The Cleveland Gladiators control their first round location. If they win out, they will be in Cleveland for the first round of the playoffs. Two wins guarantees that the Jacksonville Sharks can’t catch them because the Gladiators swept the season series, giving them the first tiebreaker. The Los Angeles KISS still have a little edge, as they won the first meeting. The second and final home of the season series will be at the Honda Center Week 16, Cleveland’s next to last game (Glads are off Week 18).
The leader of this team for the whole has been wide receiver Collin Taylor. Last week, Taylor caught his 100th regular season touchdown, and he also went over 400 receptions for his AFL career.
Still, Cleveland would not be here if not for the strength of the Gladiators defense, which has been a strong force leading the league in scoop -and-scores with nine forced fumbles taken back for touchdowns. The Gladiators also rank first in the AFL in fourth down defense, stopping their rivals over 70% of the time, and something local sports fans will never forget, the amazing 27 game winning streak that Cleveland pro sports teams just saw end Saturday.
The city is feeling pretty good and with the Gladiators being part of that history the three final games, all on the road don’t seem so rough, especially knowing what is at stake and with this week’s game being the shortest road trip of them when the team takes on the Philadelphia Soul for the final time this regular season on Saturday.