Force look for new direction at Arizona

R-Kal Truluck knows a little bit about changing fortunes.

As a defense lineman, Truluck's play can turn a game around. A sack. A fourth-down stop. A fumble recovery. A forced fumble.

For the Georgia Force, sitting at 3-4 and in third place in their division, they need more than a play to turn things around.

But it must start somewhere.

"The plays we make have to be momentum changers," Truluck said of his defense.

In last week's heartbreaking loss in the final minute to Orlando, Truluck did just that when he forced a fumble that led to a turnover and a touchdown. But on the last Orlando drive, Truluck and the defense gave up what became the winning touchdown.

The touchdown hurt, but so did the fourth down interception that set up the drive and the blocked field goal as time expired. Truluck and the defense only played a role.

"We had chances on offense, defense and special teams and it didn't happen," Force head coach Doug Plank said. "We failed to execute."

"This is arena football, a lot of points are going to get scored. Our confidence is not going to waiver," Truluck said. "I look at it from a whole team perspective that we didn't get the job done. The game is going to come down to all three phases."

In the loss to Orlando it did, and as the Force enter their eighth game at Arizona today, they have yet to have all three show consistently in a game. This week's game was moved from Friday to accommodate the Phoenix Suns and the NBA playoffs.

Inconsistency makes Arizona a familiar opponent. And not just because Plank came to Georgia from Arizona.

The Rattlers (3-4) have losses to Los Angeles, San Jose and New Orleans, but pulled off an upset over Tampa Bay in Week 6.

"If they have anything that you would call a shortcoming it is in being consistent in playing at a high level one week to another," Plank said. "That is very familiar."

The Rattlers are most skilled at wide receiver, with Kevin Nickerson leading the way with 452 yards and four touchdowns.

For the Force, struggling to stay at .500 as they approach the season's midway point, this trip is not about the opponent. It needs to change momentum.

"It was a devastating loss," Plank said of the Orlando game. "It's my job as a head coach to get everybody focused. It is the teams that play well from this week going forward that have a chance at winning a championship. It's time to go out there and show that we can play."

That's something Truluck thinks he sees.

"The mood actually has been relaxed for some reason," he said. "I like that as a team we have put that loss behind us, actually. That is very encouraging."

And he should know.

SideBar: Force at Rattlers

When: Today, 10 p.m.

Where: Phoenix, Az.

Radio: 790-AM