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Updated Nov. 12, 2014

 2014 WBC Report  

2015 Status: pending 2015 GM commitment

Joe Powell, VA

2014 Champion

Event History
1991    Mike Fitzgerald    22
1992    Bill Cleary    30
1993    Paul O'Neil    30
1994    Gordon Rodgers    42
1995    David Terry    36
1996    Bruce Reiff    30
1997    Paul O'Neil    32
1998    Paul O'Neil    24
1999    Bruce Reiff    27
2000    Bruce Reiff    28
2001    Bruce Reiff    25
2002    Bill Cleary    27
2003    Bruce Reiff    32
2004     Kevin Keller    31
2005    Bruce Reiff    28
2006    Ken Whitesell    32
2007     Bruce Reiff    35
2008     Bruce Reiff    23
2009    Bert Schoose    33
2010    Bruce Reiff    30
2011    Joe Powell    28
2012    Joe Powell    22
2013    Bruce Reiff    26
2014    Joe Powell    24

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Bruce Reiff        OH    14    284
  2.  Bill Cleary        MD    09     99
  3.  Joe Powell         VA    14     90
  4.  Ken Whitesell      PA    13     75
  5.  Ray Stakenas II    CA    13     68
  6.  Bert Schoose       IL    14     64
  7.  David Rynkowski    NY    14     63
  8.  Kevin Keller       MD    13     51
  9.  Paul O'Neil        MD    14     45
 10.  Dan Dolan Jr       NJ    14     28
 11.  Marvin Birnbaum    NY    07     24
 12.  Arthur Davis       MI    04     21
 13.  Jason Levine       NY    04     18
 14.  Stan Buck          MD    01     18
 15.  Erik Arneson       PA    10     14
 16.  Jim Vroom          PA    11     13
 17.  Stuart Tucker      MD    04     12
 18.  Sumner Clarren     MD    00     12
 19.  Dave Denton        NY    07      9
 20.  Keith Schoose      CA    03      9
 21.  David Anderson     PA    00      9
 22.  Ray Stakenas       MI    08      8
 23.  Gordon Rodgers     PA    00      8
 24.  Wes Coates         MD    13      6
 25.  Doug Galullo       MD    12      6
 26.  Michael Schoose    IL    09      6
 27.  Tom Shaw           MD    00      6
 28.  Alan Moon          MA    99      6
 29.  Josh Cooper        MD    08      4
 30.  Nicole Reiff       OH    10      3
 31.  Debbie Bell        MD    03      3
 32.  Pitt Crandlemire   MA    01      3
 33.  Jeremy Billones    VA    00      3
 34.  Sean McCulloch     OH    12      2
 35.  Harry Flawd        PA    99      2

2014 Laurelists                       Repeating Laurelists:

Paul O'Neil, MD
2nd

Bert Schoose, IL
3rd

David Rynkowski, NY
4th

Dan Dolan Jr, VT
5th

Bruce Reiff, OH
6th

Past Winners

Mike Fitzgerald, CT
1991

Bill Cleary, MD
1992, 2002

Paul O'Neil, MD
1993, 1997-1998

Gordon Rodgers, PA
1994

Dave Terry, MD
1995

Bruce Reiff, OH
96,99-01,03,05,07-08,10,13

Kevin Keller, MD
2004

Ken Whitesell, PA
2006

Bert Schoose, IL
2009

Joe Powell, PA
2011-12, 2014

Kevin Keller donned his AFFSL colors to play Dan Dolan,Jr. The remnants of the Baltimore Football Strategy league continue to acquit themselves well.

Joe Powell made it 3 out of 4 over Bruce Reiff as the title holders of the last four years met again with the big kahuna coming out on the short end.

The best way to win a Final - don't have to play it ...

This report is going to start with a riddle: How does a 2-player game crown a champion without a championship match when there was no forfeit involved? It's not that tough of a riddle since for the second time in the history of the tournament, the winner of the event was crowned by winning both of the heats. Joe Powell racked up his third title in the past four years by cruising through both brackets undefeated.

