BY: ED COLE
PHOENIX – Nick Davila throws seven touchdowns against the Tampa Bay Storm on Saturday night, and leads the Arizona Rattlers to a resounding 60-27 win, yet he, Rattlers head coach Kevin Guy and the rest of the team sees holes that need to be spackled in the AFL’s No. 1 offense.
“As far as the game, (we were) a little sloppy at times on offense, and that starts with me,” Davila said. “(I) gotta come prepared. I fumbled the ball on the QB sneak (at the start of the fourth quarter). (That) can’t happen. So we gotta get better, and that starts with me.”
You’ll have to excuse Davila if his mind wasn’t all on the game during portions of it. He and his wife brought a baby son into the world earlier in the day, so the Davila’s had that wonderful event happen, which didn’t preclude Daddy from taking care of his business.
“Yeah, he (Davila) called me this morning like (at) 10 o’clock,” Guy said. “He said, “Coach, I’m at the hospital.’ I said, ‘What’s wrong?’ He said, ‘My wife’s water broke.’ I said, ‘Are you delivering the baby?’ He said, ‘No.’ Then I said, ‘Well then I’ll see you at pregame meal.’”
Despite some hiccups here and there on offense, it kept on rolling, as Davila continued his incredible level of play against the Storm. In the three games he’s played against the Storm, Davila’s thrown 23 touchdown passes and zero interceptions. On Saturday night, he was 28-of-37 for 248 yards, seven touchdowns and zero interceptions.
“That’s the quarterback’s No. 1 job, to take care of the football,” Davila said. “(The) offensive line’s been doing a great job all year of giving me time. As everyone knows, in football, when your quarterback has time, his decision making is a lot better. My hat goes off to them up front, but we all gotta get better, starting with me.”
It’ll be a short work week for the Rattlers, as they’ll hop on a charter on Thursday and head to Jacksonville, Fla., where the Sharks will await their arrival. The two teams will square off next Saturday at 4 p.m. Arizona time.
Until that bird takes off, Coach Guy and his players will continue to work hard to correct the mistakes they made against the Storm, in an effort to be as perfect as humanly possible come next Saturday.
“We’re going to grind it out this week; it’s about the grind, the season is,” Guy said. “Teams get better, or they get worse, but they don’t stay the same. We look for our opponents to start playing us better. It was our first home game. We wanted to come out and make a good impression. I felt like, as the game went on, we needed to get (Rattlers wide receiver) Rod (Windsor) more involved. He made some big plays for us down the stretch for us (13 catches, 141 yards, four touchdowns), (and) we got some nice matchups with him. We just got to get that (wide receiver) rotation down.”
“We’ve always been pretty efficient on offense, we just got to get back to playing together,” Guy said. “It just seemed like we were kinda off a little bit, but I am happy with our effort, (and) I’m happy with where our team is right now. We got a big ball game this week. We’re going down to play Jacksonville (Sharks). This could be kinda lined up for who’s going to host the Arena Bowl, so it’s an important game for us, and we need to get dialed in, (and) we need to get these little kinks worked out and get better as a team. It’s about the journey, (and) the grind. We got a lot of little things that we gotta address.”