Gladiators Look Forward to ArenaBowl XXVII Rematch vs Arizona
MATCHUP Putting a perfect start to the season on the line in an ArenaBowl rematch, the Cleveland Gladiators (2-0) host the Arizona Rattlers (1-1) Saturday at 7:00 p.m. The Gladiators are coming off a 70-42 win in New Orleans last week, and have two road wins entering Saturday's home opener. Arizona is coming off a 70-53 road loss to Las Vegas last week. The Rattlers-Gladiators matchup marks the first time the two teams have met in a regular season game since May 28, 2011; a game Arizona won in Phoenix by a 63-42 score. The Gladiators fell to Arizona in ArenaBowl XXVII last August, 72-32, in the last meeting between the two squads.
LAST TIME OUT The Gladiators scored at least two touchdowns in each quarter, and posted 42 first half points in Saturday's 70-42 road win over New Orleans. Dominick Goodman led the way in the receiving game with 99 yards, and he tied a career high with five touchdown catches. For the second straight week to open the season, Shane Austin threw seven touchdown passes. Joe Phinisee led the Gladiators defense with a fumble recovery and an interception returned for a touchdown. Phinisee has a defensive touchdown in each of the season's first two games.
WHO TO WATCH: GLADIATORS Austin, the Gladiators Second-Team All-Arena Quarterback, has a 14-2 touchdown-interception ratio through the season's first two games, and he has added a rushing touchdown. Austin has spread the ball around the offense, as four different Gladiators receivers have touchdown catches, and three have over 100 yards through two games.
WHO TO WATCH: RATTLERS Arizona quarterback Nick Davila, a two-time AFL MVP who has been First or Second-Team All-Arena each of the last four seasons, has 10 touchdown passes through two games despite two of the Rattlers top receivers being out of the lineup. Davila has thrown at least 102 touchdown passes each year since 2010, and completed 19 of 24 passes for 237 yards and eight touchowns against the Gladiators in the ArenaBowl last August.
TUNE IN Catch all of Saturday's action, live from The Q, beginning at 7:00 p.m. and airing live on 92.3 The Fan on radio and MY 43 WUAB on television.