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Players Corner Jamaal J

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I just would like to express how happy and excited I am to have this opportunity to play the game I love. The Raptors organization seemed like the best fit for me after speaking with Coach J. Just days after first talking to coach and hearing what he had in mind and him knowing what he wanted for his team it just felt right for me to want to be apart of it. As far as all the questions on why I choose to play at a lower level is pretty much because I feel I have nothing to prove. I’ve played at the top levels and played well,also I feel I’ve earned my respect and so forth. And on top of that I love the game of football. And many may not see it from an imports eyes but it’s very stressful sitting day in and day out thinking man will this team call back are will that team call back, that’s all too much in a way. As a coach you should know what you want and coach J did. He let me know point-blank after talking that they were interested in having me and acted on it. So things for me feels much more like the offseason now knowing I have a team. I can now focus more on working out, my goals, and the team goals that are set for us.

Raptors Waste No Time Welcoming Jonas

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Augsburg raptors commit “American heavy hitter & play maker” Jamaal Jonas from St. Louis, United States.

We are very proud that we were able to gain an American import, For our team.

Jamaal, is no stranger to the German/European football. He played the last 6 years in Germany, of which the last two seasons in the GFL for the Nuremberg Rams. He is undoubtedly one of the leading Defensive players of the League.
He was awarded the MVP several times and has won a championship with one of his previous teams. He was one of the top defensive play makers and tackler in the GFL. It is planned to have Jamaal as a starting safety, and for him to be used as a Rover. He will also supported our offense as a back-up QB. Prior to his European career Jonas played football on just about all levels from high school to indoor. And has played all skill positions from quarterback to defensive back.

“Jamaal is the ideal complement for us, we are very pleased. We welcome him and wish that he feels at home here. He is not only a very dynamic and versatile player, but his aggressive style and proven ability to bring an “old school” vibe to our already rapid defense – but he’s just a good, nice guy with character and values that you need to make it in our team. I couldn’t be happier with this decision, but now the real work begins, it is time to bring this decision to the success. “- Coach Johnson welcomes him to the Raptor’s family. He is expected to be in Augsburg mid-January to come to participate in the off-season program and integrated into the team.

Source: Augsburg Raptors

Phantoms Ink Art For Wiesbaden !!!!

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Arthur Rubio needs no introduction to the GFL and nevertheless head coach Patrick Griesheimer is glad to announce the signing of the quarterback to Wiesbaden for the 2015 season. “Art has a strong arm and nerves of steel – he’s also very dangerous using his legs.” This explains the reason for this important piece to be added. “In our first game last season against the pirates, I was very surprised by this player and thought, this is exactly the type of quarterback I need for my team.”

Art Rubio played high school ball at Fillmore (California) and at Ottawa University (NAIA) where he was,also used as a wide receiver and Line Backer. Then, the 6’3 225 Rubio continued his career with the California Seminoles before he gained his first experience in the GFL with the Frankfurt Pirates last season.

“Rubio is a workhorse,” said Patrick Griesheimer, “he will be the leader, by example and his self-confidence, which we urgently need on our offense.”

In Mid-January 2015 he will join the Phantoms and is looking forward to his time in Wiesbaden. “A decisive advantage in this preparation is to get him here early with the team and getting to know the guys,” the coach explained he’s finally satisfied. And today, we say: welcome to the PHANTOMS Art !!

