June 12 2010 – The Spokane Shock earned their seventh victory of the season Saturday night by defeating the Orlando Predators, 53-52.
In a game that saw four interceptions, none of them were more important than LB Antwan Marsh’s late in the fourth quarter. With the Predators up 52-46, QB Nick Hill marched down the field into the red zone and put Orlando in position to put the game away. On the eighth play of the Predator’s drive, Marsh leaped up and came down with an interception that put Spokane’s offense back in business.
Four plays later, Spokane’s top-rated offense capitalized on the turnover with a six-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Rowley to WR Raul Vijil with just 14.5 seconds left. This left just enough time for the Predators to put K Carlos Martinez in scoring position. Martinez game-winning field goal attempt was blocked by DL Jerry Turner as the game clock expired.
In addition to blocking the game-winning field goal, Turner and teammate Richard Clebert each registered a sack.
Spokane’s offense continued to rely on the hot hands of Vijil who recorded 11 receptions for 134 yards with four touchdowns, including the game-winner. WR Huey Whittaker also collected 11 receptions – including two touchdowns – for 122 yards. Whittaker added a two-yard rushing touchdown, his first of the season. WR Shaun Kauleinamoku and WR Quorey Payne combined for six receptions and 49 receiving yards.
QB Kyle Rowley completed 70-percent of his passes and six touchdowns with 305 passing yards. Tonight is the fifth game of the season that Rowley has passed for 300 yards or more.
Next week, the Shock return to Spokane Tribe Field to host the Tulsa Talons on Friday night. This will be the first meeting between these two teams since last season’s Conference Championship Game. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by contacting TicketsWest.