RATTLERS SLIP PAST SOUL
Fourth quarter comeback lifts Arizona to 64-57 win
Philadelphia, PA – After going into halftime trailing for the first time all season, the Arizona Rattlers (10-1) put together a huge fourth quarter comeback to defeat the Philadelphia Soul (5-5) 64-57 on Saturday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center.
With 8:40 left to play in regulation the Soul held onto a 57-42 lead but Arizona battled back, rattling off 22 unanswered points to pick up the win. It started with a Nick Davila pass to Rod Windsor, who then ran it in for the two-point conversion to make it a seven point ballgame.
The Rattlers went with an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff and it was recovered by kicker Garrett Lindholm giving Arizona the ball back on their own seven yard line. Five plays later Odie Armstrong rushed it in for his third of the night. The extra point was good to tie the game at 57 all with just 49 seconds left to play.
On the second play of the drive, Philadelphia QB Dan Raudabaugh tried to throw it out but tossed it into the net. Marquis Floyd made the catch off the net for a big play that gave the Rattlers the ball back. Arizona marched down field, running out the clock as they went. With just twelve seconds left Davila rushed it in for the touchdown. A good PAT put the Rattlers back on top for the first time since the six minute mark of the third quarter, setting up the victory.
Davila finished the game 28-of-48 for 362 yards and five touchdowns with three interceptions, his highest of the season. Windsor and Tysson Poots had eight catches and two TDs each while Kerry Reed scored the other through the air. Odie Armstrong moved into 9th on the Arena Football League all-time rushing yardage list with his seven rushing yards on his three scores.
Raudabaugh went 20-for-33 with two interceptions in the game for 308 yards and six touchdowns. Tiger Jones was his target of the night with eight catches for four TDs, while Ryan McDaniel also found the end zone twice.
Arizona led 14-7 at the end of the first quarter. Davila collected the 400th passing touchdown of his career when he found Poots on the first drive of the second quarter to put the Rattlers up 21-7. But the Soul turned it on with two touchdowns, an interception and a blocked kick, both returned for points, to hold the 29-27 advantage at the half.
The Soul returned another interception for a touchdown to start the second half only to see Arizona put up 15 unanswered points to take a 42-36 lead. Philadelphia would string together three scores in a row before the Rattlers turned on all cylinders for the comeback.
Arizona is on the road again next week when they travel to Texas to take on the San Antonio Talons on June 8 at 5:30pm MST. The game will be televised on Cox7.
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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