DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Spokane Shock are off to their worst start in team history after a 43-42 loss to the Iowa Barnstormers on Friday. The Shock are now 0-3, riding their first three-game losing streak ever.
It was a see-saw battle that came down to the final seconds of the game.
With the Barnstormers ahead 43-42 with about a minute left in the game, Iowa was looking to close out the game on the goal line. Instead, Spokane's defense held strong, forcing a turnover on downs and giving the Shock a chance to win.
Kyle Rowley stepped onto the field and started the drive deep in Spokane territory. After an incomplete pass on first down, Rowley connected with Greg Orton for a 27-yard completion. Rowley followed that up with another completion to Shaun Kauleinamoku to get to the Iowa 10-yard line. Spokane was penalized on the next play, so that moved them back to the 15-yard line. A couple plays later, with just 18 seconds left on the clock, Rowley threw to the endzone for the game-winner, but he was intercepted by Iowa defensive back Cameron McGlenn. That sealed the game for the Barnstormers, who are now 1-1 on the year.
Despite the interception, Rowley passed for more than 300 yards for the third consecutive game (302) completing 67% of his passes with six touchdowns. Rowley’s leading receiver Orton had the best game of his career with five touchdowns on nine receptions for 203 yards.
Defensively, the Shock created three turnovers (two fumble recoveries and one interception). Khreem Smith recorded a sack, two tackles for a loss, a forced fumble and added a pass break-up.
But it was Iowa’s defense that made the biggest impact on the game by creating four consecutive turnovers (two fumbles and two interceptions).
The Shock return to Spokane next week to host the Kansas City Command on April 1st.