The Arizona Rattlers hosted the Iowa Barnstormers at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in ArenaBowl XI. Iowa was coming off a loss in what would be one of the greatest ArenaBowls ever played, ArenaBowl X.
They were looking for redemption. After a 30 yard touchdown pass from Kurt Warner to Lamont Cooper, Iowa took a 7-3 lead into the second quarter.
The two teams went back and forth in the second quarter. Unfortunately, for Iowa, they were only able to put up two field goals while Arizona scored 21 points in the second. They took a 24-13 lead into the locker room.
Arizona opened up a big lead in the second half. After a pick-six by Hernandez Cooper, the Rattlers led 38-13. Iowa wouldn’t be able to hold their own.
Arizona would go on to win ArenaBowl XI by a final score of 55-33. Rattlers quarterback Donnie Davis was named the ArenaBowl MVP (190 passing yards, three touchdown passes). Hernandez Cooper was named the Ironman of the Game. He had the pick-six and a kick return touchdown.