The Tale of 2 QB’s

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When comparing the two starting quarterbacks in this years 2014 Canadian Bowl its like comparing apples to oranges.Jared Andreychuck of the Saskatoon Hilltops is extremely mobile and isn’t afraid to use his feet to extend a play.  Once again this season the Hilltops are made to run the ball, which no doubt works in the favour of Andreychuck.  They use the running attack to set up the passing game which has almost worked to perfection.During the regular season he rushed 42 times for 342 yards, collecting an average of 8.1 yards a carry.  He was the Hilltops second leading rusher and the PFC’s fifth.  However in the playoffs he’s only taken off twice for 22 yards. November 8th will be Andreychuck’s second Canadian Bowl in three years.  In 2012 he was the back up to Matt Karpinka, but did see action.  As a matter of fact he rushed six times that afternoon for 47 yards and scored the Hilltops first touchdown.  He was four of 11 for 69 yards and threw an interception.In 2014 the Saskatoon native, now his first full year as the starter, completed 99 of 201 passes for 1,624 yards and threw 11 touchdowns over the course of the regular season. Comparing his numbers to other starting QBs in the Prairie Football Conference (PFC) his stats are just okay.  His completion percentage is the lowest of any starter in the PFC at 49.3% and his 99 completions are fifth most.  All that said his passer efficiency rating was the second highest at 84.7%.Here is the post season Andreychuck has been terrific completing 62% of his passes, completing 31 of 50 for 539 yards and seven touchdowns.The Langley Rams will have to be aware of Andreychuck’s ability to scramble if they can close the pocket.    In the Cullen Cup the Rams did a great job containing Okanagan Sun quarterback Cam Bedore who likes to move around to buy more time for receivers, sacking him twice.  The difference with Andreychuck is the Hilltops have designed running plays for him in all kinds of different situations.On the other side of the field, Jordan McCarty of the Rams is a pocket passer with a quick drop back, looking for his targets quickly.In the two BCFC playoff games McCarty has been behind the centre in the I formation and takes a quick three step drop more often than not.  He has completed 22 of 43 passes for 462 yards, completing 51% of his passes and three touchdowns.The Vancouver native took over the starting role on September 6th in Week 7 of the BCFC season after starter Dylan Tucker was injured.  McCarty has been great since taking over.In four and a half games of the regular season the 22 year old completed 62 of 118 passes for 1,021 yards and threw 10 touchdowns.  His completion percentage was third highest among BCFC starters at 52.5% and had the second highest passer efficiency rating of 89%.The main difference between McCarty and Andreycheck is their mobility.  In his four and a half regular season games, McCarty ran once for three yards.  In playoffs he has also ran just once for a one yard touchdown plunge.The Hilltops defense will no doubt focus on the combination of Malcolm Williams and Dan English, maybe the best 1-2 combination in junior football.   In the post season these two receivers have accounted for 13 receptions for 340 yards and two majors.Two styles of quarterbacks will take to the field at the Canadian Bowl on November 8th, their only similarity is the fact they win football games.McCarty is 3-0 as a starter while Andreychuck is on a seven game winning streak and hasn’t lost since September 6…oddly enough the same date McCarty became the Rams starter.The 2014 Canadian Bowl kicks off Saturday November 8 at 1:00pm at McLeod Stadium in Langley.
Source: Ryan Watters

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Ashley Dixon breaks down the difference between lingerie leagues & full padded leagues

