Shock 28 - Blitz 44 Final @ Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
The Spokane Shock were defeated at home tonight by the division-leading Bakersfield Blitz, 28-44. The Blitz's offense made the most of their scoring opportunities converting on five of seven opportunities in the red zone, led by QB Denny Gile (18/37, 181 yards, 3 touchdowns). The Shock's offense countered with three touchdowns led by QB Andrico Hines (18/31, 168 yards, 2 touchdowns).
After the game, Hines stressed the importance of getting back to the "fundamentals" of the game.
"We hurt ourselves a lot tonight," Hines said. "We have to get back and execute, and get back to the fundamentals."
The fundamentals of the game seemed to hurt both teams, as they combined for 27 penalties that accounted for 163 yards. Several calls were questioned by the sell-out Shock crowd that nullified two would-be touchdowns. Shock Head Coach Adam Shackleford would not comment on the officiating in his post-game press conference.
Blitz WR Rennard Reynolds led the team in receptions (7) for 71 yards with two touchdowns. The Shock's receiving core, already decimated by injuries, had to call on Rob Keefe to play on both sides of the ball and ended up leading the team in receptions (6) for 38 yards.
"We had a chance to win this game, but we didn't perform tonight," Shackleford said.
The Shock hit the road next week as they travel to Boise to take on the Burn.