Arizona Rattlers Advance to the United Bowl by Beating Nebraska Danger
There is a championship contender here in the Valley of the Sun that is flying so far under the radar it’s ridiculous. Everybody in Phoenix needs to be awakened to the Intense Conference Champions, the Arizona Rattlers. The Rattlers beat the Nebraska Danger in the Indoor Football League playoffs by a score of 62-36 and put themselves in position to win their first IFL Championship.
The Rattlers will travel to Sioux City, South Dakota to battle the Sioux Falls Storm in the IFL’s United Bowl on July 8, 2017. The game will kickoff at 3:05pm Arizona time.
Head coach Kevin Guy has been the steading force for the Rattlers all year. With the change from the Arena League to Indoor Football League the Rattlers had a slight adjustment period, but have finished the season by winning their last 11 of 12 games.
By going on this win streak of nine games, the Rattlers have let the IFL know who the big dogs are in the league. The other dominant team is the Sioux Falls Storm who finished the season at 15-2 and get to host the title game.
On Saturday night, the Nebraska Danger were in town to ruin the plans of all the Rattler fans, Rattler players, and Coach Guy.
“It doesn’t matter how you start, it is how you finish.” Coach Kevin Guy stated.
That statement is pretty accurate in terms of the Rattlers football season. At a certain point in the season the Rattlers were 4-4 and trying to find their way in the IFL. The Rattlers have found their way in a massive way. The Rattlers have put themselves in a position to win a championship.
This was the third time this season the Rattlers and Danger had met up. Each of the previous two times the Rattlers came out on top.
On Saturday night, it wasn’t any different. By halftime, the Rattlers were up 41-14 and in control. The only thing in doubt was the final score.
Rattler quarterback, Cody Sokol, threw for 110 yards on 13-18 passing, had four touchdowns, and two interceptions. Running back Ketrich Harmon ran for 60 yards on 11 carries and scored two touchdowns. One touchdown was by running and the other was through the air. Rattler wide receiver also had an impact on the game. He had 52 receiving yards.
“I think we are really starting to believe and come together for this championship.” Cody Sokol said after the game.
It was a total team effort on Saturday night.
Defensively, the Rattlers stud linebacker, Justin Shirk, had four tackles, two of those tackles were for a loss, and he was in on a couple of sacks as well. Shirk probably has the best job in the football. He pins his ears back and constantly going after the quarterback. At the end of day, the Rattler defense held the Danger to 36 points and only 22 yards on the ground.
“We made big plays, shut their running game down, and shut their quarterback down. We kept everything out front and did not let them have any big plays.” Shirk mentioned.
Once again, Rattler Nation came out in force to support their team. There were over 15,000 fans at the game. There should be more.
This Rattler organization is putting a product on the field that is second to none. People in Phoenix are so hungry for a winner, but are looking in the wrong spot right now. All the fans of Phoenix need to do is look at the Arizona Rattlers. The team wins no matter which football league that they are in. We may have a champion in our midst in a couple of weeks.
Take notice football fans. The Arizona Rattlers are your team!