Shock to Face Unbeaten Cleveland on Saturday. - SWX Right Now-Sports for Spokane, CdA, Tri-Cities, WA

Shock to Face Unbeaten Cleveland on Saturday.

Posted:
Adron Tennell and the Spokane Shock are getting ready to face the undefeated Cleveland Gladiators this Saturday. Adron Tennell and the Spokane Shock are getting ready to face the undefeated Cleveland Gladiators this Saturday.

by Spokane Shock Media Relations

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Spokane Shock face off against the unbeaten Cleveland Gladiators this Saturday, Apr. 19 at 7 p.m. PDT in Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena.

This will be the fifth time the two clubs have met since the Shock joined the AFL in 2010, with the all-time series tied at 2-2. The Shock won the most recent meeting in March of 2013 when they took down the Gladiators on the road 67-41.

The matchup is the second against an East Division opponent this season for the Shock, who previously beat the Iowa Barnstormers in week one 64-35.

The Shock are coming off a 55-27 divisional win over the Portland Thunder, who remain winless.

After putting up 20 points and shutting out the Thunder in the first quarter the Shock were themselves shut out in the second quarter while allowing 14 points to Portland. Finding themselves trailing 21-20 early in the third quarter, the Shock responded with 35 unanswered points to put the game away.

Spokane quarterback Erik Meyer completed 20 of 37 pass attempts for 166 yards and four touchdowns, leaving him only 15 touchdown passes shy of the franchise career record currently held by Kyle Rowley. Meyer has completed 63.5 percent of his passes this season for 959 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Meyer’s receiving group has been led by the duo of Adron Tennell and Mike Washington, who have combined for 531 yards and 14 touchdowns. Washington has averaged 112 receiving yards per game and is currently second in the AFL in yards per catch, averaging 15.3 yards.

Defensive back Terrance Sanders heads the Spokane defense, currently leading the team in tackles (20.0) and in interceptions (3). Sanders’ pick-six against Portland provided the spark for the Shock’s comeback and was the second defensive touchdown of the night for Spokane.

Special teams remains a big key to the Shock’s success, already having scored two special teams touchdowns through four games. Spokane also ranks fourth in the league in average kickoff return (18.6 yds) and is third in extra point percentage (.941).

Cleveland at has already equaled their win total from the 2013 season, in large part due to their improved defense. The 4-0 start for the Gladiators is the best record through four games in franchise history. After giving up over 58 points per game last season, the Gladiators’ defense has stiffened, holding opponents to only 39 points per game through their four games this year.

Behind center for Cleveland will be Shane Austin, who has completed 56 of his 87 pass attempts this year for 684 yards and 14 touchdowns and leads the league in passer efficiency (128.1). Eight of his scores through the air have gone to wide receiver Thyron Lewis, who has hauled in 26 receptions for 399 yards.

As a team the Gladiators have picked off opposing quarterbacks six times, five times by defensive back Marrio Norman who also has contributed 23.5 tackles and six pass break-ups.

The game will be broadcast locally on SWX, online at ESPN3.com, and on the radio at 700 ESPN.

Tickets for the game are still available and start as low as $14. They can be purchased by visiting SpokaneShock.com or by calling (800) 325-SEAT.

  • Local Sports from SWXLocal Sports from SWXMore>>

  • Shock Talk: DB Bryant Nnabuife On The Playoffs

    Shock Talk: DB Bryant Nnabuife On The Playoffs

    Spokane Shock defensive back Bryant Nnabuife joined SWX's Neil Stover in the Fasteners Sports Studio for a playoff edition of Shock Talk powered by VPI Home Solutions on Thursday, July 31.More >>
    Spokane Shock defensive back Bryant Nnabuife joined SWX's Neil Stover in the Fasteners Sports Studio for a playoff edition of Shock Talk powered by VPI Home Solutions on Thursday, July 31.
    More >>
  • Zunino Blast Lifts M's Past Cleveland

    Zunino Blast Lifts M's Past Cleveland

    Mike Zunino's two-run homer in the eighth inning lifted the Seattle Mariners to a 6-5 win over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night.Bryan Shaw (4-3) walked Kyle Seager to start the inning before Zunino hit a 2-0 pitch into the left-field bleachers for his 17th home run.More >>
    Mike Zunino's two-run homer in the eighth inning lifted the Seattle Mariners to a 6-5 win over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night.Bryan Shaw (4-3) walked Kyle Seager to start the inning before Zunino hit a 2-0 pitch into the left-field bleachers for his 17th home run.More >>
  • Local College Football Fall Practice Schedules

