Shock can't control Blaze in 84-63 defeat
Saturday May 5, 2012
Utah offense shows hot hand, Spokane unable to close gap in second half
SALT LAKE CITY, UT (May 4th, 2012) – In a Week 9 AFL match-up the Spokane Shock (3-4) would face a familiar foe in the Utah Blaze (6-2) with Offensive Coordinator Matt Sauk, Jack Linebacker Antwan Marsh and Wide Receiver Shaun Kauleinamoku all having spent time in Spokane.
The Shock showed problems early, racking up ten (10) penalties in the first half alone and were stopped on three different occasions, once on a failed 4th down conversion and twice on interceptions by QB Kyle Rowley. The Utah offense continued their high level of production seen in their previous games as they put up 43 points in the first half lead by QB Tommy Grady.
Blaze receiver Aaron Lesue and Shock receiver Brandon Thompkins would each make their presence known early in the contest. As one of the top TD receiving Wide Receivers in the AFL, Lesue brought in three (3) TD receptions while Thompkins would also snag three (3) TD receptions before the first half would end with the Blaze leading 43-21.
The Blaze would continue their hot streak in the second half with continued offensive production between QB Tommy Grady and WR Aaron Lesue. Spokane would capitalize on an early third quarter turnover and protect the football to keep the game within reach, but were unable to close the gap or slow down the Utah offense.
Shock QB Kyle Rowley and WR Brandon Thompkins were in complete sync throughout the night as Thompkins pulled in 10 receptions for 168 yards and 7 touchdowns. Despite the Shock’s best effort offensively, Spokane could not find an answer for Blaze QB Tommy Grady’s single game record setting performance (11 touchdowns) as Utah defeated Spokane by a final score of 84-63.
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
Rowley, Kyle – SPO 24/42 352 9 3
Grady, Tommy – UTAH 26/40 258 11 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
Nierman, Andrew – SPO 1 0 0 0
Stallings, Ben – UTAH 9 21 1 10
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
Thompkins, Brandon – SPO 10 168 7 40
Tennell, Adron –SPO 7 103 1 19
Black, Steven – SPO 4 28 1 15
Hills, Joe – SPO 3 53 0 20
Lesue, Aaron – UTAH 11 136 5 29
Bocage, Chris – SPO 7 55 1 17
Kauleinamoku, Shaun 6 56 4 15
Bryant, Maurice 2 11 1 9
Kickoff Returns NO AVG TD LG
Sanders, Terrance – SPO 8 21.1 0 35
Bocage, Chris – UTAH 3 22 0 38
Lesue, Aaron – UTAH 1 13 0 13
Defensive UT AT SCK INT FR
Sanders, Terrance – SPO 8 1 0 0 0
Ferguson, Josh – SPO 4 0 0 1 0
Hyland, David – UTAH 6 2 0 0 0
Brown, Carlton – UTAH 3 0 0 1 0
Marsh, Antwan – UTAH 3 3 0 1 0
Mortensen, Joe – UTAH 3 1 1 0 0
A LOOK AHEAD
The Spokane Shock will come home after a two game road stint to take on the New Orleans Voodoo on Friday, May 11th, 2012 with an 8:00pm PST kickoff. The Shock will be teaming up with Cancer Care Northwest for a special “Fight Against Cancer” night, playing with pink accented footballs in support of the theme. Cancer Care Northwest will also be present, boosting fundraising efforts in the “Fight against Cancer” as they sell special bracelets before and during the contest.
Great seats still remain for next week’s home game. Call 509-242-SHOCK (7462) ext 1 to gets your seats today! Tickets are also available at www.TicketsWest.com or by calling 800-325-SEAT (7328).
Join the 9th man in Deaf Valley and support your Spokane Shock as they take on the New Orleans Voodoo and “Fight against Cancer” with Cancer Care Northwest on May 11th, 2012 at the Spokane Arena with an 8:00pm PST kickoff.
Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Game – Thompkins (SPO)
Riddell Defensive Player of the Game – Mortenson (UTAH)
JLS Ironman of the Game – Lesue (UTAH)
AFL Playmaker of the Game – Thompkins (SPO)
Cutters Catch of the Game – Lesue (UTAH)
Spalding Highlight of the Game – Lesue (UTAH)
National Guard MVP of the Game – Lesue (UTAH)
ABOUT THE SPOKANE SHOCK
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