Rush QB Russ Michna throws nine TD passes on record day
BY SETH GRUEN For Sun-Times Media June 3, 2012 10:30PM
Updated: July 7, 2012 8:20AM
Facing the Spokane Shock and the Arena Football League’s worst defense Sunday at Allstate Arena was enough to whet the appetite of Rush quarterback Russ Michna.
But the veteran signal-caller couldn’t have been prepared for the feast that would come.
Michna set single-game franchise records in completions (32), passing yards (412) and touchdown passes (nine) in the Rush’s 73-62 victory over the Shock (6-5).
While a porous defense provided the stage for Michna, he credited his receivers for the historic day.
“It’s amazing to me what we’re able to do with them, the things we do on the fly, what we see,” Michna said. “We’re playing the game after the ball is snapped, and that makes the game so easy for a quarterback.”
The game stayed close until midway through the fourth quarter, when defensive back Brian Lainhart intercepted a pass by Shock quarterback Kyle Rowley.
On the ensuing possession, goal-line quarterback Luke Drone scored on a two-yard run that put the Rush up by 18 with 6:37 left.
The victory came at a crucial time. The Rush (7-4) had lost four of its last six games after winning the first four games of the season. Sunday’s triumph ended a two-game losing skid.
“It’s great to get that two-game losing streak off our back,” Rush coach Bob McMillen said.
“We’re fortunate to have Russ in there. He’s the hottest quarterback in the league and I don’t think anyone is playing better than he is. I just hope he can continue that.”
It was an emotional week for the Rush, which lost former teammate Johnie Kirton, who died Monday night from undetermined causes. Kirton played for the Rush last season.
Kelvin Morris wore Kirton’s
No. 37 and is expected to do so for the rest of the season.