PHOENIX, Ariz. – The Arizona Rattlers (8-2) head home to the US Airways Center on Saturday (May 28) to take on the American Conference East Division leading Cleveland Gladiators (6-3). Kickoff is at 7 p.m. and the game will be televised locally and live on Fox Sports Arizona.
The Rattlers are fresh off of a victory over the New Orleans VooDoo (61-53) and hope to break through a stingy Gladiators defense that is ranked first in the league in pass defense (237.4 ypg), second in scoring defense (43.0 ppg) and second in total defense (262.6 ypg).
QB NICK DAVILA will look to duplicate his nearly flawless performance from Week 11, where he completed nearly 84 percent of his passes for 314 yards and seven touchdown strikes – keeping him the league’s top five in pass completions (254), efficiency (70.9), yards (2,958) and touchdowns (60).
Cleveland Defensive Lineman Anthony Hoke has ten tackles for a loss of 68 yards in just eight games, giving the Rattlers offensive line a formidable task on Saturday night.
The Rattlers receiving tandem of WR TRANDON HARVEY and WR ROD WINDSOR have combined for 2,224 receiving yards and 44 touchdowns this season. However, the sure-handed duo must try to break free from the defensive backfield force of DB Levy Brown and DB Demarcus Robinson who are both ranked in the top-10 league standings for tackles this season.
Of Cleveland QB Kurt Rocco’s 129-of-204 completions this season, his throws have averaged 12.9 yards per catch. The Rattlers defensive backfield, lead by DB VIRGIL GRAY (16 pass break ups), will be tested by WR Troy Bergeron who averages 14.5 yards per catch and has 19 touchdowns in nine games.
The Gladiators offensive front will need to be aware of DL ANTTAJ HAWTHORNE’s sack history. The Arizona defensive lineman enters the game with five unassisted sacks this season.
About the Arizona Rattlers
The Rattlers’ next home game is Saturday, May 28 against the East Division leading Cleveland Gladiators at US Airways Center; kickoff is slated for 7:00pm (AZ TIME). The game will be televised LIVE 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.