1 JACKSONVILLE SHARKS (7-1) QB Aaron Garcia had another solid game, this time at the expense of the Soul. Garcia threw for 271 yard and 5 TDs with no interceptions as the Sharks picked up their seventh win in a row. FB Kirby Griffin added two rushing TDs. This Week: Iowa Barnstormers, May 13
2 ARIZONA RATTLERS (7-1) An impressive fourth quarter allowed the Rattlers to smother the Cats 65-43 in San Jose. QB Nick Davila threw three TDs and LB Kevin McCullough picked up two defensive TDs in the fourth. The tough Arizona defense had four interceptions in the game. This Week: Chicago Rush, May 14
3 DALLAS VIGILANTES (6-2) Dallas is flying up the rankings as they picked up their fourth consecutive win against Iowa. QB Dan Raudabaugh has picked up 22 TDs and just 3 interceptions during the last four games. Two of the interceptions came last week against the Barnstormers. This Week: @ Spokane Shock, May 14
4 GEORGIA FORCE (5-3) Throwing for 374 yards and nine TDs wasn’t enough for Brett Elliott and the Force as the tough offense of Utah pulled off a win in the final seconds of the game. Georgia scored early and scored often, but couldn’t stop the Blaze on the final drive. This Week: @Philadelphia Soul, May 13
5 CLEVELAND GLADIATORS (5-2) The division leading Gladiators picked up three touchdowns in the air and three on the ground in their win over the Mustangs. Cleveland QB Kurt Rocco was replaced by Dan Whalen after Rocco went down with an injury in the third. This Week: @Orlando Predators, May 14
6 CHICAGO RUSH (5-3) The Rush has the 14th ranked rushing defense, and it showed last week as the Talons rushed for 62 yards and 5 TDs, handing the Rush a 64-45 loss. Chicago scored the first two TDs, but then gave up 27 straight points to Tulsa. Even after allowing that streak, Chicago picked up the lead briefly in the second quarter, before losing it for good. This Week: @ Arizona Rattlers, May 14
7 UTAH BLAZE (4-3) There were 718 combined passing yards in the 74-71 Blaze win over Georgia last week. Tom Grady had 344 yards and 10 TDs with no interceptions, earning the Offensive Player of the Week award. Aaron Boone, Alvin Robinson and Aaron LeSue each caught three TDs. Boone had 196 receiving yards on 18 receptions. He is 30 yards away from 1,000 yards receiving on the year, and he has five games with more than 100 yards receiving. This Week: Milwaukee Mustangs, Saturday, May 14, 7:00 pm
8 SAN JOSE SABERCATS (5-3) Mark Grieb and the SaberCats pulled within four points of the Rattlers mid way through the fourth with a touchdown pass to Otis Amey. Then Arizona pulled away for the win. Grieb would end up with 264 yards, four passing TDs and one rushing TD in a losing cause. This Week: @Pittsburgh Power
9 ORLANDO PREDATORS (5-3) The Predators managed to hang on for the win against Milwaukee in a high scoring game. QB Nick Hill passed for 323 yards and 8TDs. He ran for another touchdown. WR T.T. Toliver caught nine passes for 140 yards and three TDs. This Week: Cleveland Gladiators, May 14
10 SPOKANE SHOCK (3-5) Trying to pick up a third win in a row the Shock pulled ahead in the first half 27-14. Pittsburgh picked up the pace in the second half and pulled off the 10-point win, 51-41. QB Kyle Rowley threw for 244 yards and 4 TDs. This Week: Dallas Vigilantes, May 14
11 TULSA TALONS (3-5) Tulsa faced the Rush for the first time ever last week, and despite a slow start, managed to pour it on in the second half to walk away for the win. Matt Bassuener threw for three TDs and ran for four more. Three of those scores came in a 27-point streak in the first half. This Week: @ New Orleans VooDoo, May 13
12 PITTSBURGH POWER (4-4) A surging second half lifted the Power past visiting Spokane, after a 13-point deficit at the half. The game was tied at 41 with 3:44 left in the game. After a Pittsburgh scoring drive and an interception, the Power picked up the win and got back to .500 on the season. This Week: San Jose SaberCats, May 14
13 PHILADELPHIA SOUL (2-6) A win against the Barnstormers the week before wasn’t enough momentum for Philadelphia to stop the Sharks. The Soul struck first against Jacksonville, but then the number one ranked team took over, making touchdowns offensively and defensively. Philly finished strong after QB Ryan Vena replaced Justin Allgood in the third, but the damage was already done. This Week: Georgia Force, May 13
14 KANSAS CITY COMMAND (2-6) The Command was tied with New Orleans, 52-52, with three minutes left in the game last week. After allowing a touchdown and failing to score on their last possession, KC lost their second game in a row. This Week: @Tampa Bay Storm, May 13
15 MILWAUKEE MUSTANGS (2-6) The Mustangs tied the game briefly in the second quarter, only to fall behind permanently in a 51-40 loss to division rival Cleveland. WR/DB Andre Jones was named the Defensive Player of the Week. Jones had six unassisted tackles, three assisted tackles, and an interception. This Week: @Utah Blaze, May 14
16 IOWA BARNSTORMERS (2-6) After losing a disappointing 5th game in a row the Barnstormers might not want to look at their upcoming schedule. After facing the red hot Sharks this week Iowa’s next games are Utah, Orlando, Arizona and Dallas. Wins against any of those teams would be a nice morale boost. This Week: @ Jacksonville Sharks, May 13
17 TAMPA BAY STORM (2-6) Two touchdowns in the final three minutes wasn’t enough to top the Predators last week as the Storm picked up their third loss in a row. Tampa QB Brian Zbydniewski passed for 304 yards and 4 TDs, giving up three interceptions. This Week: Kansas Command, May 13
18 NEW ORLEANS VOODOO (2-6) New Orleans picked up their second win of the year against the Command last week. QB Chris Wallace led the offense to the highest scoring game of the year for the VooDoo. New Orleans has picked up both of their wins on the road. This Week: Tulsa Talons, May 13
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