By Kahlil Najar
SAN JOSE – The San Jose SaberCats handed the Arizona Rattlers (14-1) their first lost of the year Friday night by beating them 62-33 in front of over 7300 fans.. Quarterback Nathan Stanley went 14-for-22 for 167 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Fullback Odie Armstrong barreled through the Rattlers for a career tying four scores and the SaberCats defense did something they hadn’t been able to do all season to any opponent- hold a team scoreless in the second and third quarters.
The SaberCats started off the game with two receptions by offensive lineman; the first to Rich Ranglin who hauled in a nice one-handed grab for 19-yards, and the second, a three-yard shot to rookie Jeff Nady for his first career catch and touchdown. The Rattlers retaliated quickly Tysson Poots for a six-yard score to tie the game up at 7-7. San Jose found Rod Harper for a 28-yard catch and run for the touchdown. Then SaberCats forced a fumble and scored and went up 21-7.The SaberCats scored a pair of rushing touchdowns and a nice 10 yard pass to Harper in the second quarter to go into the half with a 41-7 lead.
The Rattlers brought in Jason Murrietta to start the second half to try and get some offense going however that didn’t happen until it was too late. The Cats again held Arizona scoreless for the second consecutive quarter and were able totack on two more rushing touchdowns by Armstrong to make it a 55-7 lead going into the fourth.
In the fourth that Rattlers were finally able to get some offense on the field and scored an impressive 26 points however the damage was already done and the Cats added another TD to Reggie Gray and brought the game to the final score of 62-33.
The Cat’s next face the LA Kiss in Los Angeles on Sunday July 6th.