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Shock routs Lubbock to break losing streak


Spokane snapped its two-game losing streak in style Saturday with a 63-26 blasting of an overmatched Lubbock Renegade team.

Here's the link to the game story.

As I said before the game, I kept on eye on the Shock defense and its tackling. As far as I could tell, there were no, none, nada, missed tackles. Which would be, if I can count, an improvement of 32 from last week.

That's why, until a coverage mixup late in the third quarter, the longest Lubbock play was for 14 yards. In case you didn't hear me, I said 14 yards.

And the Spokane offense exhibited more complexity than it did two weeks ago, though Andrico Hines is still seeing some receivers about two seconds too late. I counted a handful of balls which, if delivered a count or two earlier, would have resulted in long gains.

But he's still learning, and he's getting better. Which means the Spokane offense is improving.

The defense showed Saturday that it already has. Especially when it comes to tackling.

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