Gladiators Wrap up Regular Season in Washington
Saturday, the fourth-place Cleveland Gladiators (4-9) kick off Week 17 of the 2017 AFL season vs. the fifth-place Washington Valor (2-10) at Verizon Center in Washington, DC, in the third of three meetings between the two teams this year. The Gladiators defeated the Valor at The Q in Week 4 on Friday, April 28th by a final score of 48-34 and toppled Washington on the road in Week 9 by a final score of 59-35 on Saturday, June 3rd.
LAST TIME OUT
In Week 17, the Gladiators were defeated by the Tampa Bay Storm at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL on Saturday, July 22nd by a final score of 57-27. Cleveland QB Arvell Nelson posted 142 yards through the air on 11/19 passing with one rushing touchdown and one passing touchdown, along with two interceptions. Glads WR Michael Preston notched a team-high nine receptions for 98 yards and one score while DB Marrio Norman led the way defensively with eight total tackles (seven solo), one pass defended and one defensive touchdown. Cleveland JLB Terence Moore provided an interception in the loss and DL Nick Seither forced a fumble in the fourth quarter and returned the loose ball for a touchdown.
WHO TO WATCH: GLADIATORS
Cleveland QB Arvell Nelson currently ranks third in the AFL in quarterback rating (114.5) and leads the league with 221 rushing yards while ranking second league-wide with 12 rushing touchdowns. WR Quentin Sims currently ranks third league-wide in receptions (79) and touchdown catches (24), and fourth in receiving yards (1,071). Cleveland DB Kenny Veal’s 405 kick return yards rank fifth-most in the AFL while K Drew Basil’s 95.8% extra-point percentage ranks second in the league this season. Defensively, DL Nick Seither ranks tied for fifth in the AFL with six sacks this year and JLB Terence Moore’s four interceptions currently rank tied for third-most league-wide this season.
WHO TO WATCH: VALOR
Washington OL/TE Will Corbin currently ranks fourth in the league with 111 rushing yards to his credit this season while Valor K T.C. Stephens’ 47 points rank fourth-most in the AFL this year. Additionally, veteran DB Tracy Belton leads all Washington players with four interceptions this season, currently tied for third-most league-wide.