The Arizona Rattlers (8-3) topped the New Orleans VooDoo (4-6) by a margin of 69-45 Saturday night in The Graveyard.
The Rattlers were the first to score with a pass from Nick Davila to Kerry Reed, but VooDoo quarterback Kurt Rocco followed with a 20-yard-pass to wide receiver Josh Bush making the score 7-6 at the end of the first quarter.
The Rattlers domination over the VooDoo, allowed Nick Davila to check out early in the fourth quarter with 303 yards passing, 9 touchdowns while completing 20-of-26 pass attempts. He turned the game over to back-up Jason Murietta to close out the victory
This contest was neck and neck in the second quarter, and the VooDoo played catch up most of the game, heading into the locker room at halftime trailing 28-20. Neither team committed turnovers in the first half; however, the second half told a different tale with three costly mistakes that all led to Rattler points and the eventual victory for the division leaders who are starting to look like the front runner in the West.
The Rattlers offense continues to shine. Former Nebraska Cornhusker, Maurie Purify remains electric in his weekly performances. Purify had another stellar saturday night as Davila’s target of choice. The “MoSho” finished the evening with 7 catches, for 103 yards with 5 touchdowns and a longest gain of 29 yards. He was followed closely by Kerry Reed who had another stellar night with 4 catches for 77 yards and 2 touchdowns.
You could see the halftime adjustments made by the Rattlers staff have an immediate impact in the third quarter. The defense stepped up their game to create multiple takeaways that doomed the VooDoo in the 3rd quarter. Arizona’s defense was led by standout Virgil Grey. Grey has been a force since his return from the injured list. His 6.5 tackles and interception led the way and was supported by Kevin McCollough 4 tackles an incredibly consistent play at linebacker has the Rattlers defense taking shape.
The Rattlers are right back at it this Saturday night with another key game against the Pittsburgh Power.
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Russell Athletic Player of the Game: Maurice Purify, ARI
Riddell Defensive Player of the Game: Jorrick Calvin, NOV
JLS Ironman of the Game: Kerry Reed, ARI
AFL Playmaker of the Game: Nick Davila, ARI for going 5-for-5 passing for 103 yards and 4 touchdowns in the third quarter.
Cutters Catch of the Game: Maurice Purify, ARI 29-yard TD Reception
Spalding Highlight of the Game: NOV stopping ARI to end the second half on the NOV 1-yard line.
National Guard MVP: Nick Davila, ARI