Rattlers Dominate: Next Stop the Playoffs
The Arizona Rattlers finished the regular season Saturday night at home with one of the best defensive perforamnces of the year beating the Kansas City Command 47-22. The score is not a misprint. The 22 points allowed by the Rattlers is the lowest point total this year. The Rattlers had 5 stops against the Command including 2 interceptions (by Virgil Gray) and 3 times where the Rattlers took over on downs. Command quarterback Matt Gutierrez was pressured all night by the outstanding Rattlers defenisve line.
The game started slow with no rthym resulting in the Rattlers falling behind the Command 7-0 at the end of the first quarter. AZ quarter back Nick Davila shook off a tough first quarter completing 3-8 however each quarter became stronger and ending the game completing 25-39 for 363 yards and 7 touch downs.
One of the most impressive stats is that the Rattlers only gave up 2 points in the entire second half which was generated by the command defense sacking Davila for a safety at 6:02 in the 4th quarter. The Rattlers outscored the Command in the second half 28-2. A very buzar play happend with only .56 seconds left in the 2nd quarter where Davila on a quarterback sneak at the Command 1 yard line was stripped of the ball by Chris Lyle who ran for a 49 yard TD. Thus the Rattlers defense only allowed 14 points. (2 point safety and 49 yard fumble recovery was by the Command defense).
The next stop is at home for the first playoff game