2019 National Arena League Championship Becomes Instant Classic
The 2019 National Arena League Championship Game became an INSTANT Classic Saturday Night as the Defending Champion Carolina Cobras visited the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena to take on the Number 1 seed Jacksonville Sharks and My9oh4was in Jacksonville Florida keeping our Arena Fans#LockedIN.
The 2019 National Arena League Championship game lived up to EVERY bit of hype and the 8600 people plus at the Shark Tank inside the Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena left after the celebration Drained and Exhausted. The Jacksonville Sharks fans saw their team go down double digits in the first half and then again late in the 2nd half only to come back with 7 seconds left to return the Championship Trophy to Jacksonville, Florida.
The Cobras struck first and midway into the first quarter were up 14-0 before Sharks QB Mike Fafaul got a rhythm and brought the team back to life. The Sharks were able to score 16 more unanswered points on a blocked kick recovered by Game MVP Chris Gilchrist and a forced fumble from Defensive Lineman Damien Jacobs and the scoop and score from Jack Linebacker Chris Gilchrist. This brought the Sharks up to a 23-14 lead in the second quarter. After some back and forth to end the first half the Cobras led 28-23.
Jonathan Bane replaced Fafaul in the 2nd half and immediately tossed 2 interceptions but the Sharks defense stood up and the back and forth game continued.
Down 11 with a little over a minute left, Cobras QB Charles McCullum tossed a pick 6 and after the Sharks 2 point conversion was successful, the Fafaul stood tall and brought the Sharks down the field again. And the Arena was ELECTRIC!
With just 11 seconds left, Fafaul found Neal in the end-zone for the game-winning touchdown. On the Cobras final drive, with just seconds left, they traveled all the way down to the Jacksonville 6-yard-line before being stopped and the clock was at 0, and the Sharks reclaimed their rightful title as the National Arena League Champions.
Quarterback Mike Fafaul finished the game 15-of-24 for 146 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. When Bane came in, he was 5-of-12 for 26 yards. Wide Receiver Durron Neal finished with the most touchdowns on the Sharks with two. He had eight receptions for 42 yards as well. Devin Wilson had six receptions for 89 yards and one touchdown. Brandon Behr was perfect on PAT’s (6-of-6) and had one deuce.