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Updated Aug 10, 2012 - 10:56 pm

Arizona Rattlers win Arena Bowl over Philadelphia Soul

NEW ORLEANS — Maurice Purify caught a record seven touchdown passes and the Arizona Rattlers won the Arena Bowl with a 72-54 win over the Philadelphia Soul on Friday night.

Arizona won its third league championship and first since 1997.

Purify, who averaged a league-best 128.8 yards receiving per game this season, had nine catches for 143 yards and broke the previous record of five scoring catches.

Rattlers quarterback Nick Davila tied an Arena Bowl record with nine touchdown passes. He completed 23 of 30 passes for 266 yards.

Philadelphia, which had a league-best plus-23 turnover margin in the regular season, committed three turnovers on its first four possessions, leading to 17 Arizona points. The Rattlers led 27-13 at halftime and scored touchdowns on their first seven possessions of the second half.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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