JACKSONVILLE – The (2-0) Jacksonville Sharks take on the (2-0) Lehigh Valley Steelhawks at the Shark Tank on Saturday, April 1 at 7:00 p.m. for Halloween in April. The Steelhawks have potential to be tough competitors, having made the playoffs for the last five seasons in a row in three different arena football leagues.
The Sharks, however, will have the home crowd advantage this Saturday’s for their second home game. Jacksonville’s defense is looking tough as they racked up seven interceptions in the first two games for 167 yards. Three of those interceptions are credited to defensive back Marvin Ross, who is tied for the most interceptions in the league with Eddie Davis III of the Steelhawks. Laroche Jackson leads the team with 9.5 tackles, Jabari Gorman and Charlie Hunt right behind him with 8.5.
On offense, Tommy Grady is still yet to throw a interception this season. He has found receivers Darryl Thompson, Mo Williams, and Thyron Lewis in the endzone eight times so far. Fullback Derrick Ross continues to impress with his league-leading five touchdowns, scoring three in the first game of the season against Columbus and two last game against Georgia. Kicker Nick Belcher is dominating the league on special teams scoring 23 points for the Sharks.
Lehigh Valley barely came out with the win against the High Country Grizzlies last week, coming back for the win with 23 seconds left in the game. The Sharks will need to focus on a solid run game this week as the Steelhawks defense will be relying on interceptions off of Tommy Grady. The defense will have to look out for the strongest passing game they have faced this far, the Steelhawks racking up five passing touchdowns in their last game.
For those not in attendance, the game will be available on facebook YouTube Live. A link to the live feed will be available on nationalarenaleague.com and will be provided on Shark’s social media prior to kickoff.
About the Jacksonville Sharks
The Jacksonville Sharks are members of the National Arena League (NAL). The ArenaBowl XXIV and four-time South Division Champions play all home games at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Sharks Nation Memberships for the 2017 season are now available. Shark Nation Memberships start as low as $99. 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.