Green Bay, Wisc. – The five-time World Champion Arizona Rattlers (2-2) won their first road game in the Indoor Football League (IFL), with a 30-29 win over the Green Bay Blizzard (2-3) at the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Special teams, once again, played a big part in the Rattlers one-point victory. Kick returner and WR Jamal Miles had another big day, averaging 18.3 yards per return. K Sawyer Petre also made a 27-yard field goal at the end of the half to take a three-point lead. Conversely, for the Blizzard, K Zeke Arevalo missed two point-after-touchdowns (PATs) which ended up being the difference in the game.
Offensively, Rattlers QB Darron Thomas completed eight of 16 passes for 85 yards and a touchdown. He also had one interception. Thomas also had 37 yards and another touchdown on the ground. RB Ketrich Harmon had a big day as well, carrying the ball 13 times for 50 yards and two touchdowns.
For Green Bay, QB Matt Behrendt completed ten of his 23 passes for 117 yards and three touchdowns. He also had one interception.
The Rattlers defense played a big role in this afternoon’s win. Arizona held Green Bay to -8 yards rushing and recorded five tackles for loss, including two sacks, one by DE Chris McAllister, the other by DL Justin Martin and DL Josh Gordon. DB Arkeith Brown had another interception this game, extending the Rattlers record to 16-0 since 2014 when Brown has at least one interception.
The Rattlers began the game with a 29-yard return by KR/WR Jamal Miles. Four plays later, RB Ketrich Harmon capped off the drive with a two-yard touchdown rush. K Sawyer Petre missed the point after (PAT) to make the score 6-0.
The Blizzard responded with a seven-play touchdown drive that culminated in a 10-yard touchdown pass from QB Matt Behrendt to WR Marquel Willis. K Zeke Arevalo also missed the PAT keeping the score tied six-all.
Arizona was able to close out the first quarter with another two-yard touchdown rush by Harmon, making the score 13-6 at the end of the first.
Green Bay began the second quarter with a two-yard rush by WR Tacoi Sumler for the score.
The Rattlers went into halftime with a lead, thanks to a 20-yard field goal by Petre, making the score 16-13, Arizona.
The Blizzard had to settle for a field goal attempt to start the third quarter, which was made by Arevalo to tie the game at 16.
Arizona, however, would retake the lead with a 7-yard touchdown pass from Thomas to WR Anthony Amos.
Green Bay would bring the game back to even to end the third quarter with a four-yard touchdown pass from Behrendt to Willis.
The Rattlers would again pull in front after a three-yard rush by Thomas for the score.
Green Bay would pull within one with a 3-yard pass from Behrendt to WR Andre McDonald, but another missed PAT by Arevalo kept the Rattlers in the lead.
With only 41 seconds left in the game, the Blizzard attempted an onside kick, but it went off of DB Arkeith Brown and into the stands. With Green Bay only having one time out left, the Rattlers were able to burn the rest of the clock to win the game, with the final score, 30-29.
The Rattlers will return home next Saturday, April 1st, to face off against the Wichita Falls Nighthawks (4-1). The Nighthawks are coming off their first loss of the season, a 55-21 defeat to the still undefeated Sioux Falls Storm (5-0). The game will be televised on FOX Sports Arizona Plus, and streamed online on the free FOX Sports GO app and on FOXSportsGo.com. The game will also be streamed online on YouTube Live.
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About the Arizona Rattlers
The Arizona Rattlers were founded in 1992, and are proud members of the Indoor Football League (IFL). The Rattlers spent 24 seasons in the Arena Football League (AFL), and in that time made ten appearances in the ArenaBowl, winning in 2014, 2013, 2012, 1997 and 1994. For tickets, call 602-514-TDTD (8383), or visit www.azrattlers.com.
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