MESA, Ariz. – After breaking an Arena Football League record by achieving 16 wins, the Arizona Rattlers (16-2) look to achieve playoff success in a Quarterfinal contest against the Spokane Shock (9-9) on Friday (July 29) inside the U.S. Airways Center. This will be the third matchup of the season between the two teams – each team has taken one game against one another in 2011.
Arizona comes into the game with the second-ranked scoring offense at 61.9 points per game. The Rattler offense has been stopped only one time in the previous three games. QB NICK DAVILA has been superb, leading the league in passing efficiency (127.7) and touchdowns (117). His touchdown numbers are tied as the most in AFL single-season history.
WR CHRIS JACKSON has made a fast impression with the Rattlers. The AFL legend made an impact in a Week 20 victory (55-49) over the Dallas Vigilantes, catching seven balls for 71 yards and five touchdowns.
The defense has also been a strong suit for the Rattlers, ranking second in the league in scoring defense-holding teams to an average of (46.4) points per game. The team has parlayed their success into a +34 turnover margin, which is also best in the league. DB VIRGIL GRAY and DL MARCUS PITTMAN have helped to spearhead the superior defensive efforts. Gray has a team leading 10 interceptions and Pittman leads the team in sacks with 8.5.
On the offensive side of the ball for the Shock, QB Kyle Rowley will play for injured QB Erik Meyer. Rowley has a quarterback rating of 112.2 and thrown 78 touchdowns this season.
Catching passes from Rowley will be WR Greg Orton. Orton has, by far, the best receiving numbers for the Shock catching 112 balls for 34 touchdowns.
About the Arizona Rattlers
The Rattlers next home game is Friday, July 29 against the Spokane Shock in the Quarterfinal Round of the Arena Football League playoffs at the US Airways Center. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. 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.