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IFL Recap: Arizona Rattlers vs Iowa Barnstormers

Drew Powell completed 7-of-14 passes for 68 yards and two touchdowns while Brady Roland had four receptions for 83 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Iowa Barnstormers (10-2) over the Arizona Rattlers (10-3), 41-38, on Saturday, June 2nd at the Wells Fargo Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

Jeff Ziemba completed 16-of-31 passes for 173 yards and three touchdowns while running back Darrell Monroe rushed the ball five times for 52 yards and a touchdown for the Rattlers.

At halftime, the Arizona Rattlers led the Iowa Barnstormers 31-27 behind two passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown from Rattlers quarterback Jeff Ziemba.

Both the Rattlers and Barnstormers were pretty even when it came to first downs. The Rattlers gained 17 first downs in which 11 came during the passing game and three came during the run game. The Barnstormers gained 18 first downs in which five came during the passing game and 11 came during the run game. The Barnstormers just inked by the Rattlers when it came to total offense. The Barnstormers recorded 252 total yards offensively while having 148 yards come in the run game and 105 yards came during the passing game. The Rattlers racked up 236 total yards offensively while having 63 yards come during the run game and 173 yards come during the passing game.

UPCOMING GAMES:
Friday, June 8th the Barnstormers travel to Sioux Falls to take on the Sioux Falls Storm
Saturday, June 16th the Rattlers travel to Nebraska to take on the Nebraska Danger

IFL Recap: Iowa Barnstormers vs. Arizona Rattlers

Drew Powell went 19-of-21 for 191 yards and five touchdowns while Brady Roland had four receptions for 77 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Iowa Barnstormers (8-2) over the Arizona Rattlers (9-2), 69-68, on Sunday, May 20th at the Talking Stick Resort in Phoenix, Arizona.

Dezmon Epps was not only able to produce big numbers in the passing game but was also a key contributor to special teams as Epps is a return specialist for the Rattlers. Epps returned six kicks for 111 yards along with finished the game with eight receptions for 80 yards and a touchdown. Jeff Ziemba finished the game completing 22-of-27 passes for 237 yards and five touchdowns for the Rattlers.

The Arizona Rattlers lead at halftime 35-28 as Dylan Pebbles had two rushing touchdowns and Jeff Ziemba had two touchdowns to Anthony Amos.

Both teams were pretty even with team stats. The Iowa Barnstormers managed to gain 25 first downs while the Arizona Rattlers fell just shy and gained 23 first downs. Both teams accumulated big games offensively as the Barnstormers generated 330 yards of offense while the Rattlers managed to generate 315 yards. Penalties also affected both teams as the Barnstormers committed five penalties for 31 yards and the Rattlers committed six penalties for 37 yards.

UPCOMING GAMES:

Iowa Barnstormers host the Green Bay Blizzard on Friday, May 25th

Arizona Rattlers host the Nebraska Danger on Sunday, May 27th

IFL Recap: Arizona Rattlers vs. Green Bay Blizzard

Dezmon Epps finished the game with three receptions for 68 yards and two touchdowns while his quarterback Jeff Ziemba completed 11-of-13 pass attempts for 111 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Arizona Rattlers (9-1) over the Green Bay Blizzard (1-6), 62-26, at the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin on Friday, May 12th.

Bryan Hicks had trouble connecting with his receivers during the game as he only completed 4-of-11 attempts for 36 yards and two interceptions. The only Brightside from the Blizzards performance was B.J. Hill rushing the ball 17 times for 91 yards and a touchdown.

At halftime, the Rattlers were leading 35-13 behind Jeff Ziemba, who had three passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown.

Although the Rattlers came away victorious, the team accumulated 12 penalties for 98 yards while the Blizzard only recorded five penalties for 48 yards. From a third-down efficiency standpoint, the Rattlers were a dominant force who was a success on 5-of-7 attempts (71%) while the defense held the Blizzard to succeed on only 2-of-9 attempts (22%). Both teams had 18 first downs apiece while the Rattlers had 241 yards of total offense while the Blizzard only had 156 yards of total offense.

