JACKSONVILLE – The Jacksonville Sharks defeated the Monterrey Steel 43-32 in the National Arena League Playoffs for the right to go to the National Arena League Championship on Monday, July 10 against the Columbus Lions. The Shark Tank was filled with 9,483 fans dressed in red as they cheered the Sharks to victory.
Joe “Superman” Hills put the first points on the board for the Sharks with a touchdown. The Steel struck back with a touchdown scored by former Shark Jeron Harvey.
In the second quarter, the Steel took the lead off of a long field goal by Brandon Rutherford. The game continued to go back and forth, Derrick Ross finding the endzone to put the Sharks ahead 14-10. Jabari Gorman made it well-known that he was back in action for the Sharks with an interception.Joe Hills scored his second touchdown of the night with three seconds to go until halftime.
In the third quarter, Jabari Gorman had his second interception of the night as the Steel were about to score. Superman scored his third touchdown of the night to give the Sharks a 28-10 lead. Derrick Ross scored his second touchdown of the night, showing the Steel who The Boss really is.
The Sharks continued their takeover in the fourth quarter, Devin Wilson scorred a touchdown making the lead 41-18. Nick Belcher made things even sweeter on the kickoff with a deuce. Monterrey tried to come back with another touchdown by Jeron Harvey, but the two-point conversion was no good. With 41 seconds to go in the game, the Steel scored a touchdown as they desperately fought back, and for the rest of the game, the score remained 43-32 in favor of Jacksonville.
Next, the Sharks will play the Columbus Lions for the championship title on July 10 at 7 p.m. at the Shark Tank.
- Offensive Player of the Game: WR Joe Hills, Jacksonville
- Defensive Player of the Game: DB Jabari Gorman, Jacksonville
- Special Teams Player of the Game: K Nick Belcher, Jacksonville
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