SPOKANE, WA–To put it mildly, it was ugly in Spokane on Friday night.
The Tulsa Talons travelled to Spokane, Washington to take on the Spokane Shock, the team that ended the Talons playoff run last season. Tulsa was looking for a measure of revenge against the Shock, who came into the game after a thrilling win over the Orlando Predators 53-52 last weekend while the Talons made the trip high off a 69-51 win over the Dallas Vigilantes.
The main problem for the Talons on the night was simply control of the ball. Tulsa QB Justin Allgood threw 2 interceptions in the game and lost two fumbles in the 4th quarter. Allgood finished the game throwing 24-of 47 for 341 yards and 5 TDs. Talons receiver Donovan Morgan caught 9 passes, 3 of those for touchdowns and 129 yards, while Jeff Hughley added to his large all purpose yardage total with six catches for 107 yards and a touchdown.
Shock QB Kyle Rowley was nearly flawless on the night, throwing 28-of-37 for 307 yards and 7 TDs. Five of those touchdowns were thrown to receiver Raul Vijil, who finished the game with 11 catches for 103 yards. The Shock improve to 8-2 on the season with the win and the Talons drop to 6-5, still good enough to stay on top of the AFL’s Southwest Division of the American Conference, with Tulsa holding a three game lead over Bossier Shreveport, who lost 72-50 to Arizona on Saturday night.
The Talons return home to face the Cleveland Gladiators next Saturday night, where they can hopefully avenge a 68-52 loss earlier in the season. Tickets are available at the BOK Center box office, the Talons office at 6221 S 107th E Avenue. Talons games can be seen for free via the Talons website at tulsatalons.com and byclicking the "NiftyTV" button once there. Talons games are also carried on their flagship station AM740 and FM102.3 KRMG, with Rick Couri providing the exciting play-by-play action.