Ex-Hawkeyes QB Cody Sokol helps Arizona Rattlers edge Cedar Rapids Titans, 34-32

Indoor Football League: Former UI reserve (2012-13) has 923 yards passing and 20 TDs in six games; Titans now 1-10

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CEDAR RAPIDS — Cody Sokol has found a professional football landing spot in his native Arizona.

The former University of Iowa reserve quarterback – who saw no action from 2012-13 with the Hawkeyes – is making a significant impact with the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League.

“I’m liking it,” Sokol said after the Rattlers held off the Cedar Rapids Titans, 34-32, in front of 2,612 fans Friday night at the U.S. Cellular Center. “It took me a while to adjust to it. It’s good. It’s like outdoor football in a small arena.”

At Iowa, Sokol was mired in a three-way quarterback battle with Jake Rudock and C.J. Beathard. All three are now with professional clubs after Beathard was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers last week. Sokol, 25, earned his degree from Iowa and threw for 3,436 yards, 30 touchdowns and won a bowl game in 2014 at Louisiana Tech, where he played as a graduate transfer.

“I thought I did well,” Sokol said. “It wasn’t the way I planned it at Iowa, probably could have gone either way. They just had a different style of offense than what I ran.”

Sokol has thrived in six starts with Arizona (6-4). Entering Friday, he had passed for 856 yards, 20 touchdowns and just three interceptions. Sokol ran for a score against the Titans and despite a pedestrian 67 yards and two interceptions with his arm, Sokol was happy to see some familiar faces and get out of town with a victory.

“It’s awesome,” Sokol said. “I’ve got my family here, I’ve got my family that lives in Des Moines and I’ve got my friends from Iowa. … I enjoyed tonight, just being in front of them.”

Sokol shared a warm greeting with former Iowa teammate Damond Powell following the game. Powell caught six passes for 64 yards and a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns that nearly rallied Cedar Rapids from a 34-20 deficit.

Cedar Rapids (1-10) owned a pair of double-digit leads in the first half, but surrendered 24 unanswered points. A potential game-tying two-point conversion with 31 seconds left in the game failed.

Rattlers 34, Titans 32

AT U.S. CELLULAR CENTER

AZ CR

First downs 13 17

Rushes-yards 29-125 7-22

Passing 58 209

Comp-Att-Int 9-15-2 23-36-2

Return Yards 96 113

Fumbles-lost 1-0 1-0

Penalties-Yards 11-95 13-108

Time of Possession 31:38 27:42

Arizona 7 10 7 10—34

Cedar Rapids 13 7 0 12—32

CR—Antoine Johnson 27 int. return (pass failed)

CR—Conn Hollenbeck 8 pass from Brion Carnes (Georgetti kick)

AZ—Monroe 8 run (kick failed)

AZ—FG 20 Petre

CR—Julian Hayes 3 pass from Carnes (Georgetti kick)

AZ—Sokol 4 run (Petre kick)

AZ—Monroe 1 run (Petre kick)

AZ—FG 28 Petre

AZ—Monroe 2 run (Petre kick)

CR—Damond Powell 36 pass from Carnes (kick failed)

CR—Powell 3 pass from Carnes (pass failed)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing — Arizona: Darrell Monroe 15-65; Cody Sokol 6-21; Jamal Miles 3-19; Fred Williams 3-11; Anthony Amos 2-9; Jon Wolf 1-1; Cedar Rapids: Julian Hayes 5-14; Jamuel Jones 1-6; Brion Carnes 1-2.

Passing — Arizona: Cody Sokol 9-15-2-67; Cedar Rapids: Brion Carnes 23-36-2-209.

Receiving — Arizona: Fred Williams 3-26; Anthony Amos 3-22; Jamal Miles 2-18; Darrell Monroe 1-1; Cedar Rapids: Damond Powell 6-64; Tre’ Parmalee 6-60; Conner Hollenbeck 6-60; Jamuel Jones 1-10; Julian Hayes 3-8; Franklyn Williamson 1-7.

l Comments: douglas.miles@thegazette.com

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