Shock snakebit in 68-46 loss to Rattlers

Shock snakebit in 68-46 loss to Rattlers

Shock snakebit in 68-46 loss to Rattlers


by / KREM 2 Sports

Posted on July 2, 2011 at 11:03 PM

Updated Saturday, Jul 2 at 11:39 PM

PHOENIX -- The Rattlers got three stops in Spokane's first four second-half possessions, and with quarterback Nick Davila rolling, they ended the Shock's hold on them with a 68-46 victory in front of 9,173 at US Airways Center.

Spokane (7-8) was 4-0 in two years against the Rattlers (14-2) entering the game. But this was only the teams' second meeting at the Snake Pit.

The Rattlers sensed victory after starting quarterback Erik Meyer hobbled off the field late in the third quarter. Kyle Rowley, 4-0 as a starter against the Rattlers, was intercepted by Virgil Gray on his first attempt.

Floyd added two more interceptions, and the Rattlers improved their winning streak to seven games. More important, they now control their own destiny for home turf throughout the Arena Football League playoffs if they win their remaining two home games.

With San Jose ending Jacksonville's 13-game winning streak, the Rattlers hold the tiebreaker over the Sharks (13-2) because of Arizona's season-opening victory over Jacksonville.

"We just have to make sure we don't slip up these last two games and in the playoffs," Guy said. "We've had an outstanding year so far, but we've got to finish."

Guy gave his defenders a barbecue earlier in the season after holding Utah to fewer than 50 points. He promised to give his offense one if it went a whole game without being stopped.

The Rattlers never were stopped Saturday.

Spokane, the defending ArenaBowl champion, couldn't find an answer against Davila and his receivers.

After missing on four of his first five passes, Davila completed 22 of his final 24 attempts. He was not intercepted and finished with 291 yards and nine touchdowns.

"It feels great," Davila said. "This was a big game for an organization. Spokane has been kicking our butts. We wanted to come out and play hard, and that's what we did."

The Rattlers can only hope the NFL lockout doesn't find an end, because once again Rod Windsor gave a huge performance. Windsor caught nine passes for 125 yards and four touchdowns.

But Floyd's big second-half plays turned the game.

Floyd broke up Meyer's pass near the Rattlers' goalline to start the second half. The ball was intercepted by linebacker Jason Geathers, who returned it out to his 19-yard line.

"With the interceptions in the end zone, I have to give praise to our pass rush," Floyd said. "They played hard in the second half, which caused them to get the ball out before they wanted to. We were just around to make plays."

Guy said defensive adjustments at halftime helped. The Rattlers pressed more on coverage with Meyer going with quick, short passes in the first half.

The Rattlers had four interceptions in the second half.

"I started coaching Marquis since after his college career, and he's been a ball-hawk," Guy said. "He's got instincts that you can't coach."