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Two AFL rookies are getting a crash course in quarterbacking from Andy Olson as the Shock take on the difficult task of replacing Erik Meyer.
Meyer is out for at least six weeks with a broken collarbone. Spokane signed Donovan Porterie and Dennis Havrilla on Wednesday. Former EWU quarterback Kyle Padron also tried out but wasn't signed as of Wednesday. Here's my article that ran in today's S-R.
Spokane, playing for the second time in five days, doesn't have much time to coach up the new starting quarterback. Olson said he'll probably make a decision on the starter after today's practice. The Shock face Pittsburgh on Friday.
Shock quarterback Erik Meyer, injured in Sunday's win over the L.A. Kiss, had surgery Tuesday to repair a broken collarbone, team officials confirmed. He's expected to miss at least six weeks.
No. 2 quarterback Jarrett Brown is on injured reserve. Wide receiver Rashaad Carter, who played quarterback in high school, replaced Meyer and accounted for six touchdowns, two passing and four rushing.
Spokane is searching for potential replacements but the AFL is already short of proven quarterbacks on its current rosters. The pool for experienced quarterbacks looking for work is shallow, at best. The Shock entertain Pittsburgh on Friday.
Shock media day is Wednesday so we'll probably have an update tomorrow on the QB situation.
Spokane put a 70-21 hurt on the L.A. Kiss on Sunday, but the Shock didn't get out of southern California pain free.
Quarterback Erik Meyer left the game in the second quarter after getting sacked by former roommate/Shock teammate Beau Bell. ESPN2 commentators reported that Meyer might have suffered a broken collarbone.
Backup receiver Rashaad Carter stepped in at quarterback and produced six touchdowns — four rushing, two passing — as the Shock crushed the Kiss.
My unedited game recap is below.
Rock legends Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley promised a unique blend of football and entertainment when they were announced as the new owners of the L.A. Kiss AFL franchise. Today, the Spokane Shock get to see what all the fuss is about.
More in my game preview. The game will be televised live on ESPN2.
With Beau Bell, Spokane had one of the most productive Mac linebackers in the AFL from 2011-13. It's more of the same with Derrick Summers, who arrived with a strong resume and has capably stepped in as Bell's replacement this season.
Summers and the Shock face Bell and the L.A. Kiss on Sunday in Anaheim.
More on Summers and more Shock notes here.
Spokane took control in the fourth quarter, holding Tampa Bay scoreless on its last three possessions, to register a 53-41 AFL road win Saturday.
Erik Meyer tossed six touchdown passes and added two more TDs rushing. Brandon Thompkins had 127 yards receiving and three touchdowns. Derrick Summers finished with three sacks and rookie defensive back Bryant Nnabuife had his first interception of the season.
Game recap below.
Raul Vijil, one of the Shock's all-time greats, isn't grabbing touchdown passes anymore but he still has an important role with the team.
Vijil, now with APX Strength, helps guide Shock players through strength and conditioning drills, often at the conclusion of the team's practices early in the week. He was joined Tuesday by another ex-Shock great, Kevin McCullough, who recently purchased a home near the practice facility.
More on Vijil's role and other Shock notes here.
Losses don't come much tougher than the one Spokane experienced Saturday night.
The Shock scored with 10 seconds left to take a 50-46 lead, but Cleveland connected on arena football's version of the Hail Mary, a desperation heave into the netting at the back of the end zone on the final play to pull out a 52-50 victory.
Thyron Lewis pulled in the game-winning 29-yard pass after the ball had rebounded off the netting.
My unedited game story is below.
Spokane concludes a two-game homestand when Cleveland (4-0) visits the Arena tonight.
Here's my game preview.
The well-traveled Kyle Rowley, now with Portland, and the Thunder came up short against San Jose.
Spokane won a sloppy, penalty-filled AFL game on Saturday night, pulling away with a big second half for a 55-27 victory over the Portland Thunder.
My unedited game story is below.