The 2013 decision to move the "second" heat of the event from Thursday night to Monday night (who doesn't love some Monday Night Football!?) continued to pay dividends for the attendance for this legacy event. As a matter of fact, more players joined the Monday heat (19) than joined the regular Wednesday night heat (16).

In the Monday heat, the returning finalists, Kevin Keller and Bruce Reiff, both rolled to impressive Round 1 double-digit wins. Bruce had turned down a bye that was offered; Joe Powell happily accepted it. Other first round winners included Wes Coates (he scored the most points - 42 and had the largest margin of victory in this round), Dan Dolan Jr., Paul O'Neil, Doug Galullo, David Rynkowski, Larry Lingle and Bert Schoose.

Larry declined to advance (always so many things going on at WBC!) and so to make the numbers work best for the remainder of the heat, so did Bert. The re-drawn bracket ended up with Bruce and Joe, who have now racked up 13 championships in this event between them, playing one another. Both defensive coordinators decided to take the night off as they put 84 points on the board. Unfortunately for Bruce, Joe had 50 of them. In a really tight match, Paul defeated returning laurelist Wes by a 30 to 27 score. Dan and David both put up dominating shutouts to advance to the semifinal round of the first heat.

David Rynkowski seems to have everyone's number in this event except for Joe Powell. Their semifinal match this night was no different with Joe posting a relatively easy 24-7 win. In the other semifinal, Paul O'Neill used a very strong pass defense (four interceptions - three 9G's and an 18F plus a safety (18C) to defeat Dan Dolan, Jr by a 32-20 score.

In the Heat 1 Final, the two AHFS League veterans had a nail-biter with Joe holding on for a 30-27 win. Both players started with a Ball Control offense but with his team trailing by 17 at halftime, Paul switched to Aerial to good effect. Joe used a 100 yard kickoff return and a fumbled kickoff by Paul to fuel his halftime lead. After both players were held to just a field goal in the third quarter, Paul mounted his comeback. He scored two touchdowns in the last stanza and held Joe scoreless but his comeback was thwarted by two interceptions (18F and 20J) which allowed Joe to hang on for the victory.

The Wednesday heat welcomed five new players for a perfect 16-player bracket. The highlight of the first round was Paul O'Neil's 33-31 victory over Stuart Tucker. Stuart worked his way into position to kick a game winning field goal but fate was not kind as his 50-50 chance ended up on the wrong side of lady luck allowing Paul to advance. Dave Rynkowski won his game in OT over Wes Coates by a 23-17 score. The other first round winners (Doug Galullo, Bruce Reiff, Bert Schoose, Joe Powell, Jim Burnett & Ray Stakenas, Sr.) racked up double-digit victories to advance to the second round.

In that round, Bert used a strong kick return game to rack up 45 points on his way to knocking off Bruce and insuring that Bruce would not be getting his 11th FBS title this year. Dave dominated to win by a 30-0 score, his second shutout of the event. Joe and Paul both rolled to victories in their games with Paul holding off a late rally (14 unanswered fourth quarter points) to win his game.

The heat semifinals saw Dave paired again vs his nemesis Joe and while the score and the game were much closer this time around, he was unable to get over the proverbial hump and Joe advanced to the bracket Final with a 23-20 win. Bert and Paul had a really tight game decided by a field goal with 15 seconds left on the clock 23-20 as Paul once again found himself 3 points short. Because of the remaining timeouts that Paul had, Bert kicked off deep and allowed Paul a long-gain runback. Paul was unable to take full advantage as he settled for a measly 40 yard return before time expired.

The bracket Final started out terribly for Joe as he was stopped on his opening drive and Bert went the distance to grab a 7-0 early lead. After that, Joe's championship pedigree took over and he held Bert to two field goals while he methodically got his offense in gear and dominated in a relatively easy 28-13 win.

The event calls for the heat winners to play one another in the championship match. In that game, Joe won 1-0 when the other Jo failed to show. Second place on down was decided based on the number of entrants in the respective heat and so the rest of the laurelists were decided with the tie-breaker going to the first heat participants.

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