Phoenix, Ariz. – The Arizona Rattlers (5-1) and the Philadelphia Soul (5-1) may have similar records, but they will come into Saturday’s game from very different mindsets.
The Rattlers are coming off there first loss of the season at the hands of the still-undefeated Orlando Predators (6-0), while the Soul just dismantled their conference rival, the Tampa Bay Storm (0-5) by a score of 47-17, which was the least amount of points they have allowed in Philadelphia’s team history.
The Soul will enter the arena trying to maintain their strong momentum, while the Rattlers will try to earn some back.
For the Rattlers, Saturday night’s game against the Predators was a showdown of the two top teams in the League. Arizona came out strong in the first half. They got pressure on Orlando’s quarterback Randy Hippeard early on, and forced a turnover on downs in the 1st quarter.
With the score tied, quarterback Nick Davila, while still having a good night statistically, threw an interception in the waning moments of the first half, to which Orlando would capitalize. In the second half, Rattlers’ kicker Kenny Spencer was injured on Arizona’s first kickoff in the second half, forcing the Rattlers to kick on-sides and going for two for the entire second half. The Rattlers, at this point, could not recover, losing by a score of 77-59.
The Soul are coming off a big Monday night win over the Storm. The 30-point margin of victory is the twelfth largest margin in team history. Tampa Bay jumped on Philadelphia early, scoring 10 points in the first seven minutes of the game. The Soul, however, would score the next 26 points and wouldn’t look back. Soul quarterback Dan Roudabaugh completed 24 of his 37 pass attempts for 186 yards and four touchdowns. He was intercepted once, early in the first.
While both teams may be entering this game from different mindsets, one thing is the same for both, this matchup, which will be held at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, will determine who keeps pace with the league-leading Orlando Predators. Since both teams still get one more shot at the Predators, the winner of this game will remain in the driver’s seat for the first overall seed, while the loser will need some help.
The game is at 3:30 p.m. PDT on Saturday, and will be televised on the CBS Sports Network.
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