Arizona Rattlers Maintain Perfect Start Against Utah Blaze in Overtime

Tyson AbaroaContributor IApril 24, 2011

PHOENIX - JUNE 30:  Defensive lineman Anttaj Hawthorne #77 waits between plays during a game against the Grand Rapids Rampage at the US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona on June 30, 2008.  (Photo by Gene Lower/Getty Images)
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Phoenix Arizona, the Utah Blaze led by Tommy Grady stymied the Arizona Rattlers defense all night. But one key defensive play locked down the Blaze drive in overtime.

This was the first of three straight games that the Rattlers will face a Divisional opponent.>

The division has already been preparing for the blistering passing game of Quarterback Nick Davila and his wingmen Rod Windsor and Trandon Harvey. The divisional opponents will now have to get to the drawing board to scheme for a new threat Head Coach Kevin Guy unleashed tonight.

In a classic Arena style football game the there was no clear leader in the game and every few minutes someone marched into the End Zone. Both high-powered offenses left defenders in their wake as they scored a combined total of 128 points and brought the game into overtime.

Head Coach Kevin Guy didn’t just leave the game solely in the hands of his gunslinger Nick Davila.

Tonight the full fury of the Rattlers ground assault was revealed as fullback Oddie Armstrong crashed through Blaze defenders for three touchdowns. The run plays were performed to perfection as Armstrong had clear lanes around the corners of the pocket.

The Rattlers were unable to keep their eight-point lead in regulation as the Blaze played to the clock and forced the game into overtime.

Linebacker Kevin McCullough made a miracle interception in the Red Zone and ended the Blaze possession. The interception was followed by a 38-yard pass to a wide open Rod Windsor for the winning touchdown and 6-0 record.