04/03/2010 10:44 PM -
Playing in their first game ever, the Jacksonville Sharks drew the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz for their week one match-up. Like most week-one games, rust was evident from both teams.
After falling to an early 7-6 deficit, the Sharks rebounded in the second quarter with a 2- yard touchdown run by Jomo Wilson to make it 12-7. Kicker Paul Edinger then redeemed himself from two early misses by connecting on the extra point to give the Sharks a 13-7 advantage. The Sharks were able to take the lead despite playing without star quarterback Aaron Garcia for much of the first half. Garcia exited the game after a vicious hit left him seeing stars.
Later on in the second the Sharks Micheaux Robinson was flagged for pass interference in the end zone, setting up the Yard Dawgz with some great field position. After back-to-back goal line stops from the Sharks, the Dawgz were forced to settle for an 18-yard field goal to cut into the Sharks lead 13-10. The ensuing kickoff contained some festivities from both teams as the players got into a minor altercation before the officials could break it up. Luckily, no penalties were issued.
The second half began with the Sharks blazing, all fired up by the return of their starting quarterback. Garica wasted little time leading the Sharks on a two-play, 45-yard scoring drive, connecting with Jeron Harvey to give a 27-17 lead.
The next offensive drive, the Sharks kept piling it on after Garcia connected with Jason Willis in the endzone to increase their lead to 17.
Heading into the fourth quarter, the Sharks were up 34-17... but that didnt last long as the Yard Dawgz struck with a touchdown of their own to climb to within 10 (34-24).
At this point the teams traded touchdowns - one by the Sharks Jomo Wilson and one by Oklahoma Citys Anthony Hines.
Still down by 18, the Yard Dawgz resorted to some trickery with an onside kick. The Sharks were able to recover, however, setting up great field position. However, they would go for naught as the Dawgz returned an interception in the end zone for a touchdown. The Dawgz then added a 2 point conversion.
Once again Oklahoma City elected to try the onside kick, but the Sharks recovered the kick and waltzed into the end zone for yet another touchdown to make it 54 to 38.
The Sharks (1-0) will head to Alabama next week where they look for victory number two.