The Arizona Rattlers (1-0) are coming off a dominating win over the Portland Steel (0-1) 80-28. The 80-point performance was the highest point total during Week 1. Also, the team made some history as the 52-point margin was the largest ever for the Rattlers. Now Arizona looks forward to a road trip to the Honda Center to play the LA KISS (1-0). In Week 1 the KISS beat the Jacksonville Sharks (0-1) 64-39. Saturday’s match-up is at 8 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN2 or streamed on the WatchESPN app.
Top Scoring Offense against Top 3 Defense
When the Arizona Rattlers and the LA KISS meet, it will be a match-up between the top scoring offense and the number three ranked scoring defense. The Rattlers put up 80 points in their season opener against the Portland Steel. The LA KISS only allowed 39 points in their opener against Jacksonville which was good enough for third best.
The second half should be especially interesting. After only having a one-point halftime lead, the LA KISS defense kept the Sharks to just six points in the second half. The Rattlers offense in the second half scored 34 points.
Two Rattlers earned Riddell Co-Defensive Player of the Week Honors
Arizona’s defense was lock-down. The defensive line earned six sacks, Borel and defensive end Vasquez each had two. For their efforts, Borel and Vasquez earned the Riddell Co-Defensive Player of the Week award. Both players forced a fumble as well. Borel recovered both fumbles, one of which was in the end zone for a touchdown.
Rushing Offense vs. Defense
The Arizona Rattlers have the number one rushing offense in the AFL. They have nine rushing attempts for 52 yards and four touchdowns. Three of those touchdowns came from fullback Mykel Benson. The fourth one came from quarterback Nick Davila. The LA KISS have the sixth ranked rushing defense. They have allowed nine rushing attempts for 18 yards and two touchdowns. Both of those touchdowns were scored by Jacksonville’s Derrick Ross.
Battle of Most Efficient Pass Offense vs. Most Efficient Pass Defense
The LA KISS had an offensive pass efficiency of 156.2 in their opener against Jacksonville. The KISS completed 75 percent of their passes, completing 27 of 36 for 283 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions. The Rattlers held the Portland Steel to a 44 percent completion percentage, allowing only four touchdowns getting two interceptions. The Rattlers rank first in Defensive Pass Efficiency with a rating of 91. Something’s got to give when these two meet on Saturday night in the Honda Center.
1st Place on the Line
With both teams winning their first game, and all other teams in the conference losing, the winner of Saturday’s game will be in the driver’s seat for the National Conference. For Arizona Rattlers Head Coach Kevin Guy, a win would give him his 94th regular season victory. For LA KISS Head Coach Omarr Smith a win would allow him to start his inaugural season as a head coach at 2-0. This is the first of three meetings between the two teams this season. Two of the meetings will be at the Honda Center and one will be at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix.