San Jose looks unstoppable with the return of an MVP, Portland loses Darron Thomas for the season with a knee injury, Philadelphia calms the Tampa Bay Storm with an Ironman performance, Arizona loses its backup QB (B.J. Coleman) to getting a real paying job. This week, Philadelphia takes their show on the road to Atlantic City, New Jersey to take on the Las Vegas Outlaws at the Boardwalk Hall. Should be an entertaining game in a major venue, should it not?
Oh, and on a last note, Portland needs a new kicker. 5 missed extra points? Yeesh.
Anyway, here’s the results of Week 9 along with the award winners.
Spokane Shock 63, Las Vegas Outlaws 56
Portland Thunder 43, Orlando Predators 69
Philadelphia Soul 71, Tampa Bay Storm 27
Jacksonville Sharks 70, New Orleans VooDoo 41
Cleveland Gladiators 58 San Jose SaberCats 70
Bye: Arizona Rattlers, Los Angeles KISS
Week 9 AFL MVP: Virgil Gray, San Jose SaberCats
MVP QB Erik Meyer returned from injury this past week and made former Chicago Rush WR Reggie Gray his favorite target. In what started as a slugfest before San Jose pulled away in the second half, Gray caught 14 passes for 201 yards and 5 touchdowns, scorching the Gladiators defense at the SAP Center in San Jose. He also had a fantastic game returning kicks, bringing the ball out 7 times for 116 yards for a total of 317 total yards. That’s a lot of yardage! No wonder Gray wore out his game shoes.
Soul LB Joe Goosby and Shock QB Warren Smith were also nominated for Week 9 MVP.
Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Week: QB Erik Meyer, San Jose SaberCats
After suffering an injury, courtesy of a cheap shot by an Arizona Rattlers defender named Anttaj Hawthorne, Erik Meyer started for the first time in 3 weeks and looked better than ever. He had a monster day in the air, going 30 of 42 for 406 yards, 9 TD and no interceptions. Meyer also contributed on the ground with his legs, rushing for 11 yards on two carries. Meyer looks like he did from his 2013 MVP campaign as he demolished the Cleveland defensive backs. If people couldn’t beat the SaberCats with Nathan Stanley at QB, they’re going to struggle beating them now that Meyer is back.
Riddell Defensive Player of the Week: LB Joe Goosby, Philadelphia
Joe Goosby was truly an Ironman player, going back to the old days of Arena Football when players (excluding the QB) played on both sides of the ball. After an injury to RB Tommy Taggart, Goosby filled in on the offensive side of the ball. In addition to this LB duties on defense, Goosby also contributed on Special Teams and had one hell of a night. On offense, Goosby was the ideal goal line RB as he rushed 5 times for 4 yards and 3 Touchdowns. On defense, Goosby forced two fumbles and returned an interception for a touchdown. On special teams, he blocked a PAT attempt and returned THAT for 2 points. Goosby was truly the MVP this week, whether the fan vote agreed or not.
For the complete list of winners, check out the official AFL Website.
And here’s the league’s statistical leaders after Week 9.
Passing Yardage: 2,550; Dan Raudabaugh, Philadelphia
Passing Touchdowns: 58; Dan Raudabaugh, Philadelphia
Interceptions Thrown: 11; Shane Austin, Cleveland
Completion Percentage: 75.3%; Randy Hippeard, Orlando
QB Rating: 139.5; Randy Hippeard, Orlando
Rushing Attempts: 77; Derrick Ross, Jacksonville
Rushing Yards: 304; Derrick Ross, Jacksonville
Rushing Touchdowns: 18; Derrick Ross, Jacksonville
Receptions: 81; Joe Hills, Jacksonville
Receiving Yards: 1,017; Tiger Jones, Jacksonville
Receiving Touchdowns: 21; Tiger Jones, Jacksonville
Returns: 43; Ruschard Dodd-Masters, Spokane
Yards: 821; Brandon Thompkins, Orlando
Touchdowns:4; Brandon Thompkins, Orlando
Sacks: 8.0; Joe Sykes, Jacksonville
Interceptions: 7; Ken Fontenette, San Jose
Return Yards: 90; James Romain, Philadelphia
Pick-Six Touchdowns: 1; Eleven players tied
Week 10 Schedule:
Friday, May 29th:
Orlando Predators (5-4; 2-2 Away) at Cleveland Gladiators (5-4; 2-2 Home)
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
7:00 PM (EST), 4:00 PM (PST)
Saturday, May 30th:
San Jose SaberCats (9-0; 5-0 Away) at Portland Thunder (3-5; 3-1 Home)
Moda center, Portland, Oregon
6:00 PM (EST), 3:00 PM (PST)
Las Vegas Outlaws (3-5; 1-3 Away) at Philadelphia Soul (8-1; 4-0 Home)
Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
6:00 PM (EST), 3:00 PM (PST) on CBS Sports Network
New Orleans VooDoo (2-7; 0-2 Away) at Tampa Bay Storm (3-5; 2-3 Home)
Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida
7:30 PM (EST), 4:30 PM (PST)
Arizona Rattlers (6-2; 3-1 Away) at Spokane Shock (3-5; 2-2 Home)
Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, Spokane, Washington
10:00 PM (EST), 7:00 PM (PST) on ESPN2
Sunday, May 31st:
Jacksonville Sharks (4-5; 2-3 Away) at Los Angeles KISS (0-8; 0-2 Home)
Honda Center, Anaheim, California
6:00 PM (EST), 3:00 PM (PST)