2010 Cleveland Gladiators season

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2010 Cleveland Gladiators season
Head coach Steve Thonn
Home field Quicken Loans Arena
Results
Record 7–9
Division place 3rd NC Midwest
Playoff finish Did not qualify

The 2010 Cleveland Gladiators season was the 11th season for the franchise in the Arena Football League, and the second while in Cleveland. The team was coached by Steve Thonn and played their home games at Quicken Loans Arena. The Gladiators missed out on the playoffs by finishing 5th in the National Conference with a 7–9 record.

Standings[edit]

Midwest Division
Team W L PCT PF PA DIV CON Home Away
y-Milwaukee Iron 11 5 .687 1043 903 5–1 8–3 7–1 4–4
x-Chicago Rush 10 6 .625 906 873 4–2 8–3 5–3 5–3
Cleveland Gladiators 7 9 .438 938 906 2–4 4–6 4–4 3–5
Iowa Barnstormers 7 9 .438 829 833 1–5 3–7 2–6 5–3

y - Clinched division
x - Clinched playoff berth

Regular season schedule[edit]

The Gladiators began their season at home against the Rattlers on April 3. Their final regular season game was on July 31, when they hosted the Iron.[1]

Week Day Date Kickoff Opponent Results Stadium Report
Score Record
1 Saturday April 3 7:00 pm Arizona Rattlers L 56–61 0–1 Quicken Loans Arena [1]
2 Friday April 9 8:00 pm at Chicago Rush L 56–59 0–2 Allstate Arena [2]
3 Saturday April 17 8:05 pm at Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz L 50–63 0–3 Cox Convention Center [3]
4 Bye
5 Saturday May 1 10:00 pm at Spokane Shock W 72–68 1–3 Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena [4]
6 Saturday May 8 8:05 pm at Iowa Barnstormers W 70–56 2–3 Wells Fargo Arena [5]
7 Saturday May 15 7:00 pm Tulsa Talons W 68–55 3–3 Quicken Loans Arena [6]
8 Saturday May 22 7:05 pm at Jacksonville Sharks L 44–46 3–4 Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena [7]
9 Saturday May 29 7:00 pm Chicago Rush L 49–52 3–5 Quicken Loans Arena [8]
10 Friday June 4 7:30 pm Utah Blaze W 75–39 4–5 Quicken Loans Arena [9]
11 Saturday June 12 8:00 pm at Milwaukee Iron L 54–82 4–6 Bradley Center [10]
12 Saturday June 19 7:00 pm Iowa Barnstormers W 76–35 5–6 Quicken Loans Arena [11]
13 Saturday June 26 8:00 pm at Tulsa Talons L 44–65 5–7 BOK Center [12]
14 Saturday July 3 7:30 pm at Orlando Predators W 77–70 (OT) 6–7 Amway Arena [13]
15 Saturday July 10 7:00 pm Spokane Shock L 56–62 (OT) 6–8 Quicken Loans Arena [14]
16 Saturday July 17 7:00 pm Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz W 44–39 7–8 Quicken Loans Arena [15]
17 Bye
18 Saturday July 31 7:00 pm Milwaukee Iron L 47–54 7–9 Quicken Loans Arena [16]

All times are EDT

Roster[edit]

2010 Cleveland Gladiators roster
Quarterbacks

Fullbacks

Wide receivers

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Kickers

Physically unable to perform
  • Currently vacant

Other league exempt

  • Currently vacant

Refused to report

  • Currently vacantLeo Dunlap

League suspension

  • Currently vacant

Recallable Reassignment

  • Currently vacant

Rookies in italics
Roster updated March 5, 2013
Leo Dunlap 30 Active, 0 Inactive

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Regular season[edit]

Week 1: vs. Arizona Rattlers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Rattlers 7 7 21 26 61
Gladiators 14 21 7 14 56

at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Date: April 3
  • Game time: 7:00 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 11,688
  • Referee: Ron Tobert
  • Recap

At halftime, the Gladiators led by three touchdowns, and never trailed in the entire game until giving up a 3-yard touchdown pass to go down 61–56 with 3:30 remaining. Quarterback John Dutton threw a pick on what would prove to be Cleveland's final drive, as their defense was unable to keep Arizona from running out the clock to end the game. It was just one of Dutton's 4 interceptions on the night, though he did have 7 touchdowns, and threw for 287 yards.

Week 2: at Chicago Rush[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Gladiators 14 14 14 14 56
Rush 14 14 14 17 59

at Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois

  • Date: April 9
  • Game time: 8:00 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 8,075
  • Referee: Tom McCabe
  • Recap

In a closely contested game that saw neither team at any point lead by more than a touchdown, the Gladiators fell to 0–2 after being unable to come up with the game's last score. Following a 13-yard passing touchdown and successful extra point to tie the game at 56–56, the Gladiators allowed the Rush to drive all the way to the 4-yard line, where the Rush kicked a field goal to go ahead. After taking the ensuing kickoff for a touchback, Brent Holmes caught a pass as time expired, but did not get far with the ball, failing to even cross midfield before being tackled, ending the game. Contributing to the loss was Cleveland's turnovers. Quarterback John Dutton threw for 379 yards, but had 3 interceptions in the game. Brent Holmes, Chris Johnson, and Ben Nelson each had over 100 yards receiving in the losing effort.

