Cleveland Gladiators' Season Ends In 50-41 Loss In Playoff Game To Georgia Force

The Cleveland Gladiators gave area football fans something to be proud of when they clinched a Division Championship with a 67-55 win over the Pittsburgh Power

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Georgia Force Defeats Gladiators 50-41, Ending Cleveland's Season

The Cleveland Gladiators' Arena Football League season came to an end on Sunday afternoon at the Q when the Georgia Force prevailed 50-41 in a first-round playoff game.

A 26-0 run by the Force pretty much wrapped this one up, taking Georgia from a 21-14 deficit to a 40-21 lead. Georgia was able to fend off any Gladiators' hopes with a last-minute touchdown to go up 50-34 and effectively end Cleveland's chances.

Quarterback John Dutton saw his first action since Week Two and came on to lead the Gladiators to three consecutive scoring drives in relief, but the Force were also able to keep scoring to keep Georgia safely ahead.

The Gladiators' season ends with a mark of 10-9, and a division championship, but unfortunately, no shot at the brass ring.

Go here for a complete recap of this afternoon's game.

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Arena Football League Playoffs Kick Off This Week; Gladiators Face Georgia Sunday At The Q

The Cleveland Gladiators will kick off their hopefully-long playoff run this Sunday at 3 p.m at the Q when they take on the Georgia Force.

The Arena Football League has an eight-team playoff field, meaning two weeks of elimination games leading up to Arena Bowl on August 12.

The Force actually finished with a better record than the Gladiators, coming in at 11-7 as opposed to Cleveland’s 10-8, but since the Gladiators won the American Conference East while Georgia finished second in and AC South, Cleveland gets the home-field advantage.

The Gladiators own a victory over the Force this season, having won 62-48 on June 11 in Cleveland.

Georgia racked up 1007 points this season and surrendered 931, while Cleveland scored only 904, but gave up only 842.

In the other American Conference match-up this weekend, Jacksonville takes on Orlando. The winner of that game plays the winner of Cleveland-Georgia.

In the National Conference, Arizona faces Spokane this week while Chicago takes on Dallas.

Georgia was 6th in the AFL in passing and is led by quarterback Brett Elliott, who tossed 90 TD’s this year, while the Gladiators were 13th in the aerial attack and were led by Kurt Rocco’s 72 scoring tosses.

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