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4-5-14, Coach Guy Post Game with Maurice Purify and Cliff Dukes

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Arizona (3-0) Stays Perfect in Victory Over Jacksonville (1-2) at US Airways Center.

Arizona Rattlers: PHOENIX (April 5, 2014) - The last time the Arizona Rattlers and Jacksonville Sharks met in the desert was three years ago in ArenaBowl XXIV.

The Rattlers have long memories.

After losing to Jacksonville on the final play of the championship game, Arizona (3-0) made sure it took care of business Saturday night, scoring early and often in a 63-38 victory over Jacksonville (1-2) in front of 8,586 fans at Ak-Chin Field at US Airways Center.

Arizona quarterback Nick Davila completed 13 of 20 attempts for 211 yards and seven touchdowns, including three each to wide receivers Maurice Purify and Rod Windsor. Purify, the Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Game, caught four passes for 92 yards to go with his three scores.

Purify's first touchdown catch -- a 33-yarder in which he side-stepped Jacksonville defensive back Micheaux Robinson -- gave the Rattlers a 28-7 lead early in the second quarter and earned Purify the Cutters Catch of the Game.

The play of the game, however, was provided by offensive lineman Michael Huey when he turned only his third career reception into a 21-yard touchdown catch -- his first -- on the second play of the game.

After starting slowly in their first two games against Philadelphia and Spokane, the Rattlers took control from the start, running only 14 plays but racking up 144 yards and 28 points. At one point, Davila was 5-for-5 for 109 yards and three touchdowns.

Jacksonville wide receiver Terrance Smith kept the game interesting in the first half with a 45-yard touchdown to trim the score to 28-13. Smith then switched to defense and broke up a Davila pass on fourth down to give the Sharks another possession with less than a minute left in the half. Jacksonville marched down the field, but Rattlers defensive back Marquis Floyd broke up a pass as time expired.

Jacksonville quarterback R.J. Archer never could get into a rhythm. Under intense pressure from Arizona's front line of Marcus Pittman, Cliff Dukes and Anttaj Hawthorne, Archer -- who came into the game leading the League in passing efficiency with a rating of 133.1 -- only completed 22 of 46 attempts (47.8 percent). He still managed to finish with 323 yards and six touchdowns. He also threw one interception.

Jacksonville wide receiver Mardy Gilyard, the J. Lewis Small Playmaker of the Game, had five catches for 81 yards and two touchdowns.

Davila's backup, Jason Murrietta, also got in on the action, throwing a 10-yard scoring strike to wide receiver Kerry Reed to provide the final score, 63-38 -- the third straight game in which the Rattlers have scored 60 points or more.
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Arizona (3-0) Stays Perfect in Victory Over Jacksonville (1-2) at US Airways Center.

Arizona Rattlers: PHOENIX (April 5, 2014) - The last time the Arizona Rattlers and Jacksonville Sharks met in the desert was three years ago in ArenaBowl XXIV.

The Rattlers have long memories.

After losing to Jacksonville on the final play of the championship game, Arizona (3-0) made sure it took care of business Saturday night, scoring early and often in a 63-38 victory over Jacksonville (1-2) in front of 8,586 fans at Ak-Chin Field at US Airways Center.

Arizona quarterback Nick Davila completed 13 of 20 attempts for 211 yards and seven touchdowns, including three each to wide receivers Maurice Purify and Rod Windsor. Purify, the Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Game, caught four passes for 92 yards to go with his three scores.

Purify's first touchdown catch -- a 33-yarder in which he side-stepped Jacksonville defensive back Micheaux Robinson -- gave the Rattlers a 28-7 lead early in the second quarter and earned Purify the Cutters Catch of the Game.

The play of the game, however, was provided by offensive lineman Michael Huey when he turned only his third career reception into a 21-yard touchdown catch -- his first -- on the second play of the game.

After starting slowly in their first two games against Philadelphia and Spokane, the Rattlers took control from the start, running only 14 plays but racking up 144 yards and 28 points. At one point, Davila was 5-for-5 for 109 yards and three touchdowns.

Jacksonville wide receiver Terrance Smith kept the game interesting in the first half with a 45-yard touchdown to trim the score to 28-13. Smith then switched to defense and broke up a Davila pass on fourth down to give the Sharks another possession with less than a minute left in the half. Jacksonville marched down the field, but Rattlers defensive back Marquis Floyd broke up a pass as time expired.

Jacksonville quarterback R.J. Archer never could get into a rhythm. Under intense pressure from Arizona's front line of Marcus Pittman, Cliff Dukes and Anttaj Hawthorne, Archer -- who came into the game leading the League in passing efficiency with a rating of 133.1 -- only completed 22 of 46 attempts (47.8 percent). He still managed to finish with 323 yards and six touchdowns. He also threw one interception.

Jacksonville wide receiver Mardy Gilyard, the J. Lewis Small Playmaker of the Game, had five catches for 81 yards and two touchdowns.

Davila's backup, Jason Murrietta, also got in on the action, throwing a 10-yard scoring strike to wide receiver Kerry Reed to provide the final score, 63-38 -- the third straight game in which the Rattlers have scored 60 points or more. Show less
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