Rattlers (4-1) Rock the Kiss (0-5), 68-30
Sunday April 26, 2015
Los Angeles, Cali. – The World Champion Arizona Rattlers roll to their 4th win of the season with a strong performance at the Honda Center in Anaheim Saturday night against the Los Angeles KISS, defeating them by a score of 68-30.
The game, which was nationally televised on the CBS Sports Network, was the first of three games the Arizona Rattlers will face the KISS this season.
It was a tale of two halves for Arizona Rattlers quarterback Nick Davila. He had an incredibly efficient first half, throwing 19 completions of 22 attempts and 6 touchdowns passes to 4 different receivers, including one of the two touchdown passes to 300-pound tight end Joe Gibbs.
The second half however was much different. Davila only threw one more touchdown in the third, and left the game early in the 4th with a lower body injury. “We will get (Davila) back to our doctor and have him take a look at him. If he can’t go, he can’t go,” head coach and general manager Kevin Guy said. “We have a lot of confidence in BJ (Coleman) and it’s a team game.” Overall, Davila was 24 of 32, 7 touchdowns, and 1 interception.
The KISS started their backup quarterback Brian Zbydniewski after their starter, Adrien McPherson, was hurt after their game last week against Orlando. The Rattlers defense made it difficult on Zbydniewski, who was sacked 4 times, twice by defensive tackle Anttaj Hawthorne, and once by both defensive ends Tyre Glasper and Marcus Pittman. Zbydniewski was also picked off twice, once by defensive end Arkeith Brown and once by defensive end Jeremy Kellem. Kellem has now caught at least 1 interception in three straight games. He also recovered a fumble.
Arizona’s special teams also looked much better Saturday night. Kicker Fabrizio Scaccia went 8-10 on point after attempts (PAT’s), one of which was blocked. He was also very strong on kickoffs, hitting the net on all but one attempts. AJ Cruz also returned to the lineup and returned 4 kickoffs for 75 yards. He also recovered a fumbled off a kickoff.
The Rattlers’ next game will be at 6:00 p.m. next Saturday (April 25th) when they return home to face the undefeated San Jose SaberCats (5-0). This will be the first time the two teams face each other since the 2014 Western Conference Finals, where the Rattlers defeated the SaberCats 72-56.
Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Game: Nick Davila (AZ)
Riddell Defensive Player of the Game: Carlton Brown (LA)
J. Lewis Small Playmaker of the Game: Rod Windsor (AZ)
Cutters Catch of the Game: Donovan Morgan (LA) 1 handed TD Catch in 2nd quarter
AFL Highlight of the Game: Donovan Morgan (LA) 1 handed TD Catch in 2nd quarter
About the Arizona Rattlers
The Arizona Rattlers have won three straight ArenaBowl championship games and are proud members of the Arena Football League (AFL). ArenaBowl XXVII marked the team’s ninth appearance in the Championship game, winning in 2014, 2013, 2012, 1997 and 1994. For tickets, call 602-514-TDTD (8383), or visit www.azrattlers.com.