Spokane players and coaches have said for weeks they wanted a good test on the field. They got one Friday.
For a half.
Spokane broke away from a halftime tie with a dominating second half, outscoring the Yard Dawgz 33-0 to claim a 61-28 victory at the Arena. Head coach Adam Shackleford wasn't around for long after the game. He raced to the hospital to be with his wife, Migdalia, who went into labor during the game.
Read on for my unedited game story.
Spokane Shock head coach Adam Shackleford kept his post-game comments to his team brief.
“He said, ‘Good game, see you Monday, I’m about to have a baby,’ ” defensive lineman Frank Morton Jr. said.
With that, Shackleford made the short trip to the hospital to be with his wife, Migdalia, who attended
Shortly after Shackleford’s wife left the Arena, Shackleford’s team took control against the Yard Dawgz, who battled to a 28-28 tie at half in front of an announced crowd of 10,026.
“In the third quarter, he said, ‘Hurry this game up, I’m going to be a dad again,’ ” defensive coordinator Alex Sirianni said.
The top-ranked Shock (12-0) pitched a second-half shutout against the 11th-ranked Yard Dawgz (7-6), who became the first time since Central Valley more than a month ago to hold a lead against
Both teams scored on their four first-half possessions.
The Shock defense, which yielded four rushing touchdowns in the first half to af2’s top running team, put relentless pressure on Yard Dawgz quarterback Robert Kent in the second half. Morton Jr. hit
The defense delivered another turnover, forcing
“Coach (Shackleford) asked us to get two stops and we’d win the game,” McCullough said. “All season long our defensive line has been tearing up other teams’ offensive lines. I have to give them credit for a lot of my interceptions.”
“This game is about up front,”
“Shock football in the second half,” said Gilliam, who had two interceptions. “That’s all it takes.”
The 6-foot-7 White, filling in for injured receiver Charles Dillon, had two touchdown catches and also out-jumped a defender on a successful 2-point conversion pass in the second quarter. Vijil had two touchdown receptions and Harrison Nikolao chipped in a six-yard scoring run.
Davila finished 20 of 25 for 172 yards.