The Spokane Shock (9-0) tangle with Stockton for the third time this season. Game time is 7 p.m. Friday in Stockton. Spokane won the first two meetings and are 9-0 all-time against the Lightning.
Read on for an unedited game advance.
UPDATE (9:01 p.m.): Stockton quarterback Andy Collins, who hurt his knee in the April 25th game against Spokane, was not activated off injured-reserve and won't play Friday night.
By Jim Meehan
The Shock’s first and fourth wins this season came against
The arenafootball2 teams collide tonight at Stockton Arena with the No. 1-ranked Shock (9-0) coming off a bye week and the Lightning (4-6) winners of three of their last four. Technically, this will be the second time
“It was a great time to have a week off,” defensive back Sergio Gilliam said. “Now we have to come back and do what we always do – take it a day at a time and a game at a time and come away with a win.”
Head coach Adam Shackleford is pleased with the team’s 9-0 start, but not wholly satisfied.
“Before the Central Valley game (on May 23) I was concerned, but we got down 9-0 and there was no panic and there was another spot in the Florida game where we could have given up and chalked it up to a long road trip,” Shackleford said. “We’re hoping teams will come out and punch us in the mouth. With our remaining schedule we know they’re going to do that.
Shackleford pointed toward ball security as an area in need of improvement.
“We’re plus-16 in turnovers, leading the league, but we have eight fumbles in nine games. We put the ball on the ground twice against Tri-Cities and lost both,” he said. “That absolutely cannot happen. Our quarterback is taking care of the ball.
“Our defense is leading the league in points allowed (37.9) and fourth-down conversions (4 of 24). Those things mean we’re getting the ball back, we’re covering people and getting great pass rush.”
Backup Chad Cavender has played well, particularly the last couple games, but there is a chance Collins could be activated for tonight’s game.