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May 8, 2014, CHICAGO (ISN) – A dominating performance in Week 8 propelled the San Jose SaberCats (5-3) up two spots to No. 5 in this week’s AFL Coaches’ Poll, as they rolled over the Orlando Predators (5-3), 70-35.

The SaberCats have a bye in Week 9 but will return to the field next week in front of a national audience when they host the Portland Thunder on ESPN2.

The undefeated Arizona Rattlers (7-0) are once again the No. 1 team in the latest AFL Coaches’ Poll, garnering a maximum 13 first-place votes. The Rattlers improved to a franchise-best 7-0 record after defeating the ninth-ranked Jacksonville Sharks (2-5), 70-61, in Week 8. Arizona returns to the field on Sunday, May 11 for a Mother’s Day matchup with the No. 10-ranked Portland Thunder (2-5). Kickoff is set for 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN3.

The Cleveland Gladiators (6-0) stayed put at No. 2 in the Poll this week during their bye. The Gladiators return to the field this Saturday, May 10 to host the LA KISS (2-5). Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN3.

Despite losing reigning AFL MVP Erik Meyer to injury in the second quarter, the Spokane Shock (5-2) handled the KISS, 70-21, last week. The Shock return home this weekend to host the No. 4-ranked Pittsburgh Power (4-3), who are coming off a 65-57 victory over the instate rival Philadelphia Soul (3-4). Kickoff for the Week 9 matchup between the Shock and Power is set for 10:00 p.m. ET on Friday, May 9.

MAY 8 COACHES’ POLL

Rank

Team (1st Place Votes)

W-L

Points

Last Week

1

Arizona Rattlers (13)

7-0

130

1

2

Cleveland Gladiators (1)

6-0

118

2

3

Spokane Shock

5-2

99

3

4

Pittsburgh Power

4-3

88

4

5

San Jose SaberCats

5-3

78

7

6

Philadelphia Soul

3-4

65

5

7

Orlando Predators

5-3

56

6

8

Iowa Barnstormers

4-3

55

8

9

Jacksonville Sharks

2-5

36

9

10

Portland Thunder

2-5

34

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