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Shock, Sharks remain undefeated after AFL Week 5 wins

Mike Delrio
Thursday April 25, 2013


The Jacksonville Sharks and Spokane Shock both remained undefeated after Week 5 of Arena Football League action after Jacksonville won a close defensive battle at home against the Iowa Barnstormers, 40-34, and Spokane won on the road against the San Jose SaberCats by a 69-47 final.

The Shock (5-0) benefitted from five Aaron Garcia interceptions that gave league leading quarterback Erik Meyer more than enough extra scoring opportunities to put San Jose (2-2) away by the end of the third quarter. The Shock held a commanding 56-27 lead as the final quarter started.
Meyer had another outstanding game in the win. He was 26-of-37 passing for 242 yards and eight touchdowns without an interception. Meyer now has 40 passing TDs with no interceptions in 190 pass attempts. Duane Brooks (10 R, 63 yards, 1 TD) and Adron Tennell (9 R, 117 yards, 3 TDs) were Meyer’s main targets.
 
Garcia continues to struggle in his first season with the SabreCats. While Garcia did throw six touchdowns and had more than 300 yards in passing yardage, he also had the five picks. His TD/Int (24/13) ratio is the worst in the league and Garcia, at 87.4, is one of only four QBs with a rating below 90.0.
 
Jamarko Simmons (11 R, 126 yards, 1 TD) and Jason Willis (9 R, 123 yards, 3 TDs) led the San Jose receiving corps.
 
While Spokane was never seriously in danger of suffering their first loss of the season, Jacksonville (5-0) faced a serious challenge from the Barnstormers (2-3) as Iowa tried to snap a two-game losing streak.
 
Bernard Morris led the Sharks with a 25-of-36 passing night for 237 yards, five TDs and one interception.
 
This game was a defensive battle as both teams played smothering D. Jacksonville was led by Tracy Belton as the former Georgia Force player made nine tackles, had three assists and four pass deflections.
 
Iowa’s defensive was anchored by Ter’Ran Benton (5 T/6 A) and Jason Simpson (5 T/4 A). Simpson also had the lone interception Morris threw in leading the Sharks to 5-0.
 
AFL League Leaders

Passing

Having retaken the completion percentage lead he lost briefly last week to Morris, Meyer once again leads AFL quarterbacks in ALL passing categories. The California native is 135-of-190 this season; good for a 71.1 percent completion rate (Morris is second with 71.0). He has racked up 1,521 yards passing, 40 TDs, 0 INTs and has a rating of 134.23-all of which are the best in the league.

Receiving

Joe Hills
of the Tampa Bay Storm leads the league in receiving yardage (592) and is second in touchdown catches (14), while Tennell (Shock) leads in receptions (46) and TDs (17). Reggie Gray (40 R, 499 yards, 12 TDs) of the Chicago Rush and Jeff Hughley (40 R, 418 yards, 8 TDs) of the Sharks join Tennell as the only three receivers with 40 or more catches. Hills has 38 grabs.

The Sharks Jerry Turner, also a formerly of the Force, leads in sacks with five, is followed by teammate Aaron Robbins with four, and Rashaad Duncan, another Shark, is tied for fourth with three. Paul Stephens has the lead in interceptions with five.

Jacksonville and Spokane both look to win their match ups and should remain undefeated. The Sharks will take on the Philadelphia Soul (2-2) on the road, while The Shock are home against the Tampa Bay Storm (3-2).

The last two remaining undefeated teams in the AFL will cruise to three touchdown wins and will continue on their collision course. The teams will play in Week 12 when Jacksonville travels to Spokane for a Friday, June 7th meeting.


 
Mike began his third season reporting on the Georgia Force in March, 2012. Coverage includes weekly game previews and recaps, exclusive interviews and AFL news. Mike has been a Gwinnett County resident (the home of the Force) for two decades and provides coverage of the counties other pro sports franchises, the Gwinnett Braves (Braves Triple-A affiliate) and the Gwinnett Gladiators (ECHL, player development deals with both the Phoenix Coyotes and Buffalo Sabres) as well.
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