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We had a chance to chat with one of the nations top rugby players who plays division 1 women’s club rugby. The highest level you can compete at before you are a member of team USA. This amazing young woman has been playing football for 2 years now. Ashley Dixon plays football just to stay in shape for rugby which is her true sport. After leaving one Texas team Ashley previously played for the Houston Power and the Houston Lady Eagles this past year in which both teams went to the playoffs. I asked about some of Ashley’s off season goals and she replied: My off season goal is to win a rugby national title. We finished in the Elite 8 with a 9-1 record last year. Football is like a mistress to me but rugby is my wife. Rugby comes first no matter what. I don’t like to think about football too much until rugby is over. And they start preparing for the season in August with the first regular season match jumping off in November and the season lasting till May. What many dont know is that we have two very large womens football leagues. Very few people know about the two biggest women’s football leagues in the US. The WFA and the IWFL but almost everyone knows about the LFL. And I played in the WFA  women’s football alliance. Which is a full pad league unlike the other two that were lingerie styled football leagues. That’s full contact just much smaller uniforms. And this was great because we have had debates in the past about lingerie leagues vs full padded leagues. My oilers team was the closest to a LFL team, we were compensated and the girls had to have a certain look to make the team. We also signed a contract that talked about our weight and other things of that nature. This might seem sexiest to most, but to the league and the women in it in Ashley’s words.
Yes, but basically no uglies or fatties allowed. Obviously worded differently but I’m sure you understand what I’m saying. Which translates into having similarly built women all playing different positions, when in football different body types excel at different positions. It’s kinda tough but that’s the marketing part of it. How do you feel about being exploited? Are is balling more important than the image these lingerie teams give. We are exploited for capital gain by our owners but the girls do it mostly because they love to Ball the other leagues are basically pay-to-play because there aren’t enough sponsors. For example the Houston Energy  went to the IWFL championship game last year. They played the Pittsburgh Passion. They played at a neutral site in South Carolina for a championship game, those player had to figure out how they were traveling to the game, gas hotels etc. They also have to have a 1000 dollar sponsorship to play anyway. Most people just pay out of pocket. Probably 15% of those girls or less actually have found avenues that they get the money donated to them. Butttt if u play on a lingerie styled team everything is paid for. We always have team busses and per diems for food etc. plus at the end of the game someone gives u a couple hundred dollars. If I were a millionaire or even made 6 figures or something that stuff wouldn’t matter to me.
But if I’m taking off time from work to ball it’s nice to know I’m not gonna financially kill myself to do so. Some my find the women of the IWFL and the WFA are the ones that love to ball, the ones with passion for the game. they may not be millionaires, or even making six figures but they sacrifice their body and job going out every practice and game day. And some my find these lingerie leagues to be a disgrace to football and most importantly women. But like Ashley said:
It may be, but everyone has their price for almost everything under the sun…

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Dutch Lions and running back Chris Smith survived a close 1

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Chris Smith Lions RB

On Saturday October 18th in Girona, Spain the All Star team of Catalonia took on Team Holland also known as the Dutch Lions. In a game were many assumed the Lions should dominate, Catalonia had many key players from Team Spain. Head coach Xus Fernandez from the Badalona Dracs brought along his quarterback Sergi Gonzalo and also another one of Spain’s top quarterbacks Ramon Figueroa from the Pioners. But head coach Winston Ronde and defensive coordinator Steve Sheppard have put together a talented lion squad that know each other well. Quaterback Richard Bouthoorn from the Dutch champs Alphen Eagles has started every game for Holland since 2012. In the backfield to complement Richard is Eagles teammate running back Chris Smith who is a threat catching out of the backfield and was a dominating factor in the Czech game.

Chris Smith:
The ball players they had wasnt our biggest problem. Their were times we shot ourselves in the foot by making some mistakes. It was a great game all around, but it wasnt easy. We had to pull through and show discipline on both offense and defence troughout the whole game.
Luckily thats exactly what we did so we could get the win. I felt great running the ball and the o line did a great job at creating gaps I could run through. I felt satisfied with my game play by being able to bring the offense in scoring position so the recievers could end the drives with touchdowns.
The National team will keep on building and making preperations for the European cup and i’m thinking bout playing for a team in the GFL or elsewhere in Europe this 2015 Chris last stated. Smith and the Lions took home a 36-26 win over Catalonia in their 25th anniversary celebration game. We would like to wish Chris and his team’s the best in 2015!

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2014 All GFL Team

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ISN is pleased to announce this years 2014 All GFL Team!!.

