Rattlers riding high as they host Storm

Rattlers receiver Kerry Reed has nine touchdowns this season.


Matt Hinshaw

PHOENIX — At the midway point in the season, the Arizona Rattlers are finding their stride once again.

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Coming off an impressive victory last week, the Rattlers are back at home this week and host the Tampa Bay Storm on Saturday night at US Airways Center and live on FOX Sports Arizona Plus beginning at 6 p.m.

The Rattlers and Storm meet first time since May 1, 2010, a game that ended in dramatic fashion, with the Storm escaping 62-61 behind a controversial no-call on a possible defensive holding in the end zone on the Rattler’s two-point conversion attempt.

Both teams are coming off wins last week heading into this matchup.

It was a clutch performance last Saturday night, the Rattlers (7-2) fought off the Spokane Shock in an impressive 69-47 victory. The win came behind the arm of backup quarterback Shane Boyd, who made his first start of the season with quarterback BJ Coleman leaving the team earlier in the week.

Boyd tossed seven touchdowns to four different Rattler receivers, accumulating 269 yards. Wide receiver Markee White and Boyd had quite the connection, with White snagging three of the seven touchdown passes.

Rattlers’ running back Mykel Benson continued to run strong, picking up his tenth rushing touchdown of the season. His consistent rushing attack ranks Arizona 4th in the AFL in rushing. Benson also caught a touchdown to help propel the Rattlers to victory last weekend.

The Tampa Bay Storm are coming off of an exciting 35-34 win on the road against the New Orleans VooDoo. In a tightly contested defensive battle, Tampa Bay’s defensive back James Harrell had two interceptions and earned the Riddell Defensive Player of the Game award. Consistent efforts like this from Harrell and his fellow defensive backs are a large factor as to why the Storm rank second in the AFL for passing defense.