The Spokane Shock were done in by a number of early miscues and turnovers that would open the door early for top ranked Arizona, who would jump out to a big lead on their way to a 61-35 victory over the Shock.
A quiet first quarter ended with Arizona leading 14-7 and each QB only missing two of their attempted passes. Davila completed 5 of 7 attempts for 72 yards and 2 TDs while Kyle Rowley went 7 of 9 for 54 yards and 1 TD.Rattlers blow out Shock in Spokane
After taking a 14-7 lead into the second quarter, the Rattlers would score 26 points, thanks to three consecutive interceptions by Shock QB Kyle Rowley. A key moment of the quarter came on an interception by Arizona DB Arkeith Brown who took the ball away from Shock wide receiver Steven Black as the two fell over the wall in the endzone. Once Brown took possession he returned the ball the full length of the field for a TD as the Shock stood in disbelief, believing the play had ended and the touchdown was scored. A review of the play revealed no conclusive evidence to overturn the ruling on the field and the touchdown was upheld.
Arizona QB Nick Davila would end the first half completing 9 of his 11 attempts for 134 yards and 4 TDs while Spokane QB Kyle Rowley would complete 17 of 28 attempts for 159 yards and 2 TDs with 3 INTs. The first half would close with Arizona leading 40-14.
As the second half would resume, the Shock's miscues would continue. On their opening drive of the third quarter Spokane would go four and out, and Arizona would respond with a touchdown. The Rattlers would lead 54-21 at the end of the third.
Despite a late fourth quarter push by Spokane thanks to consecutive onside kick recoveries, the Rattlers would hold off the Shock, sealing the win with their 6th interception of the game. Arizona QB Nick Davila would complete 18 of 27 attempts for 247 yards and 5 TDs, connecting with four different WRs for scores. On defense, Rattlers DB Arkeith Brown came up with 3 INTs, one of which he returned for a 56 yard TD while LB Kevin McCullough added two INTs.
Shock QB Kyle Rowley would end the night completing 29 of 45 attempts (64%) for 303 yards and 5 TDs, and five costly interceptions. The only three wide receivers on the active roster tonight did their best to spread the load as Jeffrey Solomon hauled in 11 receptions for 122 yards and 2 TDs. Adron Tennell would also snag 11 receptions for 113 yards and 2 TDs, while Steven Black added 8 receptions for 103 yards and 2 TDs.
Arizona improves to 12-3. If San Jose loses Saturday night, Arizona clinches a spot in the 2012 playoffs. Next week, the Shock travel east to take on the Philadelphia Soul (13-3) in Philadelphia, PA on Sunday, July 8th with a 6:05pm EST kickoff.