The Spokane Shock continue their firm hold on the No. 1 ranking in the Week 6 Coaches Poll, the arenafootball2 (af2) league office announced today. Spokane collected 372 of a possible 384 points and 20-of-25 first place votes in securing the top spot for the seventh consecutive week. The Shock, one of two undefeated teams left in the league, improved to 4-0 with a 71-50 road victory Saturday at West Division rival Stockton.
Oklahoma City (341 points, 2 first place votes) maintained the No. 2 spot for the second straight week. The Yard Dawgz (4-0) continued their perfect start to the 2009 season with a 41-28 victory against Amarillo. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (4-1, 307 points, 2 first place votes) moved up one spot to No. 3 this week after a convincing 70-26 road win at Albany. South Georgia (5-1, 305 points) slipped to No. 4 despite the Wildcats' 83-54 home win against Peoria. The Arkansas Twisters (4-1, 287 points) worked their way back into the Top-5 after scoring a strong road win at Green Bay, 62-47. Tulsa dropped one spot to No. 6 even after the Talons silenced the Mahoning Valley Thunder for the second time in three weeks, 66-30, Saturday in Youngstown, Ohio.
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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.