Rattlers shake down Thunder, 61-32Posted: Updated:
The Arizona Rattlers (8-0) got another spectacular performance from quarterback Nick Davila, and the world champions rolled to a 61-32 victory over the Portland Thunder (2-6) on Sunday in front of 8,863 fans at the Moda Center.
On Arizona's first play from the line of scrimmage, Davila threw his 500th career touchdown pass, connecting with wide receiver Rod Windsor on a 49-yard strike that set the tone early for the Rattlers' 12th straight win dating back to last season.
The left-handed Davila, midway through his fifth Arena Football League season, became only the 10th quarterback in pro football history to join the "500 Touchdown Club." He is the only player in pro football history to pass for at least 4,800 yards and 100 touchdowns in four straight seasons. He has 2,287 yards and 65 touchdowns in just eight games played.
For the second straight week, "The Latin Laser" threw more touchdown passes (eight) than incompletions (seven). He completed 16 of 23 passes for 221 yards. In his last four games, Davila has 36 scoring passes and only one interception. His four interceptions on the season are the fewest of any AFL quarterback.
For the second straight week, Windsor proved difficult to shut down. After catching eight passes for 180 yards and three touchdowns in Week 8 at Jacksonville, he hauled in eight more passes for 111 yards and four scores to lead all Rattlers receivers against the Thunder. He now has 504 catches for his career.
But the night belonged to the defensive, which dominated Portland's offensive line and kept quarterback Danny Southwick off-balance and on the move most of the night. The Thunder committed four turnovers in the first half, all leading to Rattlers touchdowns and setting the stage for a long night.
Arizona defensive back Marquis Floyd, who came into the game without an interception, picked off Southwick three times. He now has 45 for his career, moving him into a sixth-place tie with Mark Ricks on the League's career interceptions list. Floyd's three interceptions also tied a single-game individual record set eight times, most recently by Virgil Gray (July 13, 2013, at the New Orleans VooDoo), now with the Pittsburg Power.
Arizona also sacked Southwick four times – three times by defensive end Cliff Dukes and another by Mack linebacker Tyre Glasper. Defensive back Allen Chapman led the way in tackles with eight, while defensive backs Jeremy Kellem and Arkeith Brown added six apiece.
Southwick, the stepson of TV and radio host icon Larry King, completed 27 of 48 passes for 331 yards and five touchdowns, including four to wide receiver Eric Rogers. Rogers, who set a single-game franchise record with five scoring catches in last week's victory at Tampa Bay, led all receivers with 13 receptions for 152 yards.
The Rattlers will return to the Valley to host the Spokane Shock (5-3) at 3 p.m. Sunday on Ak-Chin Field at US Airways Center. Arizona won the first meeting, 68-49, back on March 23 in Phoenix.
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score
Arizona 12 21 14 14 61
Portland 7 7 6 12 32
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