Spokane improved to 2-1 on the season with a wild 78-70 AFL win over Bossier-Shreveport on Saturday. (Pictured above is Shock DB Rod Mosley defending the BattleWings' Randy Hymes.) If you're wondering if that was a franchise record for points, the answer is no. Spokane thumped Stockton 88-27 in 2009. In a five-week span in 2008, Spokane beat Quad City 78-50, then in the playoffs ripped Central Valley 83-63 and Amarillo 79-49.
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And now they get a break from the schedule-maker as the Shock can use a bye next week to heal up after Saturday’s hard-fought 78-70 victory over fourth-ranked Bossier-Shreveport in front of 10,387 at the Arena. After dropping its season opener to
Bossier-Shreveport dropped to 2-1.
The Shock finished with receivers Raul Vijil and Eddie Thompson playing defensive back after fourth-quarter injuries to Rod Mosley and William Mulder. Offensive lineman Rob McMackin also left with an injury and fullback Clay Harrell was shaken up. Spokane has four players on injured-reserve, including two offensive linemen and a defensive back, eligible to return before Spokane entertains Cleveland (1-2) on May 1.
“The bye week couldn’t come at a better time,” head coach Rob Keefe said. “I’m speculating that these are one-week injuries.”
Early in the fourth quarter,
Kyle Rowley tossed a 7-yard touchdown pass to Markee White and
“That was huge,” Shock receiver Huey Whittaker said. “We knew at that point as long as we stayed consistent on offense we would be all right.”
On the BattleWings’ next series, Philyaw was chased out of the pocket and linebacker Aaron Robbins interrupted his throwing motion. The ball floated to Mosley, who returned the interception 14 yards for a touchdown and a 65-47 lead.
“Our nose guard, I think it was (Richard) Clebert, opened it up for me,” Robbins said. “I caught (Philyaw’s) arm at the last second.”
Philyaw had three touchdown passes against
“Raul and Eddie stepped up,” Keefe said. “We were getting ready to put Markee out there if we had to.”
Rowley had eight touchdown passes and ran for another score. White and Whittaker both had three TD catches and Vijil had two.
“We’re working together and trusting each other more,” Whittaker said. “We’re just getting comfortable with each other and it’s showing on the field.”
After Bossier-Shreveport took a 6-0 lead on the first of Randy Hymes’ three nifty one-handed catches,
Rowley hit Vijil in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown with 5.4 seconds left, giving
Rowley finished with 316 passing yards, evenly distributed between White (9-100), Vijil (8-103) and Whittaker (8-98). Philyaw passed for 349 yards. Hymes had nine receptions for 174 yards and five touchdowns.
“They were 2-0 coming in and to get a win against a veteran AFL quarterback, a veteran coach and those receivers, they were awesome,” Keefe said. “Luckily we recruited very well and our guys understand what arena football is all about.”