    Local College Football Fall Practice Schedules

    All four of the local college football teams will kick off their Fall practices this week with the 2014 season fast approaching. Compiled below is a list of practice schedules for Eastern Washington University, University of Idaho, Washington State University and Whitworth University.More >>
    All four of the local college football teams will kick off their Fall practices this week with the 2014 season fast approaching. Compiled below is a list of practice schedules for Eastern Washington University, University of Idaho, Washington State University and Whitworth University.
    More >>
  • Spokane ShockSpokane ShockMore>>

  • Shock Talk: DB Bryant Nnabuife On The Playoffs

    Shock Talk: DB Bryant Nnabuife On The Playoffs

    Spokane Shock defensive back Bryant Nnabuife joined SWX's Neil Stover in the Fasteners Sports Studio for a playoff edition of Shock Talk powered by VPI Home Solutions on Thursday, July 31.More >>
    Spokane Shock defensive back Bryant Nnabuife joined SWX's Neil Stover in the Fasteners Sports Studio for a playoff edition of Shock Talk powered by VPI Home Solutions on Thursday, July 31.
    More >>
  • Shock Talk: Andy Olson Before The Playoffs

    Shock Talk: Andy Olson Before The Playoffs

     Spokane Shock head coach Andy Olson joined SWX's Sam Adams in the Fasteners Sports Studio for a special playoff edition of Shock Talk powered by VPI Home Solutions on Wednesday, July 30.More >>
     Spokane Shock head coach Andy Olson joined SWX's Sam Adams in the Fasteners Sports Studio for a special playoff edition of Shock Talk powered by VPI Home Solutions on Wednesday, July 30.More >>
  • Shock To Face San Jose In First Round Of Playoffs

    Shock To Face San Jose In First Round Of Playoffs

    The Spokane Shock (11-7) open their playoff run on the road against the San Jose SaberCats (13-5) on Saturday, Aug. 2 at 7:00 p.m. PDT in the SAP Center. The game can be viewed online at WatchESPN.com and through the WatchESPN app.More >>
    The Spokane Shock (11-7) open their playoff run on the road against the San Jose SaberCats (13-5) on Saturday, Aug. 2 at 7:00 p.m. PDT in the SAP Center. The game can be viewed online at WatchESPN.com and through the WatchESPN app.More >>
  • Pro SportsProMore>>

  • Mariners Land Jackson As Part Of David Price Trade And Other Deadline Moves

    Mariners Land Jackson As Part Of David Price Trade And Other Deadline Moves

    The Seattle Mariners have acquired center fielder Austin Jackson from the Detroit Tigers as part of the three-team trade that sent 2012 Cy Young award winner David Price from the Tampa Bay Rays to Detroit, as confirmed by ESPN's Jayson Stark.The Mariners sent infielder Nick Franklin to Tampa Bay as part of the deal, while it is reported that Detroit sent left hand pitcher Drew Smyly and infield prospect Willy Adames to complete the haul for Price.In Jackson the Mariners get the consistent out...More >>
    The Seattle Mariners have acquired center fielder Austin Jackson from the Detroit Tigers as part of the three-team trade that sent 2012 Cy Young award winner David Price from the Tampa Bay Rays to Detroit, as confirmed by ESPN's Jayson Stark.The Mariners sent infielder Nick Franklin to Tampa Bay as part of the deal, while it is reported that Detroit sent left hand pitcher Drew Smyly and infield prospect Willy Adames to complete the haul for Price.In Jackson the Mariners get the consistent out...More >>
  • Shock Talk: DB Bryant Nnabuife On The Playoffs

    Shock Talk: DB Bryant Nnabuife On The Playoffs

    Spokane Shock defensive back Bryant Nnabuife joined SWX's Neil Stover in the Fasteners Sports Studio for a playoff edition of Shock Talk powered by VPI Home Solutions on Thursday, July 31.More >>
    Spokane Shock defensive back Bryant Nnabuife joined SWX's Neil Stover in the Fasteners Sports Studio for a playoff edition of Shock Talk powered by VPI Home Solutions on Thursday, July 31.
    More >>
  • Spokane Drops Second Straight To The Hops

    Spokane Drops Second Straight To The Hops

    Spokane dropped its third game in a row on Thursday night as the Hillsboro Hops rode a four-run first inning to a 5-3 victory at Avista Stadium. More >>
    Spokane dropped its third game in a row on Thursday night as the Hillsboro Hops rode a four-run first inning to a 5-3 victory at Avista Stadium. More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and SWXRN. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.