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South Georgia Shocks Spokane

Shawn and Lori Mosqueda
Monday June 23, 2008


Lori’s Take:

Anyone who thought this game was going to be an easy win for the Shock were proven wrong, despite the great start the Wildcats gave the Shock. The Wildcats had first possession, but Shock's FB/LB Kevin McCullough derailed their momentum with an interception on third down, giving the Shock possession and great field positioning.  The Shock scored first, a 3-yard pass from QB Nick Davila to LB Lee Foliaki.

The following scores were hard earned, with the defense and offense strong for both teams.  Kelvin Dickens fought valiantly for the next touchdown for the Shock, but officials discounted the score, much to the chagrin of the 10,558 raging fans.

Wildcat FB/LB Derrick Lloyd put the first numbers on the board for South Georgia with a 3-yard touchdown run.  Shock's WR Andy Olson answered back minutes later with a 13-yard touchdown reception from Davila.  The Wildcats were the last to score in the first quarter, ending the quarter with a tie of 14 – 14.

The Wildcat offense scored quickly and their defense was all over our offensive line, often resulting in little yardage gained and sloppy plays uncharacteristic of our team.  Thankfully, the Shock never lost their spirit and continued to keep moving forward, which paid off with a 12-yard touchdown run for WR Raul “the thrill” Vijil.

Shock DB Roshwan Marshall came up with the second interception of the game, allowing the Shock a chance to gain some momentum over the Wildcats.  Again, their perseverance paid off with another touchdown by Vijil, a 1-yard touchdown reception from Davila.

The Shock defense played with all their might against the officials, who are to thank for the Wildcat touchdown in the last seconds of the first half.  However, the Shock still managed to edge one point over the Wildcats, 28 – 27. 

The third quarter started much the same way the second half ended; a showdown between the officials and the Shock defense.  South Georgia came up with another touchdown, but failed a second time to make the extra point conversion.

Shock's Andy Olson scored late in the third, swooping in for a 9-yard touchdown reception from Davila.  However, Wildcat WR P.J. Berry answered back with a 58-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.  However, they only led the Shock by five points.  Shock FB/DL Katon Bethay put an end to that with a 2-yard touchdown run.  As with all of tonight's extra point conversion attempts, Shock kicker Brian Jackson nailed this one, too and Shock retook the lead 42 – 40

Wildcats started the fourth quarter with an immediate score, an 18-yard touchdown pass from Hines to Savage.  It didn't happen quite as quickly for the Shock, but they did score on their next possession and retook the lead.  It was quite apparent whoever had the ball last was going to win.  Unfortunately, for the Shock and all their fans, it was South Georgia who managed the clock the best and won the game with a field goal in the last three seconds of the game.  The final score was 55 – 57.

Shawn's Take:

Tonight’s game has been anticipated for six months, knowing former Shock Antwone Savage was coming to town on the opposing team.  The fans gave him mixed signals.  Some had Savage jerseys with an “x” through his name while others, like us, were happy to see him. 

Another returning former Shock player was Andrico Hines, whom we were also happy to see.  Andrico received criticism in the final play-off game last season.  Despite the way things appeared in that game, Andrico had a phenomenal game.  He simply had very little support around him, which made him look bad.  He took the criticism of the fans hard and was very happy with the outcome of tonight's game.  He wanted Spokane to see what he was capable of, which was very apparent with his calm demeanor and lack of false starts, which are so common among opposing teams that face the ninth man!

Upon reading tonight's game preview, it appeared Head Coach Adam Shackleford was unphased by the duos return.   As quoted in the game preview, “This weekend is just another game, against another good football team, coming to our place.  It won't matter if Savage and Hines are playing here again, we are here just to play football and get a win...”

In regards to tonight's game, I would have to agree with Lori.  The game was awesome.  It was back and forth.  It was clear that whomever had the ball last was going to win.  This was a play-off caliber game and a great warm-up to get the team ready to play in that kind of atmosphere. 

The only real criticism I had about the game was the officiating.  Why would a coach get an un-sportsmanlike conduct penalty for throwing up his hands in frustration over a call?  Are coaches supposed to be completely emotionless?  No.  It seemed like the refs were doing whatever they could to keep South Georgia’s opportunity for a touchdown alive despite the Shock stopping them multiple times within the red zone.   Like in 2006, it seemed like the Shock once again had a red bulls-eye on their jerseys.

The next call I was disappointed was when Head Coach Adam Shackleford chose a 4th down conversions over a field goal attempt.  Just like in 2006 with Chris Siegfried, why would you not kick the ball on 4th down when you are within the red zone and have an accurate kicker in Brian Jackson?  I know that this is not a field position game, but why not make the opposing team fight for every point they receive?  Why hand them the ball, let them score and then try to play catch up?  Had they gone for the field goal, the outcome of the game may have been different.

We interviewed many of the Shock players after the game and all agreed that this was a much-needed game.  Shock WR/DB Roshawn Marshall summed it up best when he stated, “...this game humbled us.  We know we can lose...we will learn from this.”


 
Shawn and Lori with their children Kaiden and Moriah live in beautiful Coeur D'Alene, Idaho. Suffering from football withdrawals, the two diehard Seahawk fans found out that a new team was coming to town, the "Spokane Shock". Shawn and Lori are excited to cover the team as new sportswriters and new fans of Arena Football (you just can't beat year round football). GO SHOCK!!!

Shawn is in the process of completing and publishing an ebook entitled "The Complete HTPC Guide: Everyone's Guide To Building A Home Theater PC". Shawn has a structured wiring company where he helps homeowners create automated homes through the use of home electronics and computers.

Lori is an aspiring children's writer. After years of being an accomplished QA Analyst for a cutting edge software manufacturer, she now enjoys spending her time with her family and writing.
The opinions expressed in the article above are only those of the writer, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts, opinions, or official stance of ArenaFan Online or its staff, or the Arena Football League, or any AFL or af2 teams.
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