Article Courtesy of The Spokane Shock
SPOKANE, WA – The Shock kicked off
the 2013 Net 10 Wireless Arena Football League season this weekend on the road
against the Cleveland Gladiators. Shock QB Erik Meyer led the Shock to a 67-41
win while accounting for 9 total touchdowns on the day (8 passing, 1 rushing).
The Shock opened the first quarter
with a five minute drive, capped off by a short touchdown pass from QB Erik
Meyer to WR Adron Tennell. On Cleveland's opening possession, Gladiator QB
Zbydniewski was sacked and stripped by Shock DL Marc Schiechl that would result
in the Shock taking over on the Cleveland one-yard line. Shock WR Tennell would
score his second touchdown of the day, taking the hand-off and walking into the
end zone to give Spokane a 13-0 lead.
Opening the second quarter with
the Shock leading 13-6, Spokane would go on to post four touchdowns before the
end of the half. Shock WR Adron Tennell hauled in two receiving touchdowns,
bringing his total to 4 touchdowns in the first half (three receiving, one
rushing) while rookie Shock WR Kamar Jorden would haul in two touchdowns as
well, giving Spokane the 40-20 lead to close out the first half.
Second half action would continue
to highlight the on-point offense of the Shock, accompanied by a strong
defensive performance to extend Spokane's hold on the lead. After Cleveland was
able to score on a 4-yd touchdown run by FB Steiner on their opening drive to
bring the game back within two scores, Shock QB Erik Meyer would again find
Adron Tennell in the end zone to put the Shock up 46-27. Spokane's defense would
then hold Cleveland to their second four-and-out of the game, taking over in the
red zone and opening up a short bootleg touchdown run by Shock QB Erik Meyer to
further extend the lead and end all hopes of a Cleveland comeback.
Closing out the final quarter of
play, Shock defensive lineman Marc Schiechl would step in to play the fullback
position after OL Tyrone Novikoff suffered a first quarter injury that would
keep him out for the game. Shock QB Erik Meyer would find FB Schiechl on a quick
out route and by making a diving reception, Schiechl would record his first
reception and receiving touchdown of his AFL career. Spokane would go on to
close the game out by a final score of 67-41.
Shock QB Erik Meyer would finish
the game completing 32 of 42 passes for 284 yards and 8 touchdowns. WR Steven
Black would lead the receiving effort with a team high 9 receptions and 97 yards
receiving. Black was complimented by AFL rookie WR Kamar Jorden who hauled in 9
reception for 60 yards and two touchdowns, as well as WR Adron Tennell with 7
receptions for 60 yards and 4 touchdowns in the air.
Returning home on Monday from
Cleveland, Spokane will begin preparations for next week's match up as they go
back on the road to take on the Chicago Rush on Sunday, March 31st
with a 1:00 PM PST kickoff.