PHOENIX, ARIZ. – The Arizona Rattlers (11-2) never trailed Saturday night (June 11), defeating the Iowa Barnstormers (3-9) 61-41 in front of a raucous crowd of 8,644 fans in the US Airways Center.
QB NICK DAVILA completed 20-of-28 passes for 268 yards and seven touchdowns, finding WR ROD WINDSOR twice in the endzone. Windsor finished with nine catches for 119 yards. eclipsing the 100-yard receiving mark for the ninth time this season.
Also making an impact in the passing game was WR JASON GEATHERS. Geathers hauled in seven catches for 91 yards and two touchdowns. WR GLEN FOX also scored his first touchdown of the season, a 13-yard strike from Davila at the 2:09 mark of the first quarter, giving the Ratters a 21-6 advantage.
FB ODIE ARMSTRONG carried the ball four times for 21 yards and one touchdown. With his performance, Armstrong broke the Arizona Rattlers single-season rushing record of 222 yards, and has 231 rushing yards in 13 games as a Rattler.
Defensively, DB MARQUIS FLOYD snared two errant passes from the Barnstormers, bringing his season total up to seven. DB VIRGIL GRAY returned his third kickoff for a touchdown this season with 5:21 to go in the first quarter, making the score 14-6.
With 12:35 to go in the fourth quarter, Arizona’s defense forced a turnover on downs. On the first play of the ensuing Rattler drive, Geathers grabbed a 14-yard touchdown to make the score 54-34, virtually putting the game out of reach for the Barnstormers.
Splitting time between two quarterbacks, Iowa’s QB Brad Banks completed 17-of-27 passes for 139 yards and three touchdowns, while QB Bryan Lee-Laudaski completed 17-of-27 passes for 148 yards and three touchdowns. Both quarterbacks managed to find WR Jesse Schmidt 11 times for 123 and three touchdowns.
About the Arizona Rattlers
The Rattlers’ next home game is Saturday, June 18 against the San Jose SaberCats at the US Airways Center; kickoff is slated for 7:00pm (AZ TIME). The game will be televised on Fox Sports Arizona. The Arizona Rattlers are a proud member of the Arena Football League, which is in its 24th season with 18 franchises from coast to coast.