Sharks Nip Mammoths

Sharks Improve to 2-3 While Mammoths fall to 1-3

The Jacksonville Sharks visited Portland, Maine on Saturday to take on the Maine Mammoths and Michael Cox was at the  Cross Insurance Arena with My4one2 keeping New England #LockedIN.

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Sharks Quarterback Adrian McPherson started for the second week in a row for the Sharks, this time, playing the full game. He was 22-of-31 for 219 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. Fullback Derrick Ross also had one of his best games of the season, having nine rushes for 19 yards and three touchdowns, as well as one reception for nine yards. Wide Receiver Tom Gilson had eight receptions for 117 yards and one touchdown. Kendal Thompkins made his Sharks debut against the Mammoths and had seven catches for 46 yards. Chris Gilchrist made four catches for 30 yards and one touchdown. Antonio Vaughan had two receptions for 12 yards. Last, but surely not least, Offensive Lineman/Tight End Glenn Haisley had one catch for six yards and one touchdown.

Maine Quarterback Jonathan Bane was 16-of-33 for the night with 153 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. When it comes to rushing, Bane rushed for times for 31 yards and one fumble. Thankfully, the fumble was recovered by Wide Receiver Edgar Poe for a gain of about four yards on the play. Speaking of Poe, he had three receptions for 24 yards and one touchdown. Derrick Macon had four receptions for 40 yards. Devin Wilson had a great game, as he reeled in five catches for 57 yards and two touchdowns.

To start the game, the Sharks made sure to wear out the Mammoths defense by keeping the ball for the first eight minutes of the game. After coming up short on the first drive, the Sharks started the game with no points, but held the Mammoths to no points as well. Both teams were still trying to get things going as the first quarter ended 0-0.

The Sharks looked like the dominant force in the second half, quickly scoring as Ross rushed to the left for a two yard touchdown. The Sharks defense made sure to keep the Mammoths offense off the field, only allowing a field goal to make the score 6-3 with the Sharks on top. After this, the Sharks offense got things going as well as the Sharks defense. McPherson threw his first touchdown pass to Glenn Haisley, which is also Haisley’s first touchdown of the season. To prove that the Sharks got things going on defense, Defensive Back Tyree Robinson came up with an interception that changed the momentum for the rest of the game. The offense of course took advantage of that as McPherson found Tom Gilson in the end zone for a one-handed touchdown. Defensive Back Marvin Ross returned a field goal for a 57-yard touchdown, which would put the score at 26-3 with the Sharks on top at halftime.

The second half kicked off to a great start for Maine, as Quarterback Jonathan Bane for the Mammoths connected on more passes than he did in the entire first half combined. Bane ended up throwing one interception and had one fumble, but Wide Receiver Derrick Macon recovered it to allow the Mammoths to keep the ball. The first drive of the second half for the Mammoths ended in a touchdown, but the Sharks would soon quiet the Mammoths down as Gilchrist found the end zone on the Sharks opening drive of the half. On a kickoff later in the third quarter, the Sharks fumbled the ball and the Mammoths recovered at the Jacksonville 20 yard line. The Mammoths would not score any points on the turnover. The third quarter ended with a 32-17 score with Jacksonville on top.

Players of the Game:

Offensive Player of the Game: FB Derrick Ross – nine rushes for 19 yards and three touchdowns; one reception for nine yards

Defensive Player of the Game: DB Tyree Robinson – one interception

Special Teams Player of the Game: DB Marvin Ross – one field goal return for 57-yards and one touchdown

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