PHOENIX -- The Spokane Shock were pounded by the Arizona Rattlers 62-33 in the opening round of the Arena Football League playoffs on Friday night. That means the Shock are done for the season.
Both teams struggled offensively in the first half, combining for five turnovers. Spokane’s first drive ended with an interception, but the Shock defense quickly returned the favor by forcing a fumble that was recovered by Terrance Sanders.
Spokane’s offense capitalized on the turnover with a 21-yard touchdown strike from Kyle Rowley to Randy Hymes. That gave the Shock an early seven-point lead. It would prove to be their only lead of the game. Arizona quickly regrouped scoring two straight touchdowns and eventually went into halftime with a 21-13 lead.
On the first drive of the second half, Spokane’s defense stopped Arizona’s offense with an interception by DB Ruschard Dodd-Masters. Rowley and the Shock offense made the most of the turnover with another touchdown pass to Hymes and cut Arizona’s lead to just one point, 21-20.
Arizona’s offense quickly responded with two consecutive touchdowns. That put Spokane in a 15-point hole, 35-20. The Rattlers’ defense continued to pick up steam in the fourth quarter with two interceptions, both were returned for touchdowns.
Rowley finished the night with 210 passing yards, four touchdowns, and three interceptions. Davila also finished the game with four touchdowns and added 167 passing yards.
Next weekend, Arizona hosts the Chicago Rush for the National Conference championship.