04/01/2011 10:25 PM -
Jacksonville, Fla- Fridays NFL Networks Game of the Week featured the first match-up of the season between division rivals, Jacksonville and Tampa Bay. After back-to-back dominant division victories, the Sharks traveled to Tampa to for their second away game of the season, where they looked to defend their perfect record against the Storm.
The Storm got off to an early lead thanks to the scrambling ability of quarterback, Grant Gregory, which set up a four-yard touchdown pass to Huey Whittaker. The Sharks offense got off to a slow start falling victim to several incomplete passes and penalties, while Tampa continued to put points on the board with Gregorys second touchdown pass of the night. Jacksonville answered back with a two play drive that ended in Sale Key bringing down one of the best catches all year as he flipped over the board with a one-handed catch.
Tampas offense continued to prove strong into the second quarter. Storm receiver Huey Whittaker opened the quarter with his second touchdown reception of the night. Kirby Griffin kept the Sharks right in the game by pummeling his way through the Storm and into the end-zone for his first rushing touchdown of the year. The Sharks defense began to pick up in the second half, forcing the Storm to kick a 49-yard field goal. Garcia and the Sharks offense drove right back down the field, scoring on a nine-yard pass to Jeff Hughley, his first touchdown reception since returning from a hamstring injury and his 18tth consecutive game with at least one touchdown. The Sharks defense held up at the end of the half, giving the Jacksonville offense the last shot of the half. Jomo Wilson took advantage of the opportunity, scoring his tenth touchdown reception of the year.
The Sharks got off to a slow start in the third quarter, opening the drive with Garcias 4th interception of the year. But the defense rebounded with the third consecutive stop to the Storm offense. Jeff Hughley proved his injury didnt faze him at all, scoring his second touchdown of the night on a four-yard pass from Garcia. Tampa answered back with Grants fourth touchdown pass of the game, but Sale Key quickly put the Sharks back on top by ten, with a seven-yard touchdown reception. At the end of the third quarter, Terrance Smith recovered a Tampa fumble which set-up Kirby Griffin for his second touchdown run of the night.
The fourth quarter started with a drawn out possession by the Storm which lasted over six minutes. The first play of the quarter for Jacksonville was a 25-yard touchdown pass from Garcia to Jomo Wilson, which put Wilson over fellow Shark, Jeron Harvey for the most touchdown receptions in the league with eleven. The Sharks continued to wear down the Storm in the fourth quarter forcing another four-and-out for Tampa. Omar Jacobs took over for Garcia with just under 3-minutes left in the game. Jacksonville let the clock run down and left Tampa with the teams third consecutive win. The victory makes Jacksonville 3-1 for the season, and 3-0 in division play. It also gives Jacksonville their first road victory of the season. The Sharks next game will be in Pittsburgh against the Power on April 16, 2011 with the upcoming Week 5 bye. The Sharks return to Sea Best Field April 23, 2011 against the Cleveland Gladiators for 80s Night and Education Appreciation.