ArenaBowl XVIII was a rematch of one of the most lopsided games in Arena Football League history. The San Jose Sabercats defeated the Arizona Rattlers 52-14 in ArenaBowl XVI. Arizona was looking for revenge in their rematch.
They scored first when quarterback Sed Bonner found Siaha Burley for a 29-yard touchdown. San Jose quarterback Mark Grieb found James Roe for an eight yard touchdown to tie the game at seven. Bonner’s second touchdown pass of the game went to Orshawonte Bryant. San Jose scored to make it a 14-14 game after one.
They would take the lead to start the second quarter when Grieb and Roe connected once again. They would connect on two more touchdowns in the quarterback, and Burley and Bonner did once more, as well, and the Sabercats led 35-28 at halftime.
Arizona tied it up at 35 with a six-yard touchdown run from Michael Kelly. Both teams exchanged touchdowns and went into the final quarter tied at 42.
No one expected what came in the final quarter. There was a total of 49 points scored combined in the fourth quarter alone. Leading 63-62, fullback Keala Keanaaina threw a seven yard touchdown to Lorenzo Reed to seal the victory.
The Sabercats won ArenaBowl XVIII by a final score of 69-62. Grieb finished with 328 passing yards and eight touchdown passes. Those numbers earned him offensive player of the game. In a losing effort, Bonner threw for 367 yards and seven touchdowns.
Roe caught eight passes for 119 yards and five touchdowns. Burley caught 11 passes for 164 yards and four touchdowns. In what was the highest-scoring ArenaBowl, San Jose topped Arizona once again.