Unbeaten-NO MORE! The Los Angeles KISS stunned the Arena Football world on Saturday night, upsetting the 11-0 San Jose SaberCats in overtime and destroying San Jose’s bid at a perfect season. The upset has been considered one of the biggest upsets in league history. If you honestly thought the KISS would win this game, you’d be lying (unless you’re a die-hard LA KISS fan).
For the most part, all the games this week were competitive. Philadelphia also lost in surprising fashion to the Orlando Predators, which (in my opinion) it’s good to see these season long dominant teams lose every once in a while.
Anyways, here’s the Week 13 scoreboard recap:
Jacksonville Sharks 56, Tampa Bay Storm 63
Cleveland Gladiators 51, New Orleans VooDoo 34
Arizona Rattlers 69, Portland Thunder 42
Las Vegas Outlaws 62, Spokane Shock 56
Philadelphia Soul 42, Orlando Predators 45
Los Angeles KISS 48, San Jose SaberCats 42 (OT)
Week 12 AFL MVP: WR Dominick Goodman, Cleveland Gladiators
The defensive backs of the New Orleans VooDoo had nightmares after a 51-34 loss to the Gladiators this past week, and the catalyst of these bad dreams was this week’s MVP. Dominick Goodman led all Cleveland receivers with 13 receptions for 128 yards and two touchdowns. Although Goodman’s statistics are down from where they were a year ago, he still the number one target, leading the league with 111 receptions. Since entering the league in 2011, Goodman has hauled in 100+ receptions and 1,000+ yards in every season that he’s played. Well done, Mr. Goodman.
Outlaws DB Eddie Moten and Storm DB Al Phillips were also nominated for Week 12 MVP.
Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Week: WR Joe Hills, Jacksonville Sharks
Joe Hills didn’t lead the Sharks in receptions or receiving yards in Friday night’s loss to the Tampa Bay Storm (that was his teammate, Tiger Jones), but he earned the Offensive Player of the Week honors for hauling in 6 touchdowns. The six touchdowns also tied a Sharks single-game franchise record. Hills has now recorded a touchdown in 47 consecutive games, which is the current longest streak in the AFL and (according to Arena Football’s official website) the fourth longest streak in the AFL. His streak will take an off week as Jacksonville has a BYE week, but look for him to resume the touchdown streak against Cleveland on ESPN2.
Riddell Defensive Player of the Week: DB Rayshaun Kizer, Los Angeles KISS
Rayshaun Kizer collects his second award in as many weeks, and with good reason. Upsetting the 11-0 San Jose SaberCats in San Jose is no easy feat, but the KISS were able to with Kizer’s outstanding play. The recently acquired DB from New Orleans made an impact, leading the KISS with 9 total tackles and two huge interceptions off San Jose QB Erik Meyer. He recorded a defensive touchdown early in the 4th quarter, breaking a 28-28 tie. Kizer is now Los Angeles’ all-time leader in career interceptions (4) and he hasn’t even played a full season with the team. The historic upset also gave Kizer 61 interceptions in his career and 11 returns for touchdowns, third in league history.
For the complete list of winners, check out the official AFL Website.
Now here’s our weekly look at the league leaders so far this season.
Passing Yardage: 3,446; Dan Raudabaugh, Philadelphia
Passing Touchdowns: 80; Dan Raudabaugh, Philadelphia
Interceptions Thrown: 16; Jason Boltus, Tampa Bay
Completion Percentage: 75.3%; Randy Hippeard, Orlando
QB Rating: 139.5; Randy Hippeard, Orlando
Rushing Attempts: 106; Derrick Ross, Jacksonville
Rushing Yards: 406; Derrick Ross, Jacksonville
Rushing Touchdowns: 23; Derrick Ross, Jacksonville
Receptions: 111; Dominick Goodman, Cleveland
Receiving Yards: 1,437; Tiger Jones, Jacksonville
Receiving Touchdowns: 29; Reggie Gray, San Jose
Returns: 60; Duane Brooks, Portland
Yards: 1,363; Duane Brooks, Portland
Touchdowns: 6; Duane Brooks, Portland
Sacks: 12.0; Joe Sykes, Jacksonville
Interceptions: 10 (tied); Ken Fontenette, San Jose & Jeremy Kellem, Arizona
Return Yards: 105; Joe Phinisee, Cleveland
Pick-Six Touchdowns: 3; Joe Phinisee, Cleveland
That about does it for this week. We have 3 prime-time games this week. If you don’t feel like suffering from the heat outside, come on in and watch the action.
Week 13 Schedule:
Friday, June 19:
Tampa Bay Storm (5-6; 1-3 Away) at Cleveland Gladiators (7-5; 2-3 Home)
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
7:00 PM (EST), 4:00 PM (PST)
Saturday, June 20th:
Orlando Predators (7-5; 3-3 Away) at Arizona Rattlers (9-2; 4-1 Home)
Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
9:00 PM (EST), 6:00 PM (PST) on CBS Sports Network
Philadelphia Soul (10-2; 4-2 Away) at Los Angeles KISS (2-9; 1-3 Home)
Honda Center, Anaheim, California
11:00 PM (EST), 8:00 PM (PST) on ESPN2
Sunday, June 21st:
San Jose SaberCats (11-1; 6-0 Away) at Las Vegas Outlaws (4-7; 2-3 Home)
Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
5:00 PM (EST), 2:00 PM (PST)
Spokane Shock (3-8; 1-4 Away) at Portland Thunder (3-8; 3-2 Home)
Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
10:00 PM (EST), 7:00 PM (PST) on ESPN2
Bye: Jacksonville (6-6), New Orleans (2-10)