2010 Jacksonville Sharks season

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2010 Jacksonville Sharks season
Head coach Les Moss
Home field Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Results
Record 12–4
Division place 1st AC South
Playoff finish Lost Conference Semifinals (Predators) 69–73

The 2010 Jacksonville Sharks season was the inaugural season for the franchise in the Arena Football League. The team was coached by Les Moss and played their home games at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. The Sharks put together a 12–4 record, winning the South division and was also the top team in the American Conference. However the Sharks lost a back-and-forth game at home to the Orlando Predators in the opening playoff round by a score of 69–73.

Standings[edit]

South Division
Team W L PCT PF PA DIV CON Home Away
z-Jacksonville Sharks 12 4 .750 893 806 4–2 8–2 7–1 5–3
x-Tampa Bay Storm 11 5 .687 926 812 3–3 8–4 6–2 5–3
x-Orlando Predators 8 8 .500 865 845 4–2 7–3 4–4 4–4
Alabama Vipers 7 9 0.437 812 860 1–5 7–9 5–3 2–6

z - Clinched division and conference's best record
x - Clinched playoff berth

Regular season schedule[edit]

The first game in franchise history for the Sharks was on April 3 as they visited the Yard Dawgz. Their first home game for the franchise is on April 16 during Week 3 against the Predators. The conclusion of the regular season was at home in Week 18 against the Shock on July 30.[1]

Week Day Date Kickoff Opponent Results Location Report
Score Record
1 Saturday April 3 8:05 pm at Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz W 54–38 1–0 Cox Convention Center [1]
2 Friday April 9 8:30 pm at Alabama Vipers L 49–63 1–1 Von Braun Center [2]
3 Friday April 16 8:05 pm Orlando Predators W 57–31 2–1 Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena [3]
4 Bye
5 Saturday May 1 7:05 pm Tulsa Talons W 62–60 3–1 Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena [4]
6 Friday May 7 8:00 pm at Tampa Bay Storm W 46–43 4–1 St. Pete Times Forum [5]
7 Friday May 14 7:35 pm Dallas Vigilantes W 70–49 5–1 Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena [6]
8 Saturday May 22 7:05 pm Cleveland Gladiators W 46–44 6–1 Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena [7]
9 Saturday May 29 10:00 pm at Spokane Shock L 57–67 6–2 Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena [8]
10 Friday June 4 8:00 pm at Chicago Rush W 64–56 7–2 Allstate Arena [9]
11 Bye
12 Friday June 18 8:00 pm at Orlando Predators L 48–70 7–3 Amway Arena [10]
13 Saturday June 26 7:05 pm Arizona Rattlers L 50–66 7–4 Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena [11]
14 Saturday July 3 7:05 pm Alabama Vipers W 62–47 8–4 Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena [12]
15 Saturday July 10 9:05 pm at Utah Blaze W 67–56 9–4 Maverik Center [13]
16 Saturday July 17 7:05 pm Tampa Bay Storm W 49–47 10–4 Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena [14]
17 Saturday July 24 8:05 pm at Bossier–Shreveport Battle Wings W 48–20 11–4 CenturyTel Center [15]
18 Friday July 30 7:35 pm Spokane Shock W 64–49 12–4 Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena [16]

All times are EDT

Playoff schedule[edit]

Round Day Date Kickoff Opponent Score Location Report
AC Semifinals Friday August 6 8:00 pm Orlando Predators L 69–73 Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena

All times are EDT

Regular season[edit]

Week 1: at Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Sharks 6 7 21 20 54
Yard Dawgz 7 3 7 21 38

at Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

  • Date: April 3
  • Game time: 8:05 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 5,542
  • Referee: Chris Snead
  • Recap

The first game in franchise history for the Sharks was a low-scoring affair in the 1st half, with the Sharks holding a slight lead at 13–10 at halftime. The Sharks pulled away in the 3rd quarter with three touchdown passes. Their lead fell to only 10 points with just over 4 minutes to play, but the Sharks' special teams returned an onside kick for a touchdown to seal their first-ever win. The Sharks only put up 225 yards of total offense, while quarterback Aaron Garcia, who had most recently played for the New York Dragons in 2008, completed 11 passes on 16 attempts for 154 yards, but 5 of those passes were touchdowns.

