The Washington Valor entered Saturday’s game desperate for a victory after having lost five straight games. Washington had a great opportunity to get their second win, since they played the Cleveland Gladiators, who entered the game having won only one game.
However, the Valor were no match for the Gladiators, as the Valor dropped their sixth straight game in a 59-35 loss. The Gladiators jumped out to a 14-0 lead thanks to a receiving touchdown by Michael Preston and a rushing touchdown by Jeramie Richardson. The Richardson touchdown was set up by a Rayshaun Kizer interception. Valor quarterback Sean Brackett would throw his second interception which set up yet another Cleveland touchdown.
Preston caught his second touchdown of the night to give the Glads a 21-0 lead. The Valor would finally stop the bleeding when Brackett found Greg Carr for a touchdown to cut the deficit to 14 points. Cleveland would push the lead back to three possessions when Arvell Nelson connected with Quentin Sims for a touchdown.
The Valor would respond, as Carr caught his second touchdown of the night to cut the lead to 27-14. After Preston and Tom Gilson both caught touchdowns, the Gladiators would have a comfortable 40-14 heading into halftime.
The Valor cut into the deficit in the beginning of the third quarter when Brackett hooked up with Josh Reese. Washington would never get closer than 19. The Gladiators would end up winning 59-35.
The Valor have not won since their season opener back on April 7. Washington is struggling at the wrong time, as they are going on a four-game road trip before returning home in late July. The Valor have now lost six straight games, and they have been decimated by injuries.
Quarterback Erik Meyer and wide receiver T.T. Toliver are both on the IR, which will only hurt the Valor going forward. Washington starts their road trip next week when they take on the Tampa Bay Storm.