GLADIATORS BEST BALTIMORE, LEAP INTO THIRD PLACE IN AFL STANDINGS

CLEVELAND – The Arena Football League’s Cleveland Gladiators, proudly presented by Unique Home Solutions, defeated the Baltimore Brigade in Week 11 at The Q on Friday by a final score of 59-48. With the win, Cleveland improved to 3-7 overall this season and currently sits alone in third place in the AFL standings.

Cleveland grabbed a 7-0 lead when QB Arvell Nelsonconnected with WR Quentin Sims from 39 yards out on the second play of the game and a one-yard Nelson rush shortly thereafter pushed the Gladiators’ edge to 14-0 before Baltimore QB Shane Carden supplied a four-yard scoring strike to Brigade FB Rory Nixon to make it 14-7 in the first quarter. Nelson responded by hooking up with Sims from 25 yards out moments later to make it 20-7 before Carden found a former Gladiator, WR Brandon Thompkins, in the end zone from 31 yards away to make it 20-14 Cleveland.

In the second quarter, a 19-yard Nelson-to-WR Tom Gilson scoring throw pushed the Glads’ lead to 27-14, but Baltimore’s Carden and WR Julien Talley combined for a six-yard touchdown to make it 27-22 Cleveland after a successful two-point conversion. Nelson found WR Michael Preston in the end zone from eight yards away moments later to push the home team’s advantage to 33-22, but Carden found Baltimore WR Paul Browning shortly thereafter from four yards out to make it 33-28. Cleveland’s Nelson capped the first half with a one-yard touchdown run, his second of the game, to take a 40-28 edge into the third quarter.

The Brigade started quickly in the second half courtesy of a 29-yard scoring strike from Carden to Talley to climb to within five points of Cleveland at 40-35, but Nelson and the Gladiators punched back with three straight touchdown passes, to Preston from nine yards out, Sims from 23 yards out, and OL/TE PhillipKeith Manley from eight yards out, to grab firm control at 59-35. Baltimore rallied with a nine-yard Carden touchdown toss to WR Reggie Gray to make it 59-42, but ultimately fell by a final score on 59-48, even after a Carden-to-Thompkins scoring throw from 40 yards away in the final quarter.

Next up for the Gladiators, it’s a Saturday home clash vs. the Philadelphia Soul in Week 12 with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 7:00 pm on 92.3 The Fan, AM 1440 WHKZ and CBS Sports Network. 

NOTES: Cleveland QB Arvell Nelson contributed 258 yards through the air on 21/32 passing with nine total touchdowns (two rushing)…WR Quentin Simsregistered nine catches for 110 receiving yards and three touchdown grabs…Gladiators WR Michael Preston logged 73 receiving yards and two scores…Five Gladiators players (Sims, Preston, Tom Gilson, Phillip Barnett and PhillipKeith Manley) caught at least one pass in the victory…Cleveland FB Jeramie Richardson carried the ball five times for 16 yards…Glads DB’s Kenny Veal and Jordan Holland, and JLB/WR Lonnie Outlaw all supplied interceptions in the victory.

POST-GAME AWARDS:

Offensive Player of the Game: CLE WR Quentin Sims – nine receptions, 110 receiving yards, three touchdown catches

Defensive Player of the Game: CLE DB Kenny Veal– nine tackles (five solo), one interception

MVP of the Game: CLE QB Arvell Nelson – 21/32 passing, 258 passing yards, nine touchdowns (two rushing), zero interceptions

Tickets for every Gladiators home game start at just $10 and are on sale now! Full and partial season ticket memberships are also available and provide you with the best seat locations, custom member benefits and the lowest ticket prices. All tickets can be purchased by visiting ClevelandGladiators.com, calling (216) 420-0000, visiting The Q Box Office or any Northern Ohio Discount Drug Mart. Be sure to follow the Gladiators on Twitter @clegladiators, or on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/clevelandgladiators.

 

There are two more opportunities for fans to experience the Gladiators Tailgate Zone during the remaining home games of the 2017 regular season as the team hosts “Go Pink Night” on Saturday June 24thand “Fan Salute Night presented by the Brew Kettle” on Saturday, July 8th. Fans can purchase all-inclusive Tailgate Zone tickets for only $49 by visiting www.clevelandgladiators.com/tailgatezone or by calling (216) 420-2550.