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No. 1 Shock get rematch with ticked off Milwaukee

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The Shock said in practice this week that Saturday's game against the Iron is "just another game" (Photo: SWX) The Shock said in practice this week that Saturday's game against the Iron is "just another game" (Photo: SWX)
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After pounding Tulsa 63-42 and earning the top spot In the latest AFL coaches poll, the Spokane Shock have a pair of very important games on the near horizon. Behind door number one: a ticked off team in Milwaukee.

The Shock lost to the Iron in Week 1, the first of their two losses. Milwaukee has rattled off six other wins since then, but has also lost four including a heartbreaker last week to Chicago that sent them plummeting in the polls. They went from No. 3 in Week 11 to No. 6 this week.

Spokane, meanwhile, beat the Tulsa Talons for their eighth win of the season and earned the No. 1 ranking.

The pole position is important for fans. But for the players? Not so much. Some guys will surely be thinking about revenge, but Spokane's signal caller said that's not his team's focus.

"I'm sure some guys have revenge on their minds," said quarterback Kyle Rowley. "But really, I just try to execute plays and take them as we do every opponent - which is very seriously. We know they're a good team, just as we know most teams in this league are solid and are capable of having a huge performance every game."

"Every game is a big meeting," added head coach Rob Keefe. "I don't think we overlook anyone, especially a team that just beat us. One of our only losses is Milwaukee. We're very understanding that it was 11 weeks ago and both of us are different teams. But we're aware that this is something we have to get back."

Keefe said a lot has changed about his team in 11 weeks. And a lot has changed in Milwaukee as well.

"Their offensive line is completely revamped, they've had some injuries in their secondary and they're not full strength," said Keefe about the Iron. "I think, on the other hand, that we've actually done a really good job with a lot of our injuries. And also, I don't think there are any rookies anymore. We have a couple guys who are new, but Travis Williams, Corey Payne - these guys aren't rookies anymore. "

"I think we're gonna see after this week how far we've come. It's going to be a good test of where we are. I think Milwaukee dropped some easy games. I think they should be 9-2; I don't think 7-4 is a good indication of where they are. They're going to be a little ticked off because, obviously, they lost a close one to Chicago last week."

But then again, coaches always talk up the competition to make themselves look better when - and if - they win. Keefe and his team will have a chance to prove it Saturday night. If they win, there's no reason they shouldn't remain on top of the polls for the second straight week. That'll suit fans just fine.

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