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What a rush

Spartans 39-7 Chiefs


Team 1 2 3 4 T Outcome
Spartans 7 13 13 6 39 Win
Chiefs 0 7 0 0 7 Loss

The Spartans looked to make a statement against the struggling Chiefs via a physical rushing attack, mission accomplished! Volar and Ottens combining for 4 rushing scores, on a day in which both QB’s struggled (combined 8 interceptions).

The Chiefs lone highlight being Henshaw making a house call via Webb.

The Spartans passing game is a work in progress, can they get hot at the business end of the season? A must win rematch with the Hogs awaits next week, if the Spartans hope to finish top.

SPARTANS: Webb 1 passing. Martin 1 receiving. #82 punt return TD. Volar 3 rushing. Ottens 1 rushing.
CHIEFS: Henshaw INT return for TD.



It’s been a thrilling few weeks since I last brought an instalment of 4th and Goal to the good gridiron people of the Festival State. These are 10 things that caught my eye during the period and some thoughts ahead of the Super Saturday approaching.

  1. The Gridiron SA highlight videos are great. Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten to as many games as I’d liked to have, but I was able to see the best of plays through these short videos. As a service to the players, coaches (and their friends and families) I have put together a visualisation that allows everyone to see the scoring leaders.
    The best feature, I think, is that click on those circles (on the QB and Player screens), and a tab opens that will show you that scoring play. Amazing for quickly reviewing a specific player’s highlights. It has got all scoring plays up to the end of Round 9. Check it out here
  2. Ok, so I watched a lot of highlights to put that together, and one thing that stood out to me was the Eagles ground attack with Joshua Long and John Seve. They’ve combined for 6 rushing TDs and they have propelled the Eagles to within touching distance of a finals berth. Look at Long’s power run against the Oilers in Week 8!
  3. Also, Andre Benjamin’s been slinging it and has had some big strikes since returning to QB duties with the Chiefs.  Check out this strike to Brandon Kelly against the Hogs; one mate who suck in NFL fantasy wants to add Kelly to his side! The Chiefs resurgence has been dampened by their ability to stop opponents, however this just means an entertaining game for the neutral with lots of scoring.
  4. Joshua Welbourn has thrown 19 TDs this year to 7 different receivers. The ground game of the Hogs has improved somewhat with Jaden Valles a tough player to bring down.
  5. The Spartans secondary continues to produce turnovers, luckily, they’re not concerned with keeping count; this pick 6 (below) is one such play. The Spartans have only conceded 65 points but have scored 24 points in interceptions (for a net of 41 point) when the opposition has the ball.
  6. Rhys Smith has filled in for Michael Tedmanson, with the latter returning for the game against the Eagles in Week 8.  I love the dual-headed QB monster (from my time in NFL Europe, but that’s another story) and the options it provides to spark the Oilers offense, especially in the upcoming contest with the Chiefs porous defense.
  7. The Hogs lost this time last year (the 18th November 2017 matchup) to the Spartans which sparked a run of four defeats in a row.  They are on a 9-0 run since including three in a row against the Spartans.
  8. The Spartans haven’t lost to a team other than the Hogs in their last 14 attempts (since the 2016 finals).  They kept that streak going last week with a convincing win over the resurgent Eagles.
  9. With the Hogs most likely getting the bye this weekend’s matchup between our two best sides could be a dead rubber.  However, the Spartans will be smarting from three narrow losses, so this game will go a long way to determine the psychology of the Spartans heading into a probable Great Southern Bowl matchup.  This appears a must win game for the Spartans and on the other side I am sure the Hogs will be up for it with a perfect season on the line.
  10. You could be forgiven for overlooking the late game on Saturday.  Whilst the Oilers are on an 0-5 slide, they have played hard every and every game. The Chiefs are showing a lot in their passing attack with Benjamin hooking up with Alex Thorpe and Brandon Kelly.  They’ve split the games previously and so it should be a good contest to avoid the wooden spoon.


Hogs 14 v 13 Spartans


Team 1 2 3 4 OT T Outcome
Hogs 6 0 8 14 Win
Spartans 7 3 3 0 13 Loss

The Hogs and Spartans entered week 8 battling for the bye, so a physical matchup was expected. Fans were treated with hard hitting and momentum swings, as the Spartans scored on their first drive due to a blown coverage assignment. The hogs responded with multiple methodical drives, but were hurt by penalties and unable to score.

