FCF 2021 Results: Johnny Manziel Scores TD Week 1 as Wild Aces, Beasts Earn Wins

Blake SchusterSenior Analyst IIFebruary 14, 2021

FILE - In this April 7, 2018, file photo, former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) prepares for a developmental Spring League football game in Austin, Texas. Manziel is heading to the Canadian Football League, the latest move for the Heisman Trophy winner whose NFL career was a bust with the Cleveland Browns. The quarterback said on Twitter on Saturday, May 19, 2018,  he signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
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Fan Controlled Football roared to life Saturday as the new pro league's opening night gave viewers a chance not only to collaborate on building teams but also call plays in real time.

As the video game-esque league gets underway, one thing remains clear: It was built for nonstop highlights.

Fan Controlled Football @fcflio

Wow. What an ending. @FCFBeasts win. https://t.co/LH1PPHobzG

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

In Fan Controlled Football, the point-after attempts are 1-on-1 matchups 🔥 (via @fcflio) https://t.co/zviuUdnosz

Wild Aces @FCFWildAces

WE’RE ALL TIED UP https://t.co/IJGdXPiDPm

Week 1 saw the Wild Aces take the inaugural game 30-22 over the Glacier Boys, while quarterback Johnny Manziel and the Zappers fell to the Beasts 48-44 on an epic final drive.

The former Heisman Trophy winner pulled out every trick he had on the last play of regulation, scrambling around the field before hitting an open receiver only to see him taken out at the goal line as time expired. For a league looking to satisfy football fans one week after the NFL ended its season, this certainly qualified.

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😂😭 @JManziel2 https://t.co/t82NwG5BRR

Manziel was electric all game as the Zappers' franchise quarterback, running in a touchdown early on while fans called on him to throw the deep ball on multiple occasions.

Fan Controlled Football @fcflio

Johnny Manziel’s first FCF snap almost goes for 6. Watch live: https://t.co/wCfHUSeLKg https://t.co/9Y8p1ezNRM

The seven-on-seven league features a few key differences from other football organizations that make watching every play imperative for fans. For starters, aside from predetermined franchise players like Manziel, all teams are redrafted every Wednesday night. Even if a team is playing poorly, it's incumbent on its fans to continue scouting all athletes on the field to prepare for the following week's draft.

More than a few players improved their stock heading into Week 2.

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This run from @CoachMarchi 😧 Watch live: https://t.co/wCfHUSeLKg https://t.co/TQafLegWQq

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My guy broke out a @Wendys burger for the TD celebration 🍔 #ad https://t.co/awrC9mTd94

Sporting News @sportingnews

David Pindell scores the first touchdown in FCF history 🏃‍♂️💨 https://t.co/i2F3jyam2V

Beasts quarterback Quinton Flowers is certainly one of the top names to watch after his play Saturday. The former USF star showed off his arm strength and improvisation on multiple plays, becoming one of the breakout stars of Week 1.

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.@SpotTheBall_9 with another bomb. We’re tied at 14. Watch live: https://t.co/wCfHUSeLKg https://t.co/GK4hd2FLa2

Fan Controlled Football @fcflio

.@SpotTheBall_9 goes crazy. 7-7 Watch live: https://t.co/wCfHURXalG https://t.co/EAJ11GzCMV

Fan Controlled Football @fcflio

Wow. Sick pass. Sick catch. The @FCFGlacierBoyz re-take the lead. Watch live: https://t.co/wCfHUSeLKg https://t.co/nrCQMq37EF

However, Flowers was very nearly upstaged by one of the Beasts co-owners, as former NFL star Marshawn Lynch attempted to suit up and take a few snaps.

Lynch jumped onto the FCF Twitch broadcast and admitted, in NSFW terms, that watching the game made him want to get out there. When the hosts began laughing, Lynch made clear he was serious and left to go suit up. Despite getting in pads, the league determined just before kickoff that he would not be taking the field.

With fans in control of the rules as well as the plays, it's possible the league creates a path for Lynch to take a few snaps in the future.

For now, he'll just celebrate his first victory with the Beasts from the stands.