SPOKANE -- The Spokane Shock escaped with a thrilling 68-62 overtime win against the New Orleans VooDoo on Friday night at Veterans Memorial Arena.
The first half proved to be a defensive and penalty dominated half as each team would complete just over fifty percent of their attempted passes with the Shock being intercepted twice and the Voodoo once. New Orleans racked up 11 penalties for 76 yards in the first half alone to the Shock’s 6 for 73 yards.
Special teams would lead the way for the Shock in the second half. Terrance Sanders would take two kick returns to the house to help the Shock maintain their one touchdown lead through the third quarter as back and forth action would continue by both teams.
Despite the Voodoo’s best efforts to protect the ball in the fourth quarter and continue to put points on the board in rhythm with the Shock’s special teams and offense, two missed PAT’s would prove to be New Orleans’ biggest foe down the stretch. As the Voodoo attempted to hold a 6-point lead, the Shock slowly used the remainder of the clock with under one minute left. Picking their way down the field the Shock drove the field to score on a Touchdown on a pass from Rowley to Steven Black with 2.3 seconds on the clock. In what seemed like a turn of bad luck, Spokane fumbled the hold on the go ahead PAT that would have sealed the game and instead forced overtime.
In the overtime period, the Shock would make short work of the Voodoo as Sanders would come up with a huge interception which he would return to the New Orleans goal line. Rowley then scored the game-winner with a quarterback sneak.
Spokane is now 4-4 on the season. The Shock return to action next week at home against Philadelphia.