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Week 7 AFL Matchups: Streaking Soul Host Gladiators; Valor Makes First Trip to Storm

May 19, 2017
Undefeated Soul host Gladiators, Tampa welcomes Valor in their first trip to Amalie Arena

LAS VEGAS – The Philadelphia Soul (5-0) are riding a 12-game win streak that dates back to last season, they look to stay perfect this season when they host the Cleveland Gladiators (1-4) on  Saturday, May 20 at 7:00 p.m. ET at Wells Fargo Center live on CBS Sports Network. The Soul are coming off a nail-biting 61-56 victory over the Baltimore Brigade last week. The game was not decided until :33 seconds remaining as AFL Defensive Player of the Week, Sean Daniels, scooped up a fumble and returned it 39 yards for the game-winning touchdown. The Gladiators are coming off a much-needed bye week and will look to invade the Wells Fargo Center led by QB Arvell Nelson. Cleveland has been bit by the injury bug this year but with Nelson at the helm, the Gladiators boast the number-one offense in the League.

The Tampa Bay Storm (4-1) are off to their best start to a season in 16 years and they welcome the Washington Valor (1-3) on  Saturday, May 20 at 7:00 p.m. ET at Amalie Arena streaming live on ArenaFootball.com. Storm head coach Ron James has his team playing at a very high level with the help of quarterback Randy Hippeard who leads the league in most passing categories. Tampa Bay wide receiver Joe Hills leads the league in receptions and touchdown catches and will look to extend his consecutive game streak with a touchdown catch to 74. Valor quarterback Erik Meyer looks to get back on the winning track after he was faced with losing the team’s leading receiver, Mike Washington, to injury. Greg Carr now takes over as Meyer’s favorite target. In the last two weeks, Carr has caught nearly a third of Meyer’s completions. Valor wide receiver T.T. Tolliver looks to surpass the 2,000-point total for his career, he’s just four points shy from becoming the fifth player in AFL history to do so.

For complete official statistics, game notes and media guides, go to:  www.afldigital.com .




WEEK 7 MATCHUPS

 

WASHINGTON VALOR (1-3) at TAMPA BAY STORM (4-1)

Saturday, May 20 – 7:00 p.m. ET (Streaming on AFLNow)

 

WASHINGTON

TAMPA BAY

REG. SEASON SERIES LEADER

TB leads regular season 1-0

STREAKS

L3

W3

LAST WEEK

L, 41-33  vs TB

W, 41-33 at WSH

LAST REG SEASON MEETING

5/13/17 41 TB at 33 WSH

TOTAL OFFENSE (RANK)

218.2 (5)

290.0 (2)

TOTAL DEFENSE (RANK)

247.0 (2)

292.6 (5)

POINTS SCORED (RANK)

37.2 (5)

52.6 (3)

POINTS ALLOWED (RANK)

44.0 (1)

49.0  (3)

TURNOVER MARGIN (RANK)

+1 (3)

+3 (2)

PASSING

Meyer 78/133/863, 15 TD, 4 INT

Hippeard 130/182/1374, 32 TD, 2 INT

RUSHING

Meyer 6/17, 0 TD

Hippeard 24/98, 4 TD

RECEIVING

Carr 19/246, 3 TD

Hills 49/467, 15 TD

TACKLES

Belton 20.0 (15/10)

Hobbs 24.5 (22/5)

SACKS

Sesay 3.5

T – Jackson, Dillon 2.5

INTERCEPTIONS

Belton 3

T – Stubbs, Jackson, Rayford 1

KICKING

Stevens 17/21 PAT, 2/3 FG

Lewis 15/25 PAT, 0/0 FG

KICKOFF RETURNS

McGlenn 9/153, 0 TD

Ings 20/419, 1 TD

WHAT TO LOOK FOR:  VALOR:  QB Erik Meyer Tossed five touchdown passes against the Storm in Week 6… Is now 24 th on the AFL’s all-time touchdown passes list with 307 (#23 Chris Greisen – 324)… Leads the team with 17 rushing yards on six attempts…  WR Greg Carr In the absence of WR Mike Washington, Carr emerges as Meyer’s favorite target… In two weeks, he has hauled in 13 passes for 157 yards and three touchdowns…  WR T.T. Toliver Has caught 14 passes for 147 yards and three touchdowns in the 2017… Added two touchdowns rushing… Is now at 1,996 points scored for his career, he is 5 th all-time in the AFL (#4 Chris Jackson – 2,052)…  DB Tracy Belton The reigning AFL Defensive Player of the Year is 5 th in the AFL with 20.0 tackles and tied for the league lead with three interceptions...  DL Brandon Sesay Notched 2.5 sacks against the Storm in Week 6, he is third in the AFL with 3.5 sacks on the season.

