Spokane returns to the Arena tonight for the first time in nearly a month. Visiting Tri-Cities provides the opposition at 7 p.m.
About 500 tickets remain for Saturday’s game.
Read on for my unedited game preview that will run in Saturday’s S-R.
Simply put, the Spokane Shock are expected to win tonight’s home game against Tri-Cities. If there were odds on arenafootball2 games, they would be heavily favored.
“I think our guys have stayed focused and they understand that on paper it’s a game we should win,” Shock head coach Adam Shackleford said. “On the field, it’s a game we have to win. (Tri-Cities) coach Pat O’Hara will have those guys prepared. We have to worry about limiting our mistakes and playing like we did last week.”
Playing like they did against the Fever would probably work, too. Top-ranked
The Shock added former Washington Husky Johnie Kirton (DL/FB) and defensive back Virgil Gray to the roster. Gray won’t play tonight. Kirton will step in for Van Orsow at defensive end.
Damon Jenkins, who had been on injured-reserve, will serve as the fourth defensive back. Starting DB Sergio Gilliam will be the fourth receiver, behind Andy Olson, Raul Vijil and Markee White, who will start in place of Dillon.
“I think we’re getting better offensively – 88 points says so and we scored a lot of points against Tri-Cities the week before,” Olson said. “Obviously we want to put up the same numbers against the better teams, but we’ve improved and no turnovers (versus
“I’d much rather play with them than against them,” Olson said.
Tri-Cities’ offense has struggled all season. Four quarterbacks have seen significant time, but the results haven’t been pretty. The Fever scored a season-high 44 points versus Central Valley and 43 in their lone win against
Quarterback Tomotsuna Inoue started the last three games, but the Fever recently added Colin Drafts, who was with the Fever in 2007 and has played for