05/18/2012 10:37 PM
Photo courtesy of Gary Peterson Photography
SPOKANE, WA (May 18, 2012)- The Spokane Shock (5-4) defeated the Philadelphia Soul (7-3) in a dominating fashion posting 21 unanswered points to begin the game led by Week 10 National Guard MVP Terrance Sanders who recorded three interceptions.
The Shock set the tone for the night as Rowley connected with Adron Tennell in the first three minutes of the game for a touchdown. Moments later Terrance Sanders snagged a lobbed pass by Dan Raudabaugh and returned the ball for 32 yards. Rowley would find Tennell two more times in the first quarter to help Spokane secure a lead against the Soul. The Soul struggled to move the ball against the Shock defense and Sanders would find another opportunity to steal back the ball.
Scoring would go back and forth in the second quarter as the Soul would be the first to rush into the endzone. The Shock shuffled down the field and answered back as Brandon Thompkins had his first score of the night on the ground. With less than a minute left on the clock, Tennell juggled the ball before adding another touchdown to his list. On the ensuing kickoff, the Shock recovered an on-side kick and then followed up by a 32-yard field goal by Kenny Spencer. The half would end with a heavy lead for the Shock leaving the Soul trailing behind 37-14.
The Shock found their momentum again in the second half as Sanders intercepted the ball from the Soul and returned it for a 42-yard touchdown. At the end of the quarter, the Soul would have two on-side kicks of their own that they would recover, one resulting in a touchdown as the third quarter would end with the Shock holding their lead 51-35.
Once again the Soul were the first into the endzone going into the fourth quarter. Thompkins would find the endzone again to expand the Shock’s lead and Paul Stephens would recover a Philadelphia fumble to seal the victory. Spokane defeated Philadelphia by a final score of 65-47.
A LOOK AHEAD
The Spokane Shock will travel to East to take on the Iowa Barnstormers next Friday, May 25th with a 5:05 PM PST kickoff. Spokane begins a two game road stint with hopes of stealing a victory in Iowa to continue their run for the 2012 playoffs and gain ground in the Western Division against a non-conference opponent.
Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Game: (SP) Adron Tennell
Riddell Defensive Player of the Game: (SP) Terrance Sanders
JLS Ironman of the Game: (SP) Terrance Sanders
AFL Playmaker of the Game: (SP) Terrance Sanders
Cutters Catch of the Game: (SP) Adron Tennell – TD catch in corner of the endzone over two defenders
Spalding Highlight of the Game: (SP) Terrance Sanders- Pick six
National Guard MVP of the Game: (SP) Terrance Sanders
ABOUT THE SPOKANE SHOCK
The Spokane Shock is a professional arena football team of the Arena Football League from Spokane, Washington, USA. They play their home games at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. The Shock played their first four seasons in the former af2, winning division titles in all four seasons and ArenaCups in 2006 and 2009 before joining the AFL and winning ArenaBowl XXIII in their first season. Tickets and Sponsorships are available for the 2012 Season. For more information visit our website at spokaneshock.com or call 509-242-7462. You can also follow the Shock on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.