Predators Sink Sharks, 57-50
Saturday May 17, 2014
JACKSONVILLE, FL – The Orlando Predators (6-3) took a commanding lead in the American Conference’s South Division after defeating the rival Jacksonville Sharks (3-6) for the second time this season, 57-50. Making his Predators debut under center, QB Bernard Morris threw for 342 yards and seven touchdowns on the night.
Orlando entered the final quarter of play trailing 36-27 before engineering a dramatic comeback. Minutes into the fourth, Morris found WR Larry Brackins on a 14-yard touchdown completion to cut the deficit. The Sharks would respond with a short score from QB RJ Archer to WR Jomo Wilson.
Morris proceeded to answer the score, hitting WR Gerald Young from 16 yards out for a touchdown on the ensuing series. On the two-point conversion attempt, WR Larry Brackins snared a short pass in the end zone to narrow the gap, 43-42. On the following Jacksonville drive, Archer found WR Jeron Harvey on a 10-yard touchdown pass.
After regaining possession, Orlando drove down the field to the end zone while methodically working the clock. With 30 seconds remaining, Morris fired a completion to WR Khalil Paden, who turned up field and raced to the end zone for a 22-yard touchdown. Brackins came up big once again on the ensuing two-point attempt, securing another short pass to tie the game, 50-50.
After pinning the Sharks deep in their own territory, the Predators defense dug its feet into the turf. Orlando denied the Sharks on three consecutive plays, forcing Jacksonville into fourth down. Facing 4th-&-10, the Sharks elected to go for a field goal, but only managed to reach the goal line on the kick. With 14 seconds remaining on the clock, Gerald Young fielded the missed kick. With firm possession of the ball, Young bolted up field before cutting right and racing 49 yards up the sideline for the game-winning touchdown.
Khalil Paden paced all receivers in the game, racking up 149 yards and three touchdowns on six receptions. Gerald Young totaled 222 all-purpose yards, gaining 76 yards with two scores on five catches, 96 yards on seven kickoff returns, and 49 yards and a touchdown on a missed field goal return. Larry Brackins posted three receptions for 33 yards and two touchdowns, adding two successful two-point conversion attemps.
The Orlando Predators return to CFE Arena in Week 11 to battle the Pittsburgh Power on Saturday, May 24th. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST.
ABOUT THE ORLANDO PREDATORS
The Orlando Predators are heading into their 23rd season as Orlando’s most exciting and innovative professional sports franchise. Proud members of the Arena Football League, the Predators have achieved unprecedented success on the field, reaching the AFL postseason a league-leading 19 times in their history. The Orlando Predators have advanced to the AFL playoffs a league-leading 19 times in their history while securing seven conference championships, including two ArenaBowl Championship victories in 1998 and 2000.