AFL Scoreboard - Week 1
Philyaw throws 8 TDs as Gladiators hold off Preds
CLEVELAND -- Raymond Philyaw threw eight touchdown passes, including four to Robert Redd, and the Cleveland Gladiators defeated the Orlando Predators 69-66 in the Arena Football League playoffs Monday night.
Fourth-seeded Cleveland won the wild-card game and advanced to play the No. 2 seed Georgia Force.
Cleveland's Brandon Hefflin recovered a fumble with 2:04 to play and had two interceptions, including one in the end zone with 10.8 seconds left in the first half. That led to Jason Ball's 27-yard field goal that gave Cleveland its first lead, 34-33.
T.T. Toliver caught four of eight TD passes thrown by Shane Stafford and returned a kickoff 57 yards to score for Orlando, which had four turnovers and missed three extra points.
Orlando, AFL champions in 1998 and 2000, has been in the playoffs 17 straight seasons. The Predators began that run with a 50-12 win over the Cleveland Thunderbolts in 1992. The Thunderbolts folded in 1994 and Cleveland did not have an AFL team until the Gladiators moved from Las Vegas, where they went 2-14 a year ago.