Spokane Shock

Years of Existence: 2006-2009
Venue: Spokane Arena (Spokane, WA)
2006 af2 Champions
2007 - Western Division champions, playoff appearance
2008 - National Conference champions, championship game appearance
2009 - af2 Champions
Lifetime Record: 66-10
Home: 36-6
Away: 28-4
Neutral: 1-0
Playoffs: 10-2
Average Attendance: 10,036

The Spokane Shock may go down as the most successful expansion franchise in league history. In just one year, the franchise took the AF2 by storm, winning 14 regular season contests and averaging almost 10,000 fans per game. The Shock did not dominate many of their opponents, winning eight games by six or fewer points. Many doubted the Shock could be a great team after Bakersfield hammered them on May 4th, 52-20. However, upon aquiring quarterback Kyle Rowley from South Georgia, the Shock's margins of victory got wider. After getting past Bakersfield, 50-47, the Shock hosted the Arkansas Twisters for the National Conference Championship. Spokane won convincingly, 48-30, earning a spot in Puerto Rico for ArenaCup. The Shock took a 41-14 halftime lead over the Green Bay Blizzard, and won the championship game, 57-34. The Shock returned in 2007 looking to defend their title. After losing two of their first three, however, it didn't look likely. Again, though, the Shock put together a great run and finished at 12-4. None of the wins came against a team with a better than .500 record. Granted, the only team on the schedule that finished above .500 was Quad City. Maybe it was the easier schedule that lulled Andrico Hines and the Shock into a false sense of security, because in the first round, Louisville traveled to Washington and took a 35-7 halftime lead and 62-35 win home with them. In 2008, the Shock remained a powerhouse. Nick Davila and Jason Murrietta combined to throw for 88 touchdowns in the regular season. The team opened the season playing four out of five games on the road. Andy Olson and Raul Vijil both caught over 1,000 yards. Sergio Gilliam picked off 16 passes in the regular season. The team went 15-1, with the only loss coming to South Georgia. The Shock powered through the playoffs, destroying Austin, Central Valley, and Amarillo by a combined score of 204-126. The team made its second Arena Cup game in three years, but this time things went differently. Tennessee Valley quarterback Chris Eakin was injured in the first quarter of the game, so backup Tony Colston played the majority of the game for the Vipers. A Colston two point conversion rush in overtime gave the Vipers a 56-55 Arena Cup win in Spokane. Spokane's stars returned for another championship game run in 2009. Davila passed for 86 scores to just nine picks, and was sacked just six times during the regular season. The only loss that the team suffered was in Iowa, in a 54-48 decision. Raul Vijil dominated the receiving, with 36 touchdown catches. The defense also scored five times on fumble returns. The team easily secured the top seed in the National Conference and would host Stockton in the first round of the playoffs. After falling behind 21-0 in a surprising upset in the making, the Shock scored 62 unanswered points to end the game. The Shock then disposed of rival Boise, 59-35 to advance to the conference title game against Tulsa. This was the first meeting between the two teams and it was quite a battle. Spokane would win 51-44, as Justin Allgood's fourth down pass with time ticking away went incomplete. Spokane advanced to another ArenaCup game, this time in Las Vegas. The Shock jumped out to a 14-0 lead against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton but rrailed 21-20 at the half. Vijil, Sergio Gilliam, and Davila put on a second half clinic, outscoring the Pioneers 54-6 and winning their second title, 74-27. Following the 2009 season, the Shock joined the new AF1.