RATTLERS SOAR PAST BARNSTORMERS
Arizona routs Iowa 70-26
Phoenix, AZ – The Arizona Rattlers (9-1) proved why they have the best offense in the Arena Football League as they rolled past the League’s best defense in convincing fashion, defeating the Iowa Barnstormers (4-6) by a score of 70-26 on Saturday night on Ak-Chin Field at the US Airways Center in front of 8,177 fans.
Rattlers QB Nick Davila keyed the Rattlers hot start by going 19-23 for 241 yards, eight touchdowns, and one interception. Jared Perry had his best game of the season with four catches for 57 yards and four touchdowns.
Davila completed two touchdown passes to Kerry Reed to start off the game including a 39-yard strike. QB J.J. Raterink then completed three passes to Jesse Schmidt for a Barnstormers score.
Davila changed up targets by completing a 14-yard pass to offensive lineman Michael Huey then found Perry for the touchdown. Raterink would be injured on the next Iowa possession and replaced by Brian Reader.
Perry scored his second touchdown of the game after a Barnstormers turnover on downs. Marquis Floyd then made a spectacular interception grab after Virgil Gray tipped a pass. Rod Windsor converted the turnover into points on a 1-yard strike.
Garrett Lindholm nailed the post on the following kickoff and Floyd recovered the rebound. Davila hit Windsor again in the end zone for his sixth touchdown pass of the half. Iowa would snag one more score before the end of the half on a 49-yard touchdown return by Thomas to make it 42-13.
Two sacks by Marcus Pittman foiled the Barnstormers opening drive of the second half, but they got the ball back on a Da’Mon Glanton interception. Cliff Dukes got the ball right back for the Rattlers on a fumble recovery and Perry tallied his third touchdown of the game and putting Arizona up 49-13.
Trandon Harvey joined the scoring barrage on Davila’s eighth and final touchdown pass of the night. Floyd stripped Marcus Harris on the next possession and Pittman recovered the fumble. QB Jason Murrietta entered the game for Davila and gave Perry his fourth touchdown. Arizona outscored the Barnstormers 21-0 in the third quarter to take a 50 point lead.
Reader would hit Harris for the Barnstormers first touchdown of the second half to begin the fourth quarter. After an Arizona turnover on downs Thomas then scored his second touchdown of the night and made it a 63-26 ballgame.
Odie Armstrong ran home the only score in the fourth quarter for the Rattlers on a short rush with 4:09 to play. Arkeith Brown then iced the game with an interception.
The Rattlers are back on the road next as they travel to Philadelphia to battle the Soul with kickoff set for 1:00pm MST.
Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Game
Arizona Rattlers QB Nick Davila
Riddell Defensive Player of the Game
Arizona Rattlers DL Marcus Pittman
J. Lewis Small Playmaker of the Game
Arizona Rattlers WR Trandon Harvey
Cutters Catch of the Game
Iowa Barnstormers WR Marco Thomas, 49-yard reception from Reader in the 2nd quarter
AFL Highlight of the Game
Arizona Rattlers OL Michael Huey, 14-yard reception with 3:30 to play in the 1st quarter
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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