AFL: Rattlers keep Iowa in the Barn: Rattlers 55: Barnstormers 48.
With one of the best performances of the season, the Rattlers kept on top of their division with a 55 to 48 victory over the Iowa Barnstormers. Nick Davila showed why he is the best quarterback in the league by completing 24 of 29 passes for 7 touchdowns. Davila, last years MVP is on pace to break the AFL all time single season record for TD passes. Prior to the game, Davila would need to average six touchdown passes per game for the remaining 6 games to break the record.
Despite the fact that star wide receiver Maurice Purify was out with an injury, Trandon Harvey, Kerry Reed and Markee White stepped up to the occasion. Each receiver played well with Markee White leading the way with 9 receptions, 161 yards and 1 TD. Trandon Harvey had 8 receptions for 104 yards and 4 TD’s.
The Rattlers defense once again came up big recording 3 stops and 5 sacs. All night long, the Rattlers defensive line put pressure on Barnstormers quarter back JJ Raterink. Cliff Dukes not only played one of his best games of the season but created a fumble (recovered by Kevin McCullough) by hitting Raterink with .46 seconds left in the game.
Coach Guy was said “we are playing better as a unit”. “Special teams, kick off coverage continues to be great. Trandon Harvey averaged 20 yards a return tonight.” When asked if the team is starting to jell and be in playoff mode, Coach Guy said “we are playing well but we still have a ways to go. We need to get healthy on the offensive side of the ball. We need to get more productivity out of our fullback spot.”
At 10-3, the Rattlers are not only leading their division, but are tied with the Philadelphia Soul for the best record in the league. This is the second year in a row that the Rattlers are setting the example for being one of the best teams in the AFL. Nick Davila was asked how he compares this team with last years team at this point in the season: Davila said “The chemistry is better this year especially with 9 guys returning from last year”. Chemistry, talent and solid execution is the desire for AFL teams. Most teams want it. The Rattlers have it.