Storm Sock it to Shock 51-42

By on May 21, 2011

Tampa Bay Storm 51, Spokane Shock 42 Friday, May 20, 2011

Veterans Memorial Arena – 9,320 Spokane, WA.  

courtesy of the Tampa Bay Storm

Spokane, WA – Cliff Dukes and the Tampa Bay Storm defense combined for four sacks of Shock quarterback Casey Hansen en route to defeating the Spokane Shock in a fiery ArenaBowl XXIII rematch, 51-42 in front of 9,320 fans at the Veterans Memorial Arena in Spokane, WA late Friday night.   Dukes recorded 4.5 tackles and 2.5 sacks along with two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble. The Storm defense held the Shock scoreless for 31 minutes and 34 seconds between the 11:21 mark in the second quarter and 9:47 mark in the fourth prior to an Emory Sammons one yard touchdown run.   Shock quarterback Hansen, in his first game back with the Shock since the 2009 af2 season, had an impressive start, but was unable to continue any early success because of the Storm’s defensive pressure, and ended the game 25-of-43 passing for 288 yards, four touchdowns and one interception.   Wide receiver Huey Whittaker led all Storm receivers with 11 receptions for 123 yards and three touchdowns in the win over his former club. Wide receiver Amarri Jackson also recorded three touchdowns in his third consecutive multi-touchdown game.   Spokane’s Khreem Smith stood out defensively for the Shock (4-6).  He recorded five tackles along with two sacks of Storm quarterback Brian Zbydniewski as the Storm offensive line was hit by injuries throughout the game, including an injury to Tom Kaleita.   The Storm (4-6) won their second game in a row for the first time this season behind an impressive first half showing from Zbydniewski, who completed 15-of-17 passing for 154 yards and four touchdowns in the first half. Three of those first half touchdowns came during the second quarter as the Storm erased a 13-7 first quarter deficit.  The Storm did not trail throughout the remainder of the game. Zbydniewski finished with 23 completions from 33 attempts for 223 yards and six touchdowns.   Storm defensive lineman Jermaine Smith, who was called into offensive line duties to aid a depleted offensive line, had a record setting night, as he blocked two point after attempts in the fourth quarter and moved him into first All-Time in blocked kicks with 14, passing James Baron. Smith’s third quarter sack gave him 46.5 for his career, fourth most in AFL history.   The Storm will head back out on the road again following next week’s bye to take on the division rival Georgia Force, Saturday, June 4th 2011 at the Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, GA. Be sure to tune to 1250 AM-WHNZ for all of the Storm Radio Network’s coverage or NiFTyTV.com’s AFL Player to watch the game online.

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