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Week 8 Preview: Sharks look to break franchise record against Rage

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JACKSONVILLE – The (6-0) Jacksonville Sharks have currently tied their best start in franchise history with their win last week against the (3-3) Columbus Lions. With one more win, they will surpass that record and become the first Sharks team to go 7-0 in franchise history. They look to take on the (0-4) Corpus Christi Rage for the very first time on Saturday, May 6 at 7 p.m. at the Shark Tank for Military Appreciation Night.

Jacksonville proved to be the toughest team in the National Arena League last Saturday against Columbus as they battled the incredibly physical team with only four days to prepare due to their prior Monday night game in Monterrey.. Despite playing without their star quarterback Tommy Grady, who suffered an ankle injury in the Monterrey game the Sharks still pulled out a 37-28 win against the Lions with QB Damien Flemming under center. This was the closest game the Sharks have encountered all season, starting the first quarter behind 10-7 before the Sharks rallied to take and maintain a lead for the rest of the game.

The Rage most recently played the Georgia Firebirds where they lost 76-26. This is the first year the Rage is a team, being one of the founding teams in the National Arena League. Tim Gay of the Rage is ranked second in the league for yards per rush with 5.2. Corpus Christi will look to fight for their first win of the season.

For the Sharks to win this game, they will have to rely on their defense to stop the rush and have their high-scoring offense take over if they’re able to stop the Rage from scoring.

This game will be available on YouTube Live and iHeart Radio (97.3FM). A link for YouTube 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.

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