Gladiators Travel to Philadelphia for Rematch with Soul
Saturday, the Cleveland Gladiators (1-4) kick off Week 7 of the 2017 AFL season vs. the Philadelphia Soul (5-0) at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA in the second of four meetings between the two teams this year. The Gladiators were defeated by the Soul at The Q in Week 5 on Saturday, May 6th by a final score of 69-67 and will travel back to Philly for a Week 10 tilt vs. the Soul on Saturday, June 10th before squaring off vs. Philadelphia at home in Week 12 at Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday, June 24th.
LAST TIME OUT
In Week 5, the Gladiators squared off vs. the Philadelphia Soul for the first time this season and were upended on Cleveland’s home turf at The Q by a final score of 69-67. Gladiators QB Arvell Nelson led the way offensively, supplying 223 yards and six scores on 16/27 passing and additionally logging seven carries for 60 yards and three rushing touchdowns. Wide receiver Quentin Sims was Nelson’s top target in defeat, snagging eight balls for a team-best 104 yards and two scores while fellow receiver Brandon Thompkins caught four passes for 58 yards and two touchdowns of his own. On the defensive side of the ball, Gladiators DB Fred Obi posted an interception for the second consecutive week and Cleveland JLB Terence Moore led the way with three solo tackles.
WHO TO WATCH: GLADIATORS
Cleveland QB Arvell Nelson currently ranks second in the AFL in QB Rating (124.0) and ranks in the league’s top-five in passing yards (915, 4th) and touchdown throws (18, 4th). Nelson additionally leads the AFL in rushing yards (133) and his six rushing touchdowns currently rank second-most league-wide. Meanwhile, Nelson’s top target, WR Quentin Sims, currently ranks third in the league in receptions (38) and leads the AFL in receiving yards (487). Sims’ 10 touchdown catches also rank tied for third-most in the AFL this season. In the return game, WR Brandon Thompkins currently ranks third league-wide in return yards (368) and is tied for the AFL-lead with one kick return for a touchdown.
WHO TO WATCH: SOUL
Soul QB Dan Raudabaugh currently ranks third league-wide in passing yards (1,224) and quarterback rating (118.5), and second in touchdown throws (31), while Philadelphia FB Mykel Benson’s eight rushing touchdowns lead the AFL and Benson’s 105 rushing yards rank second-most league-wide. Soul WR Darius Reynolds currently ranks fourth in the AFL in receiving yards (421) and second in touchdown grabs (13) while Philadelphia WR Chris Duvalt’s 399 kick return yards rank second-most in the AFL this season. Soul K Adrian Trevino currently leads all AFL kickers with 38 points this year and Philadelphia DB Dwayne Hollis’ three interceptions and one pick-six are tied for the AFL-lead.