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The Chase Has Officially Begun

05/28/2019, 9:45am CDT
By Staff Writer

The Chase Has Officially Begun

The regular season is over, and the Postseason is here. The race to the Presidents Cup hits its final turn.

We are just three days out from round 1 of the postseason and some amazing match-ups are going to be on display. The conference Championships will be played on June 15th and the National Presidents Cup Championship will be June 29th at Harland-Nelson Stadium in Parrish, AL just outside of Birmingham, AL.

APDFL North

1. Georgia Cobras
Cobras go into the postseason as the No. 1 team in the North and will have a first round bye this weekend. Having defeated each of their conference opponents over the course of the season, they will be heavily favored as they benefit by having home field advantage throughout the postseason.

Best Win: P-Town Wreckaz 24-18, Cobras defeated the conferences No. 2 team in a battle for the top seed in the conference.

Worst Loss: Gulf Coast Gators 16-19, in their only defeat on the season, Cobras traveled to the Gators and in a tough match-up came up short by a FG.

2. P-Town Wreckaz
Wreckaz came one game short of a perfect season. QB, Boshe Watkins, proved that he could possibly be the most underrated QB in the league as he picked apart opposing secondaries on a weekly basis. To complete their journey however, they will most likely have to make amends for their only loss on the season.

Best Win: Tuskegee Ayrmen 35-16, in what was expected to be a possible game of the year, the Wreckaz dismantled the Ayrmen and dominated them in all aspects of the game.

Worst Loss: Georgia Cobras 18-24, their only loss of the season was a tough one. Not only did it give them their lone blemish, but also took away the home field advantage.

3. Alabama Blackhawks
Blackhawks had a slow start going 1-3 over their first 4 games of the season. Since that time they have absolutely dominated each of their opponents while posting an astonishing 6-0 record. They have been able to control all aspects of the game and have continued to improve each time they step onto the field.

Best Win: Tuskegee Ayrmen 38-0, Blackhawks took to the road looking to defeat a high quality team as they had dropped their previous nationally recognized contests. Not only were they victorious, but they did so in impressive fashion.

Worst Loss: Crescent City Kings 7-12, the quality of loss wasn’t an issue however, the Kings took the trip to Birmingham with low numbers and proved that their will to win was greater as they pulled out the victory.

4. East Alabama Predators
Predators made their presence felt early on this season as they dominated in their season opener. Shortly there after the defense proved that they have the ability to stand among the best as they continuously scored points of their own and managed to keep their offense in each and every game.

Best Win: Crescent City Kings 19-13, Predators took to the road as they made the trip to New Orleans to face the undefeated Kings. Heavy underdogs, they fought tooth and nail for 60 minutes as they proved that scoring on their defense is a daunting task for any organization and handed the Kings their first loss of the 2019 season.

Worst Loss: Tuskegee Ayrmen 8-14, although a quality loss, the Predators will need to prove that they can now defeat the Ayrmen in the first round of the postseason.

5. Tuskegee Ayrmen
Ayrmen simply did not play up to their expectations over the course of the regular season. All-Star QB, Carl Davis, struggled from time to time and with what was projected to be a much improved supporting cast, was inconsistent throughout the season. A defense, packed with quality players, managed to give up 30 plus points in 3 of their 4 losses.

Best Win: East Alabama Predators 14-8, Ayrmen proved that they have what it takes to defeat their first round opponent on their home field. They will need to keep that momentum as they face them on the road in the first round.

Worst Loss: Georgia Cobras 14-20, a quality loss for sure as they came up short to the conferences No. 1 team. However, the Ayrmen had this contest all but sealed and packed away. With no time remaining on the clock in regulation the Ayrmen secondary had a blown coverage that led to a Cobras score. Cobras would go on to complete the come from behind win.

6. Georgia Noles
In a matter of 1 week the Noles have gone from the No. 7 seed, outside looking in, and are now officially the No. 6 seed entering the postseason. Dropping their first two games of the season, both played at home, the Noles needed to take to the road to finally get their first win of the season. They were able to return home after going 2-1 on the road and protected their home turf the remainder of the season.

Best Win: Florida Phoenix 30-22, it was win or go home this past weekend for the Noles. After falling behind 14-0, the Noles refocused and slowly took over the game. The win elevated them into the No. 6 seed and gave them much needed momentum heading into the postseason.

Worst Loss: Chilton Tigers 6-16, Noles dropped their season opener on their home turf to the Tigers. Tigers went on to win one additional game on the season by way of an administrative decision.

7. Alabama Tigers
Where most appeared to improve, the Tigers appeared to struggle. An early preseason injury to QB Dacoda McConnell, appeared to be detrimental for the Tigers and they simply could not regroup. After an administrative decision, the Tigers were awarded a win in their season opener giving them 3 straight wins to open the season. After which they completed the season 1-5 over the course of their final 6 games.

Best Win: Steel City Raptors 8-0, Tigers defeated the Raptors in their home opener giving them the head-to-head advantage which proved to be the defining factor in their advancement to the postseason.

Worst Loss: Gulf Coast Gators 0-61, Tigers made the short trip to Shalimar to face nationally ranked Gators and were demolished in doing so.

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