SPOKANE -- The Tampa Bay Storm beat the Spokane Shock 51-42 on Friday at Veterans Memorial Arena. It was a rematch of last year's ArenaBowl championship game.
Casey Hansen, who was signed this week after Kyle Rowley and Bill Stull were both placed in Injured Reserve, made the first AFL start of his career, throwing for 244 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception.
Hansen connected with Raul Vijil for a team-high 14 receptions for 146 yards and two touchdowns. Vijil’s second touchdown of the game, the 150th of his Shock career, came in the fourth quarter and pulled the Shock within four (38-34) with just over three minutes left in the game.
Tampa Bay fired back on the ensuing drive with a 10-yard strike from Brian Zbydniewski to Amarii Jackson. After a failed PAT attempt by Kyle Chilton, Tampa Bay had a 44-34 lead.
The Storm iced the victory after Michael Hawthorne intercepted a Hansen pass, and returned it 17 yards for a touchdown.
Zbydniewski, who was the backup to Rowley in Spokane last season, finished the night with 223 yards and six touchdowns.
Tampa Bay's receiving corps was led by former Shock wide receiver Huey Whittaker, who recorded 11 receptions for 123 yards with three touchdowns.
Spokane, who is now 4-6 on the season, returns to action next week on the road against Kansas City.