AFL: Lights out for the Power!
Before the game started last Saturday night between the 4-0 Arizona Rattlers and the 3-1 Pittsburgh Power, the question that was swirling around the AFL was: Who wins when an immovable object meets an unstoppable force. Of course, the immoveable object after 4 games was the Power who was ranked as #1 in the league in scoring defense at 35.2 points per game. The Rattlers who strike quickly and often are ranked as #1 in scoring offense with 62.5 points per game are the unstoppable force.
So to get the answer before the game started, I googled the question: Who wins when an immovable object meets an unstoppable force. The answer was a series of lessons in physics which ended up that both the immoveable object and the unstoppable force were one in the same. Thank goodness that scientists don’t play sports. Because the answer was clearly made known after a huge victory by the unstoppable force known as the Rattlers, with a 73 to 69 victory in front of 8,179 fans on Ak-Chin Field at US Airways Center.
The Rattlers came out fast leading by as many as 26 points early in the second quarter and 19 points with 3:06 left in the first half. The Power must have turned to googling the question as to how to stop an unstoppable force because the Power with 2:22 left in the second quarter, scored twice to reduce the Rattlers lead to 47 to 42 at the end of the first half.
There were some big plays made in the first half by both teams. Tyson Poots, the Rattlers great wide receiver made a 15-yard touchdown over the dasher boards with 5:33 left in the second quarter. The Rattlers first of 3 stops occurred early in the first quarter, on the second possession by the Power when they were stopped on downs. After the Rattlers scored their 3rd TD, once again the Power was stopped on downs on their 3rd possession. It was beginning to look like the law of Physics was correct in that an immovable object and an unstoppable force were one in the same, as the Rattlers were scoring on every possession while the Power seemed to struggle. Yet, other laws of physics kicked in as the Power used the law of momentum to kick start their performance. Former Rattlers, Virgil Gray now with the Power returned a kickoff 54 yards with 2:22 left in the second quarter. And if that was not enough momentum, Julian Rauch, the kicker for the Power, successful onside kick late in the first half resulted in a Power TD 5 plays later.
The second half started with more of the same from the Power with a quick score in less than 2 minutes to take their first lead of the game 49 to 47. The law of momentum seemed to be the answer for the Power. Yet, no matter how much the Power tried to stop the mighty Rattlers, the lead changed hands in the 3rd quarter 4 times with the Rattlers leading going into the the 4th quarter 61 to 56. There was still some energy left in the tank as the Pittsburgh team powered up for one more push and took their last lead in the game with 13:21 left in the 4th quarter 63 to 61. The Rattlers defense continued to pressure the Power’s quarterback Tommy Grady all night forcing him to throw away at least 10 passes to avoid being sacked. Rattlers defensive back Jeremy Kellem continued his outstanding play with 9.5 tackles. Unstoppable Rattlers quarterback Nick Davila had another outstanding game completing 24 of 31 passes for 325 yards and 9 touchdowns. Rattlers wide receivers Poots, Rod Windsor and Marurice Purify each had 3 TD’s and once again demonstrated how balanced and deep they are at wide receiver. Yet, it was Poots that made 3 clutch catches in the final moments of the game including a TD catch that sealed the victory for the Rattlers. Even though the Rattlers scored on every possession, they left 4 points on the table as four PAT were no good. 3 misses and one blocked. Despite the loss, Power WR Aaron Lesue was outstanding with 15 catches for 168 yards and 6 TD’s.
After the game in an interview with Head Coach and GM Kevin Guy, he was happy with the victory, however visibly disturbed over the missed extra points. Guy said there will be personnel changes during the week. Yet, another law of physics kicks in: The shortest distance between two points is a straight line.
Thus, the moral of this story is don’t google from your head what your heart knows: Rattlers are both the immovable object and the unstoppable force of the AFL.