The Arizona Rattlers (15-2) wrapped up home-field advantage in the National Conference playoffs, including Arena Bowl XXIV, with an impressive 68-34 victory over the Pittsburgh Power (8-8) on Sunday night (July 10) in the CONSOL Energy Center.
With the top-ranking in the Arena Football League, the Rattlers come into their last regular season game, against the Dallas Vigilantes (11-5), beating their last eight opponents by a combined score of 512-364.
The squad edges toward a Quarterfinal playoff date (July 29) at the US Airways Center with a roster that contains several league- leading players.
QB NICK DAVILA leads the league in pass efficiency (127.4), passing touchdowns (109) and pass completion percentage (70.6). The signal caller has thrown 10 picks on the year, also a league best, helping the Rattlers obtain a league-leading +32 turnover margin.
Arizona boasts one of the league’s top receivers in WR ROD WINDSOR. The sure-handed wide-out has 156 receptions for 1,830 yards and 36 touchdowns. Windsor’s 9.75 reception average per game ranks as the second-best in the league and his 114.4 reception-yard average ranks as the league’s fifth best receiving statistic.
Adding to the receiving corps are WR JASON GEATHERS and WR CHRIS JACKSON. Geathers has been another Davila beneficiary, snaring 87 catches for 1,004 yards and 28 touchdowns. AFL All-League receiver, Jackson, joined the Rattlers in Week 18, bringing league career totals of 997 receptions for 13,311 yards, 320 TD’s to the roster.
DB VIRGIL GRAY has been sensational on special teams, taking five kickoff returns to the endzone with a league-leading 23.3 yards per return. The defensive back has also picked off nine passes in the Rattlers secondary.
The Rattlers defensive-front brings the pass rushing expertise of DL MARCUS PITTMAN and DL ANTTAJ HAWTHORNE. Both linemen have combined for 15.5 sacks in 2011, with Pittman notching 8.5 quarterback take downs and Hawthorne garnering seven.
PLAYOFF TICKET PROMOTION
Quarterfinal Round: Friday, July 29, 2011 at 7:00PST in the US Airways Center
* Family-4-Pack and Buddy Pack offers expire July 27th. Please call the Arizona Rattlers sales office at 480-985-3292 to take part in the offer.
Playoff tickets are available for purchase by calling 1-800-745-3000, visiting the US Airways Center box office, or through Ticket Master. For all playoff ticket questions, please call the Arizona Rattlers Sales Office at 480-985-3292.
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