NEW ORLEANS -- The Spokane Shock won its third straight game Saturday night with a 75-54 over the Voodoo in New Orleans.
Spokane’s point total tied it highest of the season set early this year with a 75-54 victory over Philadelphia.
The Shock (7-7) set the tone early scoring on the opening play of the game, thanks to a 57-yard kick return for a touchdown by Terrance Sanders, his fourth of the season.
After the Voodoo scored on the ensuing drive, QB Kyle Rowley, who was activated from the IR earlier this week, fired back with an 11-yard touchdown completion to WR Shaun Kauleinamoku to help the Shock take an early 14-7 lead.
Spokane’s defense flexed their muscle and got into the scoring act on the next drive. Rookie DL Erik Hedin stripped the ball from Voodoo FB Tommy Taggart that was recovered by Antwan Marsh who returned it 12-yards for a touchdown. Hedin, who was signed earlier this week and was making his first professional start, added a sack to his stats on the next drive when he dropped Voodoo QB D. Bryant for a 10-yard loss on fourth down. Three plays later, Rowley pushed his way into the endzone for the score.
Spokane’s offense closed the first half with a 34-yard completion from Rowley to WR Chas Gessner for his second touchdown reception of the first half.
With a 42-14 lead at the end of the first half, Spokane’s defense had three stops, one touchdown, and allowed only one New Orleans’ offensive touchdown.
Spokane picked things up right where they left off in the second half. On the opening drive of the third quarter, Spokane’s defense forced its third turnover on downs of the contest. Six plays later, Spokane’s offense capitalized on the stop with a 28-yard touchdown pass from Rowley to WR Greg Orton.
Rowley finished the game with 16 completions for 183 yards and five touchdowns (four passing and one rushing) without a single interception. With the game in hand, QB Bill Stull came in the fourth quarter and kept Spokane’s offense rolling with three touchdowns (two passing and one rushing) of his own and no interceptions.
Gessner, playing in his third game of the season, led the Shock receiving corps in receptions (seven), receiving yards (96) and touchdown receptions (two). Orton finished with five receptions for 54 yards and one touchdown. Kauleinamoku had four receptions, including two for touchdowns, while WR Adron Tennell had three receptions with one touchdown.
Spokane hits the road again next week as they travel to Arizona to take on the Rattlers on July 2nd. The Shock will return to Spokane on July 9th when they host the Utah Blaze for the Joe Albi Summer Classic.