Written by Scott Jurrens
Photo by Joseph Lorentzon
Monday night football returned to Jacksonville at Sea Best Field as the Jacksonville Sharks, the 2010 defending Southern Division champions, hosting The Tampa Bay Storm and obliterated them 56-19.
The Sharks defense or as fans might say, deFINse, took the Tampa Bay Storm out of the game early. The Storm received the ball first and promptly scored a touchdown on their first offensive play. The Sharks struck back immediately on an Aaron Garcia pass to Jomo Wilson and lead from that point on.
The Sharks added another touchdown (Terrence Smith) and field goal (Marco Capozzoli) in the first quarter. Sharks players Ventrell Jenkins added a 2-point safety, another touchdown each for Jomo Wilson and Terrence Smith in the second quarter before the Storm added six points by Jarriet Buie. At the half, the score was Sharks 33, Storm 13.
Terrence Smith scored his third touchdown of the night in the third quarter with 4:56 remaining on the game clock.
In the 4th quarter, the Storm got another six points on the scoreboard courtesy of Corey Surrency early in last quarter. After that, the Sharks Tyronne Gross scored two consecutive touchdowns and another defensive sack/safety by the Shark defense finished the game for the total of Sharks 56, Storm 19.
Approximately 6,000 fans showed up for this free game/scrimmage with a donation of a canned good for Second Harvest and even the parking was free. In only the second season of existence, diehard Shark fans showed up in custom Shark jerseys and costumes such as Land Shark, Hammer Head and Loan Shark as examples.
The Jacksonville Sharks open the 2011 season on the road on March 12 at 9:00 PM playing the Arizona Rattlers. The first Sharks home game is March 18 at 8:00 PM versus the Georgia Force on Game Show Night.