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  1. #161
    CHARLIE HUNT ACTIVATED FROM IR
    04/19/2012 5:15 PM


    JACKSONVILLE – The ArenaBowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks announced Thursday that the team has activated WR/LB Charlie Hunt from Injured Reserve.

    The 29-year-old Hunt (6’4”, 225) was assigned to the Sharks’ roster in mid-October, but was placed on injured reserve following the team’s preseason scrimmage against the New Orleans VooDoo. Hunt is now eligible to play for the Sharks as early as this weekend’s game in Cleveland.

    In 2011, Hunt appeared in 13 regular-season games, making 12 starts at “Jack” linebacker. He recorded 42 solo tackles, 55.5 total tackles and four interceptions, ranking fourth on the team in all three categories. Against the Iowa Barnstormers on May 13, 2011, Hunt became the first Shark to intercept three passes in the same game.

    Before joining the Sharks, Hunt spent two seasons in the American Indoor Football Association, playing for the Utah Saints in 2009 and the Wyoming Cavalry in 2010. The Jacksonville native attended Episcopal High School and played collegiately at Florida State.

    To make room for Hunt on the 24-man active roster, the Sharks placed defensive back Bryan Evans on injured reserve.

  2. #162
    good win last night

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=V58xJqkX_EI

    SHARKS TOPPLE GLADIATORS 54-49 ON SATURDAY NIGHT

    04/21/2012 8:31 PM














    CLEVELAND, OH – Bobby Sewall hauled in the decisive 25-yard touchdown pass from Omar Jacobs with 14 seconds remaining as the ArenaBowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks defeated the Cleveland Gladiators by a 54-49 score at Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday night.

    A rookie out of Brown, Sewall stepped up in the fourth quarter, scoring each of the Sharks’ last two touchdowns. After a defensive stand in the final minute, Jacksonville got the ball trailing by a point. Terrance Smith moved the ball to midfield on first down, and a few plays later, Sewall slipped behind the Cleveland defense and corralled Jacobs’ throw as he fell against the boards along the right side of the end zone.

    The touchdown pass was Jacobs’ sixth of the game, as the Jacksonville quarterback finished 20-33 for 300 yards and six touchdowns. In doing so, Jacobs completed the Sharks’ first 300-yard passing game of the season.

    Jacobs distributed the ball fairly evenly between the Sharks’ five receivers, all of whom were active for Saturday’s game. Jeron Harvey led the squad with seven catches for 82 yards and two touchdowns, while Terrance Smith chipped in with five catches for 51 yards in a score while Jamarko Simmons added four catches for 54 yards.

    Sewall and Shamar Graves were the deep threats for Jacksonville, as Sewall’s two touchdowns went for 34 and 25 yards while Graves’ 43-yard touchdown catch was the Sharks’ longest of the night.

    Held in check in the first half, Smith ripped off a 56 yard kickoff return for a touchdown late in the third quarter. Overall, Smith returned four kicks for 81 yards on the night.

    On the other side, Dominick Goodman had easily the best individual receiving game of the contest, as he grabbed 17 receptions for 189 yards and three touchdowns. All of those catches came courtesy of John Dutton, as the Cleveland quarterback was 30-for-47 for 340 yards and six touchdowns. Neither team recorded an interception.

    The Sharks return home on Saturday, April 28 against the Spokane Shock at 7:00 on Sea Best Field at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. As part of Education Appreciation Night, all current students, teachers and school administrators will be able to purchase Buy One, Get One Free tickets with a valid school ID.


    Gladiators Drop Close Game to Sharks, 54-49



    By: Gladiators Press Release




    04/21/2012 5:52 PM -


    CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Gladiators came up short versus Jacksonville, with a 54-49 loss to the Sharks in front of 7,104 fans at Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday night. For the Gladiators, it was the first loss at home in 2012.

    The Gladiators fall to 3-3 while the Sharks improve to 2-3.

    John Dutton had one final chance to score with 0:02 left, but his pass missed Dominick Goodman as the final horn sounded. Dutton completed 30-of-47 passes for 340 yards and six touchdowns. He was not intercepted in the game. His first touchdown pass in the first quarter was the 700th of his career – making him just the sixth player to reach that milestone.

    Dominick Goodman led all receivers with a season-high 17 receptions and 189 yards. He scored three times. His 17 receptions tied the franchise record, reached twice before. Robert Redd and Thyron Lewis each added receiving touchdowns.

    For the Sharks, Omar Jacobs finished the night 20-of-33 for 300 yards and six scores. Jeron Harvey and Bobby Sewall each caught two touchdowns, while Terrance Smith and Shamar Graves each added one.

    The Gladiators travel to Pittsburgh next weekend for an East Division matchup with the Power at CONSOL Energy Center on Saturday night.

    The Cleveland Gladiators are part of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena organization and also owned by a group led by Cavaliers Majority Owner and Quicken Loans Founder and Chairman Dan Gilbert. The group also owns and operates the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League playing at Quicken Loans Arena and the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League playing in nearby Canton, Ohio at the Canton Civic Center.

    Gladiators tickets are on sale now and start as low as just $13 per seat! For tickets, call 216.420.2222, visit www.clevelandgladiators.com or any Northeast Ohio Discount Drug Mart location.

    National Guard MVP: CLE Dominick Goodman
    Russell Athletic Offensive Player: CLE Dominick Goodman
    Riddell Defensive Player: JAX Laroch Jackson
    JLS Ironman: CLE Robert Redd
    AFL Playmaker: CLE Dominick Goodman
    Cutter’s Catch of the Game: JAX Terrance Smith one-handed TD catch
    Spalding Highlight of the Game: JAX Terrance Smith one-handed TD catch

    Sharks Down Gladiators, 54-49





    04/21/2012 10:46 PM
    CLEVELAND, OH – Bobby Sewall hauled in the decisive 25-yard touchdown pass from Omar Jacobs with 14 seconds remaining as the ArenaBowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks defeated the Cleveland Gladiators by a 54-49 score at Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday night.
    A rookie out of Brown, Sewall stepped up in the fourth quarter, scoring each of the Sharks’ last two touchdowns. After a defensive stand in the final minute, Jacksonville got the ball trailing by a point. Terrance Smith moved the ball to midfield on first down, and a few plays later, Sewall slipped behind the Cleveland defense and corralled Jacobs’ throw as he fell against the boards along the right side of the end zone.

    The touchdown pass was Jacobs’ sixth of the game, as the Jacksonville quarterback finished 20-33 for 300 yards and six touchdowns. In doing so, Jacobs completed the Sharks’ first 300-yard passing game of the season.

    Jacobs distributed the ball fairly evenly between the Sharks’ five receivers, all of whom were active for Saturday’s game. Jeron Harvey led the squad with seven catches for 82 yards and two touchdowns, while Terrance Smith chipped in with five catches for 51 yards in a score while Jamarko Simmons added four catches for 54 yards.

    Sewall and Shamar Graves were the deep threats for Jacksonville, as Sewall’s two touchdowns went for 34 and 25 yards while Graves’ 43-yard touchdown catch was the Sharks’ longest of the night.

    Held in check in the first half, Smith ripped off a 56 yard kickoff return for a touchdown late in the third quarter. Overall, Smith returned four kicks for 81 yards on the night.

    On the other side, Dominick Goodman had easily the best individual receiving game of the contest, as he grabbed 17 receptions for 189 yards and three touchdowns. All of those catches came courtesy of John Dutton, as the Cleveland quarterback was 30-for-47 for 340 yards and six touchdowns. Neither team recorded an interception.



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    CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Gladiators came up short versus Jacksonville, with a 54-49 loss to the Sharks in front of 7,104 fans at Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday night. For the Gladiators, it was the first loss at home in 2012.
    The Gladiators fall to 3-3 while the Sharks improve to 2-3.

