SPOKANE, WA (June 7, 2014) – The Spokane Shock (6-6) dropped a close game by a score of 34-28 to the Jacksonville Sharks (4-7) on Saturday afternoon on ESPNews.
A stellar defensive performance by the Shock, highlighted by 3.0 sacks from linebacker Derrick Summers, kept Spokane in the game the whole way despite the offense being shutout in the second half.
The Shock had an opportunity to tie the game on the final play facing 4th down and goal from the 1 yard line before a Brian Zbydniewski pass to Nick Truesdell sailed just high in the corner of the end zone, sealing the Sharks victory.
Zbydniewski finished the night for Spokane 16-29 for 193 yards and three touchdowns, adding one touchdown on the ground. His biggest target of the afternoon was Mike Washington, who finished the game with 11 receptions for 145 yards and two touchdowns.
Linebacker Terence Moore led the Shock defense with 6.0 tackles, one forced fumble, and two pass break ups. The Spokane defensive squad held the Sharks to 1-6 on fourth down conversions and created one turnover on a Terrance Sanders interception.
Spokane opened the game with a successful drive that ended in a touchdown on a quarterback sneak from Zbydniewski, giving the Shock an early 7-0 lead. Jacksonville answered a few minutes later with a rushing touchdown of their own; R.J. Bibbs would find the end zone from one yard out to tie the game at 7-7. Washington’s first touchdown catch of the night was from five yards out and would give the Shock a 14-7 lead heading into the second quarter.
Three straight turnovers on down – two for Jacksonville, one for Spokane – opened up the second quarter. Eventually the Shock would break through, with Zbydniewski hitting Washington again for a touchdown from 28 yards out, stretching the Shock lead to 21-7. The two-score lead didn’t stand long, though, as Archer would find Harvey for a long catch and run that was fumbled on the one yard line but recovered by the Sharks in the end zone for a touchdown. Spokane responded on the ensuing drive with an 18-yard touchdown pass from Zbydniewski to Rashaad Cater, pushing their lead to 28-14. The highest scoring quarter of the day was capped off by a second Jacksonville touchdown when Archer found Charles Gilbert for a 17-yard score. Spokane headed into the locker room leading 28-21 after holding the Sharks offense following an onside kick recovery.
The second half opened with a scoreless third frame highlighted by the Shock defense forcing two turnovers and blocking a 30-yard field goal attempt by Jacksonville’s Fabrizio Scaccia. In the course of two series Spokane’s Summers took down R.J. Archer behind the line three times, marking the second time in 2014 he has recorded 3.0 sacks in one contest, tying the franchise single-game sacks record.
Spokane had an opportunity to extend their lead with just over five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter before a Washington fumble on the goal line gave the Sharks a spark. Jacksonville scored the final 13 points of the game on a Gilbert touchdown run and a Terrance Smith pick-six to steal the lead 34-28. The Shock held the ball inside the Sharks five yard line and a first down in the final seconds of the contest. Three quarterback sneaks to kill the clock brought the game to its final four seconds when Zbydniewski looked to Truesdell in the corner for the win, ultimately falling incomplete over the boards to give Jacksonville the win.