Shock defeat Renegades, 63-26
Spokane, WA: The Spokane Shock (2-2) came home tonight to a near sell-out crowd and gave them exactly want they wanted, defeating the Renegades (0-3), 63-26.
All week long, Head Coach Adam Shackleford stressed the importance of executing offensively and making tackles defensively, and that's exactly what happened.
"Anytime you score 63 points and keep the other team at 26 you do a pretty good job. I'm happy for at least this game," Shackleford said.
Shackleford's offensive game plan was beautifully executed by QB Andrico Hines who threw six touchdowns (17-31, 192 yards) without throwing an interception for the second consecutive week. The Renegades defense focused on WR Antwone Savage who was limited to only six receptions (his lowest total of the season) but still managed to haul in four touchdowns and 75 yards. WR Andre Rector, who had a break-out game last week (nine receptions for 91 yards), continued to improve, as he led the team in receptions (with seven). The third member of the starting receiving core, Raul Vijil, had two touchdown receptions but was pulled in the third quarter after spraining his ankle. His status for next week, at this time, is questionable.
The Shock's defense came up with several stops limiting the Renegades offense to 26 points, forcing two turnovers and 26 tackles. Last week, at Fort Wayne the Shock allowed 63 points, and missed 32 tackles.
"We didn't play a perfect game, but the main difference is we tackled," Shackleford said.
Rob Keefe had a field day with Renegade QB Justin Midgett (20-40 with 197 yards) picking off two of his passes, returning one of them 13 yards for a touchdown. The secondary also had outstanding contributions from Nygel Rogers and Alex Teems who combined for five pass break-ups.
The Shock hit the road next week as they travel to Stockton to take on division-rival the Lightning. The Shock's next home game is on May 12th as they host the Bakersfield Blitz.
Notes - Shock WR Chico Mackey is expected to return to action next week....the Renegades special teams was led by return man Alvance Robinson who had 127 kick-off yards including one for 40 yards.
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