    John Dutton had one final chance to score with 0:02 left, but his pass missed Dominick Goodman as the final horn sounded. Dutton completed 30-of-47 passes for 340 yards and six touchdowns. He was not intercepted in the game. His first touchdown pass in the first quarter was the 700th of his career – making him just the sixth player to reach that milestone.

    Dominick Goodman led all receivers with a season-high 17 receptions and 189 yards. He scored three times. His 17 receptions tied the franchise record, and was the third time it has been accomplished. Robert Redd and Thyron Lewis each added receiving touchdowns.

    For the Sharks, Omar Jacobs finished the night 20-of-33 for 300 yards and six scores. Jeron Harvey and Bobby Sewall each caught two touchdowns, while Terrance Smith and Shamar Graves each added one.

  3. #163
    quiet night for Simmons 4 REC 54 Yards 0 td's

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  5. #165
    STUPID ORLANDO

    CHRIS LEAK STILL A SHARK

    04/23/2012 9:27 PM

    JACKSONVILLE – Contrary to reports published by the Orlando Sentinel and by OrlandoPredators.com earlier on Monday, quarterback Chris Leak is still a member of the Jacksonville Sharks’ roster.

    “It is unfortunate that Orlando jumped the gun on announcing that Chris Leak has joined their team,” managing partner Jeff Bouchy said. “If the Predators want Leak, they have Coach Moss’ number and we will be more than happy to trade him. We cannot see any scenario in which Leak will wear a Sharks uniform again.”

    Bouchy added that the Sharks “are listening to offers from teams throughout the Arena Football League, and we will make the decision that is best for our franchise and not what is best for our friends down South.”

    Leak started the Sharks’ season opener in Kansas City in place of an injured Omar Jacobs. In that game, Leak completed 21 of 31 passes for 196 yards, five touchdowns and an interception in Jacksonville’s 52-28 win.

  6. #166
    SHARKS ACQUIRE OL AILAO ELIAPO

    04/25/2012 5:32 PM

    JACKSONVILLE – The ArenaBowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks announced Wednesday that the team has acquired OL Ailao Eliapo from the Orlando Predators in exchange for QB Chris Leak.

    The 23-year-old Eliapo started four of the Predators' first six games in 2012, working primarily at fullback. Used mainly as a blocker, Eliapo did carry the ball five times for 12 yards as a member of the Predators. Eliapo began his Arena Football League career with the San Jose SaberCats in 2011, starting five of the team’s final six games along the offensive line. Eliapo caught two passes for 39 yards in his time with San Jose.

    Before turning pro, Eliapo played at San Jose State, where he began his career as a defensive lineman before moving to the offensive side of the ball as a sophomore in 2008. He was a three-year starter on the Spartans’ offensive line, finishing his college career in 2010. Eliapo is a native of Burlingame, CA and played at South San Francisco High School.

    Leak started the Sharks’ season opener in Kansas City in place of an injured Omar Jacobs, completing 21 of 31 passes for 196 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. He was placed on team suspension following that game and did not appear in any of the Sharks’ last five games.

    The Sharks also announced Wednesday that WR Jeron Harvey has been placed on injured reserve.

  7. #167
    SHARKS GET READY TO HOST SHOCK

    04/26/2012 12:09 PM

    JACKSONVILLE – The ArenaBowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks will host the West Division’s Spokane Shock on Saturday, April 28 on Sea Best Field at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Kickoff for Saturday’s game is set for 7:00 p.m.

    This weekend’s game gives the Sharks (2-3) a chance to earn their second consecutive victory, as Jacksonville took down the Cleveland Gladiators, 54-49, in a road test last Saturday night.

    Seven weeks into 2012, the South Division standings remain remarkably close, as not one team has separated itself from the pack. Though technically in fourth place, Jacksonville is just a half-game out of first place, held in a three-way, 3-3 tie by the Georgia Force, Tampa Bay Storm and New Orleans VooDoo.

    Last Saturday, quarterback Omar Jacobs continued to build on his impressive recent performance. Against the Gladiators, Jacobs threw for 300 yards and connected on six touchdowns without throwing an interception, his third consecutive start without a pick. Jacobs has connected on 18 consecutive touchdown passes in that span, and overall, the Sharks’ offense has turned the ball over just three times in the last three games.

    One reason for the offense’s recent success is continued improvement in pass protection. The Sharks’ offensive line is expected to get another boost this week, as Vladimir Richard was activated from injured reserve on Tuesday. Entering his second year with the Sharks, Richard anchored a Jacksonville offensive line that yielded just 12 sacks in the entire 2011 regular season.

    However, the Sharks will have to make up for the absence of receiver Jeron Harvey, who was placed on injured reserve on Wednesday. Harvey must remain on IR for a minimum of four weeks.

    Led by two-time AFL Playmaker of the Week Terrance Smith, the Sharks have a dynamically talented receiving corps that will give Jacobs plenty of options without Harvey in the lineup. Bobby Sewall broke out as a deep threat with two fourth-quarter touchdowns in the win over Cleveland, while Shamar Graves (6’3”, 235) and Jamarko Simmons (6’3”, 250) each possess a rare combination of size and speed.

    On defense, the Sharks put together an outstanding performance against Cleveland. After allowing the Utah Blaze to score a touchdown on every possession two weeks ago, the Sharks came up with several defensive stands in key spots against the Gladiators. In particular, Jacksonville’s defense forced a turnover on downs in the final minute to set up the game-winning touchdown then thwarted Cleveland’s final chance as time expired.


    Theme Night Information

    Saturday night is Education Appreciation Night at Sea Best Field, as all current students, teachers and school administrators have the ability to purchase Buy One, Get One Free tickets for this game only. To purchase tickets, simply bring a valid current school ID or a student progress report to the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena box office on the day of the game. Note that there is a limit of four free tickets per ID.

    It will also be Superhero Night, as fans are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite superhero or supervillian. Rumor has it that the Batmobile may make its way onto Sea Best Field as well!


    Know Your Foe

    Like the Sharks, the Spokane Shock enter this weekend’s matchup with a 2-3 overall record. The team has split two road contests in 2012 and heads into Saturday’s game coming off of their second bye week of the season.

    The Shock have had a fluid quarterback situation through the team’s first five games, as three different players have attempted at least 45 passes for Spokane this season. The team is led by Kyle Rowley, who rejoined the Shock several weeks ago after he began the season assigned to the Pittsburgh Power.

    Rowley played with Spokane in both 2010 and 2011, throwing for four touchdowns and an interception when the teams met on Sea Best Field in last season’s regular-season finale, a game the Sharks won 75-56.

    On defense, Spokane’s pass rush must compensate for the loss of top sack man Jeremy Geathers, who racked up six sacks in five games before signing with the Canadian Football League’s BC Lions last week. The rest of the Shock’s front four has combined for a total of just four sacks this season.



    SHARKS ADD LINEMAN BRANT CLOUSER

    04/26/2012 5:26 PM

    JACKSONVILLE – The ArenaBowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks announced Thursday that offensive lineman Brant Clouser has been assigned to the team’s roster.

    The 22-year-old Clouser (6’3”, 315) is set to begin his first season in the Arena Football League. Undrafted out of Villanova, Clouser signed with the National Football League’s New York Giants at the start of the team’s 2011 training camp, but was released by the team prior to the start of the regular season.

    Clouser was a mainstay along the Villanova offensive line, stepping right into a starting role at guard during his freshman season in 2007. Clouser remained in the lineup throughout his career, starting all 53 of the Wildcats’ games during his four years. As a senior in 2010, Clouser was selected to both the preseason and postseason All-CAA First Team.

    Before attending Villanova, Clouser attended Altoona High School in Altoona, PA.

