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Shock lose to Kansas City on last-second field goal

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A furious comeback by the Spokane Shock fell short Saturday when Brian Umstead kicked a 23-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Kansas City Command to a 45-42 victory in Arena Football League action.

The Command were scoreless in the fourth quarter until the field goal.

The Shock trailed 42-27 after three quarters before rallying to even the score.

Fill-in quarterback Casey Hansen hooked up with receiver Greg Orton for a 2-yard touchdown with 13:43 remaining in the game to cut the Command lead to 42-34.

Spokane used a 10-play, 34-yard drive to knot the score at 42 with 4:51 left to play. The scoring drive concluded when Emery Sammons caught a 3-yard pass from Hansen for a touchdown. A two-point conversion pass from Hansen to Raul Vijil pulled the Shock even.

Kansas City took over on its 6-yard line with 4:02 remaining. The Command advanced the ball 37 yards in seven plays to set up the winning kick.

With the loss, the defending-champion Shock fell to 4-7 on the season.

Hansen struggled to connect with his receivers in the early going.

Spokane’s only score in the first quarter came on Alex Teems’ 19-yard fumble return and gave the Shock a 7-0 lead.

The Command (4-7) bounced back with 16 unanswered points before the Shock scored their first offensive touchdown of the game – and it was a lucky one.

Hansen misfired to his intended receiver, but the ball bounced off the back wall of the end zone and Sammons snagged it for a 6-yard score to cut the deficit to 16-14.

Command QB J.J. Raterink hit Robert Gill for a 13-yard score and Kansas City then blocked and recovered a Shock field goal attempt in the endzone to build a 29-14 halftime lead.

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