2015 Arena Football League – Week 9

Going into Week 8, we had two 7-0 teams. After Week 8 only one remained, and they proved that they’re the best team in the AFL with a demolishing victory over a former af2 franchise. Meanwhile, Orlando ended up in yet another overtime game, tying a league record, the Sharks look like they’re starting to pick up steam, and the LA KISS.. well. We’ll let the scores tell you.

New Orleans VooDoo 42, Cleveland Gladiators 64
Tampa Bay Storm 62, Orlando Predators 63 (OT)
Philadelphia Soul 47, Jacksonville Sharks 55
San Jose SaberCats 83, Spokane Shock 28
Las Vegas Outlaws 41, Arizona Rattlers 60
Los Angeles KISS 47, Portland Thunder 63

Week 8 AFL MVP & Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Week: QB Darron Thomas, Portland Thunder

Darron Thomas Portland Thunder

Portland QB Darron Thomas was popular in his days in Oregon, and his popularity continued in a dismantling of the LA KISS on Saturday.

This weeks MVP and Offensive Player of the Week got his first start of the season for the Portland Thunder and he put on a show in front of 10,000 faithful Oregon Duck fans. Not sure what I mean? Well, before Marcus Mariota, Darron Thomas was the popular Oregon QB, and considering Portland is the biggest city in Oregon, it stands to reason that the fans would also be Duck fans. After all, that was why he was brought to the expansion Thunder as the face of the franchise last season. This season, Thomas has been the backup to QB Kyle Rowley, and after struggling in the last few starts, Thomas got the nod to start against the lowly Los Angeles KISS. Thomas lead the Thunder to a franchise record 63 points and was 20 of 31 for 229 yards, 6 TD, and 1 INT. He even contributed on the ground game, rushing for a touchdown in the best game of his career.

Predators QB Bernard Morris and SaberCats QB Nathan Stanley were also nominated for Week 8 MVP.

Riddell Defensive Player of the Week: DB Ken Fontenette, San Jose SaberCats

Ken Fontenette SaberCats

San Jose DB Ken Fontenette was a key contributor in San Jose’s 83-28 demolition of the Spokane Shock.

San Jose is by far the best team in the Arena Football League, and they made a statement in crushing the Spokane Shock on Saturday night. One big factor in the SaberCats blowing out the Shock was of Ken Fontenette Jr. Besides recording six tackles, Fontenette made Shock QB Warren Smith’s night a living hell, picking him off 4 times, one of which he returned for a touchdown. He is now tied for the league lead in interceptions with 6.

For the complete list of winners, check out the official AFL website.

Meanwhile, here’s the league’s statistical leaders after Week 8.

Passing:
Passing Yardage: 2,337; Dan Raudabaugh, Philadelphia
Passing Touchdowns: 55; Dan Raudabaugh, Philadelphia
Interceptions Thrown: 10; Shane Austin, Cleveland
Completion Percentage: 75.3%; Randy Hippeard, Orlando
QB Rating: 139.5; Randy Hippeard, Orlando

Rushing:
Rushing Attempts: 68; Derrick Ross, Jacksonville
Rushing Yards: 273; Derrick Ross, Jacksonville
Rushing Touchdowns: 14; Derrick Ross, Jacksonville

Receiving:
Receptions: 73; Marco Thomas, Philadelphia
Receiving Yards: 960; Donovan Morgan, Los Angeles
Receiving Touchdowns: 20; T.T. Toliver, Tampa Bay

Kick Returns:
Returns: 40; Ruschard Dodd-Masters, Spokane
Yards: 735; Ruschard Dodd-Masters, Spokane
Touchdowns:3; Three players tied

Defensive:
Sacks: 7.5; James Ruffin, Spokane
Interceptions: 6 (tied); Ken Fontenette, San Jose & Jeremy Kellem, Arizona
Return Yards: 71; Tracy Belton, New Orleans
Pick-Six Touchdowns: 1; Eleven players tied

Week 9 Schedule:

Saturday, May 23rd:

Spokane Shock (2-5; 0-3 Away) at Las Vegas Outlaws (3-4; 2-1 Home)
Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
5:00 PM (EST), 2:00 PM (PST)

Portland Thunder (3-4; 0-3 Away) at Orlando Predators (4-4; 2-2 Home)
Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
7:00 PM (EST), 4:00 PM (PST) on CBS Sports Network

Philadelphia Soul (7-1; 3-1 Away) at Tampa Bay Storm (3-4; 2-2 Home)
Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida
7:30 PM (EST), 4:30 PM (PST)

Jacksonville Sharks (3-5; 1-3 Away) at New Orleans VooDoo (2-6; 2-4 Home)
Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
8:00 PM (EST), 5:00 PM (PST)

Cleveland Gladiators (5-3; 3-1 Away) at San Jose SaberCats (8-0; 3-0 Home)
SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, California
10:30 PM (EST), 7:30 PM (PST)

BYE: Arizona (6-2), Los Angeles (0-8)

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