06/08/2011 7:49 PM -
TULSA, OKLA. The Jacksonville Sharks (10-1) remained in the top spot of the Week 13 Coaches Poll for the sixth consecutive week, receiving 14 first place votes following their 62-55 victory over the New Orleans VooDoo (2-10). Jacksonville earned its tenth consecutive victory with the only loss coming from the Arizona Rattlers (10-2) in Week 1. Sharks wide receiver Jeron Harvey led the team with nine catches for 106 yards and three touchdowns in the win. The Sharks will travel to Orlando to face the Predators (8-3) in Week 14 on Saturday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m. EST. The two South Division teams met on April 30 in Jacksonville, where the Sharks won, 76-55.
The Rattlers earned four first place votes and remained in second place following their route on the road over the Utah Blaze (5-6), 72-37. Arizona forced Utah into five turnovers while Rattlers quarterback Nick Davila only attempted 13 passes. Arizona has won three consecutive games and holds a one-game lead over the Chicago Rush (9-3) in the National Conference. The Rattlers host the Iowa Barnstormers (3-8) in Week 14 on Saturday, June 11 at 8:05 p.m. EST.
Orlando moved into the third spot of the Poll after their 77-61 win over the Iowa Barnstormers. Predators quarterback Nick Hill completed 24-of-34 passes for 295 yards and eight touchdowns in the game. His stellar performance earned him a bid for National Guard MVP of the Week. The Predators have won four consecutive games and will host the Jacksonville Sharks on Saturday night.
The Chicago Rush fell one spot into fourth place following a 68-30 win over Central Division rival, Kansas City Command (4-8) on Saturday. Rush cornerback Vic Hall intercepted three passes and broke the single-season interception record with 14. The Rush have a bye in Week 14 and will travel to Spokane (4-7) in Week 15.
The Pittsburgh Power (7-4) moved up three spots in the Poll following their 35-32 home victory against the Cleveland Gladiators (6-5). The win moved the Power into first place in the East Division. The Power head to Tampa Bay to play the Storm (4-7) on Saturday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m. EST.
The Georgia Force (7-5) fell to number six in the Poll following their home victory over the Storm. Georgia has won back-to-back games three times this season but has yet to win three straight. The Force will travel to face the Cleveland Gladiators in Week 14. The game carries major playoff implications and is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, June 11. The Dallas Vigilantes (7-5) jumped to seventh in the Poll following a 70-57 win over the San Jose SaberCats (5-7). The Vigilantes have a bye in Week 14, before facing off against division rival, Iowa in Week 15.
The Gladiators dropped to number eight in the Poll following their road loss to the Power, 32-35, last week. The loss was Clevelands fourth straight road defeat of the season. The SaberCats rounded out the top ten for the second straight week, after their road loss to Dallas. San Jose has now lost five consecutive games. The SaberCats have a bye in Week 14 before heading to Arizona to face the second-ranked Rattlers on Saturday, June 18 at 10:00 p.m. EST.