ArenaBowl VIII

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Arena Bowl VIII
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1 2 3 4 Total
ARI 7 13 7 9 36
ORL 10 7 7 7 31
Date September 2, 1994
Arena Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida
MVP

Sherdrick Bonner, QB, Arizona

Attendance 14,368
Winning coach Danny White
Losing coach Perry Moss
TV in the United States
Network ESPN
Announcers Tom Mees, Rick 'Doc' Walker

ArenaBowl VIII was the Arena Football League's eighth ArenaBowl. The game featured the #3 Arizona Rattlers (8-4) of the American Conference against the #1 Orlando Predators (11-1) of the National Conference. The Rattlers were in their very first ArenaBowl appearance in their three-year history, while the Predators were in their second ArenaBowl appearance in their four-season history (having lost to the Detroit Drive in ArenaBowl VI).

Game summary[edit]

In the first quarter, Orlando struck first with Quarterback Ben Bennett completing a 5-yard TD pass to WR/LB Alex Shell, while Arizona responded with Quarterback Sherdrick Bonner completing a 33-yard touchdown pass to WR/DB Cedric Tillman. The Predators would wrap up the first quarter with kicker Jorge Cimadevilla making a 24-yard Field Goal.

In the second quarter, the Rattlers took the lead with Bonner completing a 6-yard TD pass to WR/LB Calvin "Shakes" Schexnayder, yet the Predators retook the lead with Bennett and Shell hooking up with each other again on a 42-yard touchdown pass. Arizona would regain the lead before halftime with kicker Luis Zendejas getting a 23-yard and a 40-yard field goal.

In the third quarter, the Rattlers increased its lead with Bonner completing a 2-yard touchdown pass to WR/DB Milton Vaughn, yet Orlando kept close with Bennett completing a 38-yard touchdown pass to WR/DB Herkie Walls.

In the fourth quarter, Arizona added on to its lead with Zendejas kicking a 21-yard field goal, yet the Predators retook the lead with WR/DB Barry Wagner getting a 4-yard touchdown run. The Rattlers would regain the lead with Bonner and Schexnayder hooking up with each other again on a 24-yard touchdown pass, but the following two-point conversion failed. In the final seconds, Bennett threw a deep ball to try to get a touchdown in order to take the lead for good, but it ended up incomplete.

With the win, the Arizona Rattlers won their very first ArenaBowl in franchise history.

Scoring summary[edit]

1st Quarter

  • ORL - Shell 5-yard pass from Bennett (Cimadevilla kick)
  • ARI - Tillman 33-pass from Bonner (Zendejas kick)
  • ORL - 24-yard FG Cimadevilla

2nd Quarter

  • ARI - Schexnayder 6-yard pass from Bonner (Zendejas kick)
  • ORL - Shell 42-yard pass from Bennett (Cimadevilla kick)
  • ARI - 23-yard FG Zendejas
  • ARI - 40-yard FG Zendejas

3rd Quarter

  • ARI - Vaughn 2-yard pass from Bonner (Czyzewski kick)
  • ORL - Walls 38-yard pass from Bennett (Langeloh kick)

4th Quarter

  • ARI - 21-yard FG Zendejas
  • ORL - Wagner 4-yard run (Cimadevilla kick)
  • ARI - Schexnayder 24-yard pass from Bonner (Bonner pass failed)

Trivia[edit]

  • On the Arena Football League's 20 Greatest Highlights Countdown, this game was ranked #14.[1]
  • The Orlando Predators were favored by 16 points.

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