MESA, Ariz. – The Arizona Rattlers (13-2) head back to the US Airways Center (June 2) re-matched with a squad that gave the team one of its two losses in 2011, the Spokane Shock (7-7).
Though Arizona has the National Conference West Division title already in hand, this Division game holds importance for playoff seeding implications. A win can only better the Rattlers post season outlook
QB NICK DAVILA needs just eight touchdowns to reach the 100-mark on the season. The signal caller is ranked second in the league in touchdowns and has kept his passing efficiency in the number two spot as well, completing just over 70% of his passes.
Playing both ways for the Rattlers is WR/LB JASON GEATHERS, who has stepped in for an injured defensive backfield. In Week 16, Geathers had 55 yards receiving and three touchdowns, while also collecting 3.5 tackles on the defensive side of the ball.
Arizona’s defensive front has been led by DL MARCUS PITTMAN. The defensive end is a force to be reckoned with as he has collected eight sacks and has batted down three balls this season.
The Shock are enjoying a three-game win streak coming into the contest, riding on the laurels of a defense that has collected eight sacks and has surrendered an average of just 268 yards a game in the last three weeks of play. Spokane ranks third in the league with 29 sacks this season.
Using a slew of different quarterbacks, Spokane has re- inserted its original starter, QB Kyle Rowley, after recovering from injury. Rowley led the Shock in its last win over the New Orleans Voo Doo, tossing four touchdowns on 16-of-27 passing in a 75-54 victory.
The Rattlers defensive backfield will need to contain WR Greg Orton, who has seen the endzone 31 times this season.
About the Arizona Rattlers
The Rattlers’ next home game is Saturday, July 2 against the Spokane Shock 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.
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