Not the prettiest game of all time, but the Spokane Shock managed to put away Tri-Cities 62-32 on Saturday night at the Arena.
Read on for an unedited game story.
The top-ranked Shock overcame 12 penalties and some shaky offensive stretches to pull away from the Fever 62-32 in front of 10,552 at the Arena.
“I don’t know what it is with Tri-Cities, but it’s always ugly when we play,” Shock head coach Adam Shackleford said. “They had some calls go against them. That fumble return for a touchdown was a shovel pass. That should have never counted, but we built off that momentum.
“I don’t think our guys came out flat. They gave great effort. It was just an ugly, rivalry game.”
The Shock led 27-19 at halftime, partly because of an apparent blown call by the officiating crew.
Fever quarterback Joe Ayoob tried a shovel pass that was knocked to the turf and most of the players and spectators assumed it was an incompletion. Shock defensive lineman Justin Warren fell on the ball and, with linebacker Lee Foliaki’s urging, he got up and raced 35 yards for a touchdown while many players on both teams thought the play was over.
“I was coming off my rush, I didn’t see anything,”
Added Foliaki: “I didn’t hear a whistle. (
When the play was ruled a touchdown, it sent Tri-Cities coach Richard Davis into orbit. He was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct and had to be restrained by a Fever assistant coach.
“I got nothing for you guys,”
“I’m going to hear about that from coach,” Foliaki said. “I didn’t think they were going to on-side kick and I took a step or two back before I realized the ball was dribbling in front of me.”
Foliaki pounced on the ball at the Fever 12-yard line. Two plays later, Nick Davila hit receiver Andy Olson for the third of their four touchdown connections.
Olson added another touchdown with 4:33 left, but he hurt his left knee in the process. He wasn’t sure of the severity, but thought he might have sprained the medial collateral ligament. Defensive back Stanley Franks also was shaken up in the second half, but he said he could have returned to the game.
Davila was 13 of 21 for 189 yards and six touchdowns. Olson and Raul Vijil each had six receptions.
Ayoob was under pressure most of the evening. He finished 24 of 50 for 175 yards and four scores, three to Phil Goodman. Tri-Cities has been held to 38, 15 and 32 points in its three games.