Mar 25, 2013
By Ben York
Posted: March 25, 2013
The Arizona Rattlers ended the 2012 Arena Football League season by bringing home the Foster Trophy for the third time in franchise history.
In 2012, the Rattlers finished with a 16-5 record and captured their first Arena Football League championship since 1997 (third overall). After losing ArenaBowls three straight years between 2002 and 2004 along with 2011, the club more than avenged those defeats with an impressive 72-54 win in ArenaBowl XXV.
Now, in 2013, many predict the high-flying, tough squad has a very good chance to repeat as ArenaBowl Champions.
Since capturing their third ArenaBowl championship in August, the Rattlers didn’t stop working. Most the players were in the training room, rehabilitating injuries after a 21-game season. Coach and General Manager Kevin Guy was looking for more players. The Rattlers added receivers Rod Windsor, Tysson Poots and Jared Perry, center Billy Eisenhardt and safety Jeremy Kellem.
The biggest camp question was how would Guy trim his roster with only 20 players allowed to dress for games this season? Guy made some difficult cuts, but the 2013 Rattlers, on paper, look as good as any the franchise has ever had to start a season.
The team got off to a fantastic start of defending their title on Saturday, March 23 when they hosted the Philadelphia Soul (whom they beat in ArenaBowl XXV). The Rattlers beat the Soul 66-52 on Ak-Chin Field at US Airways Center.
From Fox Sports Arizona:
Rattlers QB Nick Davila (22-34, 304 Yds, 7 TDs, 1 Rush TD) would not let too much time roll off the clock before he threw his first touchdown of the night to WR Jared Perry (6 catches, 91 yards, 2 TDs). Raudabaugh would toss two more scores in the first quarter, including another to Jones, while Davila would throw another to WR Maurice Purify (10 catches, 141 yards, 3 TDs).
The Rattlers play their next home game on April 6 at US Airways Center against the San Jose Sabre Cats. Click here for more information about upcoming games.