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Spokane Shock History 2006 Season


Regular Season Record: 14-2 (West Division Champions)
Playoff Record: 3-0; National Conference Champions, ArenaCup VII Champions
Coaches Chris Siegfried (Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator), Travis Crusenberry (Assistant Head Coach), Troy Biladeau (Defensive Coordinator), Doug Biddle

The Inaugural Season of the Spokane Shock began in the 2006 arenafootball2 (styled as af2) season. Spokane was one of four expansion teams that year along with the Everett Hawks, Stockton Lightning, and Tennessee Valley Vipers (who were revived after leaving the af2 after 2004). The Shock played in the West Division of the National Conference, which consisted of the Hawks, Lightning, Central Valley Coyotes, and the Bakersfield Blitz.

Notable AFL names associated with the 2006 Spokane Shock were Kyle Rowley, Raul Vijil, Charles Frederick (Kasnas City Brigade), Rob Keefe, Isaiah Trufant (younger brother of former Seahawks CB Marcus Trufant), and Chris Siegfried (former Pittsburgh Power head coach).

Logos, Colors, and Uniforms

The Spokane Shock logo consisted of a large blue football outlined in orange and yellow with “SPOKANE SHOCK” in the middle. The bottom of the football says “arenafootball2,” displaying their association with the af2. The team’s colors consisted of primary blue, secondary orange and yellow.

On March 28th, 2006, the Shock unveiled the first set of uniforms in team history.

WR/DB Charles Frederick (10) and WR Raul Vijil (15) (images courtesy of Spokane Shock)

The helmet was a dark metallic blue, with the Spokane Shock football logo on the helmet. The difference with this logo in comparison to the primary logo is the absence of “arenafootball2” on the bottom of the helmet. The home jersey was a dark blue outlined primarily in orange and yellow and was paired with white pants that had an orange stripe outlined in blue. The away jersey was white outlined primarily in blue with orange on the sides.

Season Summary

On August 26, 2005, during af2 league meetings, league commissioner Jerry Kurz accepted Brady Nelson’s proposal for the Spokane Shock to be one of three expansion teams to begin play during the 2006 af2 season along with the Everett Hawks and the Stockton Lightning.

Shortly after the Shock’s inception, Chris Siegfried would become the franchise’s inaugural head coach and begin forming what would become a championship roster in the team’s first season. The Shock played their inaugural game on March 30, 2006 against the Stockton Lightning and won 41-40 in front of over 3,000 season ticket holders and a total crowd of 9,387 at Spokane Arena.

The team would go on to post a 14-2 overall record during the regular season and a first place finish in the National Conference West Division. Spokane would go on to defeat the Bakersfield Blitz and the Arkansas Twisters in route to an af2 National Conference championship. Facing the Green Bay Blizzard in ArenaCup VII in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the Shock would go on to win by a score of 57-34 and become the first expansion team in af2 history to advance to, and win, the Arena Cup.

2006 REGULAR SEASON RESULTS

The 2006 af2 schedule was set up so that all 23 teams played 16 games in 18 weeks with each team getting two Bye weeks.

The following is the results of Spokane’s 2006 schedule (bold blue denotes home games).

MARCH:
Week 1 — Thurs., March 30th – Stockton Lightning (W 41-40)

APRIL:
Week 2 — Sun., April 9th – at Bakersfield Blitz (W 49-45)
Week 3 — Sat., April 15th – Everett Hawks (W 44-41)
Week 4 — Sat., April 22nd – Amarillo Dusters (W 66-62)
Week 5 — BYE

MAY:
Week 6 — Sat., May 6th – Bakersfield Blitz (L 20-52)
Week 7 — Fri., May 12th – at Everett Hawks (W 58-29)
Week 8 — Sat., May 20th – at Central Valley Coyotes (W 68-54)
Week 9 — Sat., May 27th – Quad City Steamwheelers (W 68-63)

