The Spokane Empire dominated the first half and survived a second-half rally to turn back the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles 41-35 in Indoor Football League action on Monday in Salt Lake City.
The Empire (2-1) jumped out to a 14-0 first-quarter lead on Trevor Kennedy’s 11-yard touchdown run and a 1-yard plunge by Bryan Pray.
After a Salt Lake field goal, the Empire put together another pair of scoring drives – both through the air. The first TD came when Spokane quarterback Charles Dowdell hooked up with Samuel Charles from 21 yards out. The Empire pushed their lead to 28-3 with 3:25 left in the second quarter on Dowdell’s 13-yard hookup with Dejuan Miller.
The Screaming Eagles (1-2) scored on the last play of the half to pull within 28-10.
Kennedy’s second and third scoring runs – an 8-yard scamper in the third quarter and a 2-yard burst in the fourth – helped Spokane hold off Salt Lake, which outscored the Empire 25-13 in the second half.
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