Gladiators Playoff Push Comes to The Q

MATCHUP In the rubber game of a three-game season series, the Cleveland Gladiators (7-8) host the Orlando Predators (9-6) Saturday at 6:00 p.m.  The Gladiators are trying to snap a three-game losing skid, while Orlando has won back-to-back games after knocking off Tampa Bay last week by a 69-62 score.  Overall, Orlando has won six of its last eight games dating back to May 16th.  The Gladiators fell 64-42 in the last meeting against Orlando on May 29th at The Q.  Cleveland is 2-4 at home, while Orlando is 4-4 on the road this season.

​The Cleveland Gladiators & Quicken Loans Arena have announced that the iconic rock powerhouse 38 Special will hold a FREE postgame concert on Saturday, July 18th, following their 6:00 p.m. matchup. The band will perform a 75-minute postgame concert for Gladiators fans attending the game that night.

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LAST TIME OUT The Gladiators were outscored 23-6 in the second quarter on Saturday in Philadelphia, and ultimately lost to the American Conference leaders 72-56.  Philadelphia forced a fumble on the Gladiators first offensive play of the game, scored on the ensuing possession, and the Gladiators were never able to gain a lead.  Quarterback Shane Austin ran for 60 yards and a touchdown in the loss, averaging 10 yards per rush.

WHO TO WATCH: GLADIATORS Receiver Collin Taylor registered a pair of touchdowns on Saturday, elevating his team-leading and career-high total to 32.  Taylor has reached the end zone in all but one game this season for the Gladiators, and is sixth in the AFL with 1,286 receiving yards entering this week’s action.

WHO TO WATCH: PREDATORS Orlando quarterback Randy Hippeard failed to beat the Gladiators on May 2nd, but he is coming off a seven-touchdown, no-interception performance and enters the weekend as the league’s top-rated quarterback.  Limited to just eight games due to a midseason injury, Hippeard has thrown 47 touchdown passes and has been intercepted just three times.

TUNE IN Catch all of Saturday’s action, live from Downtown Cleveland, beginning at 6:00 p.m. and airing live on 92.3 The Fan with Doug Plagens and Dustin Fox on the call.  The game will also be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network.