May 29, 2014 in Sports

Shock look to end three-game skid

Host improving Portland at Arena on Friday
By The Spokesman-Review
 
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COMING UP
Friday:
Portland at Spokane, 7 p.m.
TV: SWX

In the last three days Spokane made 15 roster moves, including nine on Wednesday alone.

The reshaping comes on the heels of a three-game losing streak that Spokane hopes to terminate tonight against Portland at the Arena.

“We just needed to make a change,” coach Andy Olson said. “We were looking to switch things up with the roster and we’re trying to get a little bigger at wide receiver.”

The timing of injuries to quarterback Erik Meyer and receiver Adron Tennell earlier this month came just as Spokane reached the toughest portion of its schedule. Spokane’s three losses were against teams with a combined 24-6 record.

Portland is just 3-7, but the first-year franchise started out 0-5, one of those a 55-27 setback in Spokane in April.

Four of six National Conference teams advance to the playoffs. Spokane (5-5) has the third best record, followed by Portland. The Shock and Thunder will meet for a third time in the regular-season finale July 26.

“In this league anyone is capable of beating you at any time,” Olson said. “We can play better in all phases.”

Four quarterbacks, including former Shock starter Kyle Rowley, have seen time for the Thunder, but Danny Southwick handled most of the snaps in the last four games. Ex-Spokane receiver Jeffrey Solomon had 10 catches for 155 yards in last week’s win over San Antonio.

Portland’s strength is a defense that has forced a league-high 31 turnovers. Donte Paige-Moss has seven sacks and two forced fumbles. Eric Crocker has six interceptions and Bryce Peila has recovered four fumbles.

“The thing about football, it’s about making adjustments,” Shock linebacker Terence Moore said. “I’m sure they’re going to make adjustments and we’re doing the same on our end.”

Notes

One day after putting receiver Brandon Thompkins on recallable reassignment, Spokane traded Thompkins to Philadelphia for future considerations. … Defensive back Fred Shaw, acquired from Philadelphia on Wednesday, was placed on the refused to report list. Offensive lineman Sam Tupua and DB JT Fitzgerald were activated from inactive reserve.

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