By RJ Ciancio
Director of National Arena League Coverage
The New York Streets traveled to VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena amidst a multi-game skid to take on the Jacksonville Sharks in National Arena League (NAL) action. David Legree went into the game still looking for his first win as the Sharks looked to blast the Streets out of the galaxy on Star Wars Night as they had an active seven game winning streak going into the game. However, the Sharks would be without star quarterback Jonathan Bane due to an injury. In his place would be Mike Fafaul.
The Sharks kickoff went through a deuce (kickoff through the uprights worth two points) giving the Sharks a two to nothing lead. David Legree and the Streets offense struggled at first but we able to convert a third down. A pass to Edger Allen Poe lead to a large gain of yardage. Legree found Poe yet again for a first down getting the Streets into the redzone. After Legree compensated for a penalty the ball rested at the Sharks two. On third and goal a pass for Edger Allen Poe slipped out of his hands, making it fourth down. Poe was shown full faith by Legree as the ball went right back to the former Mammoth for the touchdown. With the William Deane extra point the Streets lead seven to two.
The ensuing kickoff went out the back of the endzone giving Mike Fafaul and the Sharks the ball at their own 20 yard line. Faithful responded quickly as he found Deven Wilson for the Sharks touchdown. With the extra point good the Sharks lead nine to seven with Jacksonville on top.
After the ball sailed out the back of the endzone for a touchback the Streets setup at their own 20. The drive started slowly as the Streets quickly found themselves in a third and long. On fourth and six Legree found Edger Allen Poe for the conversion. The next play Legree once again found Poe for a New York touchdown. William Deane’s extra point no good the Streets lead 13 to nine.
Deane’s kickoff was returned by Tony Goodman from the back of his own endzone to the Streets 14. On the next play Mike Fafaul found Devin Wilson for the Sharks touchdown. With the extra point good the Sharks lead 16-13 after one quarter of NAL action.
The Sharks attempted a surprise onside kick but to no avail as the Streets fell on it at the Jacksonville six. After a penalty David Legree was able to regain some of the last yardage. Once again Legreen was forced to scramble and once again Cody Soul was there for the tackle. On third and goal Legree found Edger Allen Poe for another New York touchdown. The Streets two point conversion attempt was successful as Legree found Devante Jenkins giving New York a 21-16 lead.
William Deane’s kickoff wen out the back of the endzone giving the Sharks the ball at their own 20 yard line. The drive began slow as they were quickly faced with a third down. This didn’t faze Fafaul found Jarmon Fortson for the first down. On the ensuing play Devin Wilson made on over the board touchdown reception. With the extra point good the Sharks lead 23-21.
Brandon Behr was able to hit another deuce making it 25-21, Sharks. Legree and the Streets started the drive at their own five. The Sharks defense quickly forced a third down that ended up short of the third down marker. On fourth down Legree attempted a quarterback sneak but was stood up by Cody Saul and company.
On the ensuing play Fafaul found Fortson for another Sharks touchdown. With the extra point good Jacksonville lead 32-21.
Brandon Behr nailed yet another deuce making it 34-21 Sharks. Legree began the drive by finding Edger Allen Poe. However the current would quickly flow the way of the Shars once again as the center to quarterback exchanges was fumbled and the Sharks recovered.
Faithful and the rest of the Sharks offense began moving down the field and they quickly found the endzone as Fortson reeled in yet another Jacksonville touchdown. With the extra point the Sharks lead 41-21.
Once again the Sharks tried a sneaky onside kick and yet again it failed. The Streets slowly inched their way down the field as a third and goal was brought upon them. A David Legree pas was broken up in the back of the endzone bringing up fourth and goal. Once again a Legree pass was dropped by Poe in the endzone giving the Sharks the ball.
A quick Sharks handoff gave them a bit more breathing room and a second run ended the half as the Sharks lead 41-21.
The opening kickoff of the half was returned by Tony Goodman of the Sharks for a kick return touchdown. With the extra point the Sharks lead 48-21.
Brandon Behr’s kickoff flew out the back of the endzone. Legree quickly got the ball in the red zone as he caught a long bomb. However, the Streets began to stall. On third down and goal Jamie Martinez was the recipient of a Legree touchdown pass. The two point conversion was broken up by seth ellis, making the score 48-27, Sharks.
William Deane’s kickoff sailed out the back of the endzone giving the Sharks the ball at thier own 20. Once again Faithful’s pass found the edzone, this time it was Durron Neal crossing the goal line. With the extra point Sharks lead 55-27.
The Sharks squib kick was returned to the four but a personal foul brought the ball to the 19. After another Sharks penalty New York got get another first down. Despite the help from Sharks penalties the drive ended in disappointment as Legree was intercepted giving the sharks more momentum.
On the ensuing snap Fafaul found Fortson for another long play. The drive quickly began to sputter, but there was still enough left in the (shark) tank for Jacksonville to score yet again. This pass was to Cody Saul. With the extra point the Sharks lead 62-27.
After another Sharks kickoff went out the back of the endzone giving New York the ball at their own 20. David Legree was under constant pressure at the beginning of the drive yet still picking up yardage. Not letting of the gas Legree once again found Edger allen Poe for another Streets touchdown. With the two point conversion good the score now read 62-35 with the Sharks in the lead to end the third quarter.
William Deane’s kickoff was returned to the Streets 23 yardline as the Sharks were still out for blood. Mike Fafaul and the Sharks took another bite into a victory sandwich as Jacksonville once again found the endzone. With the extra point the Sharks lead 69-35.
The Sharks kickoff peeled wide right giving New York the ball at their 20. Two plays into the drive Legree found LJ Caststille before he was knocked out of bounds at the Sharks one. On an extended play David Legree found Devante Jenkins for a New York touchdown. The two point conversion attempt was good, making it 69-45 with the Sharks on top.
New York’s kickoff went out the back of the endzone giving the Sharks the ball at their own 20. Fafaul and company kepr attacking as they quickly worked their way inside the New York five. Zach Brown plunged into the endzone from one yard out, scoring for the Sharks. With the extra point the Sharks lead 76-45.
David Legree and the Streets refused to give up as the short drive ended in an LJ Castille touchdown reception. The ensuing two point conversion was no good, making it 76-51, Sharks.
Jacksonville’s next drive began on their own 20 after a touchback. Fafaul continued the onslaught with another touchdown pass. With the extra point the Sharks lead 83-51.
The Jacksonville kickoff went wide right giving the Streets the ball at their own 20. David Legree continues to sling the ball around the field leading them down the field and into scoring range, bringing the game to the one minute warning. Legree continued to attempt to find the endzone. On fourth and goal, Marcus Smith broke up a Legree pass giving the Sharks the ball yet again.
Jacksonville continued to drive the ball as time expired with the Sharks winning 83-51. The Sharks ended the night with a new franchise scoring record and Mike Fafaul threw for nine touchdown passes.