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Shock vs. San Jose: Six Things You Need to Know

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Brian Zbydniewski will take the field in a Shock uniform for the third time in his career, this time as a veteran quarterback with valuable experience as a starter. Brian Zbydniewski will take the field in a Shock uniform for the third time in his career, this time as a veteran quarterback with valuable experience as a starter.
The Spokane Shock will take on San Jose this Friday, May 23, live on SWX at 7:00 p.m. PDT at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. Here are the six things you must know going into Friday's game! 
    • The Shock (5-4, 2-0) must win to maintain first place in the Pacific Division over the SaberCats (6-3, 3-1). Spokane beat San Jose, 73-62, earlier this season in week 3. 
    • The Shock have coordinated with 2nd Harvest and Post Falls Food Bank to host a canned food drive at Friday night's game. The first 1,000 fans who bring at least two canned food items will receive a pair of custom Spokane Shock sunglasses. Of course bringing more than two is more than acceptable.
    • Brian Zbydniewski will play in his first game for the Shock since spending time in Spokane while it was in the af2 in 2006 and being part of the 2010 AFL Championship team.
    • SaberCats QB Russ Michna has hit over 65-percent of his passes for 1,600 yards and 39 touchdown passes this season.
    • "The Shock and SaberCats both feature offenses and defenses in the top five in the AFL, with both teams scoring over 54 points per game and allowing fewer than 47 points per game."
    • The three main defensive backs for the Shock (Bryant Nnabuife, Paul Stephens and Terrance Sanders) have combined for 116.5 total tackles, 9 interceptions, 32 pass breakups, 2 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery.
Here is the Spokane Shock press release on this weekend's game: 

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Spokane Shock (5-4, 2-0) open up a two-game home stand this Friday, May 23 against the San Jose SaberCats (6-3, 3-1) at 7 p.m. PDT in Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena.

The matchup against Pacific Division rival San Jose is the second of the season, and the eighth overall, with the Shock leading the all-time series 5-2. Most recently, the Shock visited the SaberCats in week four and came away with the 73-62 victory behind a strong performance from then-starting quarterback Erik Meyer. With a win on Friday the Shock would retake the lead in the Pacific Division.

Spokane is coming off a conference loss 70-38 to Arizona on the road in which they were missing Meyer and wide receiver Adron Tennell. In the loss, Shock quarterback Donovan Porterie completed 17 of 29 passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns while adding three rushes for 14 yards and one touchdown.

The SaberCats head into the pivotal matchup after beating the Portland Thunder 67-24 in week 10, taking a one-game lead in the division in the process. San Jose quarterback Russ Michna was 13-18 for 150 yards and 7 touchdowns through the air with three rushes for one touchdown on the ground.

The Shock and SaberCats both feature offenses and defenses in the top five in the AFL, with both teams scoring over 54 points per game and allowing fewer than 47 points per game.

Wide receivers Mike Washington and Brandon Thompkins lead the Spokane offense, reeling in a combined 91 receptions for 1082 yards and 24 touchdowns. Rashaad Carter has made his mark as well, bringing in 26 catches for an average of 10 yards per catch and three touchdowns.

Splitting time for the Shock at quarterback against the Rattlers last week was Porterie and Carter. This week the Shock brought in veteran quarterback Brian Zbydniewski, who had been with the team previously in their 2006 af2 season and their 2010 championship squad.

The Shock defense is anchored by the versatile Terence Moore, who from the linebacker position has racked up 44.5 tackles, five interceptions, and three fumble recoveries. Up front the defensive line is held strong by James Ruffin and Terrance Taylor, who have recorded 7.5 and 4.0 sacks respectively.

San Jose’s offense is led by Russ Michna, who has 65.6 percent of his passes for 1600 yards and 39 touchdowns. Rod Harper and Reggie Gray have brought in the majority of the teams receptions this year, with a combined 108 receptions for 1190 yards and 30 touchdowns.

Defensive back Ken Fontenette leads the SaberCats on the defensive side of the ball, tallying 50.0 tackles and one interception with 15 pass break ups. Defensive lineman Jason Stewart has contributed 6.5 sacks to the San Jose defensive effort.

The game can be found on TV in the Inland Northwest on SWX, on the radio at 700 ESPN, and online through ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN app.

Tickets for the game can be purchased for as low as $14 by visiting SpokaneShock.com.

Here is the Shock press release on this Friday's canned food drive with 2nd Harvest and Post Falls Food Bank:

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Spokane Shock are partnering with the 2nd Harvest and Post Falls food banks to hold a canned food drive prior to this Friday’s game against the San Jose SaberCats.

2nd Harvest and Post Falls food banks will park donation trucks outside the main entrance in advance of doors opening at 6 p.m. on Friday. Guests who donate a minimum of two cans of food will receive a pair of custom Shock sunglasses. Additional donations from fans beyond the minimum two cans are encouraged and appreciated, sunglasses will be limited to one per fan with 1,000 in stock.

Tickets for Friday’s game can be purchased for as low as $14 by visiting SpokaneShock.com.

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ABOUT 2ND HARVEST FOOD BANK

2nd Harvest Food Bank has been serving the Inland Northwest since 1971. They now distribute two million pounds of free food each month, serving 50,000 individuals per week. For more information on 2nd Harvest and how to volunteer or donate, visiting 2-Harvest.org. Their Spokane office is located at 1234 East Front Avenue and can be reached by calling (509) 534-6678.


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