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SATURDAY, AUG. 19, 2006

On to Puerto Rico

The Shock run out the clock by actually running the ball. The Twisters don't call time out and the game ends 48-30.Spokane, in its expansion year, will play for the af2 title.

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Trufant's great play and an injury

Trufant makes the defensive play of game dominated by the Spokane defense. With a little over 6 minutes left in Arkansas’ season, Church sends his No. 1 receiver, Williams, deep down the middle. Williams turns Trufant around and gets separation – what looks to be...

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A hit to end a quarter

The award for the best form tackle goes to Shock kicker Jon Koker.OK, that’s an exaggeration, but Koker does make a tackle on the ensuing kickoff, and the form is good – especially for a kicker.But it was nothing like a hit by Peaua, who...

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Building the lead

For most of the game, it’s almost as if the Shock have one receiver – Frederick. Then Beard lets you know that’s not the case, making a seemingly impossible one-handed catch to give Spokane a first down deep in Twister territory.The Shock cash in on...

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At the half

The Shock play the last minute with a quick front, but it doesn’t stop the Twisters from moving to the Shock 3. They have more trouble with the crowd, as a false start moves them back to the 8.Which just gives Williams more room to...

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A stop for Arkansas

The matchup between Ratliff and Ta’amu is worth watching, and is starting to get ugly. On a pass play, Ratliff’s right hand connects with Ta’amu’s head in what suspiciously like a punch. It’s not called, but a couple of penalties are against the Shock. This...

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Penalties? Big deal

The penalties start to even out, with the Shock hit with another holding, this time on the offensive end. That’s followed by an illegal procedure, but an extra 15 yards in arena ball is nothing – at least it is this night. A third-down pass...

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Dropping in

It’s obvious the Twisters decide they have to attack up front, with some guy named Arnold, wearing number 50 but not in the program, even attacking one-time after losing his helmet. (Found him in the media guide. His name is Clay).The third Arkansas penalty helps...

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The first score

For the second week in a row, Frederick has a big opening kickoff return, this time to the Arkansas 12. When it looks like the Shock might be in trouble, Rowley’s attempt for Savage results in pass interference and a first down on the 3....

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The introductions

The introductions are serving their purpose. The Arena is rocking. And the Shock isn’t on the field yet.This reminds me a lot of the Rubber Chicken, when both Ferris and LC are good. But even then, I don’t think the Arena gets this loud.And the...

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The last time they met

When the Shock doubled up the Twisters in Little Rock on July 1, 46-23, they fell behind 3-0 less than 3 minutes in. But quarterback Kyle Rowley, making his first start for Spokane, led the Shock to scores on every possession in the first half...

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How is golf like surfing?

I stayed up until after 1 p.m. watching a) the PGA (did you know six hours of hi-def will take up most of your DVR space?) and b) a documentary on surfing.The latter was actually a heck of lot more interesting. Though Phil Mickelson’s Friday...

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