Phoenix, Ariz. – The Arizona Rattlers defeated the Colorado Crush by a score of 71-27 at Talking Stick Resort Arena in front of 14,962 fans.
The Rattlers were firing on all cylinders, racking up 221 total yards offensively and sacking QB Aaron Aiken three times on defense. The defense also had an interception, and three blocked passes. Special teams also scored twice.
"I thought we were really efficient in all three stages of the game," Head Coach and General Manager Kevin Guy said after the game. "We took a step forward. (We are) not where we want to be yet, but we are going to keep working."
Arizona's offense was highlighted by RB Darrel Monroe, who broke the Rattlers single game rushing record with 93 yards. Monroe earned the offensive player of the game award for his efforts.
"I just stuck to the game plan (and) did what the coaches asked me to do, trusted my (offensive) line." Monroe said, "We all did good, defense did good, we were all communicating together."
Rattlers QB Darron Thomas also had a big night, going a perfect 6-6 passing with 70 yards and three touchdowns.
Defensively, the Rattlers were able to get their first interception of the season along with tallying up their first three sacks.
On the other hand, Colorado's QB Aaron Aiken went 15-27 passing, throwing for 95 yards, and throwing one pick.
The Colorado Crush struck first when Aiken threw an eight-yard touchdown pass to WR Tim Lukas over the middle of the field.
Arizona responded on their first offensive drive when Thomas threw a 20-yard TD pass to WR Anthony Amos.
The last points in the first quarter came from a 31-yard field goal from Colorado K Spencer Groner.
The second quarter was all Rattlers, scoring three straight times. First, by way of a two-yard TD rush by backup QB Jon Wolf. Then, on a seven-yard pass caught by DB Tee Shephard thrown by Thomas. Finally, WR Jamal Miles crossed the goal line, capping off a 15-yard run and extending the Rattlers lead to 19. With momentum on their side, special teams converted a two-point conversion when Wolf, took it himself on a fake field goal.
Colorado's lone points in the second quarter came from the leg of Groner, as he successfully converted a 23-yard field goal.
With Twenty-Four seconds left in the second quarter, Thomas connected with WR Anthony Amos for a 19-yard touchdown. During the Crush's final possession, Rattlers DB Allen Chapman came up with an interception in the end zone to end the half.
The third quarter scoring began with a quarterback to quarterback exchange from Thomas to Wolf resulting in a one yard touchdown.
The Crush responded when Lovie Rose III ran in for a 10-yard touchdown; Pulling Colorado within 23 points of the Rattlers.
Then three plays later, with four opposing players on top of him, RB Darrel Monroe pushing his way past the goal line for an Arizona touchdown.
On the ensuing kickoff, Rattlers DB Adam Sauder recovered the fumble on the kickoff in the end zone, giving the Rattlers their first defensive special teams touchdown of the season.
In the fourth quarter backup QB Jon Wolf, ran for a three-yard touchdown. Putting the Rattlers over 60 points.
Colorado's final points came from a four-yard rush by Aiken.
Arizona's WR Jamal Miles with two minutes and twenty-eight seconds left the game returned a kickoff for a 49-yard touchdown. Resulting in a 72-27 Rattlers win.