Arizona Embarrasses Cleveland In AFL NCC 82-41



The Arizona Rattlers completely dominated on both sides of the ball as they crushed the Cleveland Gladiators 82-41 in the AFL National Conference Championship game.

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Gladiators can’t finish fourth quarter comeback. Fall to KISS 63-61

The Cleveland Gladiators were defeated by the LA KISS on Saturday with a final score of 63-61. The Gladiators fall to 7-8 on the season and currently sit alone in third place in the AFL’s National Conference standings.

Gladiators QB Arvell Nelson started the scoring with a 19-yard strike to WR Quentin Sims early in the first quarter before LA tied the game at seven thanks to a six-yard touchdown pass from QB Nathan Stanley to wide out Donovan Morgan shortly thereafter. Nelson delivered a three-yard rushing TD before Stanley connected with Morgan again to tie things up at 14 apiece. Cleveland WR Collin Taylor had the last laugh of the quarter as he pulled in a 28-yard TD heave from Nelson as time expired in the first to extend his franchise-record streak to 31 straight games with at least one touchdown reception.

In the second quarter, Stanley connected with TE Colin Madison on a four-yard TD pass to tie the game at 21 before Nelson and Sims combined on a seven-yard pitch-and-catch to deliver the Gladiators a 28-21 advantage. LA once again rallied to tie the game as Stanley and DJ Stephens hooked up for an 11-yard strike with a few seconds remaining in the half.

LA rattled off 21 unanswered points in the third and beginning of the fourth quarter before Nelson found Sims for another TD to start a Gladiators comeback at 49-34 midway through the fourth. After a successful onside kick attempt, Nelson launched a 38-yard bomb to Sims to continue the rally before an eight-yard passing score from Stanley to Morgan stopped the bleeding for the KISS and put LA’s edge to 56-41. Nelson ran a QB sneak that made it 56-48 and led to another successful onside kick that was batted all the way inside the KISS 10-yard line before it was scooped up by Cleveland DL Nick Seither who took ran it in for the score, putting the Glads within a single score at 56-54 after an unsuccessful two-point conversion attempt.

LA recovered the next onside kick attempt though and benefitted from Stanley’s eighth TD pass of the night with less than one minute remaining in the game, a seven-yard connection to Stephens sealed the deal for KISS as they held on for a dramatic 63-61 victory.

Nelson finished with 21 completions on 31 pass attempts for 332 yards and eight total touchdowns (two rushing), while Sims paced the Gladiators’ receiving corps with 12 catches for 197 yards and five touchdowns and Taylor supplied four grabs for 81 yards and one score.

Next up for the Gladiators, it’s a Week 17 road clash vs. the Arizona Rattlers.

Gladiators lose final regular season showdown with Soul 83-62


The Cleveland Gladiators fell to the Philadelphia Soul 83-62 despite 404 passing yards and eight touchdowns from QB Arvell Nelson in a Week 15 matchup on Saturday at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA. The Gladiators are now 7-7 on the season and remain in second place in the National Conference standings. Continue reading “Gladiators lose final regular season showdown with Soul 83-62”

The Land Sports Talk Monday 6-27-16



Rob from’s The Main Event joins Tom and Jeff to discuss the Indians winning streak and trade possibilities, Johnny Football and his own father wishing he ends up in jail, awesomely bad movies and more. And of course we make fun of Jeff as always.

Gladiators Come Back In The Fourth Quarter. Win 48-47

The Cleveland Gladiators defeated the Jacksonville Sharks 48-47 on Saturday in Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, FL. The Gladiators swept the Sharks in the season series, have won six of their past eight games, are now 7-6 on the year and remain alone in second place in the National Conference.
QB Arvell Nelson and WR Collin Taylor opened the game by connecting on a seven-yard touchdown early in the first quarter before Jacksonville QB Tommy Grady threw a 42-yard bomb TD pass into the hands of Sharks WR Joe Hills on the next possession to tie the game. A one-yard Nelson rush made it 13-7 Gladiators, the Sharks tied the game on a four-yard TD pass from Grady to Hills at the start of the second quarter.

