2015 Arena Football League – Week 20

After a long journey, we’re finally at the final week of the regular season. All but one playoff spot in the National Conference has been locked up, and it’ll be a fight between the Outlaws, Thunder, and KISS to see who has the right to clinch the final playoff spot. This week is also huge for the Outlaws and the VooDoo, as this could be the last we see of either team.

But, as we do every week, let’s go back to Week 19’s scores, award winners, and league leaders before showing you the schedule for the final week. The playoffs are just around the corner, and we can’t wait for the ArenaBowl.

Arizona Rattlers 29, San Jose SaberCats 56
Jacksonville Sharks 50, Orlando Predators 64
Los Angeles KISS 34, Tampa Bay Storm 38
Spokane Shock 42, Cleveland Gladiators 59
Las Vegas Outlaws 33, Portland Thunder 64
New Orleans VooDoo 28, Philadelphia Soul 61

Week 19 AFL MVP: WR Collin Taylor, Cleveland Gladiators

Colin Taylor Cleveland Gladiators

Cleveland Gladiators WR Collin Taylor scored 3 straight TDs to put the Gladiators out 21-0 in the first quarter. (image credit: John Saraya/Cleveland Gladiators)

Spokane Shock DBs had nightmares after their 42-59 loss to the Cleveland Gladiators, and the boogyman that frightened them was WR Collin Taylor. Taylor was Shane Austin’s favorite target in the game, and he was the recipient of 3 touchdown passes in the first quarter which saw the Gladiators jump out to a 21-0 lead. He caught 9 passes for 142 yards and 5 touchdowns when the game was all said and done. Not only did he lead his team, he had better statistics than any of the individual statistic the Shock WRs had. 2015 has been a career year for Taylor, who has 136 receptions for 1,523 yards and 41 touchdowns this season, all career highs.

SaberCats WR Maurice Purify and Thunder WR V’Keon Lacey were also nominated for Week 19 MVP.

Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Week: QB Erik Meyer, San Jose SaberCats

Erik Meyer San Jose SaberCats

San Jose QB Erik Meyer celebrates in a touchdown against the Portland Thunder (image credit: Tim Cattera/San Jose SaberCats)

The 2013 AFL MVP had an MVP caliber game against the three-time ArenaBowl Champion Arizona Rattlers on Friday night. In a nationally televised game on CBS Sports Network, Meyer contributed to one of the more lopsided defeats in recent memory for the rattlers, going 29-of-40 for 288 yards, 8 touchdowns and no interceptions. It was the fifth consecutive game in which Meyer did not throw an interception.

Riddell Defensive Player of the Week: NG Willie McGinnis, Cleveland Gladiators

Willie McGinnis Cleveland Gladiators

In this 2014 photo, NG Willie McGinnis puts the pressure on the Iowa Barnstormers. (Image credit: Cleveland Gladiators / John Saraya)

The big man for the Cleveland Gladiators took a step up in a 59-42 defeat of the Spokane Shock. The reigning American Conference champs clinched their playoff ticket with the victory, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the contributions of McGinnis, who notched 5 total tackles, 2 sacks (for -6 yards) and forced a fumble, one of which was returned by teammate Joe Phinisee for a touchdown. McGinnis now has 9.5 sacks on the season and, if Philadelphia rests their starters, is 3.0 sacks away from tying the Gladiators franchise record.

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

Now for the updated statistical league leaders:

Passing:
Passing Yardage: 4,743; Dan Raudabaugh, Philadelphia
Passing Touchdowns: 113; Dan Raudabaugh, Philadelphia
Interceptions Thrown: 21; Jason Boltus, Tampa Bay
Completion Percentage: 73.9%; Randy Hippeard, Orlando
QB Rating: 132.7; Randy Hippeard, Orlando

Rushing:
Rushing Attempts: 141; Derrick Ross, Jacksonville
Rushing Yards: 559; Derrick Ross, Jacksonville
Rushing Touchdowns: 33; Derrick Ross, Jacksonville

Receiving:
Receptions: 158; Reggie Gray, San Jose
Receiving Yards: 1,976; Tiger Jones, Jacksonville
Receiving Touchdowns: 44; Reggie Gray, San Jose

Kick Returns:
Returns: 86; Duane Brooks, Portland
Yards: 1,930; Duane Brooks, Portland
Touchdowns: 8; Duane Brooks, Portland

Defensive:
Sacks: 15.0; Joe Sykes, Jacksonville
Interceptions: 13; Jeremy Kellem, Arizona
Return Yards: 150; Greg Reid, Jacksonville
Pick-Six Touchdowns: 3; Joe Phinisee, Cleveland

That’ll do it. We’ll see you next week for the Playoffs!

Week 20 Schedule:

Saturday, August 8th:

Tampa Bay Storm (7-10; 2-6 Away) at Orlando Predators (11-6; 6-2 Home)
Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida
7:00 PM (EST), 4:00 PM (PST)

New Orleans VooDoo (3-13-1; 0-7-1 Away) at Jacksonville Sharks (9-8; 6-2 Home)
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Florida
7:00 PM (EST), 4:00 PM (PST)

Philadelphia Soul (14-3; 5-3 Away) at Cleveland Gladiators (8-9; 3-5 Home)
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
7:00 PM (EST), 4:00 PM (PST)

Portland Thunder (5-12; 0-8 Away) at Arizona Rattlers (13-4; 7-1 Home)
Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
9:00 PM (EST), 6:00 PM (PST) on CBS Sports Network

San Jose SaberCats (16-1; 8-0 Away) at Los Angeles KISS (4-13; 3-5 Home)
Honda Center, Anaheim, California
10:00 PM (EST), 7:00 PM (PST)

Spokane Shock (6-11; 2-6 Away) at Las Vegas Outlaws (5-11-1; 3-4-1 Home)
Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
10:30 PM (EST), 7:30 PM (PST)

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