Burley vs. Back for the Big Game
JACKSONVILLE – The #1 Jacksonville Sharks (14-1) are championship bound, setting the longest win streak in franchise history after defeating the Columbus Lions 67-43 in the NAL playoffs. This 14 game win streak has placed the Sharks in the 2019 National Arena League Championship game. This year the championship will be played in Jacksonville, FL, Saturday, August 17 with kickoff at 7pm in the Veterans Memorial Arena. Jacksonville makes it’s second NAL championship appearance and 4th league championship game in the team’s 10 year history. The Sharks face the defending NAL champs, the Carolina Cobras (9-5) in the 2019 NAL Championship. The Sharks have home-field advantage and are ready to take back the title after losing to the Cobras in the 2018 Playoffs. The big game will feature several of the league’s best players and the NAL’s two championship coaches, Carolina’s Billy Back and Jacksonville’s Siaha Burley. These two formidable coaches both have extensive playing careers in arena football and as coaches they have risen to the top of the NAL, however, this could be the biggest game in their coaching careers as the two best teams in the league will officially battle this Saturday to prove who is the best of the best in the National Arena League.
Billy Back and his Cobras lead the league in rushing defense, only allowing 15.9 yards per game, scoring defense only allowing 31.1 points per game and pass defense only allowing 165.6 yards per game. However, this season has been record-breaking for Siaha Burley and several Sharks players. Kicker Brandon Behr broke the franchise record for most deuces in a season (27), and broke his career-high in PATs with 103 on the season. Defensive Lineman Nick Woodman continues to lead the NAL for 12.5 sacks, and to top it off Defensive Back Seth Ellis leads the league with 13 interceptions, while breaking several single game records this season. Sharks Wide Receiver Devin Wilson also broke the NAL record for 18 consecutive games with a touchdown catch. The Sharks as a team broke two impressive records this season including the longest single season win streak (14) and the franchise record for most points in a game, a record they broke twice this season with their latest totaling 85 points against the Orlando Predators.
To witness Burley vs. Back, the 2017 vs. 2018 champs, and the #1 vs. the #2 teams in the league for the National Arena League Championship please call now for tickets (904) 621-0700, visit www.jaxsharks.com or www.ticketmaster.com or go to the arena box office.
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 2020 season are now available. Shark Nation Memberships start as low as $48. 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.