomahawks play well but have shown they are susceptible to big plays. We will see if the Jags have the talent on the outside to make things happen down the field. This game has the chance to be our upset alert for week 1.
Gabe Logan: Tomahawks 29 – Jaguars 18
Comanche (0-0) VS Mt Lions (0-0)
This game here can be very interesting. The Comanche finished last season with a 3-7 record but have been very busy this offseason with new coaches and players. The Mt. Lions are always a top contender and a known powerhouse team in the GEFA, finishing last season with a 9-1 record. I have heard rumors of a few returning players for the Lions. I think this game will show the Comanche where they stand.
Mr. Savage: 48 — 28 Mt. Lions
The Comanche and Mt Lions both come into 2017 after a disappointing 2016 season. Comanche are coming into their second season with a reloaded roster, and a years’ worth experience to get themselves ready to make a run in the Valley conference. Dubois had what most teams would consider an outstanding season, but falling short of a championship is far below expectations for a team that has set the bar very high. The Comanche will be in for a very physical game as Dubois comes into the game with one of the league’s biggest fronts on both sides of the ball. The Comanche should be in the playoff hunt this season, but it’s hard to see them overcoming a matchup like Dubois week 1.
Gabe Logan: Mt Lions 34 – Comanche 18
Cyclones (0-0) VS Predators (0-0)
The Cyclones get to show that they are still the champions and want to put the league on notice in 2017. The Cyclones ran through everything in their way last season and showed they can beat anyone. The Predators ended with a 3-7 season after starting off 3-0. They look to get back to winning and getting back to the playoffs in 2017, but that run will have to wait for another time as the Cyclones run away with this one. Big, no opening weekend mistakes for the defending champs.
Mr. Savage: 72 — 28 Cyclones
The league champs come into week 1 against the Predators. Two teams on the opposite ends of the Valley spectrum at this point, I don’t expect this to be close. The Predators missed playoffs last year and limped to the end of the season with a handful of players to finish the season. Teams like the Shock and Hitmen have emerged and took over in the Valley where the Predators once were a very formidable team to deal with.
Losing some talent to other teams and retirement, it’s going to be interesting to see if the Predators can reestablish themselves in the Valley playoff hunt this season. The Cyclones are coming off a championship season and are set to repeat this season. Set with one of, if not the most talented roster ever in league history, it’s hard to say anyone can match up with this team at this point. The Predators have played the Cyclones more than just about any other team over the past 3 seasons and still have yet to put together any sort of game plan to slow down the Cyclone offense. It’s hard to justify this one not being the most lop sided game of week 1.
Gabe Logan: Cyclones 68 – Predators 12
Good luck to everyone week 1!
Until next time,
Mr. Savage and Gabe Logan