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Updated Apr 23, 2012 - 2:56 pm

Defense dominates in Rattlers win over Talons

It's not every day you hear about a dominating defensive performance in the Arena Football League, but Sunday, the Arizona Rattlers turned in exactly that in a 68-34 pounding of the San Antonio Talons at US Airways Center.

Arizona's defense harassed San Antonio quarterback Aaron Garcia all day long, sacking him four times and forcing four turnovers.

Rattlers' linebacker Tyre Glasper spent a good portion of the afternoon in the San Antonio backfield, racking up three sacks while forcing two fumbles and recovering one.

On offense, Nick Davila threw four first half touchdown passes; two each to Kerry Reed and Maurice Purify, who leads the AFL with 875 receiving yards and is tied for second with 20 touchdown grabs. Purify finished the day with 9 catches for 132 yards and three td grabs. For good measure, he returned an onside kick 9 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter for the Rattlers, who pushed their record to 4-2 on the season. Arizona is in a three-way tie with Utah and San Jose for first place in the Western Division.

San Antonio fell to 3-3 with the loss.


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