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Friday, April 19, 2019

The National Arena League Live On US Sports Net Jacksonville Sharks vs Columbus Lions Presented by Chicago Steak Co.

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Streets Steal the Show From Sharks 52-41

Jacksonville looks to face (0-1) Columbus in Week 2
JACKSONVILLE – It was a hard fought, heavily rocked home opener for the Jacksonville Sharks who opened their 10th year as a franchise with a crowd drawing KISS night which featured a lights outs halftime performance by KISS America in tribute of one of America’s greatest rock bands KISS. The show tonight started off great for Jacksonville as they kicked off with an electrifying first drive which debut quarterback Jonathan Bane and wide receiver Jarmon Fortson as both Sharks connected on a 12 yard touchdown pass to open the night. The first half remained a close battle as both teams entered the locker room 30-21 game in favor of New York. In the second half the first-year team sparked a scoring streak against Jacksonville and the Sharks ran out of time to close the gap with a 41-52 loss to New York, who celebrates their first win in team history, as they entered the NAL last year and have begun their inaugural season.

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Quarterback Jonathan Bane made his first start with the Sharks tonight where he debuted his gunslinger playing style to Sharks nation connecting with receivers Devin Wilson 11 times for 142 yards, Jarmon Fortson five times for 39 yards each of these players landed a touchdown. Fullback Alstevis “Squirrel”  Squirewell rushed three times for 13 yards and punched in a touchdown for the Sharks.
On defense the Sharks were able to limit the Streets in the first half and overall made major players to help launch a potential comeback as Jacksonville landed two sacks (Nick Woodman, Zach Brown), one interceptions by Robert Brown and one red zone fumble recovery by Markus Smith.
The Sharks will now face a road trip to NAL rival (0-1) Columbus Lions Friday, April 19 at 7pm at the Columbus Civic Center. Columbus fell to the Orlando Predators 40-42 in Orlando, FL tonight. To watch the Sharks face off against the Lions next saturday watch live right here on US Sports Network!

Lions Fall on The Roard 42-40

 Opening the season on the road is always tough. Saturday was just another reminder that a few plays here and there will change the game dramatically.
The 2019 season started off with a pick-six by the Orlando Predators to put the Lions down early.
While Luke Collis opened up the season with an interception, he bounced back strong throughout the game throwing for 5 touchdowns and rushing for another while also tacking on another interception. Bones Bagaunte was a headache for the Predators all night with big play after big play showing to be a big focal point for the offense this season after signing with the Lions from the Maine Mammoths.
The defense stepped up in a big way with both Shattle Fenteng and DeMario Donnell recording an interception. The Lions defense, which averaged 47.4 points per game last season, saw improvements in all areas of their game.
It would be back and forth for a while, but the 2nd half is where the game picked up dramatically. The Lions were up 34-29 late in the 4th quarter before Orlando answered back with a touchdown in the corner of the endzone to put the Predators back in the lead 36-34.
With their backs against the wall, the Lions took a shot down the field. While the pass fell incomplete, a pass interference call pushed the offense up the field. On the next play, Collis connected to Bagaunte for a touchdown, but it was called back by an offensive holding penalty.
On a crucial 4th down with 1 minute to go, Collis’ pass fell incomplete at the 2-yard line. The Lions defense, which was solid all night, had a costly mistake when a holding call gave Orlando a fresh set of downs instead of forcing 4th down near their own endzone. On the next play, Orlando would connect for a touchdown with 36 seconds left.
With their final chance at tying the game up, Collis found Paris Mack deep to set the Lions up at the Orlando 4-yard line. On 3rd down with 18 seconds left, Collis found Bagaunte for a 9-yard touchdown. With the game on the line, Collis attempted a quarterback sneak for the 2-pt conversion but fumbled, ending a wild final 5 minutes.
Columbus (0-1) will return home to open the season in the Columbus Civic Center at 7PM EST when they meet heated rival the Jacksonville Sharks (0-1). The Sharks dropped their first game on the road 52-41 vs the New York Streets. A familiar face will return as Jarmon Fortson, who led Columbus with 1,029 yards (3rd in NAL) and 31 touchdowns (1st in NAL) last season will suit up for Jacksonville.

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