Shane Austin led the Cleveland Gladiators to the ArenaBowl, throwing seven touchdown passes in a 56-46 victory over the Orlando Predators on Sunday night in the American Conference Championship game at Cleveland.
Cleveland will face two-time defending champion Arizona in the ArenaBowl on Aug. 23 in Orlando, Florida.
Austin completed 22 of 32 passes for 204 yards. Domini Goodman had eight catches for 69 yards and three touchdowns, and Thyron Lewis added five receptions for 59 yards and three scores.
Bernard Morris was 31 of 52 for 360 yards and four touchdowns for Orlando.
Rattlers 72, SaberCats 56
Nick Davila helped two-time defending champion Arizona advance to its third straight ArenaBowl, throwing eight touchdown passes in the Rattlers’ 72-56 victory over the San Jose SaberCats on in the National Conference Championship game at Phoenix.
Davila was 20 of 34 for 276 yards and also had two 1-yard scoring runs. Rod Windsor had six catches for 107 yards and three touchdowns. Russ Michna was 21 of 37 for 269 yards and six touchdowns for San Jose.