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Spokane Shock top Week 1 coaches poll

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The Spokane Shock start the season on April 3rd at home against the Stockton Lightning.  The game can be seen live on SWX.  (Photo: SWX) The Spokane Shock start the season on April 3rd at home against the Stockton Lightning. The game can be seen live on SWX. (Photo: SWX)

Spokane Shock

The Spokane Shock, last year's ArenaCup runner-up, have maintained the No. 1 ranking in the Week 1 Coaches Poll, the arenafootball2 (af2) league office announced today. Spokane secured 328 of a possible 384 points and 12-of-25 first place votes to earn the No. 1 spot for the second consecutive week. The Shock begin their fourth season of play on Friday, April 3 when they host West Division rival Stockton. 

The defending ArenaCup Champion Tennessee Valley Vipers enter Week 1 ranked No. 2 overall with 310 points (5 first place votes). The Vipers begin defense of their af2 title this Saturday, March 28 with a tough road battle against the defending Midwest Division Champion Green Bay Blizzard (No. 7). The Tulsa Talons (304 points, 3 first place votes), Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers (301 points, 5 first place votes) and Arkansas Twisters (209 points) round out the Top-5.

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. The complete Top 16 is listed below. The number in parentheses indicates the number of first place votes the team received. 

RANK

TEAM

PTS

1

Spokane

328 (12)

2

Tennessee Valley

310 (5)

3

Tulsa

304 (3)

4

W-B/Scranton

301 (5)

5

Arkansas

209

6

Bossier-Shreveport

195

7

Green Bay

177

8

Central Valley

170

9

South Georgia

152

10

Manchester

141

11

Florida

136

12

Quad City

135

13

Oklahoma City

126

14

Boise

95

15

Amarillo

92

16

Kentucky

72

16

Milwaukee

72

  • You Be the Ref...

  • Does the Spokane Shock deserve its No. 1 ranking in the af2 coaches poll?

  • Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:

    Yes, definitely!
    57%
    276 votes
    No way
    7%
    34 votes
    Hey, the season hasn't even started yet... who knows?
    32%
    155 votes
    Maybe they deserve it
    4%
    21 votes
  • Shock top Week 1 af2 coaches poll
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