SHARKS RIP PREDS, 55-37, FOR SECOND STRAIGHT WIN
05/25/2012 10:37 PM
ORLANDO – The ArenaBowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks used a 30-point second quarter to erase an early deficit and take control, defeating the Orlando Predators by a 55-37 count at Amway Center on Friday night.
The Sharks trailed 14-3 entering the second quarter as a result of an early turnover on downs. But on the first play of that second frame, quarterback Bernard Morris hit Bobby Sewall for a 10-yard touchdown pass that brought Jacksonville within seven points. From there, the run was on.
After an Orlando touchdown, Jacksonville scored 39 of the game’s next 42 points to take a 49-24 lead early in the fourth. Though the Predators scored twice in the fourth, Orlando never cut its deficit within two scores in that final frame.
Included in that mid-game run was a 37-yard field goal off the left foot of Marco Capozzoli, who made all three of his field goal attempts. Capozzoli set a pair of franchise records on Friday, as that 37-yarder was the longest in team history and he became the first Shark to kick three field goals in one game. Capozzoli is now 7-for-7 on field goal attempts this season.
The Sharks’ surge was keyed by an impressive defensive effort during the middle portion of the game. From the middle of the second quarter until the end of the third, Jacksonville’s defense went seven possessions without allowing a touchdown. This included a pair of fumble recoveries, two turnovers on downs and a missed field goal.
Aaron Robbins led the Sharks’ defensive onslaught, sacking Orlando’s Chris Leak on two separate occasions. Scooter Berry continued to build on his impressive rookie season as well, notching a sack and a fumble recovery. Berry now leads the team with six sacks and has recorded one in five of the team’s last seven games. Overall, Jacksonville set a new season high with four quarterback sacks on Friday night.
Offensively, Morris played another mistake-free contest in his third start of the season. He tossed a season-high six touchdown passes, finishing 18-of-34 for 173 yards in the process. Morris also ran for 44 yards on four carries, including a 24-yard touchdown dash on the first play of the fourth quarter. Morris has now thrown 10 touchdown passes without an interception in his last three games.
Terrance Smith led Jacksonville’s receiving corps with 10 catches for 64 yards and three touchdowns. Smith has now scored at least two touchdowns in nine of the Sharks’ 10 games in 2012. Sewall added four catches for 74 yards and two scores, while Jamarko Simmons hauled in a touchdown as well.
For the Predators, Leak went 17-of-32 for 275 yards and four touchdowns. Dwayne Eley, Jr. proved to be one of Orlando’s biggest offensive threats, as he racked up 114 receiving yards and 240 all-purpose yards. T.T. Toliver led the way with three touchdown catches for the Predators.
With the win, Jacksonville temporarily pulls into a tie with the Tampa Bay Storm for second place in the South Division and the final wild-card spot in the American Conference. The Storm will host the Milwaukee Mustangs on Saturday night.
The Sharks return to Sea Best Field next Saturday night as they host those same Tampa Bay Storm, looking to avenge a 71-69 loss in Tampa on March 30. It will be Star Wars Night, and kickoff for the game is set for 7:00 p.m.
Orlando Predators fall to Jacksonville Sharks, 55-37
Posted: Sunday, May 27, 2012
The Orlando Predators fell to 1-9 on the season after a 55-37 loss to the Jacksonville Sharks on Friday night at the Amway Arena.
The Sharks opened the scoring for the game with a field goal by kicker Marco Cappozzoli. On Chris Leak’s first drive in the Jungle, he was able to hit Dwayne Eley, Jr. with a big 31 yard pass, which was topped off by a 10 yard touchdown reception by WR T.T. Toliver, bringing the score to 7-3 Orlando. After a turnover on downs by the Sharks, the Predators added another touchdown pass to Christopher Jamison, making the score 14-3 Predators at the end of the first quarter.
The Sharks scored on their first drive of the second quarter with a 10 yard touchdown pass from Morris to wide receiver Bobby Sewall. Leak answered with a long 39 yard completion to Toliver, his second touchdown of the game. After a successful point after attempt by Lewis, the Preds were up 21-10. The Sharks picked up another touchdown on their next drive, a pass from Morris to Sewall, but Cappozzoli missed the extra point. Predators wide receiver Jarvis Williams fumbled the kick return, giving possession back to the Sharks. Jacksonville was able to capitalize off of the turnover, with a 9 yard pass from Morris to WR Jamarko Simmons, giving the Sharks the lead, 23-21. After another turnover on downs by the Preds, Morris completed a 14 yard pass to wide receiver Terrance Smith, bringing the score to 33-24 Sharks at the end of the half.
The Sharks were the only ones to put points on the board in the third quarter, with a 24 yard rushing touchdown by Morris into the end zone. Cappozzoli’s extra point is blocked by Predators defensive lineman Richard Clebert. Cappozzoli hit a field goal with less than a minute left in the quarter, making the score 42-24 Jacksonville at the end of the third.
The Sharks opened the scoring in the fourth quarter with a 10 yard touchdown pass from Morris to Smith, increasing the Sharks lead to 25. The Predators responded with a two yard touchdown pass from Leak to Toliver, his third of the game. Lewis hit the point after, bringing the score to 49-31. Later in the quarter, Morris scored his sixth touchdown with an 11 yard pass to Smith. Leak followed with a long 38 yard completion to Eley, Jr., that was topped off with a rushing touchdown by Moye-Moore. The Sharks recovered the Preds’ onside kick attempt and ran out the clock, winning the game 55-37.
The Predators were led offensively by quarterback Chris Leak, who finished 17 for 32, threw for 275 yards, 4 touchdowns and no interceptions. Dwayne Eley Jr. had the bulk of the yardage with 6 receptions for 114 yards. T.T. Toliver had 5 receptions for 82 yards and 3 touchdowns.
On defense the Preds were led statistically by Simeon Castille who had eight tackles, and Travis Coleman who finished with seven tackles. Terrance Carter also contributed four tackles and 1.5 sacks.
Next week the Predators head to Philadelphia to face the Soul for the second time this season. The Soul won the previous game against the Preds 69-53 and currently sit at the top of the American Conference East division. The games will broadcast live on www.orlandopredators.com/live