Week 2: at Alabama Vipers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Sharks 7 21 7 14 49
Vipers 7 14 14 28 63

at Von Braun Center, Huntsville, Alabama

  • Date: April 9
  • Game time: 8:30 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 4,007
  • Recap

The Sharks led by a touchdown at halftime, but gave up 42 points to the Vipers in the 2nd half, losing the game 63–49. After scoring the 2nd half's first touchdown, the Sharks went nearly 20 minutes without another touchdown, allowing the Vipers to take a 21-point lead in the meantime. It was a deficit too great for the Sharks to overcome, despite scoring a touchdown on their last two drives of the game. Quarterback Aaron Garcia threw for 186 yards, with 5 touchdowns, but 2 interceptions. The Sharks had only 190 net yards in the game.

Week 3: vs. Orlando Predators[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Predators 7 0 10 14 31
Sharks 14 10 21 12 57

at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Florida

  • Date: April 16
  • Game time: 8:05 pm EDT
  • Recap

The Sharks took on one of their in-state opponents for the first time ever in what was called the "Jive on 95,"[2] similar to the name of the Predators' in-state rivalry with the Tampa Bay Storm, The War on I-4. The Sharks never trailed in the game, holding a 24–7 lead at halftime. After a Predators field goal in the 3rd quarter, Jacksonville scored 27 of the next 34 points of the game. Aaron Garcia completed 21 of 29 passes for 206 yards and 6 touchdowns. With the win, the Sharks improved to 2–1.

Week 4: BYE[edit]

Week 5: vs. Tulsa Talons[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Talons 7 19 14 20 60
Sharks 14 14 7 27 62

at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Florida

  • Date: May 1
  • Game time: 7:05 pm EDT
  • Recap

Neither team made a defensive stop in the 1st half, but the Sharks led 28–26 at the break thanks to a pair of missed extra points by the Talons. The scoring exploded in the 4th quarter, as the teams combined for 47 points. With 56 seconds left in the final quarter, the Talons used up all but 8 seconds left to pull ahead with a 4-yard touchdown pass, making the score 60–56 in favor of Tulsa. After receiving the ensuing kickoff, the Sharks had time for one more play. Aaron Garcia's pass to the end zone was nearly caught for a touchdown, but fell incomplete. This should have ended the game, however a defensive pass interference penalty was called on the Talons, meaning the Sharks would be given another shot on an untimed down. Jacksonville capitalized on the second chance with a 9-yard pass from Garcia caught by Dallas Baker for a touchdown, giving the Sharks their third win of the season.

Garcia completed 24 of 33 passes for 294 yards, 7 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. Baker finished with 105 receiving yards on 8 catches, with 4 touchdowns. Jomo Wilson caught for 106 yards on the night, with just a single touchdown.

Week 6: at Tampa Bay Storm[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Sharks 12 13 7 14 46
Storm 7 17 7 12 43

at St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida

  • Date: May 7
  • Game time: 8:00 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 14,201
  • Referee: Kevin Stine
  • Recap

In a game that saw neither team lead by more than 6 points, the Sharks came out on top by a final score of 46–43. Tampa Bay took a 43–38 lead with just over a minute to play in the 4th quarter. Jacksonville answered with a touchdown drive that ended with a 3-yard touchdown reception by Sale' Key. The Storm's hopes of a last-second score vanished after a fumble on their ensuing drive that was picked up by the Sharks' Micheaux Robinson. Jacksonville then ran out the clock to seal their fourth win. Aaron Garcia threw for 342 yards and 5 touchdowns with 2 interceptions. Jomo Wilson led all receivers with 148 yards on 10 catches for 3 touchdowns, and also ran for a touchdown in the game.

