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  • Grieving Nick Davila leads Arizona Rattlers to victory over San Jose

    Playing with a heavy heart following the passing of his father, Nick Davila came off the bench to lead the Arizona Rattlers to a 51-42 win over the San Jose Sabercats before a season-high crowd of 12,094 at US Airways Center Saturday night. Davila’s backup, Jason Murrietta, started the game, but was pulled early in […]
  • Arizona Rattlers remain atop AFL Coaches’ Poll

    Following their 70-25 win over the LA KISS Sunday, the Arizona Rattlers are once again atop the Arena Football League Coaches’ Poll. The Rattlers (10-0) are in the top spot for the 23rd consecutive week, dating back to last season. However, their lead is a scant one. Nine of 14 league coaches voted the Rattlers […]
  • Rattlers DB Marquis Floyd named Defensive Player of the Week

    Arizona Rattlers defensive back Marquis Floyd has been named the Riddell Defensive Player of the Week, the AFL announced Tuesday. In Sunday’s 75-25 win over the LA Kiss, Floyd accounted for 4.5 tackles, one tackle for loss, two interceptions (one of which he returned for a touchdown) and a pass breakup. The two interceptions tied […]
  • Rattlers stay unbeaten with blowout win in L.A.

    Well, that was easy — or so it seemed. The Arizona defense picked off three passes in the first half, including a 15-yarder returned for a touchdown by Marquis Floyd as the Rattlers pushed their record to 10-0 with a 70-25 rout of the L.A. Kiss at Honda Center Sunday night. L.A. (2-8) actually scored […]
  • Arizona Rattlers No. 2 in latest vPower Rankings

    What do two championships in a row followed by nine straight wins to start a season get you? Second place in the Arena Football League’s vPower Rankings, apparently. That’s where the Arizona Rattlers find themselves after their 70-38 rout Sunday of the Spokane Shock (5-4), which improved the two-time defending champs’ record to 9-0, a […]
  • Opportunistic defense pushes Rattlers to rout of Spokane

    The Arizona Rattlers’ offense has been virtually unstoppable all season long. Now, their defense is starting to look like the same opportunistic, turnover-forcing unit that helped them to a second straight Arena Bowl title last season. Arizona (9-0) forced six turnovers and scored two defensive touchdowns in a 70-38 cakewalk over the Spokane Shock (5-4) […]
  • Arizona Rattlers’ Nick Davila joins 500-touchdown club

    When Arizona Rattlers quarterback Nick Davila connected with Rod Windsor on a 49-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter of a 61-32 win over the Portland Thunder Sunday, he joined an exclusive club. The touchdown pass was Davila’s 500th in the Arena Football League, making him just the ninth player to reach that plateau. Davila […]
  • Arizona Rattlers stay atop Coaches Poll after latest win

    The Arizona Rattlers, one of only two undefeated teams in Arena Football League, remained No. 1 in the latest AFL Coaches Poll announced Thursday. The Rattlers’ latest win, a 70-61 decision, in Jacksonville (2-5), moved their record to 7-0 and helped keep them atop the poll. They received 13 first-place votes, while the Cleveland Gladiators […]
  • Nick Davila shines as Arizona Rattlers win in Jacksonville

    If any defense in the Arena Football League has the blueprint to stop the Arizona Rattlers’ offense, they’ve yet to employ it. The Rattlers’ offense was once again unstoppable in a 70-61 win over the Jacksonville Sharks at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Coliseum Saturday night. Arizona scored touchdowns on 10 of 11 possessions Saturday, thanks to […]
  • Rattlers stay atop latest Coaches’ Poll

    The Arizona Rattlers (6-0) preserved their top ranking in the latest Arena Football League Coaches’ Poll Wednesday, receiving all 13 first-place votes. The Rattlers tied their franchise record for consecutive wins to start the season, six, with a 69-59 victory over the San Antonio Talons (1-6) Saturday. After the team started as the No. 1 […]
  • Rattlers hold off pesky San Antonio; stay perfect in ’14

    It wasn’t supposed to be this close. The San Antonio Talons limped into US Airways Center for their game against the two-time defending Arena Bowl champion Arizona Rattlers with a 1-5 record. The Rattlers, meanwhile, were 5-0 and had proven to be the most potent offense in the league behind quarterback Nick Davila. However, it […]
  • Rattlers’ unstoppable offense earns win over Pittsburgh

    There wasn’t a lot of defense on display Saturday night at US Airways Center, but the Arizona Rattlers got a stop when they needed one the most. After Nick Davila hit Rod Windsor on a 16-yard touchdown pass to give the Rattlers a 67-63 lead with under nine minutes to play, Arizona attempted an onside […]
  • Defense sets tone in Rattlers’ rout of Jacksonville

    Quarterback Nick Davila threw seven touchdown passes — three each to Maurice Purify and Rod Windsor — but it was the defense that keyed the Arizona Rattlers’ 63-38 win over the Jacksonville Sharks in front of a crowd of 8,586 fans at US Airways Center. Jacksonville quarterback R.J. Archer came into the game leading the […]
  • Rattlers Rundown: Arizona moves to 2-0 with rout of Shock

    PHOENIX — The Arizona Rattlers are loaded with receivers. And while Maurice Purify, Tysson Poots and Rod Windsor grab a lot of the attention — and with good reason — it’s Kerry Reed who seemingly always makes the plays that help the Rattlers win. That was the case again Sunday as Reed, the only member […]
  • Rattlers Rundown: Arizona works overtime to down Soul

    It’s not uncommon for a league to schedule a season-opening game between the the two teams who met for the championship the previous year. It is uncommon for that matchup to live up to all the hype. Saturday night’s game between the ArenaBowl champion Arizona Rattlers and the Philadelphia Soul was that rare exception. Arizona’s […]
  • Arizona Rattlers begin ‘journey’ toward third straight title

    PHOENIX — The offseason brought change to the roster and division, along with a tweak to the schedule. What hasn’t changed — and never will — is the Arizona Rattlers’ No. 1 goal each and every season: An ArenaBowl championship. They’ve won two straight ArenaBowls and take aim at a third beginning this week. “The […]
  • ArenaBowl venue change could benefit Arizona Rattlers

    The ArenaBowl’s format is going back to the way it used to be. The Arena Football League announced Wednesday that the 2014 ArenaBowl will be hosted by the team with the highest remaining playoff seed. This marks a change from the last two championship games, which were held at neutral sites. “We listened to our […]
  • Arizona Rattlers’ coach Guy: ‘The plan is to win it every year’

    Winning a championship is difficult. Defending it may be even harder. The Arizona Rattlers were able to do just that in 2013, and are heading into 2014 as the two-time defending Arena Football League champions. “I’m excited about this year,” he told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM as part of Newsmakers Week […]
  • 2014 Arizona Rattlers schedule released

    PHOENIX — The Arizona Rattlers will defend their Arena Football League Championship with an Arena Bowl rematch against the Philadelphia Soul on March 15, 2014 at the US Airways Center. The back-to-back champs will host their first three games at home with Spokane and Jacksonville visiting the Snake Pit. The Rattlers became the first team […]
  • Rattlers advance to third straight ArenaBowl, rematch with Philadelphia

    PHOENIX — With back-to-back-to-back third quarter defensive stops, the Rattlers make it back-to-back-to-back appearances in the AFL title game. “If I was in the NFL, I’d be rich right now,” head coach Kevin Guy said with a laugh. His Rattlers (17-3) are once again ArenaBowl-bound after defeating the Spokane Shock 65-57 in the National Conference […]