JACKSONVILLE -- The Spokane Shock lost to the Jacksonville Sharks 75-56 in front of a nationally televised game on the NFL Network.
Jacksonville (14-4) scored on the first play of the game with a 57-yard kick return by Jeff Hughley, but Spokane (9-9) quickly regrouped and scored on its first possession with an 11-yard strike from Kyle Rowley to Randy Hymes.
The Shock offense stayed hot scoring on its next four possessions, while Jacksonville matched each of those scores with touchdowns from quarterback Aaron Garcia.
Jacksonville’s defense cooled Spokane's offense by producing two consecutive stops on the final drive of the first half (interception) and the first drive of the second half (turnover on downs).
Garcia was pulled after the first half and finished the night with 117 yards and four touchdowns.
The AFL’s highest scoring offense continued to roll in the second half behind backup quarterback Omar Jacobs. He recorded four touchdowns on just eight pass attempts over the final two quarters.
Rowley, who was pulled in the third quarter for backup Steven Sheffield, completed 64% of his passes for 251 yards and four touchdowns.
Spokane’s offense, which had five receivers on the active roster Friday night, spread the wealth with four receivers recording at least one touchdown. Hymes led the Shock receiving corps with 13 receptions for 92 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Spokane takes on the top-seeded Arizona Rattlers in the first round of the playoffs next week. Kickoff is scheduled for 7pm on Friday.