SPOKANE, Wash. - The Fever will be looking for the upset in Spokane on Saturday night as they face off against the perfect Spokane Shock.
The Shock head into Week 13 as the only undefeated team in the af2. The last time these two teams met in Week 10, Spokane took control of the game, winning 61-20.
The Fever are coming off another tough National Conference West matchup last week against the 9-2 Boise Burn, losing 56-21. The Boise defense held the Fever scoreless in the 1st and 3rd quarters, as the first five Fever possessions resulted in no scores. However, Fever QB Tomotsuna Inoue ended up going 23-45 for 215 yards and 3 TDs connecting with WR Finas Rabb 7 times for 63 yards and 2 TDs. Inoue also hit WR/DB Ray Little 7 times for 76 yards and a TD.
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Spokane Shock vs. Tri-Cities Fever
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DB Jamie Hattley led the Fever defense with 8 tackles, an interception, and a pass break up. Hattley is second on the team in tackles with 41.5 and has 3 picks on the year. WR/DB Emery Beckles was solid on both sides of the ball, returning 5 kickoffs and a missed field goal 120 yards while adding 3 tackles on defense.
The Fever do boast the 4th best pass defense in the league - allowing an average of 227.4 yards per game. They'll need that defense against the Shock who currently lead the league in passing efficiency and are 5th in overall passing offense, averaging 274.1 yards per game.
The Shock have held the top spot in the weekly league coaches poll for a record-tying 14th consecutive weeks. Spokane's offense was dynamite last week against the Stockton Lightning, scoring a team-record 88 points in an 88-27 victory.
QB Nick Davila completed 22-of-32 passes for 310 yards and 7 TDs with no interceptions. Davila was also one of three Shock players with rushing TDs. Shock backup Casey Hansen replaced Davila for the fourth quarter and was perfect, going 7-for-7 and recording 3 TD passes of his own. WR Raul Vijil was a favorite target of the night with 9 catches for 149 yards and 5 TDs. Vijil now has 16 TD receptions against the Lightning this season, and 24 TD overall.
The Shock defense was no less impressive, forcing 9 turnovers. DB Stanley Franks tied a team record for interceptions with three in addition to his 6.5 tackles.
The Fever would love to hand Spokane its first loss of the season, but to do that they'll have to execute perfectly against the powerful Shock.