QB’s
J.Sottilare FK
S.Jackson AC
Z.Cavanaugh TJ
P.Mattison LC

RB’s
M.Sims SHU
G.Dixon SH
L.Barthelmess SS
T.Deed DM
M.Davis CGC
A.Lindley RR
G.Barth BG
J.Duhaney HI

WR’s
M.Edmonds SS
C.Hafels AC
B.Kohn AC
P.Donahue LC
C.Harms LC
B.Mau EFP
R.Rioux DM
F.weigel SS
J.Joyner FK

DB’s
A.Mofondo AC
D.Donaldson DM
P.Motzki SH
C.Slater MM
M.Schimpfhauser MC
A.Chappuis DM
M.Haselbach BB
A.Hall BB
M.Lindner KW
K.Frischmann KW
S.Guenaltay KE

LB’s
R.Newell MC
A.Rosette AC
T.Feser FK
K.Homri BL
K.Ellison SH
N.Reyna RR
N.Wiggins TJ
J.Silva Gomez DD
N.Witt LC
S.Bsharat HH

OL
B.Lions

DL
B.Lions

K
T.Goebel BL
P.Floeser SS
T.Kreuzer WP
M.Saine HH

P
J.Eisenbraun
C.Waldemer KW

Swiss National Team Seeking Revenge

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Tomorrow the match between the national teams of Serbia and Switzerland will face off in Winterthur in Deutweg Stadium. Kickoff is at 14 o’clock, the entrance fee is 10 euros. This will be the third time meeting between the two teams. In 2007 Switzerland clearly won with 32:19 but 5 years later the Serbs were in the final of the European Championship and took that game 20:14 successfully and thus increased there reputation, while Switzerland lost a bit of respect . Amazingly football was organized in Serbia but around 2003 and in 2005 started being played on a larger scale, where in Switzerland American Football is actively played since the 80’s. So now for the Alps Warriors the chance of power again is in sight. The Swiss national team had multi-day training camp from which extended over two weekends in Winterthur. The Winterthur Head Coach Antonio Morisco took the coaching job in the defense of the national team, which made Warriors team manager Alice Malherbe responsible for the organization of the camp. Switzerland will rely rookie quarterback Dea Baumann. Baumann at 6’3 220 has the size to take off when needed and can also make all the necessary throws. Baumann surprised everyone this past season with his poise and ability to manage the game when he took over for injured Cedric Townsend of the Calanda Bronco. Baumann will have two outstanding targets to throw at. Brian Keene with his 6’4 frame and soft hands should be a can’t miss, and Wes Welker like Adrian Suenderhauf at 6 foot catches everything in his area. The Serbians office is led by 21 year old running back Mihajlo Josovic of the Vukovi Belgrade. In last years group B championships he rushed for 236 yards and 2 touchdowns in just three games and will be the focal point of the Serbs offense.
Michael Snyder

CAFL News!!!

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Beijing China – Shenyang, one of the last  Chinese universities to start a CAFL football program, at the top at the end.

The program, only founded just 3 months ago, showed tremendous growth over the course of the tournament, and found themselves in Saturday’s championship game against a Hebei team that had not been challenged all week. The mood was as dramatic as the game itself.  Perfect blue sky on a 88-degree day. The game was as heated as the weather, and so were the young players, who were playing organized competition for the first time.

In a wild first quarter, with rugged play and hard hitting, the official crew was put to the test, when both benches emptied after a hard hitting collision. Three key Hebei players were ejected, one player was tossed for Shenyang. The brawl seemed to inspire the underdogs. They trailed Hebei most of the way, but the teams were never separated by more than 9 points. In a wild fourth quarter, Shenyang grabbed their first lead. They held on to win the first CAFL China Collegiate Championship 46-42.

University of Montreal quarterback named Offensive Player of the Week

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The University of Montreal quarterback Gabriel Cousineau has been named CIS offensive player of the week. Gabriel has had a series of great performances but his performance in the 36-3 victory over Concordia Saturday was big. Completing 85% of his passes Gabriel was 23 for 27 with 300 yard. Gabriel is ranked the top quarterback in CIS averaging 287 yards a game. After a stint of five consecutive victories the Carabins have a bye week. They return to action Saturday October 25th at Coulter Field vs the 1-4 Bishop Gaiters.

Sorce M.Dauphinais

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