San Jose, Cali. – The World Champion Arizona Rattlers (13-4) lost their fourth game this season in San Jose with a 56-29 loss over the San Jose SaberCats (16-1) Friday night in the SAP Center.
With this loss, the Rattlers now know that they will be the second seed in the National Conference. The San Jose SaberCats will hold the number one seed.
The Rattlers started strong, having a 20-7 lead half way through the second quarter; however they could not overcome 27 unanswered points by San Jose in the second half.
Rattlers quarterback and reigning MVP Nick Davila had a rough night. He was under siege through much of the second half and left the game early when he was taken down late in the 4th. Davila finished the night completing 19 passes of 42 attempts for 185 yards, with 3 touchdowns and 1 interception.
The Rattlers and the SaberCats traded punches in the first quarter. Arizona scored first with a 3 yard run by fullback Mykel Benson. San Jose quarterback Erik Meyer who earned the Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Game, responded with a touchdown pass to wide receiver Reggie Gray.
Arizona had two quick scores in the second quarter, the first, an eight yard pass from Davila to wide receiver Rod Windsor, the second a 20 yard pass from Davila to wide receiver Kerry Reed. A missed point after made the score 20-7. The SaberCats then countered with two straight scores of their own with passes from Meyer to wide receiver Maurice Purify and fullback Odie Armstrong. The Rattlers scored again with a 10 yard pass from Davila to Windsor, however, a blocked point after attempt was returned by SaberCats’ defensive lineman Rodney Fritz for two points, making the score 26-22. San Jose finished the scoring in the second with a four yard pass from Meyer to Purify.
The Third quarter began with the Rattlers recovering the initial kick off, however, they were unable to put the ball in the end zone and was forced to settler with a 27 yard field goal from kicker Fabrizio Scaccia to tie the game at 29. This was the last time the Rattlers scored.
The SaberCats scored four straight times to end the game. Two scores were from Meyer to Gray, one more from Meyer to Purify, and one from Meyer to wide receiver D.J. Stevens.
The Rattlers’ will finish out the season next weekend when they return home to face the Portland Thunder (4-12). The game will be on Saturday, August 8th 6:30 PDT and will be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network.
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score
Arizona 7 19 3 0 29
San Jose 7 22 13 14 56
Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Game: Erik Meyer (SJS)
Riddell Defensive Player of the Game: David Hyland (SJS)
Lewis Small Playmaker of the Game: Maurice Purify (SJS)
Cutters Catch of the Game: Reggie Gray 12yd catch for record
About the Arizona Rattlers
The Arizona Rattlers have won three straight ArenaBowl championship games and are proud members of the Arena Football League (AFL). ArenaBowl XXVII marked the team’s ninth appearance in the Championship game, winning in 2014, 2013, 2012, 1997 and 1994. For tickets, call 602-514-TDTD (8383), or visit www.azrattlers.com.
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