Week 3: at Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Gladiators 7 24 0 19 50
Yard Dawgz 0 28 14 21 63

at Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

  • Date: April 17
  • Game time: 8:05 pm EDT
  • Recap

The Gladiators held a 14–0 lead early in the 2nd quarter, but the lead was cut to only 3 points at halftime when they allowed 4 touchdowns in the remainder of the half, including a kickoff returned for a touchdown, and a pair of 1-yard rushes into the end zone. In the 3rd quarter the Gladiators failed to score, falling into a hole they couldn't climb out of, as both teams scored 3 touchdowns each in the final quarter. Quarterback John Dutton attempted 50 passes, completing 35 for 309 yards and 7 touchdowns.

Week 4: BYE[edit]

Week 5: at Spokane Shock[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Gladiators 21 17 0 34 72
Shock 14 20 14 20 68

at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, Spokane, Washington

  • Date: May 1
  • Game time: 10:00 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 9,974
  • Referee: Shane Anderson
  • Recap

The Gladiators won their first game of the season in the last seconds of the game, which featured several lead changes in the final minute. Spokane went ahead 61–59 lead with 46 seconds on the clock with a 2-yard touchdown pass. The Gladiators got back in front on a 27-yard catch by Ben Nelson. The extra point was missed, but Cleveland still held a 65–61 advantage. The Shock responded by driving 45 yards in 5 plays, capped off by a touchdown pass from 4 yards out, pulling back ahead 68–65 with just 8 seconds left. Brent Holmes received the ensuing kickoff 6 yards back in the end zone and took it all the way back for a touchdown, giving the Gladiators a 72–68 lead with only a second to play in the game. Following the kickoff to the Shock, time had expired, however Spokane was given one more shot from scrimmage as the result of a penalty on the Gladiators for unsportsmanlike conduct after their go-ahead score. Spokane quarterback Kyle Rowley threw a pass that fell short of his intended target, giving the victory to Cleveland.

John Dutton finished with 285 yards passing and 6 touchdowns, however threw 2 interceptions. Ben Nelson was the top receiver with 129 yards and 4 touchdowns on the night.

Week 6: at Iowa Barnstormers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Gladiators 14 21 14 21 70
Barnstormers 12 24 7 13 56

at Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa

  • Date: May 8
  • Game time: 8:05 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 8,059
  • Referee: Brad Van Vark
  • Recap

The Gladiators fell behind by 12 points at one point in the 2nd quarter, but cut the Barnstormer's lead to 36–35 at halftime. In the 4th quarter, when the Gladiators took a 49–43 lead on a 4-yard touchdown reception by Victor Williams, they never trailed for the rest of the night. Putting the game away with a 32-yard touchdown catch by Chris Johnson with just over a minute to play, Cleveland won their second straight game. John Dutton had an outstanding night at quarterback, completing 31 of 39 passes, including his first 11 attempts. He finished with 355 passing yards and 5 touchdowns. Johnson, Williams, and Adam Tadisch each had a rushing touchdown. Ben Nelson had 3 receiving touchdowns, but it was Johnson who caught for the most yards, with 166.

Week 7: vs. Tulsa Talons[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Talons 20 13 14 8 55
Gladiators 21 20 14 13 68

at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Date: May 15
  • Game time: 7:00 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 8,979
  • Referee: Ron Torbert
  • Recap

Week 8: at Jacksonville Sharks[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Gladiators 14 9 7 14 44
Sharks 14 6 7 19 46

at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Florida

  • Date: May 22
  • Game time: 7:05 pm EDT
  • Recap

Week 9: vs. Chicago Rush[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Rush 7 14 9 22 52
Gladiators 14 14 7 14 49

at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Date: May 29
  • Game time: 7:00 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 8,688
  • Referee: Ron Torbet
  • Recap

Week 10: vs. Utah Blaze[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Blaze 6 7 14 12 39
Gladiators 6 20 28 21 75

at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Date: June 4
  • Game time: 7:30 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 7,751
  • Referee: Ron Torbert
  • Recap

Week 11: at Milwaukee Iron[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Gladiators 14 27 7 6 54
Iron 13 28 21 20 82

at Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

  • Date: June 12
  • Game time: 8:00 PM EDT
  • Recap

Week 12: vs. Iowa Barnstormers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Barnstormers 7 14 7 7 35
Gladiators 14 21 14 27 76

at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Date: June 19
  • Game time: 7:00 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 8,179
  • Referee: Ron Torbert
  • Recap

Week 13: at Tulsa Talons[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Gladiators 14 10 6 14 44
Talons 13 22 7 23 65

at BOK Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma

  • Date: June 26
  • Game time: 8:00 pm EDT
  • Recap

Week 14: at Orlando Predators[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Gladiators 21 14 14 21 7 77
Predators 0 28 21 21 0 70

at Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida

  • Date: July 3
  • Game time: 7:30 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 10,101
  • Recap

Week 15: vs. Spokane Shock[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Shock 14 21 14 7 6 62
Gladiators 7 21 14 14 0 56

at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland Ohio

  • Date: July 10
  • Game time: 7:00 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 8,237
  • Recap

Week 16: vs. Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Yard Dawgz 13 6 8 12 39
Gladiators 7 14 14 9 44

at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland Ohio

  • Date: July 17
  • Game time: 7:00 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 7,682
  • Referee: Alex Kemp
  • Recap

Week 17: BYE[edit]

Week 18: vs. Milwaukee Iron[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Iron 14 13 7 20 54
Gladiators 6 21 14 6 47

at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland Ohio

  • Date: July 31
  • Game time: 7:00 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 9,423
  • Referee: Ron Torbert
  • Recap

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AFL 2010 Regular Season Schedule" (PDF). Arena Football League. December 31, 2009. Archived (PDF) from the original on 31 March 2010. Retrieved March 21, 2010.