ArenaBowl VIII

Arena Bowl VIII
1234 Total
ARI 71379 36
ORL 10777 31
Date September 2, 1994
Arena Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida

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 making their first ArenaBowl appearance in their three-year history, while the Predators were in their second ArenaBowl in their four years in the league (having lost to the Detroit Drive in ArenaBowl VI).

Arena Bowl VIII was the first to use a roman numeral in its name (a la the Super Bowl); all previous games used a shortened version of the year in which it was played (such as ArenaBowl '93).

Game summary

In the first quarter, Orlando struck first with Ben Bennett completing a 5-yard TD pass to Alex Shell, while Arizona responded with Sherdrick Bonner completing a 33-yard touchdown pass to Cedric Tillman. The Predators would wrap up the first quarter with 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 Calvin "Shakes" Schexnayder, but the Predators retook the lead with Bennett and Shell hooking up again on a 42-yard touchdown pass. Arizona would regain the lead before halftime with Luis Zendejas kicking two field goals, a 23-yarder and a 40-yarder.

In the third quarter, the Rattlers increased its lead with Bonner completing a 2-yard touchdown pass to Milton Vaughn; Orlando responded with Bennett completing a 38-yard touchdown pass to 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 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

1st Quarter

2nd Quarter

3rd Quarter

4th Quarter



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