One of the charms of the AFL for years was Ironman players, guys who lined up on both sides of the ball. Those days are largely gone, but injuries and roster limitations sometimes force players to leave their comfort zone.
Standout receiver Brandon Thompkins switched to defensive back last week with Paul Stephens out due to a leg injury. Thompkins did just fine as a DB, as we detail in this week's Shock notebook.
Spokane rebounded from a rough road loss to Arizona nearly two weeks ago by thumping San Jose 73-62 on Friday at the SAP Center in San Jose.
Erik Meyer had four touchdown passes and added four more rushing. Mike Washington had 171 yards receiving and three TDs. Spokane's defense forced four turnovers and Terrance Sanders added a crucial kick return for a touchdown late in the first half.
Spokane (2-1) entertains Portland next Saturday.
It's been a while.
Spokane lost its last AFL game, 68-49, to Arizona on March 23. After a bye week, the Shock return to action tonight against San Jose at the SAP Center in San Jose. The SaberCats are 2-1, Spokane is 1-1.
Spokane Shock coach Andy Olson's pre-season checklist was for his team to be more disciplined, cut down penalties and trim turnovers. Those items went without checkmarks in a 68-49 loss to Arizona on March 23.
Those items are back on the agenda as the Shock, after a bye last week, prepare for San Jose, a key Pacific Division contest. Here's our weekly Shock notebook.
The two teams are expected to battle for the division title.
I'm pretty sure this game involving a team from Arizona and a team from Spokane isn't the one grabbing all the headlines (see NCAA basketball tournament), but it's a big one nonetheless.
The Spokane Shock and Arizona Rattlers resume their rivalry today in Phoenix. Both teams are 1-0 and both have been at or near the top of the AFL through the years. Arizona has ascended to the top the last two years. Spokane won the AFL crown in 2010. Most of those years, the winner had to go through the other to get there.
Here's my game preview.
Spokane got off to a slow start, spotting Iowa nine points in the first 4 minutes, but dominated the rest of the way and crushed Iowa 64-35 on Saturday at the Arena.
Spokane opens the 2014 AFL season at home against Iowa tonight.
AFL openers haven't been kind to the Shock. They're 1-3 in lid-lifters, including a loss to Milwaukee in the 2010 season-opener. That team, once 2-2, finished 16-3 and won the ArenaBowl.
Four Spokane Shock games, including two matchups with rival Arizona, will be televised among CBS Sports Network’s 20 regular-season broadcasts of the Arena Football League.
The network will air Spokane’s games at Arizona on March 23, at Tampa Bay on April 26, at San Jose on June 14 and home vs. Arizona on July 12. Complete schedule for AFL games on CBS Sports Network here.
ESPN is expected to televise 10 AFL games. The schedule hasn't been announced.
Back with more on the sale of the Spokane Shock to an ownership group led by Seattle businessman Nader Naini. Here's my updated article.
The obvious question on the minds of many Shock followers is whether the team will stay in Spokane. I asked that question to Naini, former owner Brady Nelson, public facilities director Kevin Twohig and several others close to the team and the responses were nearly identical that the new owners have no intention of moving the team.
One more note: Veteran general manager Ryan Rigmaiden is no longer serving in that capacity. He is now a consultant and is helping assemble the roster, but he has taken a job as director of U.S. scouting for the CFL B.C. Lions. Rigmaiden, who joined the Shock front office in the franchise's first season, will be at Shock training camp next month. Head coach Andy Olson, along with former P.R. director Ryan Eucker have assumed more of Rigmaiden's duties.
The Spokane Shock is under a new ownership group.
Arena Football Partners, LLC, with investors from Washington, including Spokane, and California, has purchased the team from Brady Nelson, who brought the popular arena football team to Spokane in 2006, and Nelson's partners.
I spoke with Nelson earlier and will be updating the article currently on the S-R Website.
Said Nelson: “It's been such an amazing run, so fun and so fulfilling, an incredible amount of time and effort. I just decided now was kind of the right time.”