Shock Burn Boise, 63-48
Spokane, WA: All week long, this game was described as meaningless for the Spokane Shock. No matter what the outcome of the game, it would not affect the play-off standings for the Shock. The visiting Boise Burn on the other hand, were fighting for their play-off lives and played accordingly. But despite their efforts the Shock came away with 63-48 victory for their 15th victory of the season, a franchise record.
On Boise's fifteenth and final drive of the game, they were down by 8 and started on their 14-yard line, with only 50-seconds left in the game. On their first play of the drive, the play was blown dead after Parks was called for being offsides. Then, QB Royal Gill completed back to back passes to WR Shadrach Okoebor to bring the Burn to the Shock 14 yard line. On the very next play, Gill threw an interception that was picked off by Shock DB Termaine Tyler who returned the ball 52-yards for a touchdown as time expired.
"It was a long game, and we had a lot of reason to give up," an exhausted Head Coach Shackleford said. "A lot of people would say that (this game) didn't really matter. But to be a true football player you love this game and every time you step on this field it matters. As a Coach, every time I step on the field, trust me - it matters and we played like that tonight. It's a team game and we are the ultimate team."
As the number one seed, Spokane will be facing off against the number eight seed in post-season play that begins next weekend. Who that team will be has not yet been determined. In terms of records, there are three-teams that have the same record (8-8) fighting for the final playoff spot: Boise, Amarillo and Austin. Calls to the league office were not immediately returned and so how that tie will be broken could not be confirmed.
Tickets for next weekend's game are still available and can be purchased by contacting TicketsWest. Kick-off is set for Saturday night, August 2nd, at 7 PM.
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