04/05/2018 2:55 PM
JACKSONVILLE- The defending champion Jacksonville Sharks travel to Greensboro, North Carolina to face the Carolina Cobras in their Week One matchup. The Sharks are coming off of a championship victory and look to continue their winning ways while the Carolina Cobras are looking to get a victory in their first game in history. Kickoff is set for 7:00 pm (ET) at the Greensboro Coliseum for Saturday, April 7, 2018. This is the ninth season for the Sharks, their second in the National Arena League
Coach Burley recently received his 2017 NAL Championship ring and stated “I feel like any other year, you come out of camp with your surprises and question marks. You feel good about your team but you know there’s always room for growth. I know the nucleus of our team is made up seasoned vets that are very capable of performing on the road in Carolina.”
The Sharks announced their final roster for the 2018 season on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. The Sharks have eight players returning from last season's NAL Championship roster.. FB Derrick Ross, LB Charlie Hunt, DL Jermiah Price, DL Damien Jacobs, DL Keith Bowers, DL Montavis Mack, DL Marvin Ross, and K Nick Belcher. The other 16 players are new to the team.
The 6 of the 8 returning Sharks are on defense. They will be counted on to lead the way for the teams new additions. Big things are expect from Linemen Keith Bowers, Jermiah Price, and Damien Jacobs, Linebacker Charlie Hunt and Defensive Backs Tyree Robinson, Ken Walton, Robert Brown Jr., and of course Marvin Ross.
Last season, the Sharks went 11-1 in the regular season and 2-0 in the post-season, defeating the Monterrey Steel 43-32 and the Columbus Lions in the NAL Championship Game 27-21.
The Sharks face the Cobras a total of three times this season, two of which will be in Greensboro with one here in Jacksonville where we have 90’s Night on April 28, 2018 at 7:00 pm (ET). This Saturday’s game will be streamed on Youtube Live, a link to the stream will be posted on www.facebook.com/jaxsharks
About the Jacksonville Sharks
The Jacksonville Sharks are members of the National Arena League (NAL). The 2017 NAL Champions and ArenaBowl XXIV Champions and play all home games at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Sharks Nation Memberships for the 2018 season are now available. Shark Nation Memberships start as low as $75. To become a Shark Nation member or for more information please call (904) 621-0700. Follow the Sharks on facebook at facebook.com/jaxsharks and on Twitter and Instagram @jaxsharks, as well as the Attack Dance Team at facebook.com/sharkattackdance and Chum at facebook.com/chumsharks.