MESA, Ariz. – The Arizona Rattlers (14-2) head back to the East Coast for the second time in three weeks for a Sunday (July 10) match up with the Pittsburgh Power (8-7).
Arizona enters this contest with the second-ranked scoring offense, scoring an average of 61.9 points per game. This statistic can be lauded to the play of QB NICK DAVILA, who is second in the league in the production of pass efficiency (127.9), offensive yards (279.2) and touchdowns (101).
WR ROD WINDSOR has amassed 151 receptions for 1,800 yards and 34 touchdowns this season and looks to be a threat against the Power. Windsor has logged 12 games this season with at least nine or more receptions.
The Rattlers defense has also proven to be stingy in 2011. Not only is the group holding teams to an average of 47.1 points per game, but it has also caused a frenzy in the turnover column, producing a league best of +28 in that category – eight better than Jacksonville who is in the number two spot with +20.
DL MARCUS PITTMAN now holds the Arizona Rattlers’ single season sack record at 8.5 thus far in 2011. The defensive end collected an assisted sack against the Spokane Shock in Week 17. Not too far behind Pittman is DL ANTTAJ HAWTHORNE, who has taken down AFL signal callers seven times.
Power QB Bernard Morris enters this match up after an extremely productive performance in Week 17 against the Orlando Predators where he went 18-of-31 for 283 yards and seven touchdowns. Morris has the ability to move his feet with his rushing production averaging out to be a little over 10 yards per attempt.
Morris’ favorite target this season has been WR Michael Washington. The wide receiver has snared 92 receptions for 1,095 yards and 22 touchdowns this season.
In the return game, WR Jerome Mathis is rivaling DB VIRGIL GRAY (23.5 ypr.) in return yards, averaging 22.1 yards per return. He has taken one of his returns for a score and will be a special teams threat that the Rattlers will look to lock up to be successful.
About the Arizona Rattlers
The Rattlers next home game will be in the Quarterfinal Round of the Arena Football League playoffs, held on July 29 at the US Airways Center. The game time and opponent are to be determined. For ticket or sales inquiries, please call the Rattlers Sales Office at 480-985-3292. 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.