Final offensive stats leaders in Finland offer a couple of surprises

With the regular season now over and the playoffs looming in Finland’s Maple League, AFI presents the final regular-season stats leaders in the key offensive categories of passing, rushing, and receiving yardage.

Surprisingly, the United Newland Crusaders, who did not make the playoffs, led the way with four representatives among the 15, including two category leaders.

Of the remaining six teams, the Kuopio Steelers tied with the Crusaders for the most representatives in the three stats categories with four while the Porvoo Butchers and Wasa Royals had two each. The Helsinki Roosters, Seinäjoki Crocodiles, and Helsinki Wolverines all had one representative.

United Newland Crusaders QB Robert Johnson led all passers in Finland’s Maple League throwing for 2,191 yards in an eight-game season. His 19 passing TDs was second-best in the country. Well behind him in second spot was Miro Kadmiry, QB for the Helsinki Roosters who threw for 1,683 yards and a league-leading 21 TDs. Third place was Kuopio Steeler’s Joey Bradley with 1,542 yards and 13 passing TDS while Jabari Harris of the Porvoo Butchers was 4th with 1,517 yards. Wasa Royals QB Brandon Gwinner wound up 5th after throwing for 1,158 yards.

As he was a year ago, Seinäjoki Crocodiles RB Christian Powell is once again the leading rusher in the Maple League. His 1,305 yards (7.3 yards/carry) rushing topped all running backs although Le’anthony Reasnover of the Kuopio Steelers was not far behind with 1,252 yards (8.8 yards/carry). The 3rd leading rusher, Kameron Harris of the United Newland Crusaders had 646 yards while Porvoo Butchers RB Sean McAllen rushed for 493 yards, good for 4th. Steelers backup RB Tuuka Lehtonen rounded out the top five with 484 yards rushing.

The leading receiver in the Maple League was Crusaders WR Finn Kearns who hauled in 43 passes for 638 yards while teammate Kameron Harris was 2nd with his 477 yards. Helsinki Wolverines WR Curtis Slater caught 24 passes for 435 yards, good for 3rd while Tommy Kaczocha of the Wasa Royals was 4th with his 427 yards receiving. Steelers WR Jeff Alexandre finished 5th overall in receiving yardage with 396 yards.

Graphics: Igor Lazarevic

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