Posted on May 18, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Tuesday, Nov 19 at 12:32 PM
SPOKANE --The Spokane Shock (6-3) used some big plays from Terrance Sanders to break their three game losing streak with a 65-54 win over the New Orleans VooDoo Friday night.
New Orleans did not have the look of a one-win team. VooDoo quarterback Kurt Rocco returned to the New Orleans lineup after missing the last three contests and opened with a one-play scoring drive on a 34-yard touchdown pass to answer the early Shock score. After back to back scores by each team to tie the game at 14-14, VooDoo wide receiver Donovan Morgan received his second touchdown pass of the quarter to give New Orleans the lead at 21-14.
Erik Meyer led the Shock on a four-play scoring drive to be capped on a 4-yard touchdown run by Kamar Jorden on an end-around toss after a fake dive to tie the game at 21. After trading scores by each team’s leading receivers in the VooDoo’s Donovan Morgan and the Shock’s Adron Tennell, Spokane’s Paul Stephens would jump a crossing route in the end zone and record his first interception of the night (6th on the season) to set up a 28-yard field goal as time expired in the first half, giving the Shock a 31-27 lead going into the half after holding the VooDoo to only one touchdown in the second quarter of play.
New Orleans scored back-to-back touchdowns in the third quarter, with Derek Lee returning a fumble to give the VooDoo a 40-38 edge. On the ensuing kickoff, the Shock’s Terrance Sanders created lightning yet again this season on a 56-yard kick return for the touchdown.
Spokane trailed going into the final quarter, but took control in the last 15 minutes. Meyer found Brandon Thompkins for his third touchdown of the game on a 5-yard strike. Sanders then recorded his first interception of the night and returned the pick for a 15-yard touchdown, giving the Shock a two score lead with just over 11 minutes remaining in the contest.
After trading punches the VooDoo had a final chance to pull the game back within reach, but Spokane’s James Ruffin would get into the backfield and swallow up the New Orlean’s quarterback for his third sack of the night and knock the ball loose for teammate Jon Williams to recover.
Spokane would go on to force the VooDoo to use their remaining time outs and run the clock out for the win by a final score of 65-54.
Meyer completed 29 of 40 passes for 353 yards and 6 touchdowns with one interception. Tennell led the Shock receiving effort with 14 receptions for 174 yards and two scores.
Next week, the Shock will travel to San Antonio to take on a National Conference opponent in the Talons. Kickoff is scheduled for Friday, May 24th at 5:30pm PST. After the Week 10 showdown in San Antonio, the Shock will return for the first of a two-game home stint against the San Jose Sabercats on June 1st as the featured CBS Sports Network game of the week at Spokane Arena in Spokane, WA.