05/11/2011 9:37 PM -
TULSA, OKLA. The Jacksonville Sharks (7-1) remain in the top spot of the Week 9 Coaches Poll, receiving 10 first place votes after their road victory, 58-42, over the Philadelphia Soul (2-6). Jacksonville earned its seventh consecutive victory with the only loss coming from Arizona in Week 1. Veteran quarterback Aaron Garcia threw for five touchdowns and has 1,008 passing touchdowns on his career. The Sharks host the struggling Iowa Barnstormers (2-6) in Week 10 on Friday, May 13 at 8:00 p.m. EDT.
The Arizona Rattlers (7-1) earned eight first place votes and remained in second place following an impressive 65-43 road win over Mark Grieb and the San Jose SaberCats (5-3). The Rattlers are now 2-1 in the West Division and 4-1 in the National Conference this season. Arizona will stay at home as they host the Chicago Rush (5-3) on Saturday, May 14 at 10:00 p.m. EDT.
Orlando (5-3) jumped back into third position following a 63-61 home victory over longtime rival Tampa Bay (2-6). Wide Receiver T.T. Toliver caught nine passes for 140 yards and three touchdowns in his return, after missing two straight weeks due to injury. The Predators host the Cleveland Gladiators (5-2) on Saturday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. EDT.
The Dallas Vigilantes (6-2) moved into the fourth position following a 71-57 victory over the Iowa Barnstormers. The Vigilantes now head west to Spokane (3-5) to face the Shock on Saturday, May 14 at 10:00 p.m. EDT.
The SaberCats dropped two spots following their loss to second-ranked Arizona. Arbet and the SaberCats will look to rebound against the Pittsburgh Power (4-4) on Saturday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. EDT. The game will be San Joses third road game of the season.
The Cleveland Gladiators (5-2) moved up two spots after a 50-41 home win over the Milwaukee Mustangs (2-6) last week. Wide Receiver Troy Bergeron earned MVP honors in the game after catching seven balls for 81 yards and 2 touchdowns in the win. The Gladiators now head to Orlando to face Nick Hill and the Predators strong offensive attack in Week 10.
The Georgia Force (5-2) remained in the seventh spot in the Poll following a 74-71 home loss to the Utah Blaze (4-4). Georgia will play the Philadelphia Soul on Friday, May 13 at 7:05 p.m. EDT. The Chicago Rush took the biggest slide, moving from fourth to eighth, following a 64-45 road loss to the Tulsa Talons (3-5). Chicago will stay on the road in Week 10 as they travel to Arizona.
The Blaze remained in the ninth spot of the Poll following an exciting 74-71 road victory over Georgia. The win was Utahs first road victory of the season. Utah now hosts the Milwaukee Mustangs on Saturday, May 14 at 9:00 p.m. EDT. The Pittsburgh Power moved back into the Poll, after a home victory over the Spokane Shock on Saturday night. Quarterback Bernard Morris combined to score seven touchdowns in his first game back since Week 2. Morris and the Power host the San Jose SaberCats on Saturday night.