The Spartans moved the ball well during the second quarter, Webb converting a field goal to take a 10-0 lead. The Hogs replied immediately, a pass orientated drive with Berrington being the recipient of multiple catches and the eventual TD reception.

Late in the third the Spartans elected to kick from inside the 5, giving them a 13 – 6 lead, hoping their D could limit the Hogs attack.

The comeback kids thought otherwise, down 8 with under two minutes left in regulation the Hogs took advantage of a Spartans turnover. Berrington converting a key 4th and 5 before hauling in the TD reception (2nd for the game), leaving the Hogs with a decision, kick for the tie or go for the win. The Hogs elected to go for the win, converting behind the power running of Valles, who capped off a fantastic rushing afternoon by scoring the game winning points.

A excellent contest and maybe a preview of December football.

The Hogs will now look to lock up the bye, this week facing the one-win Chiefs.

The Spartans face the intriguing Eagles, whom are in form of late. Should be an exciting weekend at Riverside.


HOGS: Welbourn 2 passing. Berrington 2 receiving.
SPARTANS: Webb 1 passing, 2 FG. Martin 1 receiving.



Eagles 39 v 20 Oilers


Team 1 2 3 4 T Outcome
Oilers 0 6 7 7 20 Loss
Eagles 13 14 0 12 39 Win

The Eagles might just be onto something! After losing twice by a single point, they now have two on the trot and have been putting up points.

The Oilers seemed to have lost something, after finishing 2017 on a high and winning their first two, have been stuck in reverse of late.

The Eagles started strong and scored quickly, going up 27 before the Oilers responded late in the second quarter, 27-6 at the main break. The strong start proved to be a margin the Oilers could simply not overcome.

The Oilers fought hard, managing to close the gap to 20 at one stage, but the Eagles proved to be too strong. Will the Oilers use the week off to settle on a QB and get back on track before a rematch against the Eagles?

Can the Eagles make a serious push for finals? They’ll need to show up this week and protect the football against the Spartans if they want to be playing December football.


EAGLES: Crummey 2 passing.  Seve 1 rushing, Burford 1 receiving. Ionko 1 receiving. Djaic INT return TD. Long 2 rushing.
OILERS: Tedmanson 1 passing. Hays 1 receiving. Stewart 1 rushing. Smith 1 rushing.


Comeback Kids

Hogs 18 v 9 Oilers


Team 1 2 3 4 T Outcome
Oilers 3 6 0 0 9 Loss
Hogs 0 0 2 16 18 Win

The Hogs squared off against the Oilers for the first time this season (strange scheduling) looking to improve on the lackluster performance the week prior.

After steady improvement to begin the 2018 campaign (two wins, equaling 2017) the Oilers have taken a step backward without QB Tedmanson on the field.

The Oilers opened strong, quickly establishing that they were here to play, leading by 7 early in the fourth quarter. The hogs kicked into gear and scored 16 points in the final minutes, prevailing 18-9.

Will we see Tedmanson back on the field this week, as the Oilers fight for third place against an improved Eagle squad?

The Hogs have been behind in the fourth the last three games, scoring a combined 40 points in those quarters to stay unbeaten, can they generate early pressure in what is the round of the match. Can the Hogs prevail and secure a finals berth?


RAZORBACKS: Welbourn 2 passing. Valles 1 receiving, 1 rushing. Morton 1 receiving.
OILERS: Stewart 1 rushing. Anderson 1 FG.


High flying

Eagles 36 v 13 Chiefs


Team 1 2 3 4 T Outcome
Eagles 0 20 7 9 36 Win
Chiefs 0 0 6 7 13 Loss

The Chiefs found a little rhythm last week, pushing the Hogs for 3 quarters, would they be able to secure their second win of the season against the winless (but improving) Eagles?

Not this time. The Eagles continually harassed Benjamin, never allowing the Chiefs to gain momentum, as they added to the scoreboard, via an improved rushing attack.

The Chiefs have a tough road ahead, can they regroup during the off week and start to generate scoreboard pressure (averaging 13 points per game)?

The Eagles appear to be headed in the right direction, pushing the Spartans and Oilers to the wire, losing each game by one point, before dropping the hammer on the Chiefs. Can they get on up on the Oilers and move into third place?

