Shock stay unbeaten with win over defending champ Rattlers
Posted on April 12, 2013 at 11:51 PM
Updated Saturday, Nov 9 at 2:51 PM
SPOKANE – The Shock (4-0) defeated the defending ArenaBowl Champion Arizona Rattlers in front of a sell-out crowd of 10,358 in a battle of unbeaten West Division rivals.
Quarterback Erik Meyer continued his league leading numbers throwing for another 8 touchdowns giving him a total of 32 on the season with no interceptions. There were no defensive stops until 3:45 left in the fourth quarter when Spokane held the Rattlers to a four-and-out.
Meyer and Kemar Jorden connected on back to back touchdowns to give the Shock their first lead, 28-21. On the following Arizona drive, Nick Davila found Kerry Reed on 4th-10 Davila for a deep 49-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 28 before the half.
The teams traded punches for much of the second half. It was tied at 49 when Tennell bounced off the pads in the end zone and shows off his supreme concentration and hands on the next drive when Meyer throws a 24-yard touchdown pass towards the pads to put Spokane up 56-49.
Kenney Spencer gave the Shock a 59-49 lead with 1:16 to play on a short field goal, but the Shock weren’t finished quite yet with their West Division opponents. With Arizona driving and less than one minute to go Beau Bell came up with the critical interception while spying Rattler quarterback Nick Davila from the mac-linebacker position and returned the pick 20-yards into Arizona territory. As the clock dwindled down, Head Coach Andy Olson and the shock offense put a stamp on the win with yet another scoring drive leaving only 12 seconds on the clock to close the game out by a final score of 66-49.
The Shock will travel to San Jose next week to take on their second straight West Division opponent in the SaberCats on Friday, April 19th with a 7:30 PST kickoff time.