2015 Arena Football League – Week 11

We want to take a moment and wish the best of wishes to Rattlers WR Markee White, who suffered a broken back against the Spokane Shock this past weekend while attempting to catch a pass in the corner of the end zone. Markee was able to move his arms and his legs slightly but was taken off the field on a stretcher. White is out for the season, but he intends to try and come back for the 2016 season. We wish Markee the best of health and that he recovers fully.

And now for Week 10’s recap/scores:

Orlando Predators 63, Cleveland Gladiators 42
San Jose SaberCats 61, Portland Thunder 42
Las Vegas Outlaws 43, Philadelphia Soul 51 (at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ)
New Orleans VooDoo 34, Tampa Bay Storm 35
Arizona Rattlers 59, Spokane Shock 47
Jacksonville Sharks 41, Los Angeles KISS 35

Two San Jose players find their way on the player of the week awards this week. Read on to find out.

Week 10 AFL MVP: DB Ken Fontenette, San Jose SaberCats

Ken Fontenette SaberCats

San Jose’s Ken Fontenette (#5), shown here against Spokane in Week 8, was voted as the Week 10 MVP.

The league’s best team had a mid-afternoon affair with the Portland Thunder, and San Jose imposed their will on the second-year franchise from Oregon. Fontenette made Thunder QBs Kyle Rowley and Alex Carter’s lives miserable, recording 8 1/2 tackles, 3 passes defended, and two interceptions as the SaberCats defeated Portland 61-42 at the Moda Center. Fontenette’s one of the hottest DBs in the AFL, recording an interception in six consecutive games and leads the league with 9 total interceptions.

Rattlers DB Jeremy Kellem and Sharks DB Greg Reid were also nominated for Week 10 MVP.

Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Week: WR Reggie Gray, San Jose SaberCats

Reggie Gray SaberCats

SaberCats WR Reggie Gray continued to add more awards to his resume, scoring 5 touchdowns against Portland.

A week after winning the weekly MVP, Reggie Gray is this week’s Offensive PotW. He was clearly Erik Meyer’s favorite target, hauling in 15 receptions for 137 yards and 5 touchdowns. Gray also scored 5 TDs last week against Cleveland, giving him 10 TDs in the past 2 games. The SaberCats have reached the 10-0 mark for the second time in franchise history. They still have 8 games left to go for 18-0, but until somebody figures out how to stop Gray, San Jose could run the table.

Riddell Defensive Player of the Week: DB James Harrell, Tampa Bay Storm

James Harrell Tampa Bay Storm

Tampa Bay DB James Harrell celebrates with Storm fans after intercepting New Orleans QB Brian Reader.

In a low scoring affair between the Tampa Bay Storm and the New Orleans VooDoo, defense took the stage as the Storm squeaked out a 1 point victory due to a missed extra point. The score could have been a lot different, but thanks to James Harrell, the VooDoo never had an opportunity. The prospective AFL Defensive Player of the Year recorded 3 tackles, 1 pass breakup, a fumble recovery and 2 interceptions, one of which came with 0:46 left in the 4th Quarter to kill a game winning drive by the VooDoo.

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

Now here’s a look at the league leaders after Week 10. We have some changes on the offensive side, and major changes in the kick return and defensive statistics.

Passing:
Passing Yardage: 2,858; Shane Austin, Cleveland
Passing Touchdowns: 65; Dan Raudabaugh, Philadelphia
Interceptions Thrown: 13; Shane Austin, Cleveland
Completion Percentage: 75.3%; Randy Hippeard, Orlando
QB Rating: 139.5; Randy Hippeard, Orlando

Rushing:
Rushing Attempts: 88; Derrick Ross, Jacksonville
Rushing Yards: 365; Derrick Ross, Jacksonville
Rushing Touchdowns: 19; Derrick Ross, Jacksonville

Receiving:
Receptions: 90; Dominick Goodman, Cleveland
Receiving Yards: 1,139; Tiger Jones, Jacksonville
Receiving Touchdowns: 24; Reggie Gray, San Jose

Kick Returns:
Returns: 48 (tied); Ruschard Dodd-Masters, Spokane & Duane Brooks, Portland
Yards: 1,018; Duane Brooks, Portland
Touchdowns:4 (tied); Brandon Thompkins, Orlando & Duane Brooks, Portland

Defensive:
Sacks: 10.0; Joe Sykes, Jacksonville
Interceptions: 9; Ken Fontenette, San Jose
Return Yards: 99; James Romain, Philadelphia
Pick-Six Touchdowns: 1; Eleven players tied

Week 11 Schedule:

Friday, June 5:

Spokane Shock (3-6; 1-3 Away) at San Jose SaberCats (10-0; 4-0 Home)
SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, California
10:30 PM (EST), 7:30 PM (PST)

Saturday, June 6:

New Orleans VooDoo (2-8; 0-3 Away) at Philadelphia Soul (9-1; 5-0 Home)
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
6:00 PM (EST), 3:00 PM (PST)

Orlando Predators (6-4; 3-2 Away) at Jacksonville Sharks (5-5; 2-2 Home)
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Florida
7:00 PM (EST), 4:00 PM (PST) on CBS Sports Network

Tampa Bay Storm (4-5; 1-2 Away) at Arizona Rattlers (7-2; 3-1 Home)
Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
9:00 PM (EST), 6:00 PM (PST)

Sunday, June 7:

Cleveland Gladiators (5-5; 3-2 Away) at Las Vegas Outlaws (3-6; 2-2 Home)
Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
5:00 PM (EST), 2:00 PM (PST)

Portland Thunder (3-6; 0-4 Away) at Los Angeles KISS (0-9; 0-3 Home)
Honda Center, Anaheim, California
6:00 PM (EST), 3:00 PM (PST)

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