    To make room for Clouser on the 24-man active roster, the Sharks placed FB Rendrick Taylor on injured reserve, retroactive to April 20.

  8. #168
    SHARKS' LATE SURGE FALLS SHORT IN 56-48 LOSS

    04/28/2012 9:46 PM














    JACKSONVILLE - The ArenaBowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks sustained a furious rally in the second half but fell one score short, as the Spokane Shock emerged on the better end of a 56-48 final in front of 10,470 at Sea Best Field on Saturday night.

    The Sharks (2-4) trailed 49-40 shortly before the one-minute warning when quarterback Omar Jacobs hit Jamarko Simmons for a touchdown and followed with a two-point conversion toss to Terrance Smith to bring the Sharks within a point.

    Spokane (3-3) responded with a touchdown from Kyle Rowley to Brandon Thompkins but elected to kick the extra point, keeping Jacksonville within one score. The Sharks moved into the red zone in the final minute, but Jacobs' pass to the end zone deflected off of the rail below the rebound net and was intercepted by Beau Bell.

    Before their rally fell short, the Sharks had battled back from a 49-28 third-quarter deficit thanks to a key defensive stop.

    Spokane's early lead came as a result of three first-half interceptions , including an interception returned for a touchdown by Shock defender Freddie Harris immediately after a Spokane offensive touchdown. In the second, Terrance Sanders picked off Jacobs and returned it to the one, setting up another Spokane score.

    Jacobs finished 37-of-52 for 371 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions. His 52 attempts set a new franchise record, while the 37 completions tied the all-time team mark and those 371 yards represented a season high.

    For the first time this season, three Jacksonville receivers each topped the century mark. Terrance Smith led the squad with 125 yards and three touchdowns, while Jamarko Simmons and Bobby Sewall each pulled in 11 passes for 112 and 107 yards, respectively.

    Playing in his first game since being activated from injured reserve, offensive lineman Vladimir Richard opened the scoring with a touchdown catch for Jacksonville's first score. Also notable was the ironman effort of lineman Jason Holman, who played the vast majority of the game at both fullback and nose tackle.

    On the flip side, Rowley finished 20-for-26 for 218 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions. Adron Tennell led the Shock with eight caches for 117 yards and a pair of scores, while Brandon Thompkins chipped in with a pair of touchdowns as well.

    The Sharks return to action next Friday, when they will welcome the New Orleans VooDoo to Sea Best Field. The game will air on NFL Network's "Arena Football Friday" and will be the Sharks' first appearance on national television this season. Kickoff for Friday night's game is set for 8:00 p.m.


    Media Awards

    Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Game - Spokane QB Kyle Rowley

    Riddell Defensive Player of the Game - Spokane LB Freddie Harris

    JLS Ironman of the Game - Jacksonville OL/DL Jason Holman

    AFL Playmaker of the Game - Jacksonville WR Terrance Smith

    Cutters Catch of the Game - Jacksonville WR Bobby Sewall's 37-yd touchdown catch

    Spalding Highlight of the Game - Jacksonville WR Bobby Sewall's 37-yd touchdown catch

    National Guard MVP of the Game - Spokane QB Kyle Rowley

    Spokane defeats Jacksonville 56-48

    04/28/2012 7:32 PM













    Photo courtesy of Josh Phillips


    JACKSONVILLE, FL (April 28, 2012) – In a Week 8 AFL match-up the Spokane Shock (3-3) capitalized on defensive turnovers to create an early lead and were able to hold off the Jacksonville Sharks (2-4) for an important road win and improve their record to .500 on the season as the Shock would defeat the Sharks 56-48.

    It was clear soon after Jacksonville deferred the coin toss, that Spokane would seemingly have the sole say as to the outcome of the game. After an opening drive led by Kyle Rowley was capped off with a short 3-yard TD pass to fullback Andrew Nierman (Spencer PAT), Jacksonville’s Omar Jacobs answered with a short screen pass of their own to tight end Vladimir Richar (Capozzoli PAT) to tie the game early at 7-7. Rowley then connected with Adron Tennell for an 11-yard TD pass (Spencer PAT) to put the Shock up 14-7. On Jacksonville’s next series, Freddie Harris would make his appearance known after being re-activated from the Injured Reserve list this week. On a quick pass attempt over the middle, Harris intercepted the Sharks and returned the throw for a TD (Spencer PAT) to put the Shock up 21-7 in the first quarter.

    Early in the second quarter, Terrance Sanders would record his first Interception of the Season after a high throw by Jacksonville’s Omar Jacobs deflected off the net. Spokane would drive down the field and cap off the drive with a QB sneak TD (Spencer PAT) by Kyle Rowley to push the lead to 28-7 with 7:02 left in the second quarter. After Jacksonville was able to answer on their next series with a TD pass (Capozzoli PAT) from Omar Jacobs to Terrance Smith and pull within two scores at 28-14, Terrance Sanders would set Spokane up with great field position as he returned the consequent kick out to the 20-yard line. On the next series, Kyle Rowley would connect with Brandon Thompkins for a TD pass (Spencer PAT) with 46 seconds remaining in the first half to push the game to 35-14. Jacksonville would utilize the clock and pushed down the field and score on a TD pass from Omar Jacobs to Terrance Smith (Capozzoli PAT), leaving only 2 seconds left on the clock to end the half with Spokane leading 35-21.

    The second half would start with similar Offensive production. After Jacksonville scored on a deep pass from Omar Jacobs to Bobby Sewall (Capozzoli PAT) to bring the game within one score at 35-28, Kyle Rowley would find Adron Tennell for another Shock TD pass (Spencer PAT) push the game to 42-28 with 10:27 remaining in the third quarter. On Jacksonville’s next drive and for the second time in the game, Terrance Sanders would intercept Quarterback Omar Jacob’s pass and return the ball out to the 22-yard line. Two plays later, Kyle Rowley would connect again with receiver Brandon Thompkins for a 13-yard TD pass (Spencer PAT) with 7:56 remaining in the third quarter and push the score to 49-28. In similar fashion, Jacksonville would return fire after the Shock touchdown. Omar Jacobs found Terrance Smith again, scoring on a 14-yard TD. After missing the extra point and bringing the game within two scores at 49-34, Jacksonville then attempted an on-side kick which they would recover on their own 12-yard line and re-take possession and begin their drive as the third quarter came to a close.

    Jacksonville would open the fourth Quarter with a TD pass from Omar Jacobs to Jamarko Simmons but would miss their PAT try again, leaving the score at 49-40. Jacksonville would then attempt a second onside kick, but Spokane’s Adron Tennell was able to knock the ball out of bounds and help the Shock retain possession. Even though the Shock would start with the ball on the Jacksonville 10-yard line, the Sharks were able to hold the Shock to a four and out situation, retaking possession of the ball with 10:30 left in the fourth quarter. Ten plays later, Jacksonville would score on a 5-yard TD pass from Omar Jacobs to Jamarko Simmons and convert on a 2-pt try to bring the game within one point at 49-48. Following the score, the Sharks would attempt another onside kick that would be recovered by Spokane on the Jacksonville 15-yard line. The Shock would waste no time in pushing their lead back up to eight points as Kyle Rowley would find Brandon Thompkins for a 10-yard TD pass (Spencer PAT) with 1:48 remaining. Jacksonville would get the ball back with 1:00 on the clock and begin their drive down the field, attempting to tie the game. In nail-biting fashion, the Sharks were able to work their way down the field, utilizing short passes and the sideline to move down to the Spokane 12-yard line. Again an errant pass from Jacksonville QB Omar Jacob’s would fly over the receivers head and ricochet off the end-zone bar, bouncing into the air before being intercepted by Spokane’s Beau Bell to seal the Shock’s Victory.

