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Shock hold off Rattlers

Spokane trailed by 21 points in the first quarter and quarterback Erik Meyer was uncharacteristically wild early.

Somehow, the Shock dug out of the hole behind a play-making defense and Meyer, who warmed up to throw six touchdown passes and run for two more in a wild 73-66 victory over the Arizona Rattlers on Saturday night at the Arena.

Spokane improved to 9-7, 8-2 in games with Meyer as the starting quarterback. Arizona dropped to 14-2.

My unedited game story is below.

Shock, Rattlers resume rivalry

One of the AFL's best rivalries, if not thee best, resumes tonight at the Arena: Spokane vs. Arizona.

With a healthy Erik Meyer, there is a growing sense that the Shock could be rounding into form at the right time, but they could use some visual proof. They've been good, very good, at times this season but a win over the top-ranked Rattlers would mean a ton for the Shock's confidence coming down the home stretch.

Here's my game preview. Here's the view from Phoenix.

Spokane gets back to work

Spokane is back on the practice field after last week's bye. We checked in with the Shock on the importance of Saturday's home game with Arizona, how players spent the bye week and updated the health of Adron Tennell and the status of Ryan Cave.

It's all in my weekly Shock notebook.

Spokane takes down L.A. again

Spokane thumped L.A. 64-46 on Saturday to clinch a playoff berth. The Shock (8-7) advanced to the AFL playoffs for the fourth time in five years.

Erik Meyer tossed six touchdown passes, rushed for another and pounced on a Rory Nixon fumble in the end zone as the Shock swept the season series with the Kiss.

More below.

Williams back in the game

I went into the way-back machine yesterday for a profile on 2006 Shock coach Chris Siegfried. I left that door open for today's feature on Jimmy Williams, who had an interception last week in his first game action since 2007 with the Atlanta Falcons. Not sure I've run across a Shock player who has been out of football for such an extended period of time.

Williams talks about his short NFL career and what he's been doing the last 6-plus years here.

Siegried leaves coaching carousel

I caught up with Chris Siegfried, who coached Spokane to the 2006 arenafootball2 championship in the franchise's inaugural season, last week and the result was this Then & Now feature that ran in today's S-R.

He's moved on from coaching after a couple of rough patches in Pittsburgh and Jacksonville and is now selling real estate in Orlando. He misses arena football, but he feels the tradeoff has been more than worth it — more time with his wife and two kids.


Shock roll past Talons, 70-30

It seemed like old times for the Spokane Shock.

Erik Meyer was back at quarterback, the defense continued its strong play and the end result was a 70-30 dismantling of San Antonio on Friday at the Arena.

Meyer was sidelined for five games with a broken collarbone before returning to play in the fourth quarter last week. Spokane is 6-2 with Meyer as the starter, 1-5 in games he didn't start.

My unedited game story is below.

Shock entertain Talons

Spokane will try to snap a two-game losing streak tonight against the AFL's worst team.

San Antonio (1-12) takes on the Shock (6=7) at 7 at the Arena. Here's my preview.

Meyer makes swift recovery

Erik Meyer was told 8-12 weeks of recovery time by medical staff in Los Angeles and 6-8 weeks when he had surgery in Spokane. He came back from a broken collarbone in 5 1/2 weeks.

More on Meyer's recovery and what it means to the Shock here.

Shock fall under .500

Spokane lost for the fifth time in six games, falling to San Jose 47-37 on Saturday in San Jose.

Spokane activated quarterback Erik Meyer from injured reserve on Thursday but Brian Zbydniewski made his fourth straight start. Coach Andy Olson said he wasn't planning on playing Meyer but he put the 2013 AFL MVP into the game with 13 minutes left and the Shock trailing by 20. Meyer took a couple of hard hits but he tossed two touchdown passes as the Shock's comeback attempt fell short.

Spokane dropped to 6-7, three games behind San Jose in the Pacific Division.

Game recap below.


Meyer activated from IR

Spokane has activated quarterback Erik Meyer from injured reserve, roughly 5½ weeks after suffering a collarbone injury against Los Angeles.

