Shock top New Orleans in overtime to get back to .500
The Spokane Shock tied the game with less just over two seconds remaining in regulation, then scored first in overtime to topple visiting New Orleans, 68-62 on Friday in Spokane.
The first half proved to be a defensive and penalty dominated half as each team would complete just over fifty percent of their pass attempts. Spokane quarterback Kyle Rowley also threw interceptions, while the Spokane defense picked off VooDoo signal caller Kury Rocco once. New Orleans racked up 11 penalties for 76 yards in the first half, the Shock’s 6 for 73 yards.
Special teams would lead the way for the Shock in the second half. Terrance Sanders would take two kick returns to the house to help the Shock maintain their one touchdown lead through the third quarter as back and forth action would continue by both teams.
Two missed PAT’s would prove to be New Orleans’ biggest foe down the stretch in the fourth quarter.
The game stayed close in the fourth quarter as the Voodoo held a six point lead late in the game. But the Shock slowly used the remainder of the clock with under one minute left, picking it’s way down the field before scoring on a pass from Rowley to Steven Black with 2 seconds on the clock. In what seemed like a turn of bad luck, Spokane fumbled the hold on the go ahead PAT that would’ve sealed the game and instead forced an overtime period.
In the overtime period, the Shock would make short work of the Voodoo as Terrance Sanders would come up with a huge interception which he would return to the New Orleans 1-yd line to cap his MVP performance. On a 1-yd QB sneak, the Shock would score the game winning touchdown.