Gladiators Host Tampa Bay Storm on Fan Salute Night at The Q
Tonight, the fourth-place Cleveland Gladiators (3-8) kick off Week 14 of the 2017 AFL season vs. the second-place Tampa Bay Storm (8-2) at Quicken Loans Arena in the third of four meetings between the two teams this year. The Gladiators were defeated by the Storm in Week 1 at The Q by a final score of 46-40 on Saturday, April 8th and fell short vs. Tampa Bay on the road in Week 3 by a final score of 62-61 on Saturday, April 22nd. Cleveland will travel to Tampa Bay to cap the season series in Week 16 on Saturday, July 22nd.
LAST TIME OUT
In Week 12, the Gladiators were defeated by the Philadelphia Soul at The Q on Saturday, June 24th by a final score of 59-28. Cleveland QB Arvell Nelson posted 175 yards through the air on 18/36 passing with two touchdowns and four interceptions in defeat while Glads WR Michael Preston’s team-high seven receptions for 68 yards yielded two touchdown catches as well. Cleveland K Drew Basil returned from injury to nail each of his four extra point attempts and on the defensive side of the ball, the Gladiators’ MVP was DB Kenny Veal who logged a team-best six tackles (five solo), two interceptions and one pick-six, along with 103 return yards on seven kick returns.
WHO TO WATCH: GLADIATORS
Cleveland QB Arvell Nelson currently ranks third in the AFL in quarterback rating (115.8), completion percentage (64.4%) and touchdown throws (50), second in rushing touchdowns (10) and passing yards (2,505) and first in rushing yards (197). Gladiators WR Quentin Sims ranks second in the AFL in receptions (79), third in touchdown catches (24) and first in receiving yards (1,071). Cleveland K Drew Basil is currently tied for the league-lead in extra-point percentage (11/11, 100.0%) while DL Nick Seither ranks fourth in the AFL in sacks (5.0) and DB Kenny Veal, DB Frederik Obi, DB Rayshaun Kizer and JLB Terence Moore all rank tied for fifth league-wide with three interceptions so far this season.
WHO TO WATCH: STORM
Tampa Bay QB Randy Hippeard currently leads the AFL in completions (259), pass attempts (378), completion percentage (68.5%), passing yards (2,739), quarterback rating (122.3) and touchdown throws (62, T1st) and ranks third in rushing yards (116). Storm WR Joe Hills currently leads the league with 95 receptions and ranks second league-wide in receiving yards (999) and touchdown catches (27). Tampa Bay WR Kendrick Ings currently leads the AFL in kick returns (40), kick return yards (824) and kick returns for touchdowns (2, T1st). Defensively, Storm DL Monte Lewis currently ranks tied for fifth in the league with 4.0 sacks to his credit this year.