SPOKANE – In the final week of the regular season the Shock beat Tampa Bay 63-53, ending the Storm's playoff hopes with their second straight win.
After trailing 13-7 at the end of the first quarter Spokane opened the second with a one yard QB sneak by Kyle Rowley to put the Shock back on top by one point. On the ensuing kickoff, the ball hit the bar and was recovered by Spokane's Patrick Stoudamire on the two yard line and taken into the end zone for the touchdown.
Also in the second quarter, Adron Tennell made his presence well known, scoring twice on passes from Rowley. With his first half performance, Adron overtook former Shock WR Huey Whittaker’s single season TD reception record and now holds single season franchise records in receptions, yardage, and touchdowns.
At the half Spokane led Tampa Bay by a score of 35-30.
The third quarter was highlighted by each team’s defensive play as the offenses combined for only seven points. Shock DE James Ruffin and DE Jeremy Geathers each came away with forced fumbles. Tampa Bay was also able to come away with a goal line stand and stripped Spokane FB Andrew Nierman as he attempted to push his way into the end zone. While each team was able to create opportunities, the stale mate continued through the quarter and ended with Spokane leading 42-30.
In the final quarter of play, each team’s offense reemarged and combined for a total of six touchdowns. After Spokane scored in the opening moments of the fourth quarter and took a 19 point lead. Despite the Storm’s best effort to bring the game back within reach, they were unable to close the gap and fell to Spokane by a final score of 63-53.
For Spokane, Rowley completed 24 of 33 attempts for 245 yards and 6 TDs. Tennell led the receivers with 10 receptions for 140 yards and 4 TDs while Steven Black pulled in 5 receptions for 45 yards and 2 TDs.
Spokane finishes the season at 10-8 thanks to two straight wins to end the year. The late success comes despite the team being out of the playoff race for the first time in franchise history.