SPOKANE -- The Spokane Shock opened the 2012 season with a 69-63 overtime loss to the Iowa Barnstormers on Monday night at Veterans Memorial Arena.
Early in the fourth quarter, Iowa extended their lead to 56-42 after a failed on-side kick attempt was recovered by linebacker John Mohring, who scampered into the endzone on a six-yard return.
Mohring was later ejected from the game after a viscous hit on Spokane quarterback Erik Meyer. Meyer’s backup Adam Froman was inserted in the game and was able to engineer a quick scoring drive capped off by a five-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Justin Ore.
On the ensuing drive, Spokane’s defense held firm and forced Iowa to attempt a field-goal. After Iowa’s kicker Craig Camay field goal missed, Spokane’s Terrance Sanders returned the kick 54-yards for a touchdown to tie the game and send it into overtime.
After Iowa won the coin flip, they deferred and Spokane started the extra period with the ball. On the third play of Spokane’s overtime drive, Froman’s pass was intercepted by Jason Simpson. This turnover set up Iowa’s game-winning drive that was capped off by a 35-yard touchdown pass from JJ Raterink to Marco Thomas.
While there is no initial word on Meyer’s injury, he finished the game with 294 passing yards and six passing touchdowns. Froman finished the game completing 60% of his passes with one touchdown. Spokane’s receiving corps was led by Ore who hauled in ten receptions for 131 yards. Brandon Thompkins led the team in scoring with four touchdown receptions.
Iowa’s Raterink, who was selected as the Offensive Player of the Game, finished the night with seven touchdowns and 284 yards. Jesse Schmidt, who was selected as the Playmaker of the Game, hauled in a team leading 12 receptions – including four touchdowns – for 157 yards.
Spokane hits the road for a short week playing the San Antonio Talons on Saturday, March 17th at 5pm.