Spokane returns home after two lengthy, but successful road trips, when it entertains Chicago at 5 p.m. Friday. My unedited advance is below.
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The Spokane Shock would like to make playing at home and playing on national television a regular occurrence over the next month.
The top-ranked Shock (12-2) put their 10-game winning streak on the line against No. 6 Chicago (10-5) at 5 tonight at the Arena.
A victory would give
Michna had the league’s best completion percentage (68.6) to go with just 11 interceptions. Only
J.J. Raterink, who was in the 2006 Shock training camp before being traded to Bossier/Shreveport, is expected to start. Without Michna and Parker,
“We respect everybody,” Shock coach Rob Keefe said. “I think they’re going to come in confident. J.J. is an AFL quarterback. It’s a must-win for our opponent for the third week in a row so we could see a lot of trick plays.”
Shock defensive back William Mulder won’t play. Mervin Brookins replaces Mulder, whom Keefe wants 100 percent healthy for the playoffs. Tito Hannah, who signed earlier this week, will join the rotation on the defensive line.
The Rush opened the season with four straight wins and was ranked No. 1, but they’ve since gone 6-5.
Ex-Spokane players Palauni Ma Sun, Nygel Rogers and former Washington State Cougar Chris Martin are key players for the Rush. Rogers and Martin have combined for 13 interceptions and form two-thirds of the starting secondary. Ma Sun has three touchdown receptions at tight end. … Troy Biladeau, the defensive coordinator on