– The intensity before the game was building as the field started to fill with the practicing players. The rivalry between the Arizona Rattlers (5-2) and the San Jose SaberCats (5-2) is huge. This game means a lot to the winner because it is a battle for the current number one spot in the National Conference West Division, and could even be the battle for the current number one sport in the entire National Conference in front of 9,280 passionate fans in attendance.
To open up the first quarter, both teams traded touchdowns, with each of their first possessions. Three plays into the next possession, Davila threw a laser to Kerry Reed for his second touchdown for the night, with 6:58 left in the first quarter, putting the Rattlers up 14-7. However, Mark Grieb and the SaberCats would answer back, but just as quickly, Davila would find Purify for a 45 yard touchdown; his third touchdown pass of the first quarter. After a failed onside kick, the SaberCats would score again, and the first quarter would come to an end with a tie at 21.
The beginning of the second quarter, Davila passes to Purify resulting in another touchdown putting the Rattlers in the lead. The back and forth battle continues as Grieb passes to Edwards for a touchdown tying up the score at 28. But once again, the Rattlers would take the lead when Davila passes to Purify for another touchdown. Keeping this a close game, Grieb completed a passs to Goodson making the score even at 35. But that did not last long, with 58 seconds left, Armstrong runs it in from a few yards out. The Rattlers would steal the next possession away by recovering an onside kick, and scoring a touchdown a few plays later. Going into halftime the score would be 49-35 Arizona.
The Rattlers would start the third quarter with a goal to maintain the lead. The SaberCat’s QB Grieb passes to Edwards resulting in a touchdown closing up the score to 49-42. A 34 yard reception by Maurice Purify, resulted in a touchdown for the Rattlers, keeping them in the lead, 56-42. SaberCats WR Edwards would rush it in from one yard out for another TD, closing the game in the score, 56-49, with 3:03 left in the third quarter. Another touchdown was made by the Rattlers; Davila passed to Fox to end the quarter off strong for the Rattlers 63-49.
As the fourth quarter begins, the Rattlers still held the lead, but things would change in the blink of an eye. The SaberCats rush another TD in the end zone, and then San Jose recovers a kick off the net for a touchdown, bringing the score to 63 all. The SaberCats Dodd-Masters intercepts the ball giving the SaberCats another possession and eventually another touchdown, 70-63, San Jose. Rattlers Odie Armstrong’s rushing touchdown would tie up the score once again, at 70. Grieb’s pass to Goodson was complete resulting in another touchdown ending the tie with 77-70. The third turnover of the night on the Rattlers next possession would bring an early end to their night.
QB NICK DAVILA completed 23 passes for 343 yards and 8 touchdowns.
WR MAURICE PURIFY was once again the top receiver with 8 catches for 155 yards and 4 touchdowns.
The San Jose SaberCats offense was lead by QB Mark Grieb who completed 30 passes for 388 yards and 7 touchdowns. WR Edwards had 14 catches for 196 and 2 touchdowns.
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