The defending af2 champion Spokane Shock scored touchdowns on
9 of 11 drives and kept the Lubbock Renegades winless (0-3) on the season with a 63-23 win in front of a capacity crowd of 10,565 inside the Spokane Arena Saturday evening.
Four of the nine touchdowns were registered by Antwone Savage, who ended the game with 75 yards receiving on six receptions. Savage collected three of his touchdowns in the second half as insurance for the Shock, who maintained the lead with little pressure from the Renegades.
Lubbock opened the game with a 13-yard touchdown pass from Justin Midgett to Alvance Robinson on the opening drive, but it would be the only lead the Renegades would enjoy. The Shock responded with 25 consecutive points off a trio of touchdowns. Lubbock cut the Shock lead to 25-13 with 48-seconds remaining in the first half with a 14-yard touchdown reception by Joey Hawkins. Raul Vijil placed the halftime score at 32-13 with a 29-yard touchdown catch with six seconds remaining in the half.
Spokane opened the second half with the ball and continued to build to their lead with an opening drive score. The Renegades did not halt a Spokane drive until the third quarter, which ended a streak of six consecutive touchdown drives. Lubbock trailed 39-20 entering the fourth quarter, but could only get a Preston Hartfield four-yard touchdown reception in the final quarter. Savage had a pair of his four touchdowns in the fourth quarter and Midgett threw two interceptions, keeping the Shock lead safe.
One of the interceptions slipped through the hands of Johnny Journey and into the hands of Rob Keefe, who returned the pass 13 yards for a touchdown.
Midgett finished the game 20 for 40 passing for 197 yards. He threw four touchdowns and gave up two interceptions. His longest touchdown pass was a 28-yard pass to Victor Mann, who released out of the backfield for the touchdown reception. Robinson was the leading receiver for the Renegades with 74 receiving yards (7 catches). Shock quarterback Andrico Hines was near flawless in the victory. He completed 17 of his 31 passes for 6 touchdowns and 192 yards. The Shock did not turn the ball over during the
Lubbock will seek their first win Saturday night at the City Bank Coliseum, as they host the Texas Copperheads with a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Courtesy: Lubbock Renegades