It wasn't exactly how you draw it up.
Spokane survived a sloppy, penalty- and turnover-filled game to pull out a 68-62 win over New Orleans on Friday night. Some of the uneven play was to be expected with Spokane working in seven new starters and losing standout receiver Brandon Thompkins to injury for most of the game. Some miscues simply couldn't be explained, such as a New Orleans' receiver getting behind three defensive backs for a 28-yard touchdown catch on the final play of the first half and Spokane messing up a potential game-winning PAT.
The Shock won it overtime when Terrance Sanders made his second interception of the game, to go along with two kick returns for TDs. Sanders' OT pick and 31-yard return set up Kyle Rowley's game-winning 1-yard TD run.
My unedited game story is below.
On a night when a lot went wrong for the Spokane Shock, Terrance Sanders did a ton of things right.
Sanders picked off two passes – one in overtime – and returned two kickoffs for touchdowns, helping
“That just replaced my best game, that’s my new favorite,” Sanders said. “We definitely found a way. I’ve been saying since Week 1 that I look into our guys’ eyes and nobody quits and we’re all hungry. That can take us through games like this.”
It was sloppily played throughout by both teams. They combined for five turnovers, a blocked field goal, 26 penalties (and several others that were declined) and
In overtime, Sanders stepped in front of a Voodoo receiver to intercept Kurt Rocco’s pass and returned the ball 31 yards to the
“In the end all that matters is we won the game,” head coach Andy Olson said. “We didn’t play the way we wanted to. It was sloppy, ups and downs, but everybody persevered. We just have to be smarter in clutch situations, which is what I’ve been saying for weeks.”
The Shock pieced together a scoring drive in the final minute of regulation, capped by Rowley’s 6-yard touchdown pass to Steven Black to tie the score at 62. However, the snap on the PAT went through Rowley’s hands.
“Their kicker was doing a good job of kicking it away from me and hitting the bar, but he finally left one short and I seized the moment,” Sanders said. “Then he kicked another one to me.”
Rowley passed for 271 yards and four touchdowns. He threw interceptions on two of
Then it was
“We have to play better than that 100 percent,” Olson said. “Next week with