JUNE:
Week 10 — Sat., June 3rd – Central Valley Coyotes (W 61-59)
Week 11 — Sat., June 10th – at Louisville Fire (L 69-79)
Week 12 — BYE
Week 13 — Sat., June 24th – Albany Conquest (W 49-46)

JULY:
Week 14 — Sat., July 1st – at Arkansas Twisters (W 46-23)
Week 15 — Sat., July 8th – Amarillo Dusters (W 67-24)
Week 16 — Sat., July 15th – at Stockton Lightning (W 63-44)
Week 17 — Sat., July 22nd – Everett Hawks (W 69-68)
Week 18 — Sat., July 29th – at Rio Grande Valley Dorados (W 54-30)

PLAYOFFS

AUGUST:
Round 1 — BYE
Conference Semifinal — Sat., August 12th – Bakersfield Blitz (W 50-47)
National Conference Championship — Sat., August 19th – Arkansas Twisters (W 48-30)
ArenaCup VII — Sat., August 26th – vs Green Bay Blizzard (San Juan, Puerto Rico) (W 57-34)

AWAY VENUES
Amarillo Dusters – Amarillo Civic Center; Amarillo, Texas
Arkansas Twisters – Alltel Arena; North Little Rock, Arkansas
Bakersfield Blitz – Rabobank Arena; Bakersfield, California
Central Valley Coyotes – Selland Arena; Fresno, California
Everett Hawks – Everett Events Center; Everett, Washington
Louisville Fire – Freedom Hall; Louisville, Kentucky
Stockton Lightning – Stockton Arena; Stockton, California
Rio Grande Valley Dorados – Dodge Arena; Hidalgo, Texas

Individual Statistic Leaders

Passing
Alex Neist – 214/314, 2,550 yards, 44 TD, 8 INT
Kyle Rowley – 128/176, 1,248 yards, 29 TD, 2 INT

Rushing
Raul Vijil – 30 attempts, 58 yards, 10 TD
Charles Frederick – 17 attempts, 66 yards, 10 TD
Levi Madarieta – 19 attempts, 42 yards, 7 TD

Receiving
Charles Frederick – 85 receptions, 973 yards, 22 TD
Antwone Savage – 85 receptions, 952 yards, 21 TD
Raul Vijil – 59 receptions, 626 yards, 12 TD
Kevin Beard – 52 receptions, 651 yards, 10 TD
Chris Stallworth – 30 receptions, 339 yards, 6 TD

Kick Returns
Antwone Savage – 40 returns, 760 yards, 0 TD
Charles Frederick – 33 returns, 535 yards, 1 TD

Kicking
Jon Koker – 4/9 FG, 89/114 XP, 101 points

Defensive
Rob Keefe – 86.5 total tackles, 13 pass breakups, 2 fumble recoveries, 10 INT
Johnny Lamar –  46 total tackles, 12 pass breakups, 1 fumble recovery, 1 INT
Anthony Griffin – 37.5 total tackles, 5 pass breakups, 2 fumble recoveries
Levi Madarieta – 51.5 total tackles, 2.5 sacks, 1 pass breakup
Chauncey Ako – 31.5 total tackles, 2.0 sacks
Charles Frederick – 31.5 total tackles, 3 fumble recoveries, 1 INT
Isaiah Trufant – 31.5 total tackles, 8 pass breakups, 3 INT
Neil Purvis – 13.5 total tackles, 3.0 sacks, 1 pass breakup, 1 fumble recovery
Jerome Stevens – 13.5 total tackles, 2.5 sacks, 1 pass breakup, 1 fumble recovery

Honors and Awards

QB Kyle Rowley was the MVP of ArenaCup VII (image courtesy of ivyleaguesports.com)

af2 Head Coach of the Year: Chris Siegfried
First team All-af2: Charles Frederick (WR/LB), Ed Ta’Amu (OL), Rob Keefe (DS)
Second Team All-af2: Jerome Stevens (OL/DL)
ArenaCup VII MVP: Kyle Rowley (QB)

Season Summary provided by the Spokane Shock in the Season Ticket Holder 2015 Pre-Season program.