Cleveland DB Joe Phinisee returned a fumble by Grady for the Gladiators ninth defensive score of the season on a second quarter Jacksonville possession which is first in the AFL and led 20-13 before a 33-yard Nelson-to-Taylor score with 41 seconds remaining in the half making the score 27-13. The catch was Taylor’s 400th career AFL grab and 100th career AFL TD catch.

The Sharks came out on fire and scored 27 straight points to take a 40-27 lead before Nelson and Devin Wilson hooked up for a 12-yard score early in the fourth quarter to make it 40-34 until Jacksonville WR London Crawford found the end zone on a one-yard TD run that made it 47-34. With time winding down in the fourth quarter, Nelson and Wilson struck again, this time for a 25-yard bomb with less than six minutes left to draw within one score at 47-41.

With just 47 seconds left in the game, Nelson and Wilson combined for Wilson’s third TD grab of the game to put the Gladiators on top 48-47, but left Grady and Jacksonville with plenty of time to end this game on their terms. After the Sharks marched all the way to the Cleveland two-yard line on the ensuing possession, Phinisee sealed the win with his second fumble recovery of the game with just ten seconds left to play to deliver the Gladiators a one-point victory.

Next up for the Gladiators is the Philadelphia Soul at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA on Saturday, July 9th at 6:00 pm.

Gladiators melt Steel comeback. Win 58-49


A west coast game ended late Saturday night with the Cleveland Gladiators defeating the Portland Steel 58-49 at the Moda Center in Portland. With the win, the Gladiators improved to 6-6 on the season and are still in second place in the AFL’s National Conference.

Gladiators QB Arvell Nelson started off hot when he connected with wide receiver Quentin Sims for a 35-yard touchdown early in the first quarter to make it 7-0. Portland came back with a 3-yard TD toss from former Gladiator Shane Austin to WR Rashaad Carter to tie the game at seven. WR Larry Beavers caught a 23-yard pass to help the Gladiators gain the 14-7 advantage heading into the second quarter.

Nelson found Devin Wilson for a 23-yard scoring strike to make it 21-7 before a one-yard James Shaw touchdown run put Portland within seven at 21-14. Cleveland’s Collin Taylor hauled in a nine-yard touchdown pass from Nelson to make it 28-14 and Nelson quickly found Quentin Simms for a two-yard strike and gave Cleveland its largest lead of the game at 35-14. Austin put together a buzzer-beating drive in the second quarter and capped it off with a three-yard TD reception to Carter with no time left on the clock that put the Steel within two scores at the half.

In the third quarter, Portland struck quickly with an Asuitn 23- TD pass and the Steel were only down seven with the score 35-28, but Nelson found Taylor again for a 15-yard TD to put the Gladiators back up by 14 points. Portland’s Austin found Carter and connected for the third time in the game to make it 42-35. The Gladiators closed out the third quarter with a 14-yard score from Nelson to Wilson that made it 48-35 heading into the fourth.

In the first minute of the fourth quarter, Gladiators DB Marvin Ross returned an Austin interception 42 yards for the touchdown to gain a 55-35 lead. Back-to-back touchdown passes from Austin, to Shaw and Jared Perry put the Steel within six points at 55-49 before yet another Austin pick set up the 22-yard Adrian Trevino field goal which was the kicker’s first field goal conversion of the season, that put an end to the Steel comeback and the Gladiators win 58-49.

STATS: QB ARVELL NELSON 21-35 for 249 yards and 7 TD. WR COLLIN TAYLOR 8 catches for 90 yards and 2 TD.

QB SHANE AUSTIN 23-37 for 291 yards and 6 TD. WR JAMES SHAW 8 catches for 109 yards and 2 TD