Spokane Empire defensive lineman John Griggs was named to the first team All-IFL team, while defensive back John Hardy-Tuliau was named to the second team, the Indoor Football League announced on Wednesday.
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – Verlon Reed hit Devin Mahina with a 2-yard touchdown pass as time expired and the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles beat the Spokane Empire 45-42 on Friday, knocking the Empire from Indoor Football League playoff contention. The Empire (8-8) dropped six of their last seven games after starting the season 7-2.
Spokane has spent the last half of the Indoor Football League regular season playing its way out of the postseason. The Empire have dropped five of their last six games but the playoff door is still ajar.
The race for the second and final playoff berth in the Intense Conference will come down to the last week of the Indoor Football League regular season.
DES MOINES, Iowa – Travis Partridge threw five touchdown passes and the Iowa Barnstormers never trailed, convincingly beating the Spokane Empire 58-28 on Friday in Indoor Football League action. Partridge was 9 of 19 for 186 yards, with two interceptions, for Iowa (13-2). He also rushed for 88 yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns.
The Spokane Empire will have a quarterback when the offense lines up against red-hot Iowa on Friday. But the Indoor Football League team isn’t quite ready to announce whether it will be Aaron Wilmer or Marcus McDade.
Three weeks later with a new quarterback, running back and center, Spokane still couldn’t solve Arizona’s defense.
The third meeting between Spokane and Arizona on Saturday at the Arena will shape both Indoor Football League teams’ postseason plans.
The Spokane Empire really needed this one. So did their coach. Spokane held off Colorado 48-43 on Friday at the Arena, ending a three-game Indoor Football League losing streak. “I’m a pretty humble guy but I’ve never lost three in a row,” coach Adam Shackleford said.
A three-game losing streak has damaged the Spokane Empire’s once glossy record and their standing in the Indoor Football League playoff chase.
Daniel Lindsey returned a fourth-quarter kickoff 45 yards for a touchdown and the Colorado Crush beat the Spokane Empire 45-36 in Indoor Football League action in Loveland, Colorado, on Thursday.
It’s good timing to play the last-place team in the Intense Conference. It’s not good timing to play on a short week.