“It’s great that he healed a lot faster than normal,” coach Andy Olson said in a release. “Having his surgery done with Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists and the treatment he’s got to this point with PT Associates and our team trainer Julie Woolf has been fantastic. They’ve done a good job of taking care of him and he’s done a good job of taking care of himself.”

The Shock (6-6), who went 1-4 with Meyer on injured reserve, face a key divisional game at San Jose (8-4) on Saturday. Meyer, the AFL’s most valuable player last year, is 3-0 in his Shock career against the SaberCats with 16 passing touchdowns, five rushing TDs and zero interceptions.


Shock out of tune since Meyer injury

Spokane continues to struggle without quarterback Erik Meyer, who suffered a broken collarbone against L.A. last month.

Most figured Spokane's production would drop but its scoring average has slipped nearly 20 points per game. The defense has played  well the last five games but it hasn't been enough to overcome an offense that scored between 28 and 41 points in four of those games.

Here's a link to my weekly Shock notebook, which focuses on the offense's struggles.

There's no timetable set on Meyer's return but the 2013 AFL MVP amped up his cardio work Tuesday while his teammates were practicing nearby.

Spokane falls to Sharks

Jacksonville scored the game's last three touchdowns to rally past visiting Spokane 34-28 on Saturday.

Spokane failed to score in the second half and was unable to convert on four downs inside the Sharks' 5-yard line in the closing minute. Here's the game recap.

Ruffin quite familiar with two-a-days

James Ruffin puts in a full day's work, and then some.

The Shock defensive lineman also holds down a second job as a banker. More on how Ruffin juggles two jobs, and additional Shock notes, here.

Shock hold off Thunder, 58-48

Spokane got back into the win column on Friday, holding off Portland 58-48 at the Arena.

The victory ended Spokane's three-game losing skid. The Shock improved to 6-5 while Portland slipped to 3-8.

My unedited game story is below.


Retooled Shock take on Thunder

The Shock made a number of roster moves this week, several of which should be on display tonight when Portland visits the Arena.

Here's my game preview and the view from Portland.

Crazy as it sounds, if Arizona (10-0) beats San Jose (7-3) on Saturday night the Rattlers will clinch their fourth straight West Division title — with seven regular-season games remaining. Second-place L.A. (2-8) is idle this week.



Shock drops third straight

Spokane did many of the same things Friday its been doing the last three games — and that's proven to be an unsuccessful formula.

Spokane dropped its third straight game, the latest a 52-34 loss to visiting San Jose. The Shock cut down their turnovers but the two were costly as new quarterback Brian Zbydniewski was intercepted twice in the red zone. Spokane finished with 10 penalties and allowed a Hail Mary touchdown pass for the second time this season. The other was a last-play loss to Cleveland.

My unedited game story is below.


Big one for Shock, San Jose

Spokane will try to get back in the win column when San Jose visits on Friday.

Brian Zbydniewski is expected to become Spokane's fourth different starting quarterback in the last four games. No. 1 quarterback Erik Meyer was injured in the first half against L.A. Donovan Porterie started the following week in a loss to Pittsburgh, Rashaad Carter got the nod in last week's loss to Arizona.

Now it's Zbydniewski's turn and Spokane hopes the veteran quarterback can get the offense back on track.

Game preview here.

“Zeb” answers Shock’s call again

I first interviewed Brian Zbydniewski in 2006. Then again in 2010. And again today.

The well-traveled quarterback is wearing a Shock uniform for the third time in his 9-year career, but this time he's not a backup. Spokane is hoping “Zeb” can help get the offense back on track after two rough games following Erik Meyer's injury.

More on the “Zeb” and a few other Shock notes here.

Arizona crushes Shock, 70-38

Spokane was no match for the Arizona Rattlers, committing six turnovers in a 70-38 road loss Sunday in Phoenix.

The Shock (5-4) sputtered offensively for the second straight game without injured quarterback Erik Meyer. Rashaad Carter got the start at quarterback, but was pulled after three possessions resulted in just seven points. He moved back to his usual position of wide receiver. Donovan Porterie came on in relief but he had four turnovers on his first four possessions.

The setback dropped Spokane out of first place in the Pacific Division. San Jose (6-3) visits Spokane on Friday.

Game recap below.


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