PHOENIX, AZ - The Arizona Rattlers, winners of the National Conference will square off against the American Conference champion Philadelphia Soul at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Arizona time.
The game marks the first time in Arena Football history that the same two teams will meet in the championship game two years in a row. The Rattlers beat the Soul a year ago, 72-54 at another neutral site, New Orleans.
Arizona brings in the league's best record at 15-3 while the Soul finished with a 12-6 record during the regular season. Credit the Rattlers strong offense for leading the team to such an incredible record, behind the arm of Quarterback Nick Davila and receivers Rod Windsor, Maurice Purify, Jared Perry and Tysson Poots.
The Rattlers finished number one in the league in a number of categories, including: Points per game at 66.8, total offense (5,663) and interceptions (41). The Soul finished the season in third place in points per game (58.3), third in total offense (5,349) and fifth in interceptions with 26.
Davila needs to be concerned with pass rusher Bryan Robinson who finished with 11 sacks this season, while defensive backs Rayshaun Kizer and LaRico Stevenson are the team leaders in both tackles and interceptions.
Arizona has had success against Philadelphia this season winning both games played during the regular season, but you can expect the Soul to come in loaded for bear!
On defense, the Rattlers Marcus Pittman and Tyre Glasper have a combined 11 and a half sacks, while Marquis Floyd, Arkeith Brown and Virgil Gray have collected 32 interceptions.
Arizona will be looking to defend its Arena Bowl title and has played well on the road. The Rattlers also won a game earlier this season in Orlando and at that game, the coaching staff took time to take notes and learn as much as they could about the Amway Center. Coach Kevin Guy told me, "We expected to be back here on August 17 so we spent some time checking things out."
This should be a great game, but my money's on the Rattlers! Call it a DYNASTY in Arizona, as the Rattlers win a fourth Arena Football Championship!