    In a battle of Quarterback play, two very different themes were apparent early as Kyle Rowley would display his veteran tendencies and start the game completing 12 of 14 of his passes. Rowley would finish 20 of 26 for 218 yards and six (6) TDs, adding another on the ground. Jacksonville’s Omar Jacobs would feel pressure early from the Shock as he was sacked twice (2) and intercepted on four (4) different occasions. The young Quarterback would be forced to throw 52 times in the Week 8 match-up against the Shock, completing 37 of his passes for 371 yards and seven (7) TDs.

    Adron Tennell would lead the Shock’s receiving core as he collected eight (8) receptions for 117 yards and two (2) TDs. He would be supported by Brandon Thompkins of the Shock who also scored two (2) TDs on four (4) receptions while gaining 48 yards. Andrew Nierman recorded his first (1) TD reception of the Season from the Fullback position. While Jacksonville’s QB Omar Jacobs felt the pressure of the Shock early and often, he was able to distribute the ball very well between his receivers. The Sharks were led by Jamarko Simmons who collected 11 receptions for 112 yards and two (2) TDs. Bobby Sewall would also have 11 receptions for 107 yards and one (1) TD. The Shark’s biggest threat during the game though would be Terrance Smith with 10 receptions for 125 yards and three (3) TDs.

    Defensively, Terrance Sanders led the Shock with 11 tackles and was able to grab his first two (2) interceptions of the season. Beau Bell recorded two (2) tackles, one (1) sack, and caught the game winning interception off the bar deflection late in the fourth quarter. Freddie Harris, fresh off the Injured Reserve list, would record his first (1) interception of the season that he returned for a TD to put the Shock up early. Jeremy Geathers, returning this week from Recallable Reassignment as he prepares to head for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League, was a dominating force on the Defensive Line. While he only recorded 0.5 sacks in the contest, his continued pressure on Jacksonville QB Omar Jacobs attributed to multiple turnovers in the defensive secondary.

    The Spokane Shock will travel to Salt Lake City, UT next week for a Week 9 Arena Football League match-up against their division rivals, the Utah Blaze. The game was originally scheduled for next Saturday; however, due to the NBA Playoff Schedule it has been moved to Friday, May 4th, 2012. Kickoff times are being determined and will be announced this week.

    Spokane’s next home game will be Friday, May 11th, 2012 with an 8:00pm PST Kickoff against the New Orleans Voodoo.

    MEDIA AWARDS

    Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Game - Spokane QB Kyle Rowley

    Riddell Defensive Player of the Game - Spokane LB Freddie Harris

    JLS Ironman of the Game - Jacksonville OL/DL Jason Holman

    AFL Playmaker of the Game - Jacksonville WR Terrance Smith

    Cutters Catch of the Game - Jacksonville WR Bobby Sewall's 37-yd touchdown catch

    Spalding Highlight of the Game - Jacksonville WR Bobby Sewall's 37-yd touchdown catch

    National Guard MVP of the Game - Spokane QB Kyle Rowley

  9. #169
    good night for former jet simmons though

    rushing 3 carries 1 yard BUT 11 REC 112 YARDS 2 TDS



    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpRFa...1&feature=plcp
    Last edited by josereyessteal; 04-29-2012 at 11:59 AM.

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  11. #171
    SHARKS ADD DEFENSIVE LINEMAN DAVID HOWARD

    05/02/2012 5:31 PM

    JACKSONVILLE - The ArenaBowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks announced Wednesday that defensive lineman David Howard has been assigned to the team’s roster.

    The 25-year-old Howard (6’3”, 290) was most recently with the National Football League’s Jacksonville Jaguars, signing with the team in mid-April before being cut by the team on Monday. Howard spent time with the Seattle Seahawks during training camp prior to the 2011 season. He was originally selected by the Tennessee Titans in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft, but was released by the team before that year’s regular season began.

    Howard attended Brown University, where he was a college teammate of Shark receiver Bobby Sewall. As a senior in 2009, Howard recorded 29 total tackles (13 solo), six tackles for loss and a sack. He also lead the Bears with eight quarterback hits. He enjoyed his most productive collegiate season in 2008, racking up 13 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks, leading his team in both categories. Following that season, Howard was rewarded with All-Ivy League honors.

    Howard originally committed to Brown as a track-and-field athlete and later decided to join the football team as a walk-on partway through his sophomore year in school. He won back-to-back Ivy League championships in shot put, then concluded his track career to focus soley on football.

  12. #172
    SHARKS, VOODOO TO KICK OFF WEEKEND ON NATIONAL AIRWAVES

    05/03/2012 5:24 PM














    JACKSONVILLE - The ArenaBowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks will make their first national television appearance of 2012 this weekend, as they host the New Orleans VooDoo on Sea Best Field at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on Friday night. The game will air live on NFL Network as part of “Net10 Arena Football Friday.”

    Jacksonville (2-4) enters this weekend’s game looking for the team’s first home win of 2012, as they dropped a 56-48 decision to the Spokane Shock last Saturday night. In that game, the Sharks charged from behind to close a three-touchdown deficit to within a point, trailing 49-48 in the fourth quarter. After a Shock touchdown, the Sharks drove into the red zone in the final minute until an interception sealed the game for Spokane.

    Ultimately, an early 28-7 deficit proved to be too much to overcome. Quarterback Omar Jacobs threw four interceptions including a “pick-six” returned by Spokane’s Freddie Harris and another that was returned inside the five yard line, setting up the Shock offense in prime scoring position.

    Despite the interceptions, Jacobs threw for 371 yards, setting a new season high. The Sharks’ receiving corps enjoyed its most balanced output of the season, as Terrance Smith, Bobby Sewall and Jamarko Simmons each caught at least 10 passes for 100 or more yards. Those three players combined for six of Jacobs’ seven touchdown passes, while offensive lineman Vladimir Richard hauled in the other.

    For Smith, the game against Spokane solidified the second-year veteran’s position as one of the top playmakers in the AFL. He pulled in three touchdown receptions against the Shock, raising his team-high total to 14. Taking his rushing and kick return scores into account, Smith leads the Sharks and ranks tied for fifth in the league with 19 total touchdowns. He continues to lead the entire AFL with 216.2 all-purpose yards per game and is one of just two players to average 200 or more all-purpose yards per contest.

    Last Saturday’s game also helped Jason Holman further state his case as the Sharks’ most versatile player. Starting at nose guard, Holman then filled in for injured fullback Ailao Eliapo partway through the first quarter. He played on both sides of the ball for the rest of the game, and was rewarded with the distinction of being named the JLS Ironman of the Week. Holman has started all six of Jacksonville’s games at three different positions.

    Holman is part of a Shark defensive line that got a boost in depth this week, as the team added rookie David Howard to the roster. Howard was a college teammate of Jacksonville receiver Bobby Sewall at Brown and has spent time in camp with three different NFL teams. Also, defensive lineman Derrick Summers is set to return to action this week after missing last Saturday’s contest.

    Know Your Foe

    In their first year under head coach Pat O’Hara, the New Orleans VooDoo (3-3) have already matched the team’s 2011 win total. Coming over from the division rival Orlando Predators, O’Hara has helped the VooDoo secure its first home win since 2008 and led the team to within a half-game of the division lead at this point in the year.

    New Orleans’ offensive attack is led by Kurt Rocco, who moved to New Orleans after spending his rookie season with the Cleveland Gladiators. The 24-year-old Rocco played at Division III powerhouse Mount Union and has thrown 35 touchdowns against just four interceptions in 2012.

    Rocco has not singled out a favorite target to this point in the season, as L.J Castile, Greg Ellingson, Josh Bush and Quorey Payne all average better than 69 receiving yards per game and have each scored six or more touchdowns in 2012.

