SPOKANE -- The Spokane Shock took down the Philadelphia Soul 75-54 in front of a national television audience on the NFL Network on Friday night in Spokane.
Erik Meyer made his first AFL start, leading Spokane to its highest point total of the season. Meyer, who starred at Eastern Washington University, led the offense to its first touchdown with a quick strike to Markee White on the team's opening possession.
The Meyer-led offense continued to pour it on by scoring two more unanswered touchdowns, allowing Spokane to jump out to an early 20-0 lead.
Philadelphia would not go away quietly. After posting only seven points in the first quarter, the Soul came roaring back and scored 21 points leaving Spokane with a six-point lead, 34-28, at the end of the first half.
Ryan Vena then led Philadelphia on a three-play, 29-yard drive that was capped off by a 15-yard pass to Larry Brackins for the first touchdown of the second half. Philadelphia missed the PAT, leaving the game tied at 34.
Meyer responded with an eight-play, 42-yard drive that ended with a three-yard rushing touchdown by Antwan Marsh. Spokane’s defense got into the scoring act on the ensuing drive thanks to a Terrance Sanders’ interception. Sanders returned the pick 30 yards before he pitched it to teammate Beau Bell who ran it the remaining 19 yards for the touchdown.
On the next drive, Vena threw another interception that fell into the hands of Spokane’s Ruschard Dodd-Masters who returned it for the second straight defensive score and broke the game open for the Shock.
Meyer finished the night completing 72-percent of his passes for 332 yards and seven touchdowns. Orton led Spokane in receptions (10) and receiving yards (151), while White lead the team with touchdown receptions (3).
Spokane is now 5-7 on the season. They host the Central Division-leading Chicago Rush next Saturday at Veterans Memorial Arena.