The Rattlers return to the Snake Pit this Sunday to face the Green Bay Blizzard after an upset loss in Iowa. Arizona is now 1-1 and knows this weekend’s matchup is crucial to stay in the hunt to win the conference. Fans at Talking Stick can expect to see a determined team take the field against the struggling Blizzard, who got off to a 0-3 start.
Offense Creating Chemistry
The Rattlers wide receiver unit will be looking to tighten up against the Blizzard secondary, who has yet to snag their first interception this season. The Barnstormers grabbed three against the Rattlers, and as a result, tightening up on ball security this week will be a priority. Quarterback Jeff Ziemba has his first start behind him and will be more focused on executing the offense with his teammates rather than getting drawn in by the Green Bay attack.
The New Duo
A dynamic pair of teammates that Ziemba will be relying on is running backs Darrell Monroe and Shadrach Thornton. Thornton saw his first action this past weekend tallying 5.8 yards per carry. The former NC State standout ranks 10th in Wolfpack history in career rushing yards with 2,369 and is now determined to leave his mark on professional football.
Monroe Still the Workhorse
Darrell Monroe has been a steady part of the ground game for Arizona throughout the past two seasons. Expect Monroe to continue grinding out yards on the ground as his counterpart, Thornton, gets acquainted with his role with the Rattlers. Thornton will bring versatility to the offense with his combination of speed, agility, and ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, but Monroe will be the guy to take on the workload for the Rattlers. The combination will create a new dynamic for the team and their new duo of backs.
Blizzard Brings the Ground and Pound
The defensive side of the ball is prepared to take on Green Bay’s distinct I-formation look that the Blizzard exclusively utilizes. Fullback Robert Metz will be leading the way for halfback Jasen Oden Jr. which creates an interesting matchup between Metz and Rattlers middle linebacker Justin Shirk. Shirk will need to stuff the run early to regulate the Green Bay ground game which leads the league in rushing attempts and rushing yards.
Rattlers Move Forward on Their Journey
Arizona hopes to get back on track this week by utilizing their weapons and getting the offense to click. In doing so, continuing to pursue the conference title and ultimately a seventh world championship. Green Bay wants to pound their way to shattering the hopes of the Rattlers faithful.
The contest is set to air live on Fox Sports Arizona on Sunday, March 18th at 3:05. You can also catch the game streaming live on YouTube or airing on 1580 The Fanatic 99.3 FM and 95.9 FM.
By: JD Ramirez | Contact: Peter Garbow, PGarbow@azrattlers.com
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