SPOKANE – The Utah Blaze (9-5) left the Spokane Shock (7-6) stunned after earning an improbable last-moment victory at Spokane Arena. The win completes a season series sweep of the Shock for Utah, who retains a firm hold on the fourth and final playoff spot in the National Conference race.
Spokane held a 55-44 advantage with just 26 seconds remaining in the contest before Blaze QB Tommy Grady cut the deficit by firing a two-yard strike to WR Aaron Lesue. On the ensuing kickoff, FB Ben Stallings rumbled all the way to opponent’s 17-yard line after recovering an onside kick attempt by K Kyle Brotzman. With just three seconds on the clock, WR Tysson Poots hauled in a three-yard scoring toss despite being mugged by a defender. Spokane missed a field goal attempt as time expired during the resulting possession, sealing the victory for the Blaze.
QB Tommy Grady set a new Utah Blaze franchise record by raising his season total to 110 touchdown passes, which ranks fourth in Arena Football League History. The 6-7 signal caller finished the night with 366 yards and nine touchdowns on 34-of-49 passing (69.8%). WR Tysson Poots snared 15 of those passes for 206 yards and five touchdowns, while WR Aaron Lesue hauled in nine passes for 86 yards and three scores.
Utah returns home next weekend to take on the Georgia Force at EnergySolutions Arena on Saturday, June 23rd. Tickets are still available for purchase by calling 1-888-99BLAZE, or online at www.utblaze.com!
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The Utah Blaze (9-5) returns home to Tim Dahle Field at EnergySolutions Arena on Saturday, June 23rd to take on the Georgia Force. Tickets are still available for purchase by calling 1-888-99BLAZE, or online at www.utblaze.com. Follow the Utah Blaze on Facebook (facebook.com/utahblaze) and Twitter (@utblaze) for all the latest news and updates.