UPCOMING GAMES:
Green Bay Blizzard:
Friday, May 18th against the Nebraska Danger
Arizona Rattlers:
Sunday, May 20th against the Iowa Barnstormers

IFL Recap: Arizona Rattlers vs. Cedar Rapids Titans

Darrell Monroe rushed the ball 20 times for 107 yards and three touchdowns and Jeff Ziemba threw the ball 20 times completing 12 passes for 124 yards and three touchdowns as the Arizona Rattlers (8-1) defeated the Cedar Rapids Titans (1-8), 57-42, at the US Cellular Center located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Although the Titans lost, Jake Medlock was dynamic on offense. Medlock completed 22 of his 33 passes for 220 yards and 4 touchdowns. Even though he threw two interceptions, Medlock looked very good under center for the Titans. Daniel Lindsey was also another dominating factor for the Titans on special teams. Lindsey returned the ball ten times for 194 yards.

At halftime, the Rattlers were leading 34-20, behind two rushing touchdowns by Darrell Monroe.

The Rattlers had 22 first down conversions and the defense was able to hold the Titans offense to only 18 first downs. Penalties hurt the Titans as they committed four penalties for 33 yards while the Rattlers only committed a penalty for one yard. Third down efficiency was also another key difference between the two teams as the Rattlers converted on 6 of 8 attempts (75%) and held the Titans to convert on 4 of 8 attempts (50%).

UPCOMING GAME:
Arizona Rattlers:
Saturday, May 12th against the Green Bay Blizzard
Cedar Rapids Titans:
Friday, May 11th against the Iowa Barnstormers

Game Recap: Green Bay Blizzard vs. Arizona Rattlers

On Saturday April 21st the Green Bay Blizzard played against the Arizona Rattlers. The game took place at the Talking Stick Resort in Phoenix, Arizona. Currently the Green Bay Blizzard have a 0-6 record while the Arizona Rattlers have a record of 6-1.

Arizona had a very dominate first quarter both offensively and defensively as they held the Blizzard to just one touchdown. The Rattlers got on the board first with Jeff Ziemba 14 yard pass to Jamal Miles although Petre Sawyer missed the extra point attempt. The Blizzard scored on their next possession with a Bryan Hicks 23 yard pass to Jerome Jones but Jordan Endries missed the extra point attempt. The Rattlers went on to score two more times in the first quarter with the second touchdown coming from Dylan Pebbles 1 yard run and followed by Jeff Ziemba 7 yard pass to Anthony Amos.
End of 1st Quarter: Blizzard 6 – Rattlers 20

The second quarter saw three scoring drives in which the Rattlers had scored on two drives before halftime. However, the Blizzard were on the board first to start the second quarter with a BJ Hill 50 yard kickoff return. The Rattlers went on to score 10 points to end the quarter as Petre Sawyer made a 36 yard field goal and then almost 9 minutes later Jeff Ziemba reconnected with Jamal Miles on a 4 yard pass.
Halftime: Blizzard 13 – Rattlers 30

The third quarter was a big quarter for the Rattlers offensively as they scored on three possessions. The Blizzard were the first to score during the 3rd quarter as Serge Trezy scored on a 10 yard run. The Rattlers found their groove early in the 3rd quarter as Darrell Monroe ran 37 yard into the end zone. The Rattlers had a very successful ground game as Dylan Pebbles scored on a 2 yard run following the Monroe touchdown. BJ Hill was dominate as a return man as he successfully return a 58 yard kickoff for a touchdown. But Darrell Monroe went on to find the end zone one final time in the quarter with a 1 yard run which likely sealed the game.
End of the 3rd: Blizzard 27 – Rattlers 52

The Arizona Rattler scored twice during the 4th quarter and held the Blizzard to one successful scoring drive. The Rattlers scored first in the 4th quarter with a Jarrod Harrington 1 yard run which was followed by a Blizzard touchdown by Bryan Hicks who ran it 2 yards into the end zone. Arizona scored one final time with 7 seconds remaining as Dylan Pebbles ran 11 yards into the end zone to end the game.
Final: Blizzard 33 – Rattlers 65

