Valor Unable to Find Answers. Lose to Cleveland 59-35
Washington Valor Press Release
The Washington Valor hosted the Cleveland Gladiators with each team looking for their second win of the season. The Gladiators would win the contest in dominating fashion 59-35. Cleveland set the tone early and jumped to a 21-0 lead that proved too much for Washington to overcome. Cleveland was helped by strong offensive performances from QB Arvell Nelson (21-28, 260 yards, 5 TD, 0 INT) and WR Michael Preston (105 yards, 3 TD). Valor QB Sean Brackett was 20 for 36, for 292 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions.
Cleveland wasted no time in finding the end zone, as Nelson connected with Preston for an opening drive score. The Gladiators would add to their lead later in the quarter after FB Jeramie Richardson rumbled for a four yard rushing touchdown, resulting in a 14-0 Cleveland lead.
Following an interception thrown by Brackett, the Gladiators converted once again, as Nelson found Preston for his second score of the night. The Valor responded with their first points of the game after Brackett completed a four-yard fade to WR Greg Carr, cutting the Gladiator lead to 14 points. Both teams traded a pair of touchdowns during the ensuing drives, resulting in a 27-14 Gladiator lead. Cleveland would add to this lead when Preston caught his third touchdown of the night, followed later by a last minute touchdown run by WR Tom Gilson, which gave the Gladiators a 40-14 advantage going into halftime.
Washington started the second half strong, scoring on their first drive when Brackett found WR Josh Reese for a 12-yard score. Cleveland answered with a long drive of their own, capped off by a three-yard rushing touchdown from Richardson, his second of the game. Another Cleveland touchdown to end the third quarter left the score at 53-21.
The Valor got on the scoreboard first in the fourth after a successful trick pay resulted in a WR Josh Reese touchdown pass to WR Roger Jackson. Cleveland countered, however, as Richardson added another rushing touchdown, giving him three on the night.
KEY STAT: Cleveland attacked the Valor with a balanced scoring effort, passing for 5 touchdowns and rushing for another 4.
KEY MOMENT: Washington Valor QB Sean Brackett was intercepted at the end of the first quarter, which ultimately led to a 21-0 lead for Cleveland.
MVP: Cleveland QB Arvell Nelson (21-28, 260 yards, 5 TD, 0 INT)
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: Cleveland WR Michael Preston (12 receptions, 105 yards, 3 TD)
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: Washington DB Tracy Belton (9 tackles, 7 solo)
Next week the Valor will travel to Tampa Bay to face the Storm. The game is set for June 10 th at 7pm, and can be seen on CBS Sports Network.