SPOKANE -- The Spokane Shock won their eighth straight game by taking down the division rival Arizona Rattlers 37-36 on Friday night at Veterans Memorial Arena.
Everyone expected a high-scoring battle between two of the top offenses in the Arena Football League, instead the two teams combined for only 25 second half points (they scored 34 points in the second quarter alone).
Shock wide receiver Quorey Payne caught the eventual game-winning touchdown with 5:45 left in the fourth quarter. The biggest question is, did he really make the catch (watch the highlights and decide for yourself)? The officials counted it as a touchdown to give the Shock a 37-28 lead.
Arizona marched down field, and on four-and-goal from the five yard line, and came one step closer to taking the lead after Nick Davila connected with Rod Windsor with :17 left in the game. The Rattlers were successful on the two-point conversion to make it 37-36. They attempted an onside kick, but it was smothered by Spokane's Alex Teems.
Playing without star wide receiver Raul Vijil, Spokane was forced to spread things out. Huey Whittaker led all Shock receivers with 73 yards on six catches, one of those being a touchdown.
Defense wound up being the key to the game. Spokane's Antwan Marsh finished with eight tackles, one for loss, and came up with a couple of goal line stuffs late in the fourth quarter.
The Shock are now 10-2 on the season, the first team in the AFL to reach the ten win plateau. They play the Cleveland Gladiators on the road next Saturday at 4pm (PT).