The Florida Firecats are in for a challenge this weekend, hosting the No. 1 Spokane Shock in the first meeting between the two clubs.
Spokane has topped the polls for nine straight weeks. The Shock continue to show they are worth the hype, however, as they maintain their undefeated record at 6-0 with the hope of bringing it to 7-0 after this weekend. Their most recent game was their biggest scare of the season, only defeating the Boise Burn by two, 64-62.
They rank sixth overall in scoring with an average of 61.3 points per contest. They also hold their opposition to just 43.5 points per outing.
QB NICK DAVILA continues to rack up the statistics. Davila is averaging 267 passing yards per game and has the third best pass efficiency in the league. So far, Davila has thrown for 39 touchdowns. Versus the Burn, Davila went 27-for-45 and five touchdowns.
The offensive line has done their fair share for Davila as well, allowing a league low three sacks. WR ANDY OLSON has been an offensive leader all season, grabbing an average of 8.5 receptions per game for 104.8 yards and 12 points per game.
The defense has been doing their job, especially DL BEN MCCOMBS. McCombs ranks second in sacks with six on the season. K BRIAN JACKSON has excelled and on field goals so far (5/5) and has converted on 91.5% of his PATs.
Florida slipped under .500 last weekend with a 55-42 road loss to Arkansas. QB CHRIS WALLACE continues to be one of the best in the league, averaging 256 passing yards per game and has thrown for 38 touchdowns. He has only been intercepted four times but is completing just 58.3 percent of his passes. His top target in 2009 has been WR CHRIS MCKINNEY who is making 8.33 catches per game and has tallied 17 touchdowns so far. McKinney is one of the Top-10 scorers in the league, putting an average of 18 points per game on the board. With their close call last weekend, the Shock will be ready to make sure that doesn't happen again.
The Firecats, however, won't be intimidated at home. If Wallace plays well, this game could be closer than most may expect.