Game Leaders:
Passing: Bryan Hicks (Blizzard) 11-16, 151 YDS, 1 TD
Rushing: Darrell Monroe (Rattlers) 12 ATT, 94 YDS, 2 TDS
Receiving: Andre McDonald (Blizzard) 4 REC, 73 YDS

IFL Game Recap: Cedar Rapids Titans vs. Arizona Rattlers

On Saturday April 28th the Cedar Rapids Titans went up against the Arizona Rattlers. The game took place at Talking Stick Resort in Phoenix, Arizona. Currently the Titans are 1-7 and sit in 5th place overall while the Rattlers are 7-1 and sit in 1st place overall. This was a very exciting game as it came down to the wire. Both teams fought extremely hard throughout as the teams combines to score 167 points.

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Dezmon Epps of the Arizona Rattlers in a Photo by; Our Sports Central

The Titans scored a very commanding lead during the 1st quarter and it started with Ralph Lawson-Gayle 44 yard run. Even though the Rattlers scored next the Titans went on to win the 1st quarter. The Rattlers scored as Dezmon Epps successful returned a 51 yard kickoff for a touchdown. Score is currently tied at 7 apiece. However, the Titans went on to score two final times to end the quarter. Jake Medlock successfully connected with Connor Hollenbeck on a 1 yard pass and then Zeke Arevalo made a 17 yard field goal to end the quarter.
End of the 1st Quarter: Titans 17 – Rattlers 7

The second quarter was packed with action as both teams combined for 6 scoring drives. The Rattlers cut the Titans lead to only 3 as Darrell Monroe found the end zone on a 1 yard run. The Titans responded almost immediately as Jake Medlock connect with Marquel Wade on a 39 yard touchdown pass. Darrell Monroe had himself a quarter as he successfully found the end zone on three separate occasions. Monroe found the end zone on both a 6 yard run and then a 3 yard run before halftime. Marquel Wade was able to do it both in the air and on the ground as he ran the ball 1 yard into the end zone. Jake Medlock was able to connect with Javon Bell on a 6 yard pass and then to end the quarter James Calhoun return a fumble 14 yards for a touchdown.
Halftime: Titans 42 – Rattlers 28

Anthony Amos of the Arizona Rattlers rounds the corner against the Cedar Rapids Titans

The Rattlers continued to dominate on the ground as Darrell Monroe found the end zone on four drives in the 3rd quarter. Kicking off the 3rd quarter, Monroe ran 6 yards to find the end zone the first time. About three minutes later the Titans found the end zone as Jake Medlock connected with Javon Bell on a 13 yard pass. Monroe continued to find the end zone but this time it was on a 2 yard run for the Rattlers. Now the Rattlers are within 10 points of the Titans. Monroe found the end zone yet another time this time on a 2 yard run which cut the Titan lead to 3. The Titans picked it back up and scored on two straight drives in which Ralph Lawson-Gayle ran the ball 4 yard into the end zone and then Jake Medlock connect with Marquel Wade on a 17 yard pass. Darrell Monroe ended the 3rd quarter with yet another successful scoring drive as he ran the ball 6 yards into the end zone.
End of the 3rd quarter: Titans 66 – Rattlers 56

The Titans opened up the 4th quarter with a Jordan Smith 8 yard kickoff return. However, Darrell Monroe continued to find his dominance on the ground and ran the 1 yard into the end zone. Cedar Rapids found a scoring groove as Zeke Arevalo made a 22 yard field goal attempt which bring the Titans to a 13 points lead with less than 10 minutes remaining. Darrell Monroe once again would find the end zone on a 1 yard run which cut the Titans lead to 6. Jake Medlock connected with Marquel Wade on a 34 yard touchdown pass as the Titans looked to seal the game. However, Darrell Monroe had other ideas as he successfully scored on a 2 yard run which brought the Rattlers within 5 points and then with less then 5 seconds remaining in the game Monroe found the end zone again with a 1 yard run.
Final: Titans 83 – Rattlers 84

This huge come from behind victory gave the Arizona Rattlers their 300th victory, which is more than any other franchise in Indoor Football history. They did so in front of 16,742 fans, their largest crowd since 2004. The Rattlers have now won their sixth straight game and have won 11 straight games at home.