    The VooDoo defense has developed a unique trend through their first six games. The entire team has combined to accrue just two quarterback sacks, yet that lack of consistent pressure has not stopped the secondary from being productive. As a team, the VooDoo have victimized opposing quarterbacks to the tune of 12 interceptions, a total that ranks tied for fourth in the league – though each of the three teams above them have played seven games to New Orleans’ six.

    This represents an interesting contrast to the Sharks’ defense. The Sharks rank near the middle of the pack with nine sacks as a team but have intercepted just one pass in 2012 – and that came in the season opener against Kansas City. Surely, a timely takeaway or two could swing momentum in Jacksonville’s favor and send the fans home happy from Sea Best Field.

  13. #173
    TONIGHT'S GAME - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

    05/04/2012 7:44 AM

    On Friday night, the ArenaBowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks take the field on their home turf for the second time in as many weeks, hosting the New Orleans VooDoo on Sea Best Field at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. and the game will air live on NFL Network as part of the "Net10 Arena Football Friday" series. Jacksonville is 2-0 all-time against this South Division opponent, winning once each on Sea Best Field and at the New Orleans Arena during the 2011 season.

    SharkFest

    SharkFest is back! Check out our pregame block party just outside the front entrance of the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, where you can ride the giant inflatable Shark Slide and enjoy Sea Best Seafood.

    Also at SharkFest, you have the chance to help save lives by participating in The Blood Alliance's blood drive. The drive will run from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

    Many of our other corporate partners will be on hand, so be sure to stop by their displays as well. SharkFest is set to begin at 5:00 p.m. on Friday.

    Gates Open

    Tonight, gates will open at 6:30 p.m. for season ticket holders and 7:00 p.m. for the general public.

    Sharks Credit Card

    If you haven't seen it yet, 121 Financial Credit Union offers the only official Sharks credit card! With the Sharks credit card, you can show your Shark fandom while supporting one of our great partners at the same time. Stop by the 121 table located on the main concourse to register today!

    Cuatro de Mayo

    It's time to kick off the weekend with a "Cuatro de Mayo" fiesta, as you can enjoy special discounts on 24 oz Coronas and select concession items!

    DVD/Ring Replica Pickup

    Season ticket holders who qualified for both Championship DVD Sets and Desktop Ring Replicas will be able to pick up those items across from the Merch Stand behind Section 106. Note that you must physically present the redemption voucher that was included in your season ticket package in order to receive your desktop ring replica. Photocopies or any other forms of duplication will not be accepted. No cash value.

  14. #174
    SHARKS CHARGE FROM BEHIND TO TOP VOODOO, 41-37

    05/04/2012 11:04 PM














    JACKSONVILLE - On the night of their first national television appearance of the season, the ArenaBowl XXIV champion Jacksonville Sharks sent the home crowd happy, charging from 23 points down to emerge with a 41-37 win over the New Orleans VooDoo in front of 9,064 on Sea Best Field at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on Friday night.

    Down 37-21 to start the fourth quarter, the Sharks (3-4) scored on an 11-yard catch and run by Jamarko Simmons for what was his second score of the night. With the deficit cut to 10, the Sharks forced a VooDoo (3-4) fumble that was recovered in the end zone, bringing Jacksonville within three following the extra point.

    The Sharks defense then stepped up again, as Aaron Robbins sacked VooDoo quarterback Kurt Rocco twice in one series. The second of those two sacks forced a turnover on downs, and from there, Jacksonville's Bernard Morris connected with Simmons to get inside the five yard line. Three plays later, Simmons recorded his second rushing score and third touchdown of the night, putting the Sharks ahead 41-37 with 3:43 to play.

    New Orleans had a chance, getting to the Jacksonville 15 before the Shark defense made another stand to force yet another turnover on downs. New Orleans then used its final two timeouts to try to stop the clock, but Simmons moved the ball forward with 31 seconds left, allowing the Sharks to run out the clock secure the dramatic victory.

    The VooDoo scored just six points in the entire second half, as Jacksonville's defensive front created sustained pressure throughout the comeback. Jacksonville also forced four fumbles but recovered just one.

    Morris replaced an injured Omar Jacobs to start the third quarter. His first pass was intercepted and returned for a touchdown by New Orleans' Demarcus Robinson, putting the VooDoo ahead 37-14. But after that, Morris bounced back to protect the football for the rest of the game.

    Morris finished 8-for-20 passing for 66 yards and two touchdowns. He also made several plays with his feet, at one point rushing for 14 yards to convert a 4th-and-10. Morris ended the game with five carries for 23 rushing yards. Before departing, Jacobs was 9-for-17 for 129 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

    Bobby Sewall led all Jacksonville receivers with 92 yards, including a 37-yard catch along the boards that was judged to be the Cutters Catch of the Game. Terrance Smith led the Sharks with seven catches for 61 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Simmons grabbed four passes for 42 yards and a score.

    On the flip side, Quorey Payne enjoyed a dominant first half, scoring three receiving touchdowns on three separate fourth down situations. Rocco ended the game 16-for-26 for 198 yards and four touchdowns.

    The Sharks will return to action next Saturday as the team hits the road to battle the first-place Philadelphia Soul at Wells Fargo Center. Kickoff for Saturday's game is set for 7:05 p.m.

    Media Awards

    Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Game - Jacksonville QB Bernard Morris

    Riddell Defensive Player of the Game - Jacksonvile DL Scooter Berry / Jacksonville MLB Aaron Robbins (tie)

    JLS Ironman of the Game - Jacksonville WR/KR Terrance Smith

    AFL Playmaker of the Game - New Orleans WR Quorey Payne

    Cutters Catch of the Game - Jacksonville WR Bobby Sewall's 37-yd reception

    Spalding Highlight of the Game - Sack/fumble recovered in the end zone by Jacksonville DL Scooter Berry

    National Guard MVP of the Game - Jacksonville QB Bernard Morris


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    VooDoo Squander 23-Point Lead in Loss At Sharks

    By: Emmanuel Pepis
















    Quorey Payne had 6 receptions for 74 yards and 3 touchdowns in the loss.


    JACKSONVILLE ( May 4, 2012) - The Jacksonville Sharks overcame what was once a 23-point deficit with big special teams and defensive plays, while holding off a final stab from the New Orleans VooDoo for a 41-37 win in front of an attendance of 9,064.

    New Orleans quarterback, Kurt Rocco was sacked on 4th and 8 with 8:14 left spurring the Sharks' to their first lead since the late stages of the first quarter after Jamarko Simmons plunged in from 1 yard out with 4:23 left to put the Sharks on top 41-37.

    With one final chance, the Voodoo drove down to the Jacksonville 15-yard line where they faced a 4th and 6. Rocco tried to float a pass to L.J. Castille, but it fell incomplete. The Sharks took over on downs, and were able to run the clock out from there to preserve the win and move to 3-4 on the season. Jacksonville also gathered their first home victory of the season. New Orleans with the devastating loss fell to 3-4 on the year.

    "It's just really disappointing. It's a shame. We really played well in the first half, but you have to play four quarters and we didn't play four quarters," said VooDoo head coach, Pat O'Hara.

    Trailing 37-14, he Sharks finally ended a near 29-minute scoring drought with 4:08 left in the third quarter, and started their rally as they cut the VooDoo lead to 37-21. After being held off the scoreboard for the entire 2nd quarter, Morris engineered a drive that ended with a 5-yard touchdown pass from Morris to Smith. Needing to wrestle some momentum back, kicker, Marco Capozzoli executed a perfect onside kick giving time for Smith to get to the ball and wrestle it away from Alvin Ray Jackson.

    Jacksonville cashed in on the extra possession with an 11-yard touchdown pass from Morris to Simmons. It was challenged by Coach Pat O'Hara as to whether or not Simmons fumbled before crossing the goal line as the ball came out close to when Simmons crossed the plane, but review upheld the initial ruling. The Sharks tried to go for two, trailing 37-27 with the thought process of trying to make it a one possession game. After getting the ball at the 1 when the first try was canceled out by an offside penalty on the Voodoo, the second try resulted in a failed attempt on a toss to Jason Holman.

