Spokane dropped to 1-4 after falling to Utah 69-62 on Friday in Salt Lake City.
The Shock, defending AFL champions, beat the Blaze 68-34 and 77-28 last season. Spokane is in last place in the four-team West Division and now trails Utah and San Jose by two games. Arizona is 4-0 heading into a Saturday game against Kansas City. San Jose faces Tulsa on Saturday night.
Game recap below.
The Spokane Shock was hoping to return from a bye week looking like the team that throttled
Instead, Spokane was once again undone by a costly turnover and crucial penalties – the same types of miscues that symbolized its 0-3 start this season – in a 69-62 Arena Football League loss to Utah in front of 7,649 Friday night at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City.
“I’m really at a loss, literally,” head coach Rob Keefe said in a post-game radio interview. “We’re not in good position at 1-4, (losing to) a divisional opponent. We just have to clean our act up. A fumbled snap; that just can’t happen.”
Rowley threw an incomplete pass as
The Shock scored in the closing seconds of the first half. They followed it up with Rowley’s touchdown pass to Emery Sammons to trim
The teams traded touchdowns the rest of the way.
Three Shock onside kicks failed in the fourth quarter, including one that was returned 7 yards for a touchdown by Ernie Pierce.
“It was very close,” said Orton, who had 14 receptions for 146 yards and five touchdowns. “Kyle threw it up and it bounced off the bar and then a fan hit it. I tried to get it after the fan touched it. It was a very physical game and I know a lot of our guys are beat up. It hurts because it was so close. We just have to finish.”
The Shock defense didn’t register a sack or force a turnover.
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