The Arizona Rattlers will face the Cedar Rapids Titans this Friday at the U.S. Cellular Center in Iowa. The Rattlers are coming off a 64-29 victory over the Green Bay Blizzard (2-8) at home. They will now start a two-game road trip, and will look to build more momentum this week with a win in Cedar Rapids.
The Rattlers have done well on offense this season leading up to this game. Arizona is ranked second in scoring and first in red zone offense in the Indoor Football League. Quarterback Cody Sokol threw for 113 yards and four touchdowns, moving him up to the fifth rank quarterback in the league in total offense with only five games under his belt. Wide receivers Anthony Amos and Jamal Miles take two of the top five spots in scoring for wide receivers.
Defensively, linebacker Adam Sauder leads the Rattlers with 53 tackles, two fumble recoveries, and five pass breakups. Followed closely behind by defensive back Arkeith Brown who has 46 tackles, one forced fumble, seven pass breakups, and two interceptions. Arizona is ranked third in the league in defense against the pass.
Kicker Sawyer Petre is the fifth highest scoring kicker in the IFL with 71 points. In addition he ranks first in the league in PAT percentage and points off of PATs. Jamal Miles is second in the IFL in all-purpose yardage, averaging 125.3 yards per game, and having an average of 19.9 yards per kickoff return. Arizona's special teams will be going against a Cedar Rapids team that ranks tenth in kickoff coverage.
The Rattlers defense will be up against an offense that ranks tenth in scoring. The Titans quarterback Brion Carnes is a dual threat quarterback, leading the team in both passing and rushing. Carnes has 162 rushing yards, and 1351 passing yards this season with nine interceptions. Their leading receiver is Damon Powell, who has 569 yards and nine touchdowns.
The Titans rank seventh in total defense only allowing opposing offenses to average 229.4 yards per game. Also, they are fifth in the league in red zone defense. Teams only score 80 percent of the time against them down on that end of the field. Their leader on defense is defensive back Tony Grimes with 44.5 tackles, one for a loss, one pass breakup, and one interception. Robert Hayes leads the team in sacks with three and tackles for loss with six.
As far as special teams for Cedar Rapids, their kicker, Mich Georgetti, is 5-20 on field goal attempts the season, his longest is 29 and he has had two blocked. The Titans have a total of 918 kick return yards on 58 kicks this year.
The Rattlers will take on the Titans this Friday, May 5 at 5:00 p.m. PDT. The game will be streamed online live on YouTube, be sure to catch the action on a tablet, smartphone, or streaming device.