Sharks kickoff home-opener this Saturday
JACKSONVILLE- The Jacksonville Sharks (1-0) host the Massachusetts Pirates (1-0) in a battle of the unbeaten on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 7:00 pm (ET) at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. The Sharks look to repeat a victory like what happened last week in Greensboro, NC against the Carolina Cobras while the Massachusetts Pirates look to put the first blemish on the Sharks’ record.
Last week against the Cobras, the Sharks got off to a slow start allowing the Cobras to score on a long 13-minute opening drive. Sharks Quarterback Patrick McCain threw 12 passes for 150 yards and four touchdowns. Despite a lot of pressure from the Cobras defense McCain was not sacked once. Wide Receiver Jamar Howard finished the game with four receptions for 79 yards and three touchdowns. Fullback Derrick Ross rushed 10 times for 38 yards, one rushing touchdown, two catches for 18 yards and one receiving touchdown.
With these three having great games last week on the road, they will likely look to star in the home opener. Wide Receiver Antonio Vaughan was also a prime target for the Sharks as he led in receptions with five catches for 50 yards.
The Sharks defense, on the other hand, looked outstanding racking up two interceptions, five sacks, a fumble recovery and an outstanding five forced fumbles that disrupted any Cobras comeback. If the Sharks are to go 2-0 and repeat another win they will have to shut down Massachusetts quarterback Sean Brackett, who threw 10 for 26 for 169 yards and five touchdowns in his first game as the Pirates quarterback. Brackett, spent last season with the Washington Valor of the AFL and played for the Jacksonville Sharks in 2016.
The Sharks face the Pirates a total of three times this season, two of which will be in Jacksonville with one in Massachusetts. This Saturday’s game will be streamed on Youtube Live, a link to the stream will be posted on www.facebook.com/jaxsharks
About the Jacksonville Sharks
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