Against one of the Indoor Football League’s worst defenses, the Spokane Shock didn’t need their primary ball carrier.
With Davonte Sapp-Lynch not on the team to attend his sister’s wedding, the Shock Offensive had its most productive outing with a 42:24 win over the winless Northern Arizona Wranglers on Saturday in Prescott Valley, Arizona.
Former Texas A&M recipient Speedy Noil showed he could wear the soccer ball too, storming to two touchdowns instead of Sapp-Lynch – including a 34-yard scamper on the game’s third play.
“He did a good job today,” said Spokane Shock head coach Billy Back. “He was a nice little spark tonight. Troy Evans Jr. also had one hell of a game. “
Evans, who usually plays receivers, added two roaring touchdowns and helped the Shock fend off the Wranglers, who give up an average of 51 points per game.
But the Wranglers, an IFL expansion team, made it interesting late.
Northern Arizona recipient Keyvan Rudd’s third touchdown reception reduced the Shock’s lead to 29:24 in the fourth quarter, with Lilac City visitors quickly closing the door.
A noil touchdown run and a touchdown pass from Charles McCullum to Kamrin Solomon near the 2-minute mark put the Wranglers away for good.
McCullum also had a hasty touchdown for the Shock, which got another standout performance from his defense.
After averaging just 31 points per game in the first two games, the Shock led the Wranglers 15-3 at halftime. Markus Smith had an early interception to set the tone.
Back believed the offensive, which was inconsistent earlier this season, was hampered by multiple penalties and multiple personal fouls.
“We have to fix that, and we’ll have some motivational correctness to fix it. Make some adjustments, ”Back said.
Sawyer Petre had two field goals for the Shock, who will face the Sioux Falls Storm (2-1) on the street next week.