The Tucson Sugar Skulls lost 45-34 to the Spokane Shock on the road on Saturday.
The Sugar Skulls were down 21-17 to Spokane at halftime and tied the game at 24-24 late in the third quarter before the Shock’s Davonte Sapp-Lynch (younger brother of Seattle Seahawks legend Marshawn Lynch) ran back the ensuing kickoff 58 yards for a touchdown. While Tucson kept the game close, Spokane eventually pulled away in the fourth quarter.
The inability to finish drives on offense and stop the ground attack from Spokane running back Sapp-Lynch on defense were major factors in the loss for the Sugar Skulls.
Tucson’s largest lead came on a rushing touchdown from Mike Jones on the game’s opening possession. The only other time Tucson led in the game was on their second possession when Jimmy Camacho hit a 23-yard field goal to put the Sugar Skulls up 10-7.
Mike Jones rushed for 42 yards on 15 carries and had three touchdowns on the ground. He was also tied with Jazeric Peterson as Tucson’s top receiving target with four catches for 42 yards and a touchdown.
Demry Croft completed 12 of 18 passing attempts for 117 yards with one touchdown. He rushed for 31 yards on 12 carries and was sacked by the Shock defense twice.
Mike Minter led the Sugar Skulls with four tackles.
Jones and Sapp-Lynch combined for eight touchdowns on the night.
The Sugar Skulls (2-7) play Saturday against the Bismark Bucks (6-5) at the Tucson Convention Center. Kickoff is at 6:05 p.m.
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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com writing intern Kevin Murphy was born and raised in Tucson, and has followed Arizona Wildcats athletics since childhood. He is currently attending Pima Community College where he writes for the Aztec Press. Next semester he will be attending the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU where he will work towards a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and Media Studies.