Riverside at 1pm to find out.


EAGLES: Crummy 1 passing. Long 1 receiving, 1 return. Burford 1 rushing. Ionko 1 rushing. Seve 1 rushing. Plowman 1 FG.
CHIEFS: Benjamin 1 passing. Thorpe 1 receiving. Henshaw INT return TD.


It’s a trap

Hogs 22 v 12 Chiefs



Team 1 2 3 4 T Outcome
Hogs 0 7 0 15 22 Win
Chiefs 0 6 0 6 12 Loss

The Hogs walked onto the pitch very much expecting an easy win, the first play a 70 yard Welbourn to Morton connection and it looked like more of the same (60 v 8 earlier in the season, Morton with 3 TD’s).  The Hogs very quickly found out this game would be different.

The rotation at center continued for the Hogs, resulting it two fumbles in the first quarter.

The return of Benjamin means a pretty deep ball, firing early and often to Myers and Kelly, both hauling in long scores during the contest.

A penalty flooded affair, turned this game into a difficult one to watch, the Hogs eventually putting Valles to work late in the fourth, scoring via the run and pass.

The Hogs look to tighten up their performance and attitude, while the Chiefs are up against the winless Eagles.


RAZORBACKS: Welbourn 2 passing. Valles 1 receiving, 1 rushing. Plamondon 1 receiving.
CHIEFS: Benjamin 2 passing. Kelly 1 receiving. Meyers 1 receiving.


Turn it over

Spartans 28 v 2 Oilers



Team 1 2 3 4 T Outcome
Oilers 2 0 0 0 2 Loss
Spartans 7 3 6 12 28 Win

The Oilers again took the field without starting QB and leader Tedmanson, and the offensive struggles continued. The Spartans applying constant pressure, forcing 5 interceptions and 2 pick sixes.

The Oilers only score coming via a Spartans intentional safety, avoiding punting from their own endzone.

The Spartans look to be back on track after a losing to the Hogs and scraping past the eagles a week ago. Is this the year they have a pass game to compliment a strong run game, Web again throwing a score.

The Oilers look forward to the return of Tedmanson, will we see him this week VS the Hogs?


SPARTANS: Web 1 passing. Vegera INT TD. Volar 1 rushing, INT TD. 87 1 reception.


Kicking themselves




Team 1 2 3 4 T Outcome
Eagles 6 0 7 6 19 Loss
Spartans 0 6 8 6 20 Win

Showing steady improvement, would the Eagles knock off the Spartans after their first loss in over a year? The probably should have, and will be kicking themselves that they didn’t.

The Spartans continue to move away from their traditional power offence, featuring the pass far more often. Webb connecting with Reichstein three times.

Untimely errors and turnover continue to cost the Eagles at critical moments in games, the Eagles could easily be sitting at 2-2, but haven’t managed to close the last two weeks. Losing each game by a single point.

Given the bye week to regroup, will the Eagles iron out their turnover issues and record their first win against the Chief on the 20th?

Are the last two weeks and aberration, or has the competition figured out how to slow the Spartans? Should be a good contest against the Oilers, whom are looking to rebound from their first loss of the season.


SPARTANS: Webb 3 passing. Reichstein 3 receiving.
EAGLES: Crummy 2 passing. Draper 1 receiving. Long 1 receiving. Burford fumble recovery TD.


Chiefs light up the oil




Team 1 2 3 4 T Outcome
Oilers 0 6 6 6 18 Loss
Chiefs 12 6 6 14 38 Win

Benjamin returned at QB for the Chiefs after missing the first 3 games, managing the game well and avoiding crucial mistakes as his team took advantages of Oilers errors.

Playing without Tedmanson and undermanned, the Oilers fought well but were undone via inexperience, as the Chiefs scored twice defensively and via special teams. Smith filled in well in relief of Tedmanson, with 2 scores, but the team effort of the Chiefs proved unbeatable.

A well rounded game from the Chiefs, scoring in all three phases and chalking up their first victory of the season.


CHIEFS: Benjamin 1 passing. Meyers 1 receiving, 1 INT for TD. Kelly 1 receiving, 1 kick return TD. Edwards 1 rushing. #18 fumble recovery TD.
OILERS: Smith 2 passing, 1 rushing. Schibani 2 receiving.