07/19/2011 2:34 PM -
The Jacksonville Sharks (13-4) host the Spokane Shock (9-8) Friday July 22, 2011 at 8 pm, at Sea Best Field for Finatic Appreciation Night presented by St. Vincent's Healthcare. The game will be aired live on NFL Network.
The Sharks look to end their three game losing streak and in the process take some positive momentum into the opening round of the playoffs. Last week the offense exploded for 400+ passing yards, but the team committed five turnovers and managed a season low 48 points. WR Jeff Hughley continued his ridiculous play with a Sharks record 18-catch performance. The Sharks also had three WR's over 100 yards for the first time in Shark history as Jomo Wilson and Sale' Key joined Hughley in the feat. Key returned to action for the first time in four weeks since being placed on I.R., and he recorded 8 receptions for 103 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The Shock come to Jacksonville as one of the hottest teams in the AFL, having won five of their last six games. QB Erik Meyer has been a large part of that success, however he exited the Shock's 63-61 week 19 victory over the San Jose SaberCats in the first quarter. Meyer's status is currently uncertain, but the Shock have QB Kyle Rowley as well and he did not disappoint after Meyer exited last week. Rowley went 24-31, with 281 yards passing and 8 touchdowns with 0 interceptions while also adding a rushing touchdown. Rowley's most important throw came in the final seconds as he connected with WR Randy Hymes on a 34 yard Hail Mary pass that gave Spokane a playoff berth and sent San Jose packing. Hymes led the Shock with 12 receptions for 100 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Last season the Shock traveled to Jacksonville for the last week of the regular season and were defeated by the Sharks. The defeat ended the Shock's eleven game win streak but did not detour Spokane in route to their 2010 Arena Bowl Championship. Will the Sharks end their losing streak and begin a new one entering the playoffs? Tune in Friday to find out.
The game will be broadcast live on NFL Network at 8 pm EDT. The game will also be broadcast live on 1010XL with Terry Norvelle giving the play-by-play.