It had been 6½ years since Blake Sims felt the pressure of a defensive line or blitzing linebacker.
A sweep of the Indoor Football League’s preeminent franchise would help assert the rebirth of the Spokane Shock.
As a senior left guard at run-and-shoot Hawaii, 6-foot-5, 300-pound JR Hensley often paved lanes wide enough for a midsized sedan.
Blake Sims still finds himself adjusting to a compressed, 8-on-8 brand of indoor football.
An ankle injury swiftly turned a shootout into a shoo-in for the Arizona Rattlers.
The second-ranked Rattlers took advantage of quarterback Charles McCullum's second-half absence, shutting down the shorthanded Shock in a 56-35 win at Phoenix Suns Arena.
Perhaps the most tradition-rich indoor football franchise since its 1992 inception, the Arizona Rattlers host a reborn Spokane Shock chasing the same longterm success.
It's appropriate that Spokane Shock kicker Sawyer Petre has an affinity for cowboy boots. They're sturdy and often reliable, akin to Petre and his right leg.
Between the doldrums of the pandemic shutdown and the inherent distractions that come with fatherhood, Spokane Shock receiver Jordan Jolly was out of shape when he reported to April training camp.
The circumstances were different, but the setting was familiar.
For the second time in three weeks, the second-ranked Spokane Shock face the cellar-dwelling Northern Arizona Wranglers.
Shock quarterback Charles McCullum, receiver Troy Evans Jr. and defensive back Mike Green are nearing all-time records at their respective positions.