Gladiators Take on Shock in Playoff Push

MATCHUP Needing one win to clinch a playoff spot with two games remaining, the Cleveland Gladiators (7-9) host the playoff-bound Spokane Shock (6-10) Saturday at 7:00 p.m.  The Gladiators can lock up a playoff spot with their next win or with a Tampa Bay loss; the Storm has two games remaining as well.  The Gladiators are playing Spokane for the first time since a last-second road victory over the Shock on April 19, 2014.  Overall, the Gladiators are playing a National Conference team for the first time since topping Las Vegas on the road on June 7th.  Spokane is coming off a 42-40 win over Portland on Saturday, and has won back-to-back games, including a seven-point win over defending ArenaBowl Champion Arizona.

LAST TIME OUT The Gladiators fell 65-58 to Orlando in their last game; the rubber game of a three-game season series with the Predators.  The two teams had the same point totals in the first, second, and fourth quarters, but a seven-point advantage for the Predators in the third quarter was enough to catapult Orlando to a win.  Shane Austin passed for 267 yards in the loss, and threw six touchdown passes for the second straight game and fourth time in his last five games.  Pacing the Gladiators in receiving yards were Dominick Goodman and Collin Taylor, who each totaled 95 yards.

WHO TO WATCH: GLADIATORS Taylor registered four receiving touchdowns in the loss; his third game with four touchdown grabs this season.  Overall, Taylor has been held out of the end zone in just one game all season.  Taylor’s 1,381 receiving yards and 36 touchdown catches are each team-leading totals.

WHO TO WATCH: SHOCK Wide receiver Anthony Amos has 20 catches for 215 yards and four touchdowns over his last two games for the Shock; both wins.  The rookie leads Spokane with 101 catches and 1,109 yards entering this week.

TUNE IN Catch all of Saturday’s action, live from Quicken Loans Arena, beginning at 7:00 p.m. and airing live on 92.3 The Fan and MY 43 WUAB with the team of Doug Plagens, Dustin Fox, and Kenny Roda on the call.