SAN JOSE, CA – The Spokane Shock (8-6) won 90-63 against the San Jose SaberCats (9-6) in a West Division match-up thanks to an AFL record 12 touchdown passes from Kyle Rowley.
The game opened with a shaky start from both teams as Spokane’s opening pass deflected off the wall into the hands of the San Jose defense. On San Jose’s following possession, a fumbled snap went to the turf and was recovered by Shock DT Chris Tucker that would awaken the Shock offense and lead to a one play TD drive by Spokane on a pass from Rowley to WR Adron Tennell.
Spokane had a 21-7 lead heading into the second quarter, and took control before the half as Rowley connected with Tennell, Rod Harper twice, and Steven Black for scores. The Shock offense posted 28 second quarter points, closing the first half with a 49 to 20 lead.
Matters only got better for the Shock, as they entered the final quarter with a 69-36 advantage. In the fourth, Rowley broke the single game AFL record with 12 TD passes. Spokane would go on to post a total of 90 points in the contest, the most ever scored against the San Jose SaberCats.
Rowley completed 30 of 37 attempts for 392 yards, 12 TDs and 1 interception. Tennell led the Shock receiving effort, bringing in 13 receptions for 164 yards and 5 TDs. Haper added 9 receptions for 119 yards and 4 TDs as Jeffrey Soloman brought in 5 receptions for 74 yards and 2 TDs. Paul Stevens came up with 2 INTs on the night and was supported by five forced fumbles and recoveries by the Shock defense.
Next week the Spokane Shock host the Arizona Rattlers on Friday, June 29th with an 8:00 p.m. kickoff at Spokane Arena.