AFL: The Rattlers Inside Look
The Arizona Rattlers continue to improve each week, with the defense and offense clicking on all cylinders in their 65 to 47 victory over the Portland Thunder on Saturday night. Going into this game both teams had a 2-1 record and when the final tic of the clock turned to zero, the Rattlers record improved to 3-1 and first place in the National Conference West Division.
The Rattlers started the game sluggish and the high scoring Rattlers were limited to one touchdown in the first quarter, however led the Thunder 7 to 6. This was the type of slow pace game the Thunder was hoping for, to keep the number of possessions low for the Rattlers. Yet, with talent like last year’s MVP Nick Davila at quarterback, Rod Windsor and Kerry Reed playing wide receiver, TD’s are bound to happen quickly and often.
Windsor had one of the best games of his career with 14 receptions, 141 yards and 6 TD’s. Reed had 10 receptions, 121 yards with 3 TD’s. Davila threw for 319 yards, completing 31 of 44 passes including 9 TD’s and one interception.
The defense continues to play very well, making 5 stops. Two on downs, two fumble recoveries by Jeremy Kellem (each one caused by Marquis Floyd) and one interception by Kellem. The Rattlers defensive line put pressure on Kyle Rowley, quarterback for the Thunder all night.
The special teams, specifically the kicking game was disappointing. The Rattlers signed former Arizona Wildcat kicker Alex Zendejas, when Fabrizio Scaccia could not play due to a pulled muscle. Zendejas went 5 for 9 on PATs).
The Rattlers next game will be Saturday, April 25th at 7:00 PM when they visit the Los Angeles Kiss. The kiss have struggled this year and currently have an 0-4 record.
Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Game: Rod Windsor (AZ)
Riddell Defensive Player of the Game: Jeremy Kellem (AZ)
J. Lewis Small Playmaker of the Game: Nick Davila (AZ)
Cutters Catch of the Game: Kerry Reed (AZ) One handed touchdown catch late in the second quarter
AFL Highlight of the Game: Jeremy Kellem (AZ) interception in the end zone and brought back past mid-field.