RATTLERS KNOCK OFF SHOCK
Arizona downs Spokane 59-42, clinches playoff spot
Phoenix, AZ – The Arizona Rattlers (12-1) entered Saturday night’s game with one blemish on their nearly perfect record, a loss to the Spokane Shock (9-4), but they got redemption with a 59-42 win over the Shock and clinched a playoff spot in front of 10,654 fans on Ak-Chin Field at the US Airways Center.
Rattlers QB Nick Davila went 24-for-42 for 233 yards and six touchdowns, while Spokane QB Erik Meyer completed 29-of-43 for 256 yards, five passing touchdowns, one interception, and one rushing touchdown. Arizona WR Rod Windsor had seven catches for 59 yards and three touchdowns. WR Adron Tennell caught 15 passes for 110 yards and four touchdowns for the Shock.
The Rattlers and Shock were locked at 14 in the first quarter after both teams scored on a 1-yard rush touchdown and a touchdown pass. Windsor caught the touchdown and Odie Armstrong ran home the score for the Rattlers. Meyer punched in a score and then threw a touchdown pass to Tennell for the Shock.
A 21-yard reception by offensive lineman Cornelius Dixon set up another Armstrong touchdown. Garrett Lindholm hit an 18-yard field goal after the Shock had a turnover on downs to extend the Rattlers lead. Meyer responded with a touchdown throw to Kamar Jorden to bring the Shock back within three points. Davila got the ten-point lead right back on his second touchdown throw to Windsor of the first half, sending the Rattlers into the locker room up 31-21.
The second half didn’t start out well for Spokane as Virgil Gray got an interception on the first Shock play of the half; which Windsor turned into his third touchdown of the night. Tennell caught up to Windsor with two straight touchdown catches of his own to bring the Shock back to within three at 38-35.
With help from a Tyre Glasper sack and a missed field goal return of 50 yards by Gray, Davila threw two straight touchdown passes to Trandon Harvey and Kerry Reed to make it a 52-35 ball game. This time Meyer and Tennell came up just short on fourth down and turned the ball over again. Harvey hauled in his second touchdown grab of the game to give Arizona a commanding 59-35 lead. Meyer and Tennell would connect for one last touchdown for Spokane to bring the final score to 59-42 with the Rattlers on top.
Arizona, off to the best start in franchise history, faces another division foe next week in San Jose. They will take on the SaberCats on Saturday, June 22.
Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Game
Arizona QB Nick Davila
Riddell Defensive Player of the Game
Arizona DB Arkeith Brown
J. Lewis Small Playmaker of the Game
Arizona DB Virgil Gray
Cutters Catch of the Game
Arizona OL Cornelius Dixon 21-yard catch in the 2nd quarter
AFL Highlight of the Game
Arizona DL Tyre Glasper sack of Spokane QB Erik Meyer in the 4th quarter
About the Arizona Rattlers
The Arizona Rattlers are the 2012 ArenaBowl XXV World Champions and are proud members of the Arena Football League (AFL). ArenaBowl XXV marked the Rattlers seventh appearance in the AFL Championship Game where they have earned Arena Bowl titles in 1994, 1997 and 2012.
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