Week 7: vs. Dallas Vigilantes[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Vigilantes 0 14 21 14 49
Sharks 13 23 7 27 70

at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Florida

  • Date: May 14
  • Game time: 7:35 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 10,052
  • Recap

The Sharks had control of the game in the 1st half with a 36–7 lead late in the 2nd quarter, although Dallas scored another touchdown to make it 36–14 at the half. The Vigilantes scored the first two touchdowns of the 3rd quarter, and by the end of the 3rd quarter, Jacksonville's lead shrunk to just 43–35. Turnovers had been a problem for Dallas all night, and lost their third fumble of the game in the 4th quarter. The loose ball was scooped up by Jacksonville's Justin Parrish and returned for a touchdown to give the Sharks a 63–41 lead. The 21-point lead would turn into the margin of victory as the Sharks took the game by a 70–49 score.

Aaron Garcia threw for 318 yards and 8 touchdowns. Jomo Wilson caught 4 touchdowns in the game, and had with 123 yards, was the team's leading receiver.

Week 8: vs. Cleveland Gladiators[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Gladiators 14 9 7 14 44
Sharks 14 6 7 19 46

at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Florida

  • Date: May 22
  • Game time: 7:05 pm EDT
  • Recap

Week 9: at Spokane Shock[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Sharks 14 21 15 7 57
Shock 13 20 14 20 67

at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, Spokane, Washington

  • Date: May 29
  • Game time: 10:00 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 10,460
  • Referee: Shane Anderson
  • Recap

Week 10: at Chicago Rush[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Sharks 20 12 20 12 64
Rush 14 14 21 7 56

at Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois

  • Date: June 4
  • Game time: 8:00 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 7,430
  • Referee: Tom McCabe
  • Recap

Week 11: BYE[edit]

Week 12: at Orlando Predators[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Sharks 2 20 6 20 48
Predators 22 24 7 17 70

at Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida

  • Date: June 18
  • Game time: 8:00 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 14,010
  • Referee: Greg Lefils
  • Recap

Week 13: vs. Arizona Rattlers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Rattlers 14 10 21 21 66
Sharks 0 10 14 26 50

at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Florida

  • Date: June 26
  • Game time: 7:05 pm EDT
  • Recap

Week 14: vs. Alabama Vipers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Vipers 6 21 0 20 47
Sharks 6 28 7 21 62

at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Florida

  • Date: July 3
  • Game time: 7:05 pm EDT
  • Recap

Week 15: at Utah Blaze[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Sharks 13 27 20 7 67
Blaze 7 7 21 21 56

at E Center, West Valley City, Utah

  • Date: July 10
  • Game time: 9:05 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 4,508
  • Referee: Steve Strimling
  • Recap

By defeating the Blaze, the Sharks clinched a playoff berth.

Week 16: vs. Tampa Bay Storm[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Storm 7 7 14 19 47
Sharks 7 14 7 21 49

at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Florida

  • Date: July 17
  • Game time: 7:05 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 13,011
  • Referee: Perry Havener
  • Recap

Week 17: at Bossier–Shreveport Battle Wings[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Sharks 13 6 14 15 48
Battle Wings 13 7 0 0 20

at CenturyTel Center, Bossier City, Louisiana

  • Date: July 24
  • Game time: 8:05 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 6,015
  • Referee: Scott Vaughn
  • Recap

Week 18: vs. Spokane Shock[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Shock 7 14 7 21 49
Sharks 14 19 14 17 64

at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Florida

  • Date: July 30
  • Game time: 7:30 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 13,000
  • Recap

With the win over the Shock, the Sharks clinched the American Conference's best record.

Playoffs[edit]

American Conference Semifinals: vs. Orlando Predators[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Predators 7 21 14 31 73
Sharks 13 14 13 29 69

at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Florida

  • Date: August 6
  • Game time: 8:00 pm EDT
  • Game attendance: 10,000

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2010 Schedule". Jacksonville Sharks. December 31, 2009. Retrieved March 16, 2010. 
  2. ^ Predators bit by Sharks, 57–31