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Rattlers Survive Scare In Spokane, 59-47

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Shock head coach Andy Olson wasn't happy with some of the ref's calls in Spokane's loss. Shock head coach Andy Olson wasn't happy with some of the ref's calls in Spokane's loss.

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The visiting Arizona Rattlers gave up a three-score lead but had one final push in them to beat the Spokane Shock 59-47 at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena on Saturday night.

The Rattlers (7-2, 2-1) jumped out to an early 21-6 lead thanks to three Shane Boyd to Markee White touchdown connections. White was later carted off the field early in the fourth quarter after going head first into the boards in the endzone, he did wave and give a thumbs up as he left the field.

Quarterback Warren Smith managed to lead the Shock (3-6, 0-2) to two TD passes, one to Samuel Charles and the other to Nick Truesdell, in the final minute of the second quarter to cut the Arizona lead to 34-20 at the half.

Spokane got things going in the third quarter on 25-yard Smith touchdown run on its first drive to bring the Rattlers' lead to only one score.

Following a Kevin McCullough interception, Smith hit Truesdell for a 31-yard TD pass on the ensuing play to tie the game at 34-34 with 4:30 left in the third quarter.

Following the long injury timeout, Mykel Benson gave Arizona the lead back with a 3-yard rumble across the goal line. 

Smith hit Truesdell in the endzone for the fourth time of the game to tie things up again for Spokane, 41-41, with 9:11 left in the fourth quarter.

The Shock and Rattlers traded touchdowns and missed PAT attempts to tie things up for a third time at 47-47 with 1:26 left in the game. 

Spokane missed the onside kick attempt and Boyd hit Rod Windsor for a 7-yard TD pass for the go-ahead score with 55 seconds left on the clock.

Smith threw an interception and Windsor found paydirt one final time to give Arizona the two-score win.

Boyd started his first game of the year in place of the injured Nick Davila after B.J. Coleman left the game to pursue other opportunities. The veteran journeyman QB finished 23-of-39 passing for 239 yards and seven touchdowns, with only one interception. 

Smith completed 31-of-47 passes for 319 yards and six TDs. The former Maine QB did throw two interceptions, with the latter one being the decider.

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