Arizona Bites Cedar Rapids 57-42

The Gazette/ Stephen Mally
The Gazette/ Stephen Mally

PHOENIX, Ariz. – The six-time world champion and first place Arizona Rattlers (8-1) defeated the Cedar Rapids Titans (1-8) by a score of 57-42 at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Rattlers have now won their seventh straight game.

The two teams would trade punches early, but a dominant third quarter by the Rattlers would prove to be too much for the Titans. 

Offensively for Arizona, Quarterback Jeff Ziemba completed 12 of his 20 passes for 124 yards and three touchdowns. Ziemba also had a rushing touchdown. RB Darrell Monroe rushed the ball 20 times for 107 yards and three touchdowns.

Titans quarterback Jake Medlock went 21-for-31, 218 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions. His top receiver was Marquel Wade, who caught seven passes for 85 yards and two touchdowns.

On defense for the Rattlers, LB Justin Shirk had seven tackles, a sack and a pass breakup.  DB Keith Trumps led the team in tackles on the night with nine.  DE Chris McAllister had three tackles, one tackle for a loss, and he recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown.

The Titans defense was led by LB Raheem Bramwell, who had eight tackles, two for a loss.

The Rattlers scored first from a 16-yard touchdown pass from Ziemba to Dezmon Epps.The Titans responded with a two-yard rush by RB Raphael Lawson-Gayle to tie the game at seven.Arizona would again take the lead from a seven-yard run from RB Darrell Monroe.  The PAT was missed, and the Rattlers would lead 13-7.The Titans would take their first lead of the game on their next drive from a 26-yard touchdown pass from Medlock to WR Marquel Wade.Arizona responded with a 17-yard touchdown run from Ziemba.Cedar Rapids would knot the game up at 20 with a one-yard touchdown run by Medlock.

The Rattlers would again take the lead from a 15-yard touchdown pass from Ziemba to WR Jarrod Harrington. After a blocked field goal by DE Josh Gordon, Arizona would again score, this time a 4-yard touchdown run by Monroe. The Rattlers would take a 14-point lead into halftime; 34-20.

Arizona took over the game in the third.  First, a fumble caused by a bad handoff from Medlock was recovered in the end zone by McAllister the score.  Shortly after, Monroe would score his third rushing touchdown of the game on a one-yard run.  Then K Sawyer Petre would add to the lead off a 37-yard field goal to make the score 50-20; Rattlers.

Cedar Rapids would go on a run of their own, scoring 22 unanswered points.  The first two scores were touchdown passes from Medlock to WR Javon Bell. The third score was a 28-yard touchdown pass from Medlock to Wade.

With just under a minute to go in the game, the Rattlers would again extend their lead from a two-yard pass from Ziemba to Anthony Amos. 

The Titans would not be able to score on their final drive, and the Rattlers would go on to win, 57-42.

The Rattlers will travel to Green Bay next Saturday, May 12th to face the Blizzard (1-7). The Blizzard are coming off their first win of the season, a 47-25 victory over the Nebraska Danger.  The game will kick off at 5:05 p.m. PDT at the Resch Center and will be streaming on YouTube Live.

For more information, head to azrattlers.com.