The Rattlers go for our second straight win when they take on the Dragons of New York. New York has dropped two in a row after an opening day win over Georgia and don't want to make it 3 in a row.
This is the 10th meeting between these AZ and NY, 5-4 split. The Dragons were the Barnstormers that Arizona defeated 55-33 to win in the ArenaBowl in 1997. The teams haven’t met since 2001, when New York beat the Rattlers 62-55 in AZ and won the meeting in New York.
New York’s roster is full of former Rattlers. QB Aaron Garcia began his career in the desert, throwing his first career touchdown pass as a Rattler. Ken Talanoa spent part of 2002 with Arizona, and Kelvin Ingram played the first two games this season in Black and Copper, even Head Coach
Todd Shell started his coaching career as the Defensive Coordinator of the Rattlers, 1992-94. Shell also served as the color commentator for the Rattlers last season.
Arizona has not been able to get off to a good start in any of their three games so far this season. The Rattlers have been outscored 24-9 in the first quarter in their first three games. Bonner and Garcia are both ranked in the top three in all major passing categories.