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JACKSONVILLE REMAINS FIRST IN POLL

06/01/2011 8:34 PM -

TULSA, OKLA. – The Jacksonville Sharks (9-1) remained in the top spot of the Week 12 Coaches’ Poll for the fifth consecutive week, receiving 15 first place votes following a bye week. Jacksonville has won nine consecutive games, with the only loss coming from the second-ranked Arizona Rattlers (9-2) in Week 1. The Sharks get back to work in Week 13 against South Division rival New Orleans VooDoo (2-9) on NFL Network’s “Arena Football Friday”. Kickoff is set for 8:00 p.m. EST.

The Rattlers earned two first place votes and remained in second place following a home victory over the Cleveland Gladiators (6-4). Rattlers quarterback Nick Davila was nearly perfect in the game, completing 25-of-30 passes for 263-yards and eight touchdowns. His performance earned him a bid for the National Guard MVP. The Rattlers hold a one-game lead over the Chicago Rush (8-3) in the National Conference. Arizona will travel to division rival Utah Blaze (5-5) on Saturday, June 4 at 9:00 p.m. EST. The Rattlers won the previous matchup, 67-61, this season in Week 7.

The Rush remained in the third spot of the Poll after their tight 49-48 win over Central Division rival, Tulsa (4-7). Rush quarterback Russ Michna ran a quarterback sneak for a touchdown to tie the game as time expired. Chicago Rush kicker Chris Gould booted the extra point and secured the narrow one-point victory. The Rush will play their third straight division game this week against the Kansas City Command (4-7), who defeated them at home in Week 7. The game is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, June 4.

Orlando (7-3) remained in fourth place, following a 35-30 win over the Milwaukee Mustangs (3-7) on Saturday. The Predators sit two games behind number-one ranked Jacksonville in the American Conference. The Predators look for their fourth consecutive victory this week against the Iowa Barnstormers (3-7). The Georgia Force (6-5) jumped five spots in the Poll following their 55-49 road victory against the San Jose SaberCats (5-6). The win put the Force on the verge of the playoff picture in the American Conference. The Force has an important division matchup this week at home against the Tampa Bay Storm (4-6) on Saturday, June 4 at 7:35 p.m. EST.

The Gladiators fell to number six in the Poll following their road loss to second-ranked Arizona. The Gladiators have lost two of their last three games after starting the season at 5-2. Cleveland now travels to face the Pittsburgh Power (6-4) in Week 13 for the lead in the East Division. The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST on Saturday, June 4.The Utah Blaze (5-5) remained in the seventh spot in the Poll following a 48-50 loss to the Iowa Barnstormers on NFL Network. The Blaze look to get back on track against the Arizona Rattlers at home on Saturday night.

Pittsburgh moved up one spot in the Poll following a 76-75 victory over ninth-ranked Dallas Vigilantes (6-5). Dallas quarterback Dan Raudabaugh went 28-of-36 for 433 yards and 10 touchdowns, winning the Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Week Award in the loss. The Power have now won three consecutive games, while Dallas has lost three straight. The Vigilantes host the San Jose SaberCats on Saturday, June 4 at 8:30 p.m. EST.