Arena Bowl XXV: Rattlers Top Soul 72-54

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Arena Bowl XXV: Rattlers Top Soul 72-54
(Photo Credit Philip Podskalan)

Arizona Rattlers QB Nick Davila threw for 266 yards and nine touchdowns, while WR Maurice Purify caught nine passes for 143 yards and seven TD's to lead the Arizona Rattlers over the Philadelphia Soul 72-54 to win Arena Bowl XXV in New Orleans on Friday night.

This is the first time since 1997 that the Foster Trophy is going back to Arizona.

Philadelphia was playing catch-up all game long, as Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh threw an interception on the first possession of the game. 

The Rattlers jumped out to a 27-13 lead at the end of the half behind Arkeith Brown's two second-quarter interceptions. 

The Soul only turned the ball over once more after the first half, but couldn't find a way to stop Arizona's offense. Philadelphia's offense was the story of the game, as they had only scored under 60 points in three of their 22 games.

Raudabaugh completed 26 of his 42 passes, throwing for 285 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions in the loss. WR Larry Brackins caught four of Raudabaugh's seven TD's, but the Soul could not get any stops.

In the third quarter, Arizona extended its lead out to 34-13 on a 38-yard Davila to Purify touchdown. The Rattlers would lead 54-34 at the end of the third quarter.

It went back and forth in the fourth quarter, but Philadelphia kept attempting onside kicks, which gave Arizona a short field.

The buzzer would sound, and the Rattlers would claim their franchise's third AFL Championship. The Soul, after having a disappointing 6-12 season is 2011, will have to settle for the silver medal. 

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