Gladiators Drop Fifth Straight – Lose 56-42 to Jacksonville Sharks
Saturday June 23, 2012
Gladiators slip to 6-8 on the year
JACKSONVILLE, FL – The Cleveland Gladiators lost their fifth-straight game, with a 56-42 loss to the Jacksonville Sharks in front of 9,662 at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on Saturday night. With the loss, the Gladiators fall to 6-8 and the Sharks improve to 7-7.
John Dutton was intercepted four times in the loss, while completing 21-of-44 passes for 259 and four touchdowns. Dominick Goodman led the Gladiators with 11 catches for 108 yards and two touchdowns. Robert Redd paced the receiving corps with 121 yards on seven catches. He also scored twice.
Maurice Williams provided a spark on special teams, returning a kickoff 53 yards in the first quarter – the first kickoff return touchdown for the Gladiators since Quorey Payne did so on June 11, 2011 versus Georgia.
Bernard Morris completed 27-of-35 for 267 yards and seven touchdowns for the Sharks. Terrance Smith caught 11 passes for 122 yards and three touchdowns, while Jeron Harvey hauled in 10 passes for 90 yards and three touchdowns.
Levy Brown, Ron Haver and Sharks offensive lineman Vladimir Richard were all ejected during pregame warm-ups, after the Sharks ran through the Gladiators on-field warm-ups.
The Gladiators return to Quicken Loans Arena next Friday night for a matchup with East Division foe Milwaukee Mustangs. The game will be televised nationally as the Net 10 Arena Football Friday game of the week. Kickoff is set for 8:00 pm.
The Cleveland Gladiators are part of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena organization and also owned by a group led by Cavaliers Majority Owner and Quicken Loans Founder and Chairman Dan Gilbert. The group also owns and operates the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League playing at Quicken Loans Arena and the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League playing in nearby Canton, Ohio at the Canton Civic Center.
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