Shock close out regular season with a close win over Boise, 56-51
The Spokane Shock defeated the Boise Burn Saturday night, 56-51, Saturday night for their 15th win of the season and maintained a perfect record all-time in the series.
Although both teams sealed their playoff fate last week, Spokane as the top-seed in the Conference and Boise as the fourth seed, tonight's game was all about pride for these two Division rivals.
With the game hanging in the balance late in the fourth quarter, Spokane's LB Kevin McCullough sealed the Burn's fate with his 10th interception of the season on Boise's fifth and final drive of the game. With QB Mark Thorson under center, the drive started on the nine-yard line down by only five points late in the fourth quarter.
Thorson, who was inserted in the second half after QB Taylor Tharp was injured, methodically drove Boise to the four-yard line, but more importantly took nearly four minutes off the clock. Then on fourth down, with 53-seconds left in the game, Thorson's pass was picked off by McCullough and sealed the game for Spokane. Thorson finished the game completing 67-percent of his pass attempts (8/12) for 94 yards including Boise's only three passing touchdowns of the night. But it was Thorson's only interception of the game that proved to be the difference tonight.
"It seems like whenever our backs are up against the wall, Kevin McCullough has come through for us all season long," Head Coach Adam Shackleford said after the game. "Boise is a talented team. My hats off to them, they played a great game tonight. I'm just glad we came out of here healthy and got a win. I'm happy for my guys."
The Spokane Shock offense was led by QB Nick Davila who completed 82-percent of his pass attempts for 256 yards with six touchdowns and only one interception. Davila's offensive attack was well complimented by WR Markee White in the first half and WR Andy Olson in the second half. White finished the night with ten receptions for 87 yards, while Olson finished the game with 11 receptions for 136 yards.
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