    Finally getting the ball back, Rocco tried to escape the pocket, but he lost the ball in his own end zone. Sharks' defensive lineman, Scooter Berry fell on it for a touchdown and cut what was once a 23-point Voodoo lead down to 37-34 with 12:33 remaining in the game.

    The Sharks opened the scoring on a 6-play 45-yard drive. After quarterback, Omar Jacobs showed a quick release on the first three passes which all worked for completions, the Voodoo defense responded by forcing a pair of incomplete passes to bring up a 3rd and 10 from the New Orleans 19. However, Jacobs with time in the pocket stepped up and went over the top to a wide open Terrance Smith.

    New Orleans got on the board in response after an eventful first drive that included Castille recovering a fumble after Rocco tucked the ball in and ran. With a 4th and 7 from the Jacksonville 11, Rocco showed the patience by buying time in the pocket with his feet, and finding Quorey Payne for an 11-yard touchdown. The extra point was good tying the game at 7-7.

    Jacksonville jumped back on top thanks to a 3rd and 9 conversion and another pass play where Jacobs was able to stretch the Voodoo secondary running down the field. Jacobs aired one out for Bobby Sewall, and during the process, Jeremy Kellem stumbled trying to keep up. Sewall made a juggling catch at the Voodoo two-yard line, and Simmons ran it in for a touchdown on the next play to put Jacksonville back on top 14-7.

    Before the first quarter clock expired, Rocco found gold on fourth down again, but this time from his own end of the field. On 4th and 4 from their own 11, Rocco checked down as Payne adjusted the route and found the soft spot in the Sharks defense. Payne made the catch around mid-field then showed great athletic ability by cutting back and making two defenders miss en route to his second touchdown of the night. The extra point was tacked on after the clock expired to tie the game at 14-14.

    The 2nd quarter saw the traveling Voodoo gain some separation as they blanked the Sharks in the frame by pouncing on their mistakes. In a game that saw scores on every drive in the first quarter, the first mistake happened to the home standing Sharks with 9:42 remaining in the half. After the Sharks got a first down off a defensive holding penalty, Jacobs floated a pass into the end zone on 2nd and goal from the 3 that was snatched easily by Jorrick Calvin, his third interception of the year. The Voodoo parlayed that pick into their first lead of the game as again on a fourth down, Rocco hooked up with Payne from 10 yards out to move the Voodoo ahead 21-14.

    New Orleans was set up with golden field position after their defense forced a turnover on downs by sacking Jacobs on 3rd and fourth down. Marlon Favorite got his first of the year by getting a great push up the middle on 3rd down, and Brian Johnston followed it up by coming in on a rush and taking advantage of busted protection to set the Voodoo up just two yards away from the end zone.

    Said Favorite about the sack, his first of the season, "Got the sack out the way. That's collectively all of us working together to bring pressure up the middle."

    The VooDoo though failed to punch it in as their possession fell apart. A false start penalty and a sack forced a 3two-yard field goal. However, Matt Denny was up to the task, knocking it through with 23 seconds remaining in the half to push the VooDoo lead to 24-14 as both teams entered the locker room.

    It was a much improved defensive effort from Pat O'Hara's Voodoo, which was led by the "It's good to see that, and getting that pressure and getting to the quarterback." O'Hara noted a need for improvement though on the offensive side of the ball by needing to be more efficient on early downs.

    The VooDoo opened the third quarter with an opportunity to execute O'Hara's wishes as they got the ball after they won the opening coin toss and deferred to the second half. Payne recovered his own fumble on the kick-off, and after that, Rocco marched the Voodoo down 38 yards, and converting this time on 3rd down. Rocco floated a pass down the right sideline that was hauled in by Castille who took it in for a touchdown.

    New Orleans got their second interception of the game off the second quarterback the Sharks threw into the contest. Bernard Morris tried the quick hitch that worked for Jacobs early in the game, but Demarcus Robinson read the play beautifully and picked it off, returning it to the house. The Voodoo had the throttle down, as they extended their lead to 37-14 after Denny missed his first extra point of the night.

    After building up that lead, the onside kick which was recovered shifted the momentum back to the Sharks. In response, the VooDoo offense was kept off the field for a long stretch between the end of the third quarter and the start of the final quarter, and they started to show signs of rust with three fumbles (one lost) in the final stanza. Simply put, it was a bitter defeat snatched from the jaws of what was an impressive performance by the Voodoo for nearly three quarters of play.

    I'm not sure why being off the field for a while slowed us down offensively. It's not an excuse. You got to be able to execute, and we didn't execute," said O'Hara of his team's sluggish offensive performance down the stretch.

    Next week is a long road trip for the Voodoo against Spokane. O'Hara's message moving forward will be clear. As tough as this loss, it has to be put out of mind.

    "It's got to be a short memory with a short week and a long trip," said O'Hara. "We have to get back to work and re-group"

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  15. #175
    good night for simmons on nfl network 2 rushes for 3 yards and 2 td's 4 rec 42 yards 1 td

  16. #176
    SHARKS ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF MILITARY APPRECIATION NIGHT

    05/08/2012 1:06 PM














    JACKSONVILLE – The ArenaBowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks have announced plans for the team’s upcoming Military Appreciation Night presented by Navy Federal Credit Union, which will be held on Saturday, May 19 as the Sharks take on the Iowa Barnstormers. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m.

    For the second consecutive year, the Sharks will wear a unique camouflage jersey design and will hold a postgame auction for every player jersey. All proceeds generated by the auction will be donated to the Armed Forces Families Foundation (AFFF), which funds and develops infrastructure projects to help local military families.

    “We are proud to honor the contributions and sacrifices made by our nation’s Armed Forces again this year,” Sharks Partner and Air Force Veteran Larry Payne said. “We believe that partnering with AFFF will allow us to take Military Appreciation Night to the next level.”

    In addition, the Sharks will offer commemorative Military Appreciation Night t-shirts to benefit AFFF. Available at SharkFest beginning at 4:00, each shirt will cost $2, and fans will be given the opportunity to make an additional donation to AFFF at the time of purchase. Also before the game, the Attack Dance Team will offer a commemorative Military Appreciation Night poster during their pregame autograph session.

    The Sharks have also partnered with Taco Bell to increase the impact of Military Appreciation Night. At participating Taco Bell locations, fans may make a $1 donation to AFFF in exchange for a coupon for a free taco. This coupon will also be available at SharkFest prior to Saturday’s game.

    “This fundraiser provides us with an opportunity to not only help raise money to support the Foundation, but also to give the organization the awareness it deserves,” said Thaddeus Foster, local Taco Bell franchise owner. “With local community support, we hope to make a difference by helping the families of our service men and women. Families are truly the first line of support for our troops. The Sharks are great partners to work with to help these families. We like to work with AFFF because it is a 100% volunteer organization – every penny raised goes to help military families!”

    Another aspect of Military Appreciation Night is that all military personnel, both active and retired, and their families have the opportunity to purchase Buy One, Get One Free tickets for this game only. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Sharks’ ticket office at (904) 621-0700 or by bringing a valid military ID to the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena box office on the day of the game. Please note that there is a limit of four free tickets per ID.

    Additionally, Taco Bell will offer discounted tickets for all fans for this game. Please see your nearest participating Taco Bell location for instructions regarding how to obtain this discount and how to purchase these tickets through jaxsharks.com.


    About the Armed Forces Families Foundation

    The Armed Forces Families Foundation is a nonprofit organization that improves the lives of service members and their families. It has completed four major projects, at Fort Irwin, Calif.; Camp Pendleton, Calif.; the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and the Mayport USO Center in Jacksonville, Fla.

