Spokane, after trailing 21-7 in the second quarter against eighth-seeded Stockton, rolled up eight unanswered touchdowns to post a 62-21 win Saturday at the Arena.
Next up: Spokane (16-1) meets Boise (13-4) on Saturday, the fourth clash of West Division rivals this season. Spokane is 3-0 against the Burn.
Read on for my unedited game story.
The Spokane Shock defense didn’t get its first stop until late in the second quarter.
After that, it was nothing but stops.
The top-ranked Shock erased a two-touchdown deficit with 55 unanswered points and rolled to a 62-21 victory over the Stockton Lightning in the first round of the arenafootball2 playoffs in front of 7,267 Saturday at the Arena.
The eighth-seeded Lightning (6-11) surprised Spokane early, leading 21-7 after Brandon Horace’s 9-yard touchdown catch with 10:53 left in the second quarter. Those would be the Lightning’s last points as their final eight possessions came up empty.
“We came out going through the motions a little bit,” said Shock defensive end Caesar Rayford, who had one of the team’s two sacks. “Once we settled down a little and figured out their offensive line we started getting after it.”
The result was steady pressure on quarterback Chad Cavender, who tossed two touchdowns in the first quarter, but was intercepted four times in the second half and fired numerous passes into the crowd to avoid sacks.
“Once a team like that gets rolling, it’s hard to stop them,” said Cavender, who finished 24 of 49 for 318 yards. “They picked it up offensively and defensively in the second half. It was either their pressure or me trying to get rid of ball too soon. Their line is the best in the league and they showed it tonight.”
The ensuing kickoff hit the bottom of the goal post and bounced into the waiting arms of Sergio Gilliam inside the
“That’s happened twice for me this year,” said Gilliam, referring to his recovery on the kickoff. “There wasn’t any frustration (when
“We weren’t thrilled in the locker room. I didn’t feel like we played well in the first half,” Shock head coach Adam Shackleford said. “We talked about playing with them and I thought we could wear them down. In the third and fourth quarter we were all over the place.”
Davila passed for 250 yards and five touchdowns. Dillon and White each had two TD catches and Andy Olson scored a 32-yard pass play to hike