Game Leaders:
Passing: Jake Medlock (Titans) 12-13, 210 YDS, 6 TDS
Rushing: Darrell Monroe (Rattlers) 29 ATT, 140 YDS, 11 TDS
Receiving: Marquel Wade (Titans) 5 REC, 124 YDS, 3 TDS

Arizona Rattlers vs. Cedar Rapids Titans

On Saturday March 31st the Arizona Rattlers played against the Cedar Rapids Titans. The take took place at Talking Stick Resort in Phoenix, Arizona. The Arizona Rattlers are currently 4-1 and sit tied with the Nebraska Danger for 1st place in the league. The Cedar Rapids Titans are currently 1-5 and sit in 5th place overall in the league.

With less than 10 minutes remaining in the 1st quarter the Arizona Rattlers finished off a 6 play, 45 yard drive with a Jeff Ziemba 11 yard pass to Jared Harrington to take an early lead against the Titans. Less than a minute after the Rattlers scored the Titans would tie the game early with a Raphael Lawson-Gayle 5 yard run. However, the Rattlers would be the final team to score in the 1st quarter with a Jeff Ziemba 32 yard pass to Anthony Amos.
End of 1st: Titans 7 – Rattlers 14

The Rattlers scored with 12:38 remaining before halftime from a Jeff Ziemba 23 yard pass to Anthony Amos to increase the lead to 14. But the Titans would respond with a Jake Medlock 10 yard pass to Connor Hollenbeck. At the end of the 2nd quarter the Rattlers were able to find the end zone with no time remaining from a Jeff Ziemba 4 yard pass to Anthony Amos.
Halftime: Titans 13 – Rattlers 27

The Arizona Rattlers would be the only team to score during the 3rd quarter and it was on two separate occasions. The Rattlers would find the end zone with 10:38 remaining in the quarter as Jeff Ziemba was able to connect with Jamal Miles on a 6 yard touchdown pass. The second scoring drive came with 5:37 remaining in the quarter as Jeff Ziemba connected with Jamal Miles for the second time this quarter with am 8 yard touchdown pass.
End of 3rd: Titans 13 – Rattlers 41

Jake Medlock would get the Titans on the board during the 4th quarter as he rushed 1 yard for the touchdown. However, the Rattlers would finish out the game finding the end zone on 2 separate drives. With 8:20 remaining in the 4th quarter the Rattlers scored on a Jeff Ziemba 1 yard pass to Chris McCallister. Finishing the game with 3:53 remaining in the 4th, Dezmon Epps would find the end zone on a 4 yard run.

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Final: Titans 20- Rattlers 55
Game Leaders:
Passing: Jeff Ziemba (Rattlers) 16-22, 172 YDS, 7 TDS
Rushing: Jamal Miles (Rattlers) 5 ATT, 40 YDS
Receiving: Anthony Amos (Rattlers) 4 REC, 67 YDS, 3 TDS

Green Bay Blizzard vs. Arizona Rattlers Game Recap

Image result for green bay blizzard logoThe Green Bay Blizzard and the Arizona Rattlers played each other on Saturday March 18th at the Talking Stick Resort in Phoenix, Arizona. Currently the Blizzard hold a 0-4 record and sit alone in 6th place while the Rattlers are currently 2-1 and are in 2nd place.
The first quarter saw one scoring drive and it was late in the first quarter. The Rattlers were able to finish a 5 play, 24 yard drive with a 1 yard touchdown run from Ziemba with 8:24 remaining in the 1st quarter.


End of 1st: Blizzard 0 – Rattlers 7
However, the second quarter saw a lot of scoring action between the two teams prior to halftime. The Rattlers kicked off the quarter with a Shadrach Thornton 6 yard rush. Though the extra point attempt by Sawyer Petre was blocked by Brandon Boudreaux the Rattlers still held a 0-13 lead with 14:50 remaining before halftime. The Blizzard responded on their next drive as they took 6 minutes off the clock from a 10 play, 34 yard drive and finished it off with a Oden Jasen 2 yard run to cut the lead to 6. With their next drive though the Rattlers would increase their lead back to 13 with a Shadrach Thornton 12 yard run with 4:11 remaining before halftime. The Green Bay Blizzard would get the final scoring opportunity before halftime with 33 seconds Image result for arizona rattlers logoremaining from a Jordan Endries 18 yard field goal.


