DES MOINES, Iowa – Kyle Rowley threw for six touchdown, five to Greg Orton, but the Spokane Shock suffered another loss, 43-42, to the Iowa Barnstormers on Friday night, their third defeat without a victory this AFL season.
The Shock scored on a 47-yard pass from Rowley to Orton with over 13 minutes left in the game but neither team would score again.
Rowley completed 22 of 33 passes for 302 yards but was intercepted three times, two coming on the Shock’s final drives. He also had one of the team’s two lost fumbles.
Rowley’s second interception set up the Barnstormers at the Shock 8-yard-line with 5:32 remaining. Iowa ended up with a first down on the Shock 1 as the result of a penalty, but from there were stopped on four consecutive plays with Spokane taking over on its 3 and 1:01 remaining.
Rowley then drove the Shock to the Iowa 10 with a penalty pushing them back to the 15. But on second down Cameron McGlenn picked off Rowley at the 1 and returned it 10 yards to seal the outcome with 11 seconds left. It was McGlenn’s second interception.
The Shock had led 28-12 in the second quarter before Iowa (1-1) took the lead for good at 31-28 with just over 5 minutes left in the third quarter.
Orton had his career-best game with the five touchdowns on nine receptions for 203 yards.
Defensively, the Shock came up with two fumbles and an interception. Defensive lineman Khreem Smith recorded his second sack of the season, added two tackles for a loss and forced a fumble.
The game was the first since for the Shock since the team fired assistant head coach and offensive coordinator Fred Biletnikoff after last week’s loss to Cleveland.
The Shock return to the Arena to host the Kansas City Command (0-2) on Friday.