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ArenaBowl Championship Eludes Trentadue for Second Straight Time

June 28, 2004 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Quad City Steamwheelers News Release

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Former Quad City Steamwheeler fullback/linebacker Frank Trentadue was eluded from the Foster Cup (named after Steamwheelers Managing Owner/Operator and Arena Football Founder Jim Foster) once again. If the Arizona Rattlers would have come back to beat the San Jose SaberCats, Trentadue would have been the first ex- Steamwheeler to hoist the Foster Cup. The Rattlers fought a hard-nosed battle against the Sabercats, but lost 69-62. The seesaw game wasn’t decided until the last play with two seconds left in the game. The sellout crowd saw a thrilling encounter of the two best teams in the Arena Football League.

In the losing effort, Trentadue had a quarterback hurry for the Rattlers.

Rattlers quarterback Sherdrick Bonner threw for 367 yards and 7 touchdowns.

Offensive specialist Siaha Burley was Bonner’s main target as he caught four of those passes. As the game went back and forth, the Rattlers found themselves against a wall in the fourth quarter. Bonner connected with Burley for a 9-yard touchdown with 0:31 remaining in regulation. Rattlers coach Danny White elected to go for a two-point conversion for the win, but Bonner’s pass was low to Hunkie Cooper, which left the SaberCats up 63-62.

After an onside kick, in which the Sabercats scored, Bonner had to start at his own 11-yard line to start a game-tying drive. After driving the Rattlers to San Jose’s 5-yard line, they had one final chance. Bonner’s pass, intended for Bryant, went through the endzone incomplete. The loss is the third consecutive ArenaBowl loss for the Rattlers.

It is the second AFL championship in three years for the SaberCats, who defeated Arizona in 2002. San Jose had lost three straight to Arizona and were looking to get revenge. In a game that was tied eight times, SaberCats quarterback Mark Grieb threw for 328 yards and eight touchdowns, and connected on 27-of-36 attempts. Wide receiver/linebacker James Roe tied an ArenaBowl record with five touchdown receptions and was named Ironman of the Game with a total of eight receptions for 119 yards.

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