Desperados clinch playoff spotJun 1, 2008 - 5:27 AM CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- Clint Dolezel tossed eight touchdown passes Saturday, half of which went to Will Pettis, to help the Dallas Desperados clinch a playoff spot with 68-52 win over the Cleveland Gladiators.
Dolezel went 28-of-38 for 252 yards for the Desperados (11-2), who look to avenge one of their two losses next week when they meet the Philadelphia Soul (10-3).
Six days after becoming the first player in league history to score four touchdowns in four different ways, Pettis visited the end zone six more times on Saturday. He made four receptions for TDs, ran in for a score and passed for another.
Raymond Philyaw finished 24-of-35 for 291 yards and four TDs for the Gladiators (7-6), who dropped their second straight game.
CLEVELAND 52 FINAL
Vigilantes 68, Gladiators 52 FinalMay 31 9:47 PM
CLEVELAND 45 END, 3RD QTR
Vigilantes 48, Gladiators 45 End of 3rdMay 31 9:06 PM
CLEVELAND 31 HALFTIME
Vigilantes 34, Gladiators 31 HalfMay 31 8:48 PM
CLEVELAND 10 END, 1ST QTR
Vigilantes 7, Gladiators 10 End of 1stMay 31 8:47 PM
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