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Sharks season ends on the road

First half struggles sink Sharks in semifinals of NAL playoffs

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There will be no repeat as National Arena League champions for the Jacksonville Sharks. On Tuesday night the Carolina Cobras knocked the defending NAL champs out of the playoffs with a dominating 73-48 win. 

The Sharks trailed 19-0 early on and were never able to recover. Jacksonville didn’t get on the board until the second quarter when quarterback Danny Southwick hooked up with Cody Saul for a 18-yard touchdown. The Cobras dominated the first half and led 39-7 at the break. 

The second half was more of the same. Jacksonville struck first in the third quarter to make cut the deficit to 39-13 but that’s as close as they would get. 

The Sharks couldn’t consistently get anything going on offense and they had a rough time stopping the Cobras on defense. To make matters worse, Jacksonville committed 19 penalties for 139 yards. 

The Sharks finished their season with a record of 10-7.