Phoenix, Ariz. – The World Champion Arizona Rattlers (12-2) won their eighth straight game with a 57-43 victory over division rival Las Vegas Outlaws (5-9) Saturday night at the US Airways Center in front of 11,891 fans.
The win marks the 100th victory for head coach and general manager Kevin Guy as the head coach of the Arizona Rattlers. Guy has just been named a finalist to join the 2015 class for the AFL Hall of Fame. He has 101 victories overall as a head coach and a winning percentage of .743 which is best all-time among all AFL coaches. Voting for the hall of fame will begin on Monday, July 13th at ArenaFootball.com.
“I am very humbled to be a part of this organization,” Guy said. “The game-changer was when Ron (Shurts) came into ownership. I’m blessed to have good people around me.”
The first half was dominated by the defense. The Rattlers, led by defensive back Marquis Floyd, held the Outlaws to 14 first half points. Floyd finished the game with 5 tackles, 3 pass breakups and one interception off of Outlaws quarterback Kasey Peters which ended Peters’ night. Floyd’s efforts earned him the Riddell Defensive Player of the Game award. Defensive back Arkeith Brown also intercepted Peters earlier in the game.
Floyd was not the only defensive player to have a big night. The entire defensive line was unyielding, tallying 5 sacks on Outlaws quarterback Dennis Havrilla. Defensive ends Cliff Dukes and Michael McAdoo both earned a sack and a half, and mack linebacker Tyre Glasper caught Havrilla in the end zone near the end of the third quarter for a safety, which was the AFL Highlight of the Game.
“I thought our defense played outstanding,” said Guy. “Our pass rush was relentless up front and our coverage was good.”
Rattlers quarterback Nick Davila broke his streak of four straight games without a pick, throwing two in the first half. Davila, however, bounced back with an impressive second half, completing 10 of 12 passes and 5 second half touchdowns. Overall Davila finished with 271 yards and 8 touchdowns. Half of the touchdowns thrown were to wide receiver Rod Windsor, who caught 8 passes for 113 yards and 4 touchdowns. Windsor’s performance earned him the Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Game.
Rookie wide receiver and new acquisition Dan Buckner saw significant action tonight as well. He hauled in 3 catches for 82 yards, including the Cutters Catch of the Game which was a 48 yard pass from Davila for a touchdown in the 3rd.
The Outlaws had a strong push in the fourth quarter, scoring 29 points. This, however, was not enough to overcome the large deficit they incurred through the first three quarters.
The Rattlers’ next game will be Friday, July 17th at 7:00 PM when they visit the Spokane Shock (4-9). This is Arizona’s third time facing Spokane this season. The Rattlers won both contests against the Shock. The game will be streamed live online on ESPN3.com or the WatchESPN app on a tablet or smartphone.
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score
Las Vegas 7 7 0 29 43
Arizona 14 7 23 13 57
Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Game: Rod Windsor (AZ)
Riddell Defensive Player of the Game: Marquis Floyd (AZ)
Lewis Small Playmaker of the Game: AJ Cruz (AZ)
Cutters Catch of the Game: Dan Buckner (AZ) 48 yard TD catch in 3rd
AFL Highlight of the Game: Tyre Glasper (AZ) safety in 3rd
About the Arizona Rattlers
The Arizona Rattlers have won three straight ArenaBowl championship games and are proud members of the Arena Football League (AFL). ArenaBowl XXVII marked the team’s ninth appearance in the Championship game, winning in 2014, 2013, 2012, 1997 and 1994. For tickets, call 602-514-TDTD (8383), or visit www.azrattlers.com.