STORM:   QB Randy Hippeard Leads the AFL in completions (130), passing yards (1,374) and passing touchdowns (32)… Has led the Storm to a 4-1 record, best start for a Tampa Bay team since 2001… Has not thrown an interception in his last 145 passing attempts (4/15 vs PHI), longest current streak in the AFL…  WR Joe Hills Reigning AFL Offensive Player of the Week… Leads the AFL in receptions (49) and receiving touchdowns (15)… Has a league-leading consecutive touchdown reception streak of 73… Has three or more touchdowns in nine of his last 10 regular season games… Has caught three or more touchdowns in a game in 42 games in his career…  WR Lamark Brown Is second on the team with 41 receptions and 10 touchdowns… Ranks second in the AFL with 473 receiving yards… Is one of five players with double digit touchdown receptions in 2017… Has a touchdown catch in all five games this season…  WR Kendrick Ings Has 30 receptions for 342 yards and five touchdowns in 2017… Has caught a touchdown pass in four of five games this season… Has returned 20 kickoffs for 419 yards (1 st in the AFL), one touchdown and an average of 21 yards per kickoff return (3 rd in the AFL).

 

CLEVELAND GLADIATORS (1-4) at PHILADELPHIA SOUL (5-0)

Saturday, May 20 at 7:00 p.m. ET (LIVE on CBS Sports Network)

 

CLEVELAND

PHILADELPHIA

REG. SEASON SERIES LEADER

PHI leads 11-7

STREAKS

L1

W5

LAST WEEK

Bye

W, 61-56 vs BAL

LAST REG SEASON MEETING

5/6/17 PHI 69 at CLE 67

TOTAL OFFENSE (RANK)

312.0 (1)

265.6 (3)

TOTAL DEFENSE (RANK)

243.0 (1)

285.2 (4)

POINTS SCORED (RANK)

53.0 (2)

60.8 (1)

POINTS ALLOWED (RANK)

52.6 (4)

48.0 (2)

TURNOVER MARGIN (RANK)

-2 (4)

+7 (1)

PASSING

Nelson 65/102/915, 18 TD, 2 INT

Raudabaugh 98/151/1224, 31 TD, 4 INT

RUSHING

Nelson 16/133, 6 TD

Benson 46/105, 8 TD

RECEIVING

Sims 38/487, 10 TD

Reynolds 29/421, 13 TD

TACKLES

Moore 24.0 (19/10)

Hollis 28.5 (27/3)

SACKS

Seither 4.0

Bell 4.0

INTERCEPTIONS

Obi 2

Hollis 3

KICKING

Basil 11/11 PAT, 0/0 FG

Trevino 38/43 PAT, 0-1 FG

KICKOFF RETURNS

Thompkins 17/368, 1 TD

Duvalt 25/399, 0 TD

WHAT TO LOOK FOR: GLADIATORS: QB Arvell Nelson is 4 th in the AFL with 915 passing yards and leads the league in rushing with 133 yards… 2 nd in the league with six rushing touchdowns… Leads the AFL in yards per rushing attempt at 8.3… Tied for the league lead with only two interceptions this season…  WR Quentin Sims leads the AFL in receiving yards with 487 and has hauled in 10 receiving touchdowns which is tied for third in the league… Despite missing the first game of the season, he is third in the AFL with 38 receptions… Caught a season-high 14 passes for 205 yards and five touchdowns in Week 3 vs Tampa…  WR Collin Taylor has caught 22 passes for 362 yards and six touchdowns, all marks good for second on the Gladiators… Has caught a touchdown in four of five games this season…  WR Brandon Thompkins has suited up in three of five games this year… Has caught a touchdown in all three games played… Leads the AFL in all purpose yards per game, 198.3… With 368 kickoff return yards, he is 3 rd in the AFL.

SOUL:QB Dan Raudabaugh 2 nd in the league with 31 passing touchdowns… 3 rd in the AFL in; passing yards per game (244.8), passing yards (1,224), completions (98) … One of two quarterbacks to throw for at least five touchdowns in every start this season (TB – Hippeard) … Threw for a season-high eight touchdowns the last time the two teams met on 5/5…  FB Mykel Benson leads the AFL with eight rushing touchdowns… Has scored a rushing touchdown in four of five games this season…  WR Darius Reynolds second in the AFL with 13 touchdown receptions, fourth in the AFL with 421 receiving yards and tied for sixth with 29 receptions… Had a season-high 120 receiving yards and four touchdowns vs CLE 5/5…  WR Ryan McDaniel fourth in the AFL with 31 receptions and 10 receiving touchdowns… Sixth in the league with 369 receiving yards… Caught a TD vs CLE on 5/5…  WR Chris Duvalt leads the AFL with 25 kickoff returns and second in the league with 399 kickoff return yards…  DB Dwayne Hollis is tied for the league lead with three interceptions and leads the league with 28.5 tackles…  DB James Romain led the Soul with 7.5 tackles on 5/5 vs CLE…  DE Sean Daniels the AFL’s reigning Defensive Player of the Week, sacked CLE QB Arvell Nelson the last time the two teams played on May 5th.