Rattlers Top Week 2 AFL Coaches' Poll Utah also receives three first place votes
March 27, 2013
CHICAGO – The Arizona Rattlers remain the team to beat in the NET10 Wireless Arena Football League, as the defending ArenaBowl champions sit atop the first Coaches’ Poll of the 2013 season. All four teams from the League’s West Division earned spots in the Top 5 this week.
The Rattlers (1-0) garnered 11 first place votes after defeating the Philadelphia Soul (0-1), 66-52, in a rematch of ArenaBowl XXV on CBS Sports Network in Week 1. Quarterback Nick Davila picked up right where he left off last August, passing for 304 yards and seven touchdowns in the win.
Davila and company will look to continue that impressive play in Week 2 when the team travels to Salt Lake City for a showdown with the No. 2-ranked Utah Blaze (1-0). The Blaze received three first place votes after reigning AFL MVP Tommy Grady led the team to a 64-33 road victory against the Pittsburgh Power (0-1) on opening weekend. The Rattlers and Blaze last met in the National Conference championship game in 2012. Kickoff for the rematch is set for 9:30 p.m. EST on Friday, March 29.
Coming in at third in the Poll are the San Jose SaberCats (1-0), who narrowly escaped the Alamodome with a 47-42 victory over the No. 7-ranked San Antonio Talons (0-1) in Week 1. Quarterback Aaron Garcia reached yet another milestone in his San Jose debut, recording his pro football record 1,200th touchdown pass in the win. The SaberCats host the 10th-ranked Orlando Predators (0-1) in their home opener on Friday, March 29. Kickoff is set for 10:30 p.m. EST.
A loss in Arizona did not hurt the Philadelphia Soul’s stock too much, as the team comes in at No. 4 in this week’s Coaches’ Poll. Quarterback Dan Raudabaugh passed for a League-high 323 yards and connected with receiver Tiger Jones for three scores in the game. Philadelphia has a bye in Week 2.
Finishing off the Top 5 are the Spokane Shock (1-0), who defeated the Cleveland Gladiators (0-1), 67-41, on opening weekend. The team was led by quarterback Erik Meyer, who passed for eight touchdowns and rushed for another in the win. The Shock travel to the Allstate Arena on Sunday for a matchup with the Chicago Rush (0-1). Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. EST.