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Shock increase division lead, prepare for biggest game yet

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Spokane's Raul Vijil hauled in eight catches for 160 yards and eight touchdowns (Photo: SWX) Spokane's Raul Vijil hauled in eight catches for 160 yards and eight touchdowns (Photo: SWX)
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    Shock win convincingly 77-28 over Utah

    Shock win convincingly 77-28 over Utah

    Monday, May 24 2010 12:56 PM EDT2010-05-24 16:56:31 GMT
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    The Spokane Shock defeated the Utah Blaze tonight 77-28 in front of 10,481 fans on Spokane Tribe Field.More >>
    The Spokane Shock defeated the Utah Blaze tonight 77-28 in front of 10,481 fans on Spokane Tribe Field.  

    Spokane set the tone early and scored on the opening kickoff. As Blaze KR Brandon Hampton attempted to gain control of the opening kick, DB Alex Teems exploded into him, sending the ball to the turf where it was recovered by LB Aaron Robbins for the first score of the game.
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SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Shock have a game-and-a-half lead over Arizona in the West Division, earning it over the weekend after an impressive win over the Utah Blaze.

The Shock won Saturday night 77-28 in front of a packed house at Spokane Arena. They put the game away in the second quarter, outscoring the Blaze 35-0. The score was 51-14 at the half.

Spokane veteran receiver Raul Vijil continues to burn opposing defenses. He caught eight balls for 160 yards and four touchdowns.

Spokane Shock on SWX

Spokane Shock
vs.
Jacksonville Sharks

Sat., May 29
at 7:00 p.m.
TV: SWX-TV


"We weren't playing so well at home, and that was a big concern for our team," said Vigil after the win. "Coach, he kind of emphasized it a little bit, and it needs to be a home field advantage. We need to come in here and dominate, and that's what we did."

The Shock defense registered four sacks, while the special teams recovered three fumbles and grabbed one interception.

Head coach Rob Keefe said things are starting to come together.

"I think we're getting in rhythm now," said Keefe. "I think you're seeing the same guys now starting, and before it was kind of a musical chairs assortment - 'who's on the right page?' We're still not there yet.

"We're still trying to figure out who's going to make this playoff championship run for us. That will come probably week 11 or week 12. We're still tweaking it and still find out who really wants it. When guys play three games together it's a world of difference."

The Shock have perhaps the biggest game of the season so far on Saturday.  The Jacksonville Sharks, who beat Cleveland 46-44 on Saturday, come into Spokane with a 6-1 record. Receivers Jomo Wilson and Dallas Baker each had more than 100 receiving yards in the game.

Saturday's game is Sat., May 29 at 7 p.m. on SWX-TV.

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