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Spokane Empire face short preparation week, road trip to Colorado

Spokane Empire quarterback Charles Dowdell is sacked for a loss by Colorado Crush's Ace Clark during an Indoor Football League game, Friday, April 14, 2017, in the Spokane Arena. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
Spokane Empire quarterback Charles Dowdell is sacked for a loss by Colorado Crush's Ace Clark during an Indoor Football League game, Friday, April 14, 2017, in the Spokane Arena. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

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.

The Spokane Empire, coming off a bruising 49-35 loss to Arizona, face Colorado on Thursday at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland. The game was moved from Friday to accommodate a home playoff game for the Colorado Eagles hockey team.

Spokane (7-4) booked flight arrangements months ago so it will leave Thursday morning for Denver, about 55 miles from Loveland.

“We’re focusing on the game and not all the things the league and Colorado has changed on us,” coach Adam Shackleford said. “Control the controllables, and that’s getting our minds and bodies ready to play a football game.”

Spokane shares first place with Arizona. Nebraska (6-5) is one game behind. The top two teams in the Intense Conference advance to the playoffs.

Spokane holds two wins over Colorado (2-9). The teams meet again in Spokane next week.

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Linebacker Nick Haag returns to the Empire after participating in New York Giants’ minicamp last week. Linebacker Pasquale Vacchio will miss at least one game with a pectoral injury.

Spokane’s offense has scored 36 points or less in five of its last six games, including a 36-24 win over Colorado on April 14. Colorado changed head coaches in early May with former New York Jets linebacker Marvin Jones replacing Jose Jefferson.

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