Colors: Vegas Gold / Black
Home Field: UW-River Falls
2017 Record: 7-1 (Overall 8-3)
Lifetime Record: 27-23
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The Final Regular Season Rankings found the Warriors on-top for the first time all year, which held true for Final Rankings. In fact, after the playoffs there were no changes to the rankings.
1. Minneapolis Warriors (6-2; 10-2) +0
Best: 1 | Worst: 7
Minneapolis started the season at (1-2), but ended with an 8-game winning streak to capture the Elite Bowl title.
2. St. Paul Pioneers (6-2; 9-4) +0
Best: 1 | Worst: 3
St Paul spent most the year as the #1, but with some late season losses and their first loss in the playoffs in over 8 years; they end the season as #2.
3. Northland Bulls (7-1; 8-3) +0
Best: 3 | Worst: 7
The Bulls started the year (0-2), but rebounded nicely going (7-1) in the East Division. They ended up falling short in the Elite Bowl.
4. Fargo Invaders (6-2; 6-4) +0
Best: 1 | Worst: 4
After spending a majority of season at #2, the Invaders move to #1 was short lived as they finished the season with 3 straight losses.
5. River City Rough Riders (6-2; 9-5) +0
Best: 3 | Worst: 5
River City started hot, but came across some loses in the 2nd half of the season; ultimately losing to the Bulls in the playoffs.
6. Chippewa Valley Predators (4-4; 6-5) +0
Best: 5 | Worst: 7
The Predators qualified for the playoffs, but fell short in the first round; ending the year a game above .500
7. Fox Valley Force (3-5; 3-7) +0
Best: 4 | Worst: 7
Fox Valley had some exciting wins and had some meaningful games late in the season, but couldn't quite make it into the playoffs.
8. Battle Creek Sting (1-7; 2-7) +0
Best: 8 | Worst: 9
The Sting book-ended their season with wins.
9. Hudson Thunderhawks (0-8; 1-10) +0
Best: 9 | Worst: 10
Hudson picked up a non-NEFL, but couldn't remain consistent through the season.
10. Minnesota Brawlers (1-7; 1-7) +0
Best: 8 | Worst: 10
Minnesota had their challenges both on and off the field, in their last year in the NEFL.
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For the leagues 10th Anniversary, the NEFL has switched things up a bit. Previously, Each team chose their own All-Stars based on the number of wins they had. In 2017, each team nominated players from their respective teams; and then representatives from each team met to discuss All-Stars by each position group, followed by a ranking system after the discussion.
Some of the positions were close, so a 2nd ranking was done from the pool of players that just missed the cut; awarding 2 additional All-Star spots for each Division.
The players below are the best at what they do, in arguably one of the best Leagues in the country.
The time is here. Championship Day, as a New Champion will be crowned; either the Minneapolis Warriors or the Northland Bulls.
#1 Minneapolis Warriors (6-2; 9-2) @ #1 Northland Bulls (7-1; 8-2)
7:00pm at University of Wisconsin - River Falls, WI
The two teams haven't played since last year, when the Bulls were in the West Division. This is a whole new Warriors team though, from Head Coach Willie Howard to Kahn Powell as OC, and a roster stacked with players who have won Championships. So looking at last year probably isn't a fair comparison.
If we want to look at similar teams played in 2017, we might get a better idea but it's still not the best way to determine who will win.
So each team has improved throughout the year with their biggest win coming in the playoffs. Comparing scores, the Warriors have been the tougher team; but on the field matchups are everything, so let's just throw that all out the window.
Many have said the West is a tougher division, which showed in the Rankings as the Warriors, Invaders, & Pioneers were often the Top 3 teams. But the Bulls came from the West and have ran through the East with a 7-1 record, so it's hard to gauge this matchup off that too.
Prediction: One team is going to get up by two scores, but Championship teams don't fold.. So the winner will be on the comeback to seal the win 28-21 in one of the more memorable Elite Bowls.
Come out to University of Wisconsin - River Falls for this one!! The NEFL All-Stars will be announced at halftime, which gives you more of a reason to attend. If you cannot make it, be sure to tune-in to the Live Stream on our Facebook page or on our website Homepage.