    For more information, please visit: http://www.armedforcesfamilies.org/ or http://www.facebook.com/armedforcesfamilies.



    SHARKS TO OFFER FAN BUS TO ORLANDO

    05/09/2012 3:52 PM














    JACKSONVILLE – The ArenaBowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks announced Wednesday that the team will offer a fan bus to Orlando on Friday, May 25, providing two-way transportation for fans wishing to see the Sharks battle the division rival Orlando Predators at Amway Center.

    A seat on the bus will cost $55 for 2012 season ticket holders and $65 for non-season ticket holders. This includes transportation to and from the game as well as a lower bowl ticket in Section 113. The Sharks will provide both snacks and soft drinks, and fans may bring their own soft-sided small cooler with beverages of their choice. Glass containers are prohibited.

    The bus is set to depart at 4:00 p.m. on the day of the game and will be leaving from the South end of the Avenues parking lot next to Buca Di Beppo, located at 10334 Southside Blvd. in Jacksonville. The bus will begin its return trip to Jacksonville shortly after the end of the game.

    To purchase a seat on the bus, please contact Sharks Account Executive Josh Bratovich at (904) 621-0700 ext. 103. Josh will also be able to answer any further questions at that time.

    Fans who wish to attend this game but are arranging their own transportation will be able to purchase tickets directly through the Predators and be seated near those riding the bus. To do this, fans may contact the Predators’ Jen Menzel at (407) 447-3333 and ask to be seated in section 113.

    ISAAC MORALES RETURNS TO SHARKS

    05/10/2012 5:31 PM














    JACKSONVILLE – The ArenaBowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks announced Thursday that offensive lineman Isaac Morales has been assigned to the team’s roster.

    The 28-year-old Morales (6’6”, 315) was a key contributor to Jacksonville’s outstanding offensive line throughout the 2011 season, starting alongside Vladimir Richard and Randy Degg. Morales helped anchor a unit that allowed just 12 sacks in the entire 2011 regular season.

    Morales is set to begin his third season in the Arena Football League, having also played for the Sharks in 2010. Morales started 25 regular-season games in his two previous years with the Sharks. Morales has also caught one touchdown pass in each of his two seasons with Jacksonville.

    Before his AFL career began, Morales played at the University of Wyoming, where he was a teammate of Jacksonville linebacker/defensive lineman Aaron Robbins. A native of Canyon, Texas, Morales attended Canyon High School.

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  17. #177
    SHARKS HEAD NORTH TO SLOW DOWN SOUL

    05/11/2012 6:30 AM

    JACKSONVILLE – The ArenaBowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks travel to the Northeast this weekend for a road test against the Philadelphia Soul at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night. The game is scheduled to kick off at 7:05 p.m. and will air live locally on CW17.

    The Sharks enter this game riding the momentum of last weekend’s nationally televised comeback against the New Orleans VooDoo. Down 37-14 in the second half, the Sharks scored the final 27 points of the game to emerge with a 41-37 victory.

    In that game, Jacksonville’s defense turned the tide with a relentless pass rush. Early in the fourth quarter, Scooter Berry pounced on a fumble by VooDoo quarterback Kurt Rocco for a Jacksonville touchdown. In his first season in the AFL, Berry has emerged as one of the Sharks’ top pass rushers, leading the team with four sacks in 2012.

    Later in the second half, Aaron Robbins and Jeff Littlejohn combined on two sacks in the same series to force a key turnover on downs. The Sharks also benefitted from an onside kick recovery and a key fourth-down scramble by quarterback Bernard Morris.

    Morris had entered the game in the beginning of the third quarter, replacing injured starter Omar Jacobs. Though Morris’ first pass of the game was intercepted and returned for a touchdown, the third-year veteran rebounded to lead the Jacksonville comeback. Should Jacobs be unable to play on Saturday, Morris is ready to step into the starting role.

    For his part, Morris said that he prepares the same for each game regardless of the situation.

    “I look at every game the same,” Morris said. “You know, I’ve gotta go in and do my job, and as long as I do my job everything will take care of itself.”

    Against the VooDoo, Morris got plenty of help from receivers Jamarko Simmons – who accounted for a team-high three touchdowns last Friday night – and Bobby Sewall, who leads the team with 13.1 yards per reception. Alongside the consistent excellence of Terrance Smith, Simmons and Sewall have stepped up in the absence of Jeron Harvey, who will miss a third straight game after being placed on injured reserve in April.

    The Shark receiving corps got a little deeper this week, as V’Keon Lacey was activated from injured reserve on Wednesday. On the flip side, the Jacksonville secondary must overcome the loss of JaVonte Holmes, placed on injured reserve after being injured in the first half against the VooDoo.

    Jacksonville’s defense must contend with a Soul team that has scored 60 or more points in each of their last six games. Philadelphia leads the AFL in points (577), points per game (73.2) and rushing yards per game (36.2), ranking third overall in total offense (325.4 yards per game). Morris feels that his team is prepared to meet this challenge.

    “I think we got better as a team,” Morris said of the Sharks’ week of practice. “There was a lot of intensity and enthusiasm out here this week. We’re really close to getting to where we want to be as a team, and it’s going to be a challenge to go up there and play Philly.”

    Know Your Foe

    Quarterback Dan Raudabaugh is in his first year at the helm of the high-powered Philadelphia offense. Joining the team after spending 2011 with the Dallas Vigilantes, Raudabaugh has 53 touchdown passes and a 124.0 pass efficiency rating, ranking second in the League in both categories. He has only thrown five interceptions to this point in the season and has five separate games in which he has not been picked off.

    The Soul’s top downfield threat is one of Raudabaugh’s former Dallas teammates in Tiger Jones, who has 24 touchdown receptions and has already eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark. Philadelphia also boasts the league’s leading rusher, as Derrick Ross has ran for 229 yards and 14 touchdowns.

    The Sharks will also line up against a pair of familiar faces on Saturday, as receiver Jeff Hughley and defensive back Micheaux Robinson were key contributors to Jacksonville’s championship team in 2011. This year, Hughley has emerged as the Soul’s second-leading receiver and has a pair of kickoff returns for touchdowns, while Robinson has recorded one interception and three fumble recoveries.

    Next Home Game

    Following this weekend’s contest, the Sharks will return to Jacksonville to prepare for a home tilt with the Iowa Barnstormers on Saturday, May 19. That game will be Military Appreciation Night, as the Sharks offer Buy One, Get One Free tickets to all active military members, veterans and their families.

    In addition, the Sharks will wear unique camouflage jerseys, which will be auctioned after the game with proceeds going to the Armed Forces Families Foundation. Fans are encouraged to visit jaxsharks.com to find more information about the many charitable aspects of Military Appreciation Night.

  18. #178
    BIG MOVE

    SHARKS TRADE FOR MICHEAUX ROBINSON

    05/11/2012 5:16 PM














    JACKSONVILLE – Yet another key member of the Jacksonville Sharks’ ArenaBowl XXIV Championship team has returned to the squad, this time via a trade. On the eve of their matchup against the Philadelphia Soul, the Sharks acquired defensive back Micheaux Robinson from Philadelphia in exchange for defensive lineman T.J. Langley.

    With this trade, Robinson returns to the team with which he spent each of the previous two seasons. He is currently the team’s all-time leader in tackles (196.5) and interceptions (18). Last year, he led the AFL with 46 pass breakups, ranked tied for fourth with 11 interceptions. His performance earned him a spot on the All-Arena First Team following the 2011 season.

    During the Sharks’ three playoff games, Robinson racked up 14.5 total tackles, had two of the team’s four interceptions and notched seven pass breakups, tying him with Terrance Smith for the team lead in that category.

