We had a very limited number of games last week as four teams were on Bye weeks and one game (New Orleans and Las Vegas) was cancelled by the league (as we explained last week). We had a blowout game, a tightly contested game, and a game that was initially a blowout, but the team that was being blown out ended up making it a bit interesting. Other than Spokane clinching a playoff berth, it was a relatively quiet week in the AFL. Here’s a look at the scores and what to look forward to in Week 19. We’re getting near the ende of the season, so if you haven’t been to a game yet, now’s the time.
Tampa Bay Storm 16, Jacksonville Sharks 63
Portland Thunder 40, Spokane Shock 42
New Orleans VooDoo 0, Las Vegas Outlaws 0*
Los Angeles KISS 55, Arizona Rattlers 68
Bye: Cleveland, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Jose
*Cancelled and will not be made up
Week 18 AFL MVP: WR Rod Windsor, Arizona Rattlers
Nick Davila’s favorite target in Sunday’s win against the Los Angeles KISS was Rod Windsor, who hauled in 7 passes for a whopping 155 yards and 2 touchdowns. Windsor scored one of his two touchdowns in the first half and also had a rushing touchdown, pushing Arizona out to a 34-0 lead near the end of the second quarter. He has now hauled in a touchdown reception in 27 consecutive games and 100+ yard receiving games in his past six outings. It’s clear he’s the heart and soul of Arizona’s receiving core, so look for Davila to throw more his way in the 2015 playoffs.
Sharks FB Derrick Ross and Shock QB Arvell Nelson were also nominated for Week 18 MVP.
Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Week: QB Tommy Grady, Jacksonville Sharks
Since its inception in 2010, Jacksonville and Tampa Bay have become part of a three-team rivalry in the state of Florida. On Saturday, the Sharks defeated the Storm in the most lopsided score in the all-time series, and 5 of those scores came from QB Tommy Grady. The 2012 AFL MVP completed nearly 70% of his passes, going 15 of 22 for 179 yards and 5 touchdowns in Jacksonville’s 63-16 destruction of Tampa Bay. His 5 touchdowns leaves him two touchdowns shy of 600 for his career and 179 passing yards leaves him 35 yards away from eclipsing 27,000 yards in his career.
Riddell Defensive Player of the Week: DE Joe Sykes, Jacksonville Sharks
On the defensive side of the ball for the Sharks, Joe Sykes had a historical game. His sack of Jason Boltus was his 17th sack (according to Arena Football’s official website, 15th according to ArenaFan) of the season, setting the AFL record for most sacks in an individual season. The single season record? 16, set by Sykes himself in 2012. He now has three of the top 5 performances for sacks in a season, recording 17 this year, 16 in 2012, and 14.5 in 2013. He has 52 career sacks, third in Arena Football history. If he can hit 20, he could steal away the Defensive Player of the Year votes from San Jose’s Ken Fontentette.
For the complete list of winners, check out the official AFL Website.
Now for the updated statistical league leaders:
Passing Yardage: 4,599; Dan Raudabaugh, Philadelphia
Passing Touchdowns: 108; Dan Raudabaugh, Philadelphia
Interceptions Thrown: 21; Jason Boltus, Tampa Bay
Completion Percentage: 73.8%; Randy Hippeard, Orlando
QB Rating: 135.7; Randy Hippeard, Orlando
Rushing Attempts: 138; Derrick Ross, Jacksonville
Rushing Yards: 556; Derrick Ross, Jacksonville
Rushing Touchdowns: 33; Derrick Ross, Jacksonville
Receptions: 147; Reggie Gray, San Jose
Receiving Yards: 1,871; Tiger Jones, Jacksonville
Receiving Touchdowns: 41; Reggie Gray, San Jose
Returns: 83; Duane Brooks, Portland
Yards: 1,818; Duane Brooks, Portland
Touchdowns: 7; Duane Brooks, Portland
Sacks: 15.0; Joe Sykes, Jacksonville
Interceptions: 13; Jeremy Kellem, Arizona
Return Yards: 138; Greg Reid, Jacksonville
Pick-Six Touchdowns: 3; Joe Phinisee, Cleveland
That’ll do it for this week. We’ll see you next week for the final week of the 2015 regular season.
Week 19 Schedule:
Friday, July 31st:
Arizona Rattlers (13-3; 6-2 Away) at San Jose SaberCats (15-1; 7-1 Home)
SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, California
10:30 PM (EST), 7:30 PM (PST) on CBS Sports Network
Saturday, August 1st:
Jacksonville Sharks (9-7; 3-5 Away) at Orlando Predators (10-6; 5-2 Home)
Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
7:00 PM (EST), 4:00 PM (PST)
Spokane Shock (6-10; 2-5 Away) at Cleveland Gladiators (7-9; 2-5 Home)
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
7:00 PM (EST), 4:00 PM (PST)
Los Angeles KISS (4-12; 1-7 Away) at Tampa Bay Storm (6-10; 4-4 Home)
Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida
7:30 PM (EST), 4:30 PM (PST)
Las Vegas Outlaws (5-10-1; 2-6 Away) at Portland Thunder (4-12; 4-4 Home)
Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
10:00 PM (EST), 7:00 PM (PST)
Sunday, August 2nd:
New Orleans VooDoo (3-12-1; 0-6-1 Away) at Philadelphia Soul (13-3; 8-0 Home)
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
4:00 PM (EST), 1:00 PM (PST)