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Outlaws Hold Off Spokane Comeback, 62-56

The Spokane Shock fell in hear-breaking fashion on Friday night. The Spokane Shock fell in hear-breaking fashion on Friday night.
SPOKANE, Wash. – The Las Vegas Outlaws nearly pulled off a miraculous comeback in their 63-56 loss to the Spokane Shock in Sin City last month. On Friday night it was the Shock shooting for a comeback in front of 7,497 faithful at the Spokane Arena but the Outlaws held on to win 62-56 on the final play of the game.

Sean Brackett got Las Vegas (4-7, 3-1) on the board on its first drive with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Jomo Wilson.

The Shock (3-8, 0-3) responded with a drive of their own and scored on a 1-yard Anthony Amos TD run on the sweep to even things up with 7:46 to play in the first quarter.

The Outlaws ran off with three unanswered scores, capped off by a 16-yard interception return touchdown for Eddie Moten off a Warren Smith pass, to take a 28-7 lead with 7:22 left before halftime.

Smith bounced back with a 25-yard TD pass to Christian Wise to stop the bleeding. The score was set up by a 31-yard kickoff return to midfield by Ruschard Dodd-Masters.

Both teams traded 47-yard touchdown completions before the Outlaws scored on an 18-yard TD pass from Brackett to Tysson Poots with 55 seconds until the break.

Smith was intercepted by Moten on a last ditch heave at the buzzer to end the Shock scoring attempt.

Spokane drove and scored in a hurry to open up the third quarter. Smith hit a wide-open Amos on the goal line for a 4-yard TD pass.

The comeback attempt looked fruitless when Brackett found Wilson for a 41-yard TD pass on the Outlaws' first play from scrimmage in the second half.

But the Shock responded with a 45-yard Smith to Amos TD pass over the middle to keep them in range.

After three-straight Las Vegas incomplete passes, Terrance Taylor forced Brackett into an intentional grounding penalty in the endzone for a Spokane safety to cut the Outlaws' lead to 48-36 with 8:09 left in the third quarter.

The Shock scored on their ensuing possession on a 4-yard Smith to Nick Truesdell jump-ball-in-the-corner-of-the-pads TD to bring the Shock within a touchdown.

Taylor and the Spokane defense forced a turnover on a Dodd-Masters interception on fourth down to give the Shock their first chance at a lead, but Smith fumbled the ball on the first snap to give Las Vegas the ball back.

Gerald Young took the pitch in for a 3-yard TD run to give the Outlaws a two-score lead again.

Amos returned the kickoff to the 24 to set up Smith for a 26-yard TD run to bring Spokane right back into the game, trailing by five again after a missed PAT, 55-49.

The happiness ended quickly, again, as Young returned Taylor Rowan's kickoff 57 yards for a touchdown to make it 62-49 with 7:04 on the clock.

Smith and Co. drove down the field, completing short passes to eat the chains, before Truesdell caught a ball over the middle for a 20-yard TD pass to cut the Outlaws' lead to six, 62-56.

Jabin Sambrano forced Young to fumble on the next kickoff return and Micah King dove on the ball to give Spokane possession on the Las Vegas 17.

After head coach Andy Olson ran the clock down, Smith had one final chance to at least tie the game, but he was driven into the pads as he dove for the endzone as the buzzer signaled the end of the game.

Las Vegas Outlaws vs. Spokane Shock Scoring

1st Quarter

LVO – J. Wilson 8-yard Pass from Brackett (PAT Good) – 11:55

SPO – Amos 1-yard Run (PAT Good) – 7:46

LVO – Hudson 1-yard Run (PATGood) – 3:52

2nd Quarter

LVO – Brackett 2-yard Run (PAT Good) – 9:34

LVO – Moten 16-yard Interception Return (PAT Good) – 7:22

SPO – Wise 25-yard Pass from Smith (PAT Good) – 6:24

LVO – D. Williams 47-yard Pass from Brackett (PAT Good) – 5:18

SPO – Truesdell 47-yard Pass from Smith (PAT Good) – 3:54

LVO – Poots 18-yard Pass from Brackett (PAT Missed) – 0:55

3rd Quarter

SPO – Amos 4-yard Pass from Smith (PAT Missed) – 13:52

LVO – J. Wilson 41-yard Pass from Bracket (PAT Good) – 12:39

SPO – Amos 45-yard Pass from Smith (PAT Good) – 11:14

SPO – Brackett Intentional Grounding in Endzone (Safety) – 8:09

SPO – Truesdell 4-yard Pass from Smith (PAT Good) – 2:37

4TH Quarter

LVO – G. Young 3-yard Run (PAT Good) – 10:26

SPO – Smith 26-yard Run (PAT Missed) – 8:56

LVO – Young 57-yard Kickoff Return (PAT Good) – 8:00

SPO – Truesdell 20-yard Pass from Smith (PAT Good) – 3:47



POST-GAME AWARDS

Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Game: LVO QB Sean Brackett

Riddell Defensive Player of the Game: LVO DB Eddie Moten

J. Lewis Small Playmaker of the Game: SPO WR Anthony Amos

Cutters Catch of the Game: SPO WR Nick Truesdell's fourth-down jump ball catch over defender for a TD in Q3

AFL Highlight of the Game: SPO WR Nick Truesdell's catches short hitch route, runs through three defenders on way to a 48-yard TD in Q2

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