Dennis Gile has had plenty of arena football experience when he joined the Bakersfield Blitz on April 9, but it took some time getting familiar with his new teammates.
Now, Giles said his comfort level is at a season-high.
"It's all about getting comfortable with the people you're around," Gile said earlier this week. "We still haven't put a whole game together the way we can, but it's coming around."
A four-quarter strong game is the goal tonight for Gile and the Blitz (4-2), who play host to the Tri-Cities (Wash.) Fever (3-3) at 7 p.m. in Rabobank Arena.
Gile is coming off his second straight solid performance. In last Saturday's 44-28 come-from-behind Blitz win over Spokane, he was the offensive player of the game, completing 18-of-37 for 181 yards and three touchdowns.
Gile's coming-out party was the previous week against Boise. Even though the Blitz lost 69-55, Gile was 23-of-39 for 294 yards and five passing TDs. He also ran for two scores.
Gile played in the Arena Football League with the Arizona Rattlers, and he was with the Utah Blaze briefly. He hasn't pouted about playing in the lower-level af2.
"The No. 1 thing is to stay humble about the whole thing," said Gile, a former quarterback at Central Missouri. "For a lot of players, it is hard going from a higher level to a lower level."
Gile likes what he sees from the Blitz receiving corps -- Rennard Reynolds, Eric Mahanke, Tyrone Baisden, part-timer Nathan Munson and injured DeRonn Finley.
"To be honest, I see no difference from them to the Arena I players I've been around," Gile said. "Those guys are all doing a good job. All those guys, talent-wise, makes it a lot easier for me."
The Blitz had lost two straight games before rallying from a 21-0 deficit to beat Spokane last week. Most impressive was the Blitz defense, which held Spokane scoreless in the second half.
"I've never seen that before -- holding a team of that caliber down to zero points," Gile said.
The offense takes its cue from the defense in that situation, he said.
"What that does to our offense is saying, 'We believe in you guys to get us the points that we need to win the game,'" Gile said. "And for our offense, it shows us that when we need a stop, we can depend on them to make it."
Notes:The Blitz beat Tri-Cities in Washington 48-45 on April 14 when Steve Baker kicked a game-winning field goal with 46 seconds left. Baker is injured and is not expected to play tonight. Brian Walker has been handling the kicking duties in Baker's absence. ... Reynolds has caught at least one TD pass in all six Blitz games this season. ... The Blitz travels to Everett (Wash.) Saturday, then doesn't play again until hosting Spokane on June 9.