"Welcome back to Trandon Harvey, Virgil Gray, Kevin McCullough and Cliff Dukes," Arizona Rattlers' head coach Kevin Guy told me on the field after Saturday's 77-43 pasting of the Chicago Rush at US Airways Center.
Turns out the coach's assessment was pretty much right on, as all four players returned from injuries and had their fingerprints on an impressive win over the Central Division-leading Rush.
After Chicago scored on their opening possession, Harvey took back the ensuing kickoff 54 yards for a touchdown.
Later in the first quarter, McCullough picked off a pass and returned it eight yards for a Rattlers touchdown.
Gray had three passes defensed, and Dukes, although it didn't get reflected on the stat sheet, improved the Rattlers' pass rush, which was anemic in a loss to San Jose the week prior.
The Rattlers led by only four at halftime, but opened things up by outscoring the Rush 21-0 in the third quarter.
The win pushes the Rattlers' record to 6-3, and puts them in a tie for second place in the Western Division with the Utah Blaze.
The Rattlers visit the Blaze Saturday night in Salt Lake City.