SPOKANE, Wash. - One down, 15 more to go. The Spokane Shock will play their second game of the season this Saturday at Spokane's Veterans Memorial Arena against the Quad City Steamwheelers.
The Steamwheelers, from Davenport, Iowa, crushed the Cincinnati Jungle Cats 81-21 last
Saturday at the Cats' U.S. Bank Arena. The Shock defense will attempt to stop the Steamwheelers' J.J. Raterink, who racked up 246 yards and five touchdowns in his team's win over Cincinnati. Quad City scored a touchdown on all five drives in the first half, and scored on 12 of 14 drives for the whole game.
Spokane Shock vs. Quad City Steamrollers
Where: Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena When: Sat., April 7, 2007 Time: 5 p.m. (PDST) TV: KHQ
The Shock's offense, which had few troubles on Saturday, will try to pick apart the Quad City defense led by rookie defensive back Kevin Adams. Adams had 12 solo tackles, one forced fumble, two pass break-ups and an interception. The defense as a whole gave up two quick touchdowns, but then dug in and allowed just one touchdown in the next 12 attempts.
Meanwhile in Spokane, the Shock had no troubles beating up on the Stockton Lightning last Saturday. The team stuck to its game plan, throwing quick, short passes to a wide variety of receivers, effectively avoiding the fast rush put on by the Lightning defense.
Quarterback Andrico Hines was named Offensive Player of the Game, passing for three touchdowns, 168 yards and only one interception.
First-year head coach Adam Shackleford was happy to get a win, but he wasn't satisfied with how his team got it. He said his players battled through injuries, but that his team still has a lot to work on.
Tickets for next week's game against the Quad City Steamwheelers are still available and can be purchased by calling 325-SEAT.