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Sharks Third Quarter Feeding Frenzy Drowns VooDoo

Saturday May 23, 2015

 NEW ORLEANS - The Jacksonville Sharks (4-5) used a 42 point run, including a 28-0 third quarter to pull away from the New Orleans VooDoo 70-41 on Saturday night at the Graveyard.

Jacksonville’s the third quarter frenzy began with a four-play drive that was capped by a 12-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tommy Grady to receiver Joe Hills. After the ensuing kickoff bounced off the crossbar, Jacksonville defensive back Greg Reid collided with wide receiver Chris Duvalt causing him to fumble before Shark defensive lineman Scooter Berry fell on the ball inside the New Orleans five-yard line. Grady connected with Moqut Ruffins on a tight end screen before the big man scampered 13 yards for a touchdown extending the Sharks lead to 42-20.

Facing second down and 6 on the next drive, Sharks defensive lineman Joe Sykes hit VooDoo quarterback Brian Reader for a sack-fumble at the VooDoo 3-yard line. Fullback Derrick Ross plunged his way into the end zone one play later.

Grady reached a career milestone in the game as he eclipsed 25,000 total passing yards through six years in the AFL. He finished the night 23-28 for 278 yards and eight touchdowns, after completing 20 of his first 22 passes. Both Jones and Hills hauled in nine receptions and racked up more than 100 yards receiving. They combined for six touchdowns.

The VooDoo ended the Sharks 35-0 scoring run, which stretched through nearly two full quarters, as Reader connected with Duvalt on a 13-yard touchdown with on the first play of the fourth quarter.

Still fighting, the VooDoo would score two more times in the period, a 16-yard TD reception from Johnny Lester and a 4-yard TD reception by Duvalt, but the Sharks had the game well in-hand.

Reader completed 21-of-37 passes for 278 yards and six touchdowns with two interceptions. Roger Jackson led VooDoo receivers with eight catches for 122 yards two touchdowns.

Jacksonville’s scoring frenzy began in the second quarter as Grady tossed a 29-yard touchdown pass to Jones to take a 21-20 lead, a lead they would not relinquish. The VooDoo held a 20-14 advantage with 12:00 left to play in the second quarter, but Jacksonville held the VooDoo scoreless for the next 27:15.

Next week, the VooDoo travel to Tampa Bay to take on the Storm. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. at the Amalie Arena. Fans can watch the game live via ESPN3.com or the WatchESPN Mobile App. Live audio is also available on Fox Sports Radio 1280 AM or on the iHeartRadio App.

Media Awards:
Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Game - QB Tommy Grady (JAX): 23-28, 278 yds, 8 TD
Riddell Defensive Player of the Game - DB Greg Reid (JAX): 7 tackles, forced fumble, INT
J. Lewis Small Playmaker of the Game - WR Tiger Jones (JAX): 9 rec, 120 yds, 4 TD
Cutters Catch of the Game - WR Roger Jackson (NO): 17-yard rec. in the 1st quarter, breaking three tackles.
AFL Highlight of the Game - WR Joe Hills (JAX): 12-yard TD hurdling the wall to open the third quarter.

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