ORLANDO – The Jacksonville Sharks (5-1) took down the Orlando Predators (2-6). This was the second time this year the Sharks beat the Predators this season but the first time in 2019 in the Jungle (Amway Center). Tonight, Jacksonville put up an impressive 48 points on offense and allowed only 20 points on defense.
Quarterback Jonathan Bane made his comeback after recovering a knee injury after the last meeting against the Predators. In the Jungle Bane threw 18-of-28 for 223 yards, and six touchdowns. Doing what Jacksonville does best, the receivers were evenly targeted, as Devin Wilson had six receptions for 102 yards and two touchdowns. Durron Neal caught six passes for 54 yards and two touchdowns. Jarmon Fortson brought in three receptions for 35 yards, and one touchdown. On the ground, fullback Alstevis Squirewell rushed four times for 28 yards. He also came away with one reception for nine yards and one touchdown.
The game had empty possessions for the first 10 minutes until on a Bane to Wilson broke the ice with a 22 yard touchdown pass and a Terrell Owens tribute touchdown celebration. The Sharks would get points on all three sides of the ball after that; Jacksonville scored two points on a deuce, safety, and another touchdown to make things 18-0 with 11:31 to go in the half. Orlando would score two touchdowns compared to the Sharks one from there on, sending the game to halftime with a 25-13 Sharks lead.
In the second half, the Sharks got the ball first, giving Jacksonville the chance to go up by 19 points. Jacksonville did just that and some more, as they controlled the entire third quarter, putting up 13 points compared to Orlando’s seven. In the fourth quarter, the Sharks had a 41-20 lead. Jacksonville killed the clock and scored on a five yard Fortson catch. Jacksonville victory came with a 48-20 score at the Amway center. The Sharks remain in first place in the NAL and haven’t been defeated since our season opener against the New York Streets. Now 5-1 the Sharks five game win streak extends to week nine.
The Jacksonville Sharks week nine game matchup is on Saturday, June 8 at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. The Sharks will take on the Columbus Lions at 7:00 p.m. for Education Appreciation Night and Superhero Night. Ticket are on sale now for $10 and teachers & school employees will get a buy one get one free ticket offer. Don't miss next week's game, call 904-621-0700 or visit jaxsharks.com or ticketmaster.com.
About the Jacksonville Sharks
The Jacksonville Sharks are members of the National Arena League (NAL). The 2017 NAL Champions and ArenaBowl XXIV Champions and play all home games at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Sharks Nation Memberships for the 2019 season are now available. Shark Nation Memberships start as low as $75. To become a Shark Nation member or for more information please call (904) 621-0700. Follow the Sharks on facebook at facebook.com/jaxsharks and on Twitter and Instagram @jaxsharks, as well as the Attack Dance Team at facebook.com/sharkattackdance and Chum at facebook.com/chumsharks.