After three quarters, the

Thunder looked primed for their first win of the season in a rowdy Spokane

Veterans Memorial Coliseum. They'd battled back from a 20-0 deficit to take a

lead at 21-20. They'd forced the Shock, at that point leading 27-21, into

fourth down to start the fourth quarter.

Shortly after that, the

balls began bouncing Spokane's way. After the Thunder forced the turnover on

downs, Spokane scored on defense as Terrance Sanders picked off a pass and took

it into the end zone for six. After a turnover on downs, Meyer connected with

Adron Tennell on the side of the end zone on a pass that was tipped by

defensive back Varmah Sonie and bounced off the wall. Then the extra point hit

the upright and bounced through.

On the ensuing kickoff, the

ball bounced awkwardly off the net through the front of end zone and the Shock

recovered it for another touchdown. Armed with a 48-21 lead, the Shock held the

Thunder off the rest of the way.

Earlier, it looked as

though the Thunder were going to leave the Lilac City happy. After going down

20-0, the team rallied with a couple of Jeffrey Solomon touchdowns and stout

defensive play that frustrated one of the league's top offenses all night.

Donte Paige-Moss had two sacks of Erik Meyer and the rest of the line forced

Meyer to look incredibly uncomfortable while throwing the ball away time and

time again.

Jack linebacker Bryce Peila

recorded his third interception of the season in the comeback. The defense held

Spokane's offense to just 152 yards for the game; unfortunately for the

Thunder, the team was penalized 21 times for 180 yards, including a couple of

penalties that wiped out some third- and fourth-and-longs.

Danny Southwick got the

start at quarterback and completed 20 of 31 passes for 242 yards and three

touchdowns. Darron Thomas got in the game late and completed one of his three

passes for a 45-yard touchdown. Each quarterback threw an interception.

Jeffrey Solomon led all

receivers with seven catches for 132 yards and three touchdowns.

The

Thunder will face another division rival this Friday, April 18, at the Moda

Center.

Release from Portland Thunder.

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