RATTLERS ROLL PAST PREDATORS
Arizona routs Orlando 82-42
Phoenix, AZ – The Arizona Rattlers (5-1) handed the Orlando Predators (0-5) their fifth loss of the season with an 82-42 victory on Sunday in front of 8,062 fans at Ak-Chin Field at the US Airways Center.
Arizona led from start to finish, getting solid performances on both sides of the ball. Odie Armstrong tied the Rattlers record for rushing touchdowns in a single game, which he set in 2011, with 4. Rattlers QB Nick Davila went 17-20 for 197 yards and 6 touchdowns. The Rattlers league-leading secondary intercepted Orlando QB Kyle Rowley 3 times giving them a total of 15 on the season.
Kerry Reed led the Rattlers strong opening drive with a short rush and a 19-yard touchdown reception. Marquis Floyd and Virgil Gray intercepted Rowley on the first two possessions and the Predators were quickly down 21-0 after 2 more Davila touchdown passes. Prechae Rodriguez responded with a 38-yard catch down the sideline and then scored a touchdown on the next play. Jared Perry caught his second touchdown of the quarter to wrap up the first quarter with the Rattlers on top 28-7.
Armstrong had a pair of rushing touchdowns and a 12-yard catch for the Rattlers in the second quarter. T.T. Toliver, who led the Predator receivers with 11 receptions for 139 yards and 1 score, tallied a touchdown reception and a 40-yard catch to set up a Marlon Moye-Moore rushing touchdown. Reed ended the first half scoring with an 11-yard pass from Davila to put the Rattlers on top 48-21
The Predators opening drive of the second half was aided by two roughing the passer penalties and capped off by another Rodriguez touchdown. Both teams returned to the ground as Moye-Moore and Armstrong exchanged touchdowns. Perry scored his third touchdown of the game to end the quarter with the Rattlers leading 62-35.
Anttaj Hawthorne batted down a pass on third down and Jeremy Kellem swatted another away on fourth down to force another Orlando turnover. For the second straight game Jason Murrietta entered the game for Davila to start the fourth quarter. Armstrong continued his big game by adding his fourth touchdown of the game. A Jason Geathers touchdown catch from Rowley would be the only Predators score of the quarter. Trandon Harvey joined the Rattlers ground game with the fifth rushing touchdown of the game with just under five minutes to play. Arkeith Brown capped off the scoring barrage when he got his hands on a Rowley pass in the endzone and returned it 51-yards for another Rattlers touchdown.
The Rattlers will now travel to Jacksonville to play the 6-0 Sharks on Saturday, May 4th.
Russell Athletic Offensive Player:
Arizona Rattlers FB Odie Armstrong
Riddell Defensive Player:
Arizona Rattlers DB Jeremy Kellem
J Lewis Small AFL Playmaker:
Orlando Predators DB Dominic Jones
Cutter’s Catch of the Game:
Jared Perry 13yrd pass from Davila with 34 seconds left in the 1st quarter
Spalding Highlight of the Game:
Arkeith Brown 51yrd pass interception for a touchdown with 1:26 in the 4th quarter