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JACKSONVILLE REMAINS IN TOP SPOT FOR SEVENTH STRAIGHT WEEK

06/15/2011 9:27 PM -

TULSA, OKLA. – The Jacksonville Sharks (11-1) remained in the top spot of the Week 14 Coaches’ Poll for the seventh consecutive week, receiving 14 first place votes following their tight 68-67 road victory over the Orlando Predators (8-4). Jacksonville earned its eleventh consecutive victory and stand one game away from reaching the AFL single-season win streak of 12. Sharks veteran quarterback Aaron Garcia completed 24-of-38 passes for 329-yards and eight touchdowns in the game. His performance earned him Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors. The Sharks look to reach 12 consecutive wins as they host the Milwaukee Mustangs (4-8) on Saturday, June 18 at 7:00 p.m. EST. The Arizona Rattlers (11-2) earned four first place votes and remained in second place following their win at home over the Iowa Barnstormers (3-9), 61-41. Arizona quarterback Nick Davila displayed his efficiency again, completing 70 percent of his passes and tossing seven touchdowns. Arizona won four consecutive games and hold a 1.5 game lead over the Chicago Rush (9-3) in the National Conference. The Rattlers host the San Jose SaberCats (5-7) in an important West Division matchup on Saturday, June 18 at 10:00 p.m. EST. In Week 9, the Rattlers defeated San Jose, 65-43.

Chicago moved into the third spot of the Poll after a bye in Week 14. The Rush have won four consecutive games this season and sit atop the Central Division standings. The Rush now head west to play the Spokane Shock (5-7) on Saturday, June 18 at 10:00 p.m. EST.

After a 67-68 loss to the top-ranked Sharks, the Predators fell one spot to fourth in the Poll. Orlando has won four out of their last six games, with both losses coming to the hands of Jacksonville. The Predators head to Tampa Bay to play the Storm (5-7) on NFL Network’s “Arena Football Friday” at 8:00 p.m. EST in the “War on I-4”.

The Dallas Vigilantes (7-5) moved up two spots in the Poll following a Week 14 bye. The Vigilantes face Central Division rival, Iowa on Saturday, June 18 at 8:05 p.m. EST. Dallas wide receiver’s DeAndrew Rubin and Anthony Jones combined for seven touchdown receptions and led the Vigilantes to a 71-57 win in their Week 9 meeting. The Cleveland Gladiators (7-5) jumped up to number six in the Poll following their home victory over the Georgia Force (7-6), 62-48. Cleveland quarterback Kurt Rocco was nearly perfect as he completed 23-of-39 passes for 212 yards and six touchdowns. Cleveland will face the Kansas City Command (4-9) on Sunday, June 19 at 2:00 p.m. EST. The Pittsburgh Power (7-5) fell to seventh in the Poll following a 55-62 loss to the Tampa Bay Storm. The Power won four consecutive games before their loss to the Storm.

The Force dropped to number eight in the Poll following their road loss to the Gladiators, 48-62, last week. The loss puts them a half-game behind the fourth seed in the American Conference playoffs. The Utah Blaze (5-7) and the SaberCats rounded out the top ten for the second straight week. The Blaze lost to the Tulsa Talons, 51-81, while the SaberCats rested with a Week 14 bye. The Blaze host the Pittsburgh Power, while the SaberCats travel to face the second-ranked Rattlers.