The Orlando Predators (4-2) dropped two spots in the Week 7 Coaches’ Poll following a 70-58 home loss to the Spokane Shock. Quarterback Nick Hill and the Predators will look to bounce back against Jacksonville in a vital division matchup on Saturday, April 30 at 8:00 p.m. EST on NFL Network’s “Arena Football Friday.” Orlando is the only South Division opponent that Jacksonville has yet to play in the 2011 season.
The Arizona Rattlers (5-0) remain in the top spot of the poll, receiving 17 first place votes following their home overtime victory, 67-61, over the Utah Blaze (3-3). Rattlers quarterback Nick Davila connected with Rod Windsor for a 38-yard touchdown reception in overtime that sealed Arizona’s sixth win of the season. Arizona now hosts the Shock (2-4) in another West Division showdown on Saturday, April 30 at 10 p.m. EST. The Shock re-entered the Coaches Poll following Saturday’s win.
The Jacksonville Sharks (5-1) earned one first place vote and jumped to second place following an impressive 56-42 home win over the Cleveland Gladiators (3-2). Jacksonville earned its fifth consecutive victory, with the only loss coming from top-ranked Arizona in Week 1. Sharks veteran quarterback Aaron Garcia needs only three touchdown passes to reach the 1,000 career mark.
San Jose (5-2) made the biggest jump, moving from six to third, following a 68-61 victory over the Philadelphia Soul (1-5) on Friday. The SaberCats have won three consecutive games after losing their previous two. The SaberCats have a bye in Week 8 before an important West Division matchup against top-ranked Arizona on May 7 at 10:30 p.m. EST.
The Chicago Rush (4-2) also dropped in the poll after a 58-51 home loss to the Kansas City Command (2-4) last week. The Rush will host the New Orleans VooDoo (1-5) on Saturday April 30 at 8:00 p.m. EST.
The Gladiators dropped one spot after suffering their second loss of the season to the Sharks on Saturday. Cleveland will look to get back to their winning ways against the Tulsa Talons (2-4) on Friday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m. EST. Georgia (4-2) jumped up one spot in the poll following a 57-48 road victory over the Milwaukee Mustangs (1-5). The Force will host the Pittsburgh Power (3-3) on April 30 at 7:30 p.m. EST.
The Dallas Vigilantes (4-2) also moved up one spot following a win, 67-61, over the Tampa Bay Storm (2-4). Dallas will face JJ Raterink and the Command on Friday, April 29 at 8:30 p.m. EST.
WEEK 7 COACHES’ POLL
RK Team (1st place votes) W-L Pts LW
1 Arizona Rattlers (17) 6-0 170 1
2 Jacksonville Sharks (1) 5-1 154 3
3 San Jose SaberCats 5-2 125 6
4 Orlando Predators 4-2 120 2
5 Chicago Rush 4-2 82 4
6 Cleveland Gladiators 3-2 82 5
7 Georgia Force 4-2 72 8
8 Dallas Vigilantes 4-2 67 9
9 Utah Blaze 3-3 53 7
10 Spokane Shock 2-4 20 —