Cobras Strike Down Sharks 54-44 to Stay in Playoff Hunt

Carolina Delivers a Must Win on the Road in Jacksonville with Playoff Hopes Alive

JACKSONVILLE - The Carolina Cobras took on the Jacksonville Sharks tonight on the road in a hard-fought victory in Jacksonville. Carolina was facing a must-win as they were at risk of being eliminated from postseason play. Jacksonville in a win or elimination playoffs game. Both teams took the field prepared as fans anticipated another nail-biter after the 54-52 finish in week 7. Jacksonville struck first in this one with a deuce right out of the game, but it was a back & forth first half with the Sharks up at the end of the first 9-6 but the Cobras leading in an exciting second quarter where the Cobras took the league 20-16 going into halftime. The Cobras defense remained dominant, holding Jacksonville to only 16 points to the lowest points allowed this season for Carolina. The biggest difference in this game was Carolina’s ability to create turnovers as they picked off Sharks Quarterback Danny Southwick on the first offensive drive for Jacksonville and later in the second half. 

Carolina’s pressure on defense forced Jacksonville to make a change at quarterback with Sharks backup quarterback Connor Kaegi taking over the second half for Jacksonville. The Sharks battled back with both teams within eight points 38-30 with the Cobras on top thanks to a major kick return for a touchdown by Kendrick Ings. It all came down to the fourth quarter where the Cobras offense put up 16 points in the fourth to keep the chasing Sharks at Bay. With the clock ticking down and an emptying Shark Tank, there was no doubt in the final minutes that your Carolina Cobras were taking home this win for Cobra Nation with the final score of 54-44. The Cobras (2-5) stay in the playoff race with this victory and will face the Orlando Predators in Orlando next Saturday, July 31st. Your difference-makers tonight include Cobras kicker TC Stevens who kicked a season-high four deuces tonight, he also was part of a string of plays to boosted the Cobras past the Sharks tonight following a safety (2pts), the Shark kicked off to a kick return touchdown by Kendrick Ings (6 points), Stevens kicked the PAT (1pt) followed by kicked a deuce (2pt) that was a dagger to the helpless Sharks as Jacksonville's watched the Cobras score 11 points in less than a minute of play.  

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