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San Jose Hands Shock Worst Loss In Franchise History Shock, 83-28

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Fill-in QB Nathan Stanley put in another stellar performance for the SaberCats to put a hurting on the Shock. Fill-in QB Nathan Stanley put in another stellar performance for the SaberCats to put a hurting on the Shock.

SPOKANE, Wash. – Even though Erik Meyer didn't play in his return to Spokane, the San Jose SaberCats had the edge to hand the Shock their worst loss in franchise history, 83-28, at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena on Saturday afternoon.

The SaberCats (8-0, 2-0) forced an early four and out from the Shock (2-5, 0-2) at their own 14 and turned that into a 14-yard touchdown pass from Nathan Stanley to Darius Reynolds.

Spokane QB Warren Smith was intercepted by Ken Fontenette on the ensuing drive and San Jose doubled its lead in a hurry, this time a 17-yard TD pass from Stanley to his lineman, Rich Rangling.

The Shock finally got on the board with 1:41 left in the first quarter on a Smith to Amos 8-yard touchdown pass. The play was only able to happen because of a hands to the face penalty on San Jose on the same play Smith was intercepted in the endzone just a few plays previous.

Following another SaberCats score, Smith found Mike Washington for a 6-yard TD pass to bring the Shock within a touchdown. The score was set up by a San Jose roughing-the-passer call to put the Shock in the redzone.

Then the SaberCats rattled off three unanswered scores to take a 42-14 lead. The first on a 37-yard bomb from Stanley to Reynolds, then a short TD to former Shock receiver Adron Tennell after San Jose recovered the ball on the bar on the kickoff, the last score came on a 16-yard interception return by Fontenette after the ball popped out of Rashaad Carter's hands on contact.

"Those are plays that you can't give an undefeated team," Shock head coach Andy Olson said after the game. "We've got an uphill battle already in trying to beat these guys, let alone giving up freebies like that."

Smith found Washington for an 18-yard TD pass right before halftime, but the SaberCats recovered the onside kick attempt and turned that final possession into yet another TD to take a 49-21 lead into the break.

San Jose scored back-to-back touchdowns to open up the second half before the Shock could answer with a 9-yard TD pass from Smith to Amos with 6:04 left in the third quarter.

The SaberCats scored three-straight touchdowns, again, in the fourth quarter to close out the scoring in the game.

Carson Coffman came in for Spokane to finish out the game but they couldn't put another score on the board.

"The entire game from start to finish couldn't have been played worse," Olson said. "I think we played about as bad a game as Spokane has ever seen."

Smith finished 22-of-38 passing for 206 yards and 4 TDs, he also threw 4 interceptions and was saved from throwing two more on plays that resulted in San Jose penalties.

The loss is the Shock's worst since 2012, to San Jose (34 points), losing on Saturday to the SaberCats by 55.

"I'm not happy with myself, I'm not happy with anybody," Olson said. "I don't think any of us lived up to what the Spokane Shock stand for."

San Jose v Spokane Scoring

1st Quarter

SJ – Reynolds 14-yard TD Pass from Stanley (PAT Good) – 10:48

SJ – Rangling 17-yard TD Pass from Stanley (PAT Good) – 6:34

SPO – Amos 8-yard TD Pass from Smith (PAT Good) – 1:41

2nd Quarter

SJ – Reynolds 2-yard TD Run (PAT Good) – 14:05

SPO – Washington 6-yard TD Pass from Smith – 10:11

SJ – Reynolds 37-yard TD Pass from Stanley (PAT Good) – 8:24

SJ – Tennell 2-yard TD Pass from Stanley (PAT Good) – 6:04

SJ – Fontenette 16-yard Interception Return TD (PAT Good) – 3:46

SPO – Washington 18-yard TD Pass from Smith (PAT Good) – 0:41

SJ – Stanley 2-yard TD Run (PAT Good) – 0:27

3rd Quarter

SJ – Reynolds 25-yard TD Pass from Stanley (PAT Missed) – 13:44

SJ – Gray 14-yard TD Pass from Stanley (PAT Good) – 9:51

SPO – Amos 9-yard TD Pass from Smith (PAT Good) – 6:04

4th Quarter

SJ – Tennell 23-yard TD Pass from Stanley (PAT Good) – 14:34

SJ – Tennell 13-yard TD Pass from Stanley (PAT Good) – 8:26

SJ – Armstrong 1-yard TD Run (PAT Good) – 4:02

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