NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Doug Plank watched just about every Arizona Rattlers home game from the stands last year, while Kevin Guy watched in agony as his Rattlers lost the 2011 Arena Football League championship on the final play.
The two coaches will be on opposite benches Friday night in New Orleans, with Plank guiding the Philadelphia Soul against Guy's Rattlers in the AFL's 25th ArenaBowl.
Plank, a former Rattlers assistant coach and broadcaster, calls Arizona home in the offseason. He returned to the league with Philadelphia this season after serving as coach of the Georgia Force from 2005-08.
While Plank had been out of the league for three seasons, Guy is in his second straight title game with the Rattlers. But he will be looking for a different result this time. Arizona lost 73-70 to Jacksonville last season when the Sharks scored as time expired.
"I felt like we had everybody on the same page," Guy said of the final play, a 10-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Garcia to Jeron ...