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
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.
Thunder will face another division rival this Friday, April 18, at the Moda
Release from Portland Thunder.