SPOKANE, Wash. -- Quarterback Russ Michna threw four touchdown passes and racked up 218 yards through the air for the SaberCats, who coasted to a 52-34 victory over the Spokane Shock on Friday night in an Arena Football League game at Spokane Arena.
The victory was San Jose's fifth in a row and put even more distance between the first-place SaberCats and the second-place Shock in the Pacific Division.
The SaberCats (7-3) will try to make it six straight next weekend in a showdown against West Division leader Arizona.
Of his 17 completions, Michna's most important connection came with three seconds left in the first half.
Michna answered a time-consuming Spokane scoring drive with a heave to wide receiver Dominique Curry, who outjumped two defenders at the barrier and hauled in a 36-yard score to give the SaberCats a 15-point lead at intermission.
"Russ came in the huddle, called the play and looked and said, 'I'm coming to you, D.C.,' " Curry said. "And I was like, 'OK.' "
Firmly in front, San Jose pushed the margin to 35-13 when Michna again found Curry -- this time from 13 yards out -- for another touchdown on the SaberCats' first possession of the second half.
A fourth-down stop on their 6-yard line all but sealed the deal for the SaberCats as a lofted pass from quarterback Brian Zbydniewski landed incomplete on the Shock's first possession of the fourth quarter.
San Jose receiver Reggie Gray had eight receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown. Curry added three total scores and 91 yards on five catches.
"We're getting better and better every game," San Jose coach Darren Arbet said. "Guys are really playing together. They really trust each other, and the sky's the limit for them."
San Jose fullback Odie Armstrong had two rushing scores in the first half, and the SaberCats were aided by goal line interceptions from Ken Fontenette and Clevan Thomas.
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