Blaze out of playoff contention

Jul 9 2011 - 10:59pm

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SPOKANE, Wash. -- Indoors or out, second-half scoring droughts are tough to overcome in arena football.

The Utah Blaze suffered a post-halftime power outage for the second week in a row, losing a key Arena Football League battle to the Spokane Shock 76-49 on Saturday night.

That the game, played at Joe Albi Stadium, was the first Arena Football League game ever played outdoors, was of little consolation to the Blaze, 7-9, who have been decimated by injuries to key players.

Four turnovers cost Utah, tied with Spokane at 14-14 after one quarter, but was outscored 27-12 after haftime.

Spokane (8-8) moved into second place in the AFL's Western Division.

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