Halftime: Blizzard 10 – Rattlers 20
During the 3rd quarter each team would go on to complete one scoring drive. The Rattlers were the first team to find the end zone with 3:22 remaining before the 4th quarter from 17 yard pass from Jeff Ziemba to Anthony Amos. The Blizzard would go on to find the end zone less than a minute later from a Christian Lemay 24 yard pass to Chris Malott.


End of 3rd: Blizzard 17 – Rattlers 27
The Blizzards defense would be the first team to score in the 4th quarter as Sean Daniels recovered a fumble and returned it 2 yards for a touchdown. Arizona would respond less than a minute later with a Shadrach Thornton 6 yard rush. Each team would go on to finish this game with one more scoring drive a piece and the first one came from the Blizzard with 10:22 remaining in the game. The Blizzard scored from a Christian Lemay 11 yard pass to Chris Malott. The Blizzard were currently down only 3 after their touchdown drive and as their defense tried to stop the Rattlers from marching down field and scoring. They did not keep them from scoring but they managed to only allow a 22 yard field goal from Sawyer Petre with 5:29 remaining. The Blizzard would have possession of the ball with 2 minutes remaining and down by 6, but the Rattlers defense was able to step up big time and on 3rd and 7 from the Green Bay 23 Allen Chapman was able to pick off the Christian Lemay’s throw and seal the game for the Rattlers.


Final: Blizzard 31 – Rattlers 37
Game Leaders
Passing: Jeff Ziemba (Rattlers) 9-16, 113 YDS, 1 TD
Rushing: Shadrach Thornton (Rattlers) 19 ATT, 88 YDS, 3 TDS
Receiving: Anthony Amos (Rattlers) 3 REC, 50 YDS, 1 TD

Arizona Rattlers vs. Iowa Barnstormers Game Recap

Arizona Rattlers vs Iowa Barnstormers game took place on March 10th in the Wells Fargo Arena located in Des Moines, Iowa. Currently the Rattlers have a 1-1 record and sit 3rd overall in the standings while the Barnstormers are 2-0 and sit in 1st place.

The Rattlers started off a game with an 18 yard touchdown pass from Jeff Ziemba to Anthony Amos with 10:42 remaining in the first quarter. The only other scoring drive in the first quarter came from the Barnstormers to take an early 7-6 lead. With 7:02 remaining in the 1st quarter, Drew Powell took the snap and ran it 13 yards for the touchdown.

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End of 1st: 6-7 Barnstormers

The only scoring happened with 11:40 remaining in the quarter from Shel Augustine who ran it 23 yards to increase the lead 14-6.

End of 2nd: 6-14

The Barnstormers opened up the second half with a Drew Powell 6 yard pass to Brady Roland to increase their lead with 11:06 remaining in the quarter. Arizona was able to respond with 4:35 remaining in the quarter with a 5 yard run from Jamal Miles cutting the deficit to 8 points.

End of 3rd: 13-21

About 5 minutes into the fourth quarter the Barnstormers scored from a Drew Powell 24 yard pass to Brady Roland bringing the score to 13-28 with 14:10 remaining in the game. Arizona went on to score two more times during the fourth quarter from Darrell Monroe 1 yard run and a from a Jeff Ziemba 5 yard pass to Anthony Amos to bring the score within 7 with :47 seconds in the game. The Barnstormers would go on to seal the game with :11 seconds left from a Cody Barber 30-yard field goal.

Final: 28-38

Barnstormers Leaders:

Passing: Drew Powell 9-18, 88 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: Drew Bowell 19 ATT, 91 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: Brady Roland 4 REC, 48 YDS, 2 TD

 

Arizona Rattlers:

Passing: Jeff Ziemba 13-29, 121 YDS, 2 TDS, 3INT

Rushing: Shadrach Thornton 5 ATT, 24 YDS

Receiving: Jamal Miles 4 REC, 43 YDS

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