Expanded German Football League final stats filled with surprises

With the German Football League regular season at an end and the playoffs looming, the expanded stats leaderboards make for interesting reading.

Dresden Monarch’s WR Kevonn Mabon has retained his first place in receiving yardage but added All Purpose yards while Chris McClendon of the Bruanschweig New Yorker Lions finished the year atop the rushing leaderboard. And as he has done for much of the season, Marburg Mercenries quarterback Jake Sullivan  topped the GFL in overall passing yardage and average yards per game.by a wide margin.

We have also added five extra categories including All-Purpose Yards, Tackles, Sacks, Points Scored and Interceptions.

The expanded list offers an explanation of why the Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns and Braunschweig New Yorker Lions enter the playoffs unbeaten.

The Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns topped the lists with six players in total while the Marburg Mercenaries, Dresden Monarchs and Braunschweig New Yorker Lions had five apiece. Behind them with four was the Munich Cowboys while the Stuttgart Scorpions, Hildesheim Invaders, Allgäu Comets and Potsdam Royals had three each. The Frankfurt Universe had two players among the 43 while the Kirchdorf Wildcats. Kiel Baltic Hurricanes and Berlin Rebels were each represented by one player. Three teams did not have any representation: The Dusseldorf Panther, Ingolstadt Dukes and Cologne Crocodiles.

Passing

Marburg Mercenaries QB Jake Sullivan took the passing yardage lead partway into the season and then never let up amassing 4,359 yards and a league-leading 43 TDs. Steven Cluley, QB of the Frankfurt Universe held onto 2nd despite playing only two quarters against  both Marburg and Stuttgart and has 3,563  yards while Stuttgart’s QB Michael Eubank wound up 3rd with 3,547 yards. Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns QB Jadrian Clark  finished the year with 3,272 yards putting him 4th while Casey Therriault from the Hildesheim Invaders slid to 5th with his 3,137 yards after sitting out the final win of the year against the Potsdam Royals.

Rushing

Chris McClendon of the Braunschweig New Yorker Lions powered his way to the top of the rushing leaderboard in the latter half of the season and then stayed there finishing with 1,475 yards and 15 TDs. Gennadiy Adams of the Potsdam Royals held onto 2nd with his 1,246 yards while Marburg Mercenaries RB Triston McCathern wound up 3rd with 867.  Frankfurt Universe’s Justin Rodney ended the season in 4th with 864 and in 4th while Giacomo DePaulit of the Stuttgart Scorpions climbed back up into the top 5 ending the season with 796 yards.

Receiving

Kevonn Mabon of the Dresden Monarchs caught 111 passes for 1,680 yards to finish as the leading receiver in terms of yardage in the GFL. Jaylen Zachery of the Munich Cowboys missed four  games but still finished as the second leading receiver in the GFL and has hauled in 1,446 yards in 12 games. Hildesheim Invaders WR Nathaniel Morris returned to action after missing three games and wound up 3rd with 1,144 while Tyler Rutenbeck had 128 yards receiving in the final game of the year, a 51-8 drubbing of the Comets and finished 4th with 1,123 yards and a league-best 20 TDs. His teammate, receiver, Nate Robitaille slipped to 5th with 1,090 yards.

All Purpose

All-Purpose Yards is an important and sometimes overlooked offensive stat and Monarchs WR KeVonn Maboon led the league here too with 2,275 yards. Triston McCathern of the Mercenaries was 2nd with 1,933 yards while  Jaylen Zachery of the Cowboys finished 3rd with 1,881. Hildesheim Invaders WR  Nate Morris had 1,1813 yards good for 4th while Christian McClendon had 1,755 placing him 5th overall.

Scoring

Tyler Rutenbeck of the Schwabisch Hall Unicorns led the league in TDs and points while averaging 8.6 points a game with Maboon right behind him with 114 points and 19 TDs. In third spot and the top kicker was Tim Stadelmary of the Unicorns who had 8 FGs and 82 PATs in 14 games for 106 points. The QB for the Braunscweig New Yorker Lions, Brandon Connette showed his versatility scoring 17 TDs and a pair of two-pt conversions for 104 points total. Tied for 5th spot are three players with 102 points each, Christian McClendon of the Lions (17 TDs), teammate Tobias Goebel (10 FGs 72 PATS) and Nate Robitaille of the Unicorns (17 TDs(.

Tackles

AJ Wentland has been a one-man tackling machine again in 2019. As he did in 2018, he led the league from wire to wire, with 182 tackles averaging 13 a game. Following him in second was Marburg Mercenaries LB Justus Moreland who had 162 in 14 games. As he always is, Munich Cowboys LB Ryan Newell was among the tackling leaders and finished in 3rd spot with 157 while Darin Hungerford of the Kiel Baltic Hurricanes wound up 4th with 155. Dustin Illetschko of the Potsdam Royals finished 5th. He had 144 tackles.

Sacks

Potsdam Royals DE Kyle Kitchens terrorized quarterbacks this season and finished the year with 16 sacks. In 2nd place was Francis Bah of the Allgäu Comets who had 10  with 9 solo while his teammate Johannes Wagner tied with him with 10 (6 solo). Justus Moreland of the Mercenaries also had 10 (5 solo) as did Kirchdorf Wildcats DL Shannon Smith who had 4 solo.

Interceptions

Two players tied for the lead in interceptions as both Jacob Wuesthoff of the Munich Cowboys and Allgau Comets DB Malcolm Washington snagged 10 each. Dresden Monarchs DB Omari Williams had 9 picks in 14 games while Marcus Bratton of the Stuttgart Scorpions also had 9 with 150 return yardage. Following up in 5th was Berlin Rebels DB Paul Morant who grabbed 6 in his eight games.

Graphics: Igor Lazarevic

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