Arizona are 1-1 on the young season after suffering an away loss to the Barnstormers last week. The Rattlers lost their starting quarterback due to injury in the first week, which left backup Jeff Ziemba to take over. Ziemba threw 29 times for 121 yards and managed to find the endzone two times. However, he also was prone to turnovers as he threw three interceptions. The normally powerful Rattler rush game was held in check as they rushed for only 87 yards with 3.6 yards per carry. In addition, the Rattlers were unable to gain yards in crucial situations as they went 1 for 5 on fourth down and 4 for 10 on third down conversions. On the other side of the ball, Arizona struggled to defend against the run. They gave up 117 yards on the ground on only 21 carries and were never able to figure out the Barnstormers’ read option plays.
Green Bay Blizzard
The Blizzard fell to 0-3 on the season with a loss to the Nebraska Danger on Saturday. The defense struggled to guard the pass as they gave up four touchdowns and 188 yards through the air. The offense tallied over 100 yards on the ground, but only 56 yards passing. Kick returner B.J. Hill shined once again as he ran it all the way back for a 40 yard touchdown in the first quarter. The Blizzard defense clamped down in the second half and only gave up 7 points for the rest of the game. Raymond Cotton also ran for a touchdown and Jordan Endries kicked a field goal to end the scoring.
What to Look For
The Blizzard defense will look to continue the momentum that they built at the end of their last game and keep the Rattlers off the board early. With the Arizona quarterback situation being questionable, the Blizzard secondary will be expecting to capitalize on some mistakes. Green Bay’s offense will still continue to place emphasis on the run, but this time with running back Washaun Ealey coming off of injury. Ealey has been in the IFL for five years and has been a prolific scorer in his career. In the 2015 season, Ealey ran for 535 yards and 20 touchdowns with the Cedar Rapids Titans. He will start his season this week and will look to lead the Blizzard run game against the Rattlers.
As always, B.J. Hill will be a dangerous threat on kickoffs for the Blizzard. Look for the IFL Hall of Famer to continue his amazing comeback year at 5:05 p.m. on Sunday!