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Shock Resume Top Spot In Week 15 Coaches Poll

July 2, 2008 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Spokane Shock News Release

CHICAGO - The Spokane Shock have moved back into the No. 1 spot in the Week 15 Coaches Poll, the arenafootball2 (af2) league office announced today. The Shock (12-1) collected 437 of a possible 448 points and 19-of-29 first place votes in securing the top position. Spokane clinched its third West Division title in as many seasons with a thrilling, 56-54, home win against rival Central Valley in Week 14. The Shock, who currently boast the league's best record, secured their third consecutive postseason berth with a win in Week 12. After a bye for the upcoming July 4th weekend, the team returns to action next Saturday at Stockton.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (11-2, 422 points, 8 first place votes) improved one spot this week to No. 2 overall thanks to a 59-56 come-from-behind road win at then No. 5 Florida. The Pioneers have a bye in Week 15 and play next Saturday at home against the Peoria Pirates. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has won 18 straight games at Wachovia Arena dating back to 2006. Tulsa (11-2, 378 points, 2 first place votes) slipped two spots to No. 3 after losing a 48-33 road decision to Amarillo. It was the Talons first game without starting QB Justin Allgood. Allgood injured his shoulder in a Week 13 win against Rio Grande Valley and will likely be out of action until the end of the regular season. The South Georgia Wildcats (9-4, 337 points) moved up two spots to No. 4 after the team's 62-41 road win at Daytona Beach. A new entry into the Top-5 this week is Arkansas. The Twisters (9-4, 317 points) jumped up three places from No. 8 to No. 5 on the strength of a 55-46 non-conference victory against the Iowa Barnstormers. Arkansas owns the league's longest current win streak at six games and counting. The complete Top 16 is listed below. The number in parentheses indicates the number of first place votes the team received.

WEEK 15 TOP 16

RANK

TEAM

PTS

1

Spokane

437 (19)

2

W-B/Scranton

422 (8)

3

Tulsa

378 (2)

4

South Georgia

337

5

Arkansas

317

6

Green Bay

311

7

Florida

293

8

Tennessee Valley

246

9

Lexington

210

10

Lubbock

190

11

Central Valley

175

12

Austin

161

13

Bossier-Shreveport

120

14

Louisville

117

15

Quad City

72

16

Boise

63

Each week during the season af2 coaches will vote for the Top 16 teams in the league by ranking them one through 16 on a ballot. Teams ranked first receive 16 points with the point value decreasing by one for each place below first, meaning a team ranked 16th would receive one point. Total points will determine the Top 16 list. In the event of a tie in total points, the team with the greater number of first-place votes will be ranked higher. The af2 Coaches Poll will be announced every Wednesday during the regular season. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team and the poll results have no bearing on postseason qualification.

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