Game 11 - Rattlers at Thunder, 6.12.15, 7 p.m. Jun 10, 2015 19:16:25 GMT -8
Post by DiamondThief on Jun 10, 2015 19:16:25 GMT -8
Arizona Rattlers at Portland Thunder
What: The defending champs make their only appearance in Portland of the season to face the Thunder.
When: Friday, June 12, 7 p.m. (PT).
Where: Moda Center at the Rose Quarter; Portland, Oregon..
Thunder Media: TV - CSNNW. Radio - 750/102.9 The Game.
National Media: Stream - ESPN3.
This season: April 18 - Rattlers 65, Thunder 47.
Schedule: Aug. 8 - Thunder at Rattlers, 6 p.m.
Series History: Rattlers lead regular season series 4-0; Rattlers lead playoff series 1-0.
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The Rattlers are 8-2 overall, 4-1 on the road and 5-2 in conference play. They are coming off a 69-46 home win over the Tampa Bay Storm on June 6. They are averaging 56.3 points per game (4th in the AFL), allowing 46.1 points (3rd), and are averaging 282 yards of total offense. The Rattlers are first in the West Division and second in the National Conference.
The Thunder are 3-7 overall, 32 at home and 3-4 in conference play. They are coming off a 52-40 road loss to the Los Angeles KISS on June 7. They are averaging 45.2 points per game (10th in the AFL), allowing 54.4 points (8th), and are averaging 245 yards of total offense. The Thunder are second in the Pacific Division and fourth in the National Conference.
Rattlers WR Rod Windsor (photo courtesy foxsports.com)
# - name (pos)
1 - Rod Windsor (WR)
3 - Shane Boyd (QB)
6 - Cliff Dukes (DE)
7 - A.J. Cruz (DB)
9 - Mykel Benson (FB)
10 - Nick Davila (QB)
11 - Arkeith Brown (DB)
15 - Kerry Reed (WR)
17 - Fabrizio Scaccia (K)
19 - Marquis Floyd (DB)
20 - Jeremy Kellem (JLB)
21 - Markus Smith (DB)
55 - Brennen Carvalho (C)
60 - Sherman Carter (C)
65 - Will Simmons (OL)
74 - Andrew Miller (OL)
77 - Anttaj Hawthorne (NG)
81 - Chase Deadder (WR)
90 - Mike McAdoo (DE
92 - Anhony McCloud (NG)
94 - Tyre Glasper (MLB)
Darius Morris (OL)
David Sumter (DE)
Kevin Guy - Head Coach
Kani Kauahi - Assistant Head Coach
Dave Ewart - Defensive Coordinator
Passing Yards - Nick Davila 1,688
Passing TDs - Nick Davila 42
Rushing TD's - Mykel Benson 10
Receptions - Rod Windsor 69
Receiving Yards - Rod Windsor 758
Receiving TDs - Rod Windsor 21
Tackles - Jeremy Kellem 61.5
Sacks - Tyre Gasper 6
Interceptions - Jeremy Kellem 9
KO Ret. Ave. - A.J.Cruz 24.6 (3 TD)
Thunder WR Jared Perry (photo courtesy The Portland Tribune)
# - name (pos)
2 - Duane Brooks (WR/KR)
3 - Kyle Rowley (QB)
4 - Osagie Odiase (DB)
5 - V'Keon Lacey (WR)
6 - Jared Perry (WR)
7 - Marquis Jackson (DL)
8 - KC Obi (DL)
10 - Kevin Goessling (K)
14 - Maurice Williams (WR)
15 - Perez Ashford (WR)
16 - De'Mon Glanton (DB)
17 - Matt Pierce (DB)
18 - Alex Carder (QB)
20 - Bryce Peila (JLB)
21 - Dwight McLean (DB)
23 - Robert Hayes (MLB)
28 - Remond Willis (LB)
50 - Jeraill McCuller (OL)
52 - Frank Trotter (DL)
66 - Jake McDonough (OL/DL)
70 - John Martinez (OL)
73 - Sam Longo (OL)
75 - Jordan Mudge (OL)
79 - John Collins (OL)
Mike Hohensee - Head Coach
Ernesto Purnsley - Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator
Lee Johnson - Special Teams Coordinator/Assistant Defensive Coordinator
Will Harrell - Offensive/Defensive Line Coach
Passing Yards - Kyle Rowley 1,898
Passing TDs - Kyle Rowley 34
Rushing Yards - John Martinez 32
Rushing TDs - John Martinez 5
Receptions - V'Keon Lacey 67
Receiving Yards - V'Keon Lacey 738
Receiving TDs - V'Keon Lacey 15
Tackles - Osagie Odiase 53
Sacks - Marquis Jackson 5
Interceptions - Bryce Peila 2
KO Return Ave - Duane Brooks 23.4 (6 TD)
While the Rattlers suffered a couple of minor stumbles early in the season, they appear to be ready now to defend their championship (again). Davila is one of the best in the business. He threw for 319 yards and 9 touchdowns in the first game between the teams. His clear and favorite target is Windsor, who caught 14 balls for 141 yards and 6 touchdowns in that game. Reed added 10 catches for 121 yards and 3 scores. Kellem gave the Thunder fits, recovering 2 fumbles and returned an interception 34 yards which led to another Rattlers' score. Brown matched Kellem's team-high of 6 tackles in the game.
Portland is going nowhere fast. The Thunder fell to the KISS in Anaheim last week (the KISS' first win of the season). They mustered just four offensive touchdowns in the loss. Brooks has been fantastic, returning 6 kickoffs for touchdowns this season, including 2 last week. He also caught 2 Touchdown passes last week. Rowley has had his struggles, but went for 296 yards and 6 touchdowns against Arizona back in April. The Thunder could still be missing Jamar Howard, who caught 9 passes for 138 yards and 4 touchdowns against the Rattlers. Osiase registered 7 tackles and Peila had an interception in the first game.
Thunder WR/KR Duane Brooks on returning three kickoffs for touchdowns in the past two games:
““I can only attribute these (runbacks) to the guys in front of me. I let my eyes guide my feet, and I take what our blocking gives me. After that, I just try to make guys miss, and get in the end-zone.””
Thunder WR/KR Duane Brooks has six kickoffs returned for touchdowns this season, and is just two away from tying the Rattlers' Hernandez James "Hunkie" Cooper's mark of 8 set in 2002. He was named the J. Lewis Small Playmaker of the Week for his outing last week against the KISS. Brooks is on pace for 11 for the season.
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