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  • Rattlers hold off San Jose, advance to National Conference Championship

    PHOENIX — Step one is complete. Behind Nick Davila’s passing, Rod Windsor’s receiving and a defense that forced three turnovers, the defending ArenaBowl champion Arizona Rattlers opened the playoffs with a 59-49 victory against their arch rivals, the San Jose SaberCats, in front of an announced crowd of 7,932 at US Airways Center Sunday. “It […]
  • Rattlers end regular season with rout of Iowa

    For the second time in three seasons, the Arizona Rattlers have finished the regular season with the best record in the Arena Football League. Arizona wrapped a 15-3 campaign with a thorough 84-45 dismantling of the Iowa Barnstormers at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines Saturday night. On the first play of the game, Arizona […]
  • Rattlers slammed by Chicago in home finale

    It was Throwback Night at Ak-Chin Field at US Airways Center. The Arizona Rattlers wore retro uniforms, the same ones in which the 1997 team toppled Kurt Warner and the Iowa Barnstormers for their second Arena Bowl championship. Their opponent, the Chicago Rush, bought into the theme of the evening, handing out a good, old-fashioned […]
  • Rattlers’ Davila, Gray earn weekly AFL honors

    Arizona Rattlers quarterback Nick Davila and defensive back Virgil Gray have both earned Arena Football League honors for Week 16. Davila threw for 411 yards and a season-high nine touchdowns in the Rattlers’ 84-56 win over the Orlando Predators last Saturday and was named the Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Week. Gray registered five […]
  • Nick Davila throws nine TDs in Rattlers’ rout of Orlando

    Nick Davila threw for a season-high 411 yards and nine touchdown passes as the Arizona Rattlers stormed back into the win column with an easy 84-56 win over the Orlando Predators at Amway Center Saturday night. Orlando rallied from an early two-touchdown deficit and tied the score at 21-21 when quarterback Aaron Garcia hit Jarvis […]
  • Despite loss, Rattlers remain atop AFL Coaches’ Poll

    The Arizona Rattlers found themselves in unfamiliar territory last Saturday night in San Jose. Not only did the Rattlers lose for the first time in ten games, they were blown out. Their 72-42 loss was one of the most lopsided defeats in their 21-year history. But it still wasn’t enough to knock Kevin Guy’s team […]
  • Rattlers routed by Sabercats in San Jose

    The Arizona Rattlers’ winning streak came to an end with a resounding thud Saturday night in San Jose. Sabercats quarterback Russ Michna completed 24-of-37 passes for 313 yards and nine touchdowns, including five to Fred Williams, and San Jose cruised to an easy 72-42 win over the Rattlers at the HP Pavilion. The game was […]
  • Rattlers assigned LB Kevin McCullough

    The rich get richer. The Arizona Rattlers, the defending champs and owners of the Arena Football League’s best record at 12-1, were assigned linebacker Kevin McCullough according to a press release issued by the team. McCullough was a free agent after last season, and wasn’t resigned. The three-year veteran from the University of Cincinnati was […]
  • Rattlers’ defense dominates in win over San Antonio

    The Arizona Rattlers’ defense forced seven turnovers, including six interceptions, and Nick Davila threw five touchdown passes in a 70-21 win over the San Antonio Talons at the Alamodome Saturday. The Rattlers (11-1) got on the board on their first possession, with Davila hitting Jared Perry on a six-yard touchdown pass which capped a four-play, […]
  • Rattlers rally for win in Philadelphia

    Coming off an easy 44-point win over the Iowa Barnstormers last week. Arizona Rattlers head coach Kevin Guy said he wanted his team to experience some adversity in a football game. They got some. After Philadelphia’s Dan Raudabaugh hooked up with Tiger Jones on a 32-yard touchdown pass with 8:40 left that put the Soul […]
  • Rattlers retain top spot in AFL Coaches’ Poll

    There’s really no doubt who the best team in the Arena Football League is right now. Last Saturday, Nick Davila threw eight touchdown passes in less than three full quarters of play and an opportunistic defense forced five turnovers in the Arizona Rattlers’ 70-26 dismantling of the Iowa Barnstormers at US Airways Center. For their […]
  • Rattlers smash Iowa for sixth straight win

    Nick Davila completed 19 of 23 passes for 241 yards and eight touchdowns and the Arizona Rattlers defense forced five turnovers and terrorized Iowa quarterbacks in an easy 70-26 win over the Barnstormers at Ak-Chin Field at US Airways Center Saturday night. Davila, who gutted his way through illness in a 56-49 win over Chicago […]
  • Rattlers run win streak to five with triumph in Chicago

    Nick Davila threw for 301 yards and seven touchdowns and the Arizona Rattlers hung on for a 56-49 win over the Chicago Rush at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill. Sunday. Davila hooked up with Rod Windsor on a 32-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter that put Arizona up 56-35, but Chicago would answer. […]
  • Rattlers get hard-fought win over Utah

    There’s been plenty of talk about the Arizona Rattlers’ offense and defense this season, but it was their special teams that got things kick-started Saturday night. Trailing 14-0, Virgil Gray took back a kickoff 56 yards for a touchdown, the first of three straight Rattlers scores in a 65-49 win over the Utah Blaze in […]
  • Rattlers take top spot in AFL Power Rankings

    After defeating the previously unbeaten Jacksonville Sharks 58-48 May 3, the Arizona Rattlers have regained the top spot in the Arena Football vPower Rankings. Nick Davila threw for 251 yards and six touchdowns — including four to receiver Rod Windsor — in the Rattlers’ ten-point win. The win was the third straight for Arizona, who […]
  • Rattlers throttle Orlando to move to 5-1

    The Arizona Rattlers have to be wondering when a visiting team is going to give them a game at US Airways Center. Nick Davila threw six touchdown passes and fullback Odie Armstrong ran for four more as the Rattlers handed the Orlando Predators an 82-42 beating Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Rattlers pushed their […]
  • Rattlers second in AFL Coaches’ Poll

    The Arizona Rattlers rank second in the Arena Football League Coaches’ Poll for the second week in a row, following an 83-40 rout of the San Antonio Talons Saturday. Arizona (4-1) sits between two undefeated teams in the poll. The 5-0 Spokane Shock — the only team to defeat the Rattlers’ this season — top […]
  • Rattlers bounce back with dominating rout of Talons

    Much can be found out about the mettle of a team based on how they respond to adversity. The Arizona Rattlers have injuries to key players and tasted defeat for the first time this season last week in Spokane. None of that mattered Saturday night as Kevin Guy’s team bounced back with a dominating 83-40 […]
  • Rattlers fall to second in AFL Power Rankings

    The Arizona Rattlers fell one spot to second place in the Week 5 AFL Power Rankings following their 66-49 loss to the Spokane Shock Friday. Spokane moved into the first place spot as one of only two teams undefeated in the league. The Jacksonville Sharks are the other, but sit at No. 6 in the […]
  • Rattlers top AFL Coaches Poll; take on No. 2 Spokane next

    The Arizona Rattlers (3-0) are atop the AFL Coaches’ Poll for the third consecutive week following their 73-47 blowout over the San Jose Sabercats on Saturday night. The win gave the Rattlers back-to-back victories over the second-ranked team in the league, after beating the Utah Blaze one week earlier. Quarterback Nick Davila, who was 13-for-22 […]