Shock Stomp Steamwheelers
The Quad City Steamwheelers didn't know what hit 'em. Within the first minutes of the first quarter they had a false start, illegal defense, and an offsides penalty called against them. Not to mention all the onside kicks that landed into the hands of the Shock all four times throughout the first half.
I had the unique experience of being part of the Ninth Man during the first half of the game (as opposed to being in the press box). Our 6-year old son, Kaiden, joined us tonight so Shawn and I took turns sitting with him in the stands.
As I mentioned, the first half basically consisted of the Shock beating the pants off the Steamwheelers. It was the Davila and Vijil Show, with WR Raul “The Thrill” Vijil scoring four touchdowns. QB Nick Davila had two touchdowns of his own; one a 1-yard quarterback sneak and the other a 16-yard run. WR Kelvin Dickens also had a 5-yard touchdown reception.
The heroes of the game, however, were Shock kicker Brian Jackson and newcomer WR Etu Molden, who played his first game for the Shock tonight. Twice in the first half, these two thrilled the crowd with an on-side kick and recovery, both times preventing a Steamwheeler possession and allowing a score for the Shock. Jackson also nailed every extra point kick in the game.
Brian Jackson commented on what was going through his mind tonight.
“The whole game I just stayed focus on each kick," Jackson said. "I didn't think about the past or worry about the next kick. Thank God it worked for me and I was able to help the team to victory.”
The Shock defense shined in the second half. They came on strong in the third quarter and never let up, making sure they were all over Steamwheeler QB J.J. Raterink. He was sacked twice, once in the end zone by Shock LB Lee Foliaki, resulting in a safety for the Shock.
The Steamwheelers tried the onside kick once again in the second half. Apparently they forgot about Shock's WR Etu Molden. Molden recovered the ball once again and gave the Shock possession in the red zone. A few plays later, Molden made his first touchdown as a Spokane Shock.
Tonight was a much anticipated game. The last time the Steamwheelers were in town, they beat the Shock 60 – 45. Shock DS Nygel Rogers had some amazing hits and was simply at the top of his game.
After the game he stated, “This was a big game for us tonight. I remember Quad City coming in here last year and beating us. I just wanted to show them that this is our house and our year. They had to put up a good fight to beat us.”
That was pretty much the whole tone for the game. It was a mix of great coaching, time management and fantastic plays on both the defense and offense. As mentioned by Lori, an extra element of surprise were the onside kicks. The Steamwheelers simply never recovered from the onslaught of special teams dominance by the Shock.
Like so many times before, the excitement of the Ninth Man played a vital role in tonight's win. Like Lori, I also enjoyed being a part of the noise while watching our son get his first dose of Electrifying Football. And guess what: he's hooked.
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.