    Robinson also made an impact in the Sharks’ secondary during the team’s inaugural 2010 season, recording 70 tackles and seven interceptions en route to being named a Second-Team All-Arena performer. Before the trade, he had 37 total tackles, one interception, three pass breakups and three fumble recoveries in eight games with the Soul.

    Robinson is in the midst of his fourth AFL season, as he began his career with the Orlando Predators in 2007. He also played two seasons with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers of af2 and has spent time on the roster of the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes. The 29-year-old Robinson is a native of Fostoria, Ohio who played at Otterbein University before beginning his professional career.

  19. #179
    BIG SECOND HALF LEADS SOUL PAST SHARKS, 56-38
    05/12/2012 11:47 PM


    PHILADELPHIA – The Jacksonville Sharks used three key turnovers to stay within a score of the Philadelphia Soul in the first half, but the Soul turned the tide in the game’s final 30 minutes, pulling away in what was ultimately a 56-38 final at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night.

    Jacksonville trailed 21-17 at halftime, and received the opening kickoff of the third quarter with a chance to take their first lead of the game. But Philadelphia’s defense forced a turnover on downs in a goal-to-go situation, the first of several second-half stops for the Soul defense.

    Philadelphia quarterback Dan Raudabaugh played mistake-free football in that second half, connecting on a long touchdown passes to both Tiger Jones and Jeff Hughley to extend the Soul lead. Raudabaugh finished the game 20-of-26 passing for 308 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions. Hughley led the Soul’s receiving corps with seven catches for 121 yards and three scores.

    All three of Raudabaugh’s interceptions came in the first half, as the Shark defense played opportunistic football in the half. Bill Alford notched the Sharks’ first interception on the Soul’s second drive of the game, and then linebacker Charlie Hunt used great anticipation to step in front of a Raudabaugh pass in the second quarter.

    The Sharks’ best defensive play came just before halftime, when Raudabaugh looked for Hughley at the goal line. Up against the wall, Daylan Walker batted the ball out of Hughley’s hands, played it off the boards and corralled the interception. Walker then returned it into Philadelphia territory to set up Marco Capozzoli’s field goal just before halftime.

    However, the Shark offense fell victim to turnovers as well. Quarterback Bernard Morris was intercepted four times, including twice when the Sharks had the ball in the red zone. Morris’ final pick came when the Sharks trailed by two scores, effectively sealing the game with a few minutes left.

    Morris finished 20-for-28 for 317 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions. Morris also ran for a season-high 38 yards on five carries. Bobby Sewall led the Sharks with eight catches, while Shamar Graves racked up a team-high 126 receiving yards and scored a pair of touchdowns. In particular, Graves showed relentless effort in the final minute, catching a pass at his own 23 yard line, then busting through three Soul defenders before breaking more tackles on his way to the end zone.

    The loss drops the Sharks to 3-5, a game and a half behind the Georgia Force and Tampa Bay Storm, as both of those teams sit at 5-4 following the Force’s Saturday night win over the Storm.

    The Sharks return home next Saturday to host the Iowa Barnstormers on Sea Best Field at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Next Saturday will be Military Appreciation Night, as the Sharks will hold a postgame jersey auction to benefit the Armed Forces Families Foundation. Kickoff for next Saturday’s contest is set for 7:00 p.m.


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    SOUL RIDE LATE SURGE TO DEFEAT JACKSONVILLE, 56-38
    Posted: Saturday May 12, 2012 | Category: Game

    Philadelphia’s Second-Half Surge To Sink Sharks

    PHILADELPHIA (May 12, 2012) – The Philadelphia Soul (7-2) came out on top of the Jacksonville Sharks (3-5) as they pulled away in the second half of a tight game in front of 8,757 fans at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night.

    “Tonight we saw a great performance from all aspects of the team,” said Soul head coach Doug Plank. “We had to battle back in the second half and really stepped up defensively. It was an emotional win for us and hopefully we can carry this momentum into next week.”

    Philadelphia’s QB Dan Raudabaugh finished by connecting on 20-of-26 passes for 308 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions. Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Game, Jeff Hughley led the way with seven receptions for 121 yards and three touchdowns. Hughley also had five kick returns for 102 yards. Tiger Jones finished with six receptions for 90 yards and two touchdowns, while Emery Sammons added five receptions for 67 yards and a touchdown. Zipp Duncan also added a 14-yard touchdown.

    Defensively, National Guard MVP, Brandon Perkins paced the defense with 3.5 total tackles, including two sacks. Riddell Defensive Player of the Game, Kent Richardson had 2.5 total tackles, two interceptions and a pass breakup. Rayshaun Kizer had 7.0 total tackles, an interception and three pass breakups, while Joe Goosby added 5.5 total tackles and an interception.

    Raudabaugh got things rolling with a 36-yard touchdown pass to Hughley to take an early 7-0 lead. After the teams exchanged interceptions in the end zone for touchbacks, Jacksonville’s Jamarko Simmons carried the ball for a three-yard touchdown run to even things out. Soul TE Zipp Duncan caught a short pass, carrying it 14 yards and into the end zone, putting Philadelphia ahead of Jacksonville 14-7 at the close of the first quarter.



    The second quarter started with Philadelphia and Jacksonville exchanging interceptions. Richardson’s second interception for the Soul lead to Jeff Hughley’s second touchdown reception of the game on a one-handed three-yard catch with eight minutes remaining in the half. A 24-yard touchdown reception by Jacksonville’s WR Terrance Smith and a Marco Capozzoli 20-yard field goal with eleven seconds remaining in the half cut Philadelphia’s lead to 21-17 heading into the break.

    The third quarter got off to a slow start, but the Soul struck first with 8:08 remaining in the quarter. Philadelphia’s Sammons hauled in a 12-yard Raudabaugh pass for the score. Jacksonville responded on a Shamar Graves 45-yard touchdown reception late in the quarter. After a series of Jacksonville penalties, Philadelphia extended their lead on a nine-yard touchdown grab by Tiger Jones to take a 35-24 lead into the final quarter.

    The Sharks continued to fight into the fourth quarter. A 28-yard touchdown pass to Smith cut Philadelphia’s advantage to four points early in the quarter. Tiger Jones struck back on a 28-yard touchdown reception that he wrestled away from a Jacksonville defender to extend the Soul’s lead another time. Midway through the quarter, the Soul defense successfully completed a goal-line stand and followed it with a 36-yard touchdown toss to Jeff Hughley.

    The Soul will face the Spokane Shock next Friday night at 11 p.m. ET at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena in Spokane, WA. The game will be broadcast on The Comcast Network with Lou Tilley and Tom Goodhines calling the action.

    ABOUT THE PHILADELPHIA SOUL

    We Got This! Philadelphia Soul 2012 season ticket packages are now on sale! The Soul’s next home game will be Saturday, May 12 against the Jacksonville Sharks at the Wells Fargo Center. Contact the Soul sales department at (215) 253-4900 ext. 3, or request contact from a representative by filling out the form on www.philadelphiasoul.com. Follow the Soul on Facebook at facebook.com/souland Twitter at twitter.com/soulfootball.

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    National Guard MVP: Philadelphia’s Brandon Perkins

    Russell Athletic Offensive Player: Philadelphia’s Jeff Hughley

    Riddell Defensive Playerhiladelphia’s Kent Richardson

    JLS Ironmanhiladelphia’s Jeff Hughley

    AFL Playmaker: Jacksonville’s Terrance Smith

    Cutter’s Catch of the Gamehiladelphia’s Jeff Hughley one-handed TD in the second quarter

    Spalding Highlight of the Game:Jacksonville’s Shamar Graves 31-yards touchdown catch and run in the fourth quarter

  20. #180
    quiet night for simmons 4 rushes for 5 yards 1 td and 2 rec for 34 yards 0 td

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