Scott Mullis – A great game at the Jacksonville, FL. Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena. The Massachusetts Pirates wearing one of the best helmets in the NAL that “turquoise” helmet. The Pirates proving to be a much improved team and battled the Sharks tooth and nail Saturday night, July 20th. After the first quarter Massachusetts surprisingly had a 17 to seven lead and in the second quarter the Sharks battled back to take a 30-27 lead at halftime. As the second half began, the game remained very close. Some of the keys to the game included a six touchdown performance by Massachusetts quarterback Sean Brackett out of Columbia University. Meanwhile a difficulty for the Sharks was a rare poor performance by Sharks starting quarterback Jonathan Bane, who has been bothered by injuries throughout most of the season. Sharks quarterback Jonathan Bane threw five interceptions and two touchdown passes on the night. Bane was relieved in the fourth quarter by backup quarterback Mike Fafaul out of UCLA. Fafaul entering the game was a great decision by Sharks head coach Siaha Burley to give the Sharks a much needed spark. In relief of Bane, quarterback Mike Fafaul was perfect late in the game through overtime. Fafaul was five for five passing for 48 yards including a touchdown pass to wide receiver Jarmon Fortson to tie the game at 47 to 47 after Massachusetts quarterback Sean Brackett had hit Pirates wide receiver Devonn Brown on a four yard touchdown pass a few moments earlier. The Pirates did attempt to win it in regulation and missed on a long field goal on the final play of regulation as the score was tied 47 to 47 with no time remaining in regulation. Both teams possessed the ball once in the overtime period. The Sharks got the ball first and proceeded down the field and scored a on 14 yard touchdown pass from Sharks quarterback Mike Fafaul to my pick for NAL MVP Devin Wilson, Wilson made the winning touchdown catch in this come from behind victory for the Sharks. On the last possession of overtime, Sharks defensive back Robert Brown intercepted a Pirates pass by quarterback Sean Brackett to end the game and seal the Sharks victory. The Jacksonville Sharks 54 Massachusetts 47 final in overtime. When the game ended the team with the Sharks logo on their helmet had won their 12th game in a row. The Jacksonville Sharks now 12-1 and Massachusetts falls to 7-6 with consecutive losses to the Sharks. Both teams will be in the upcoming NAL playoffs. The Jacksonville Sharks have earned home field throughout the playoffs. There is still one more week of the regular season before the NAL playoffs start.
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Scott Mullis has been a sports radio talk show host, sports writer and has been in the media as a reporter and talker across the Southeast for many media outlets and is the creator of the Big J Report in Jacksonville, FL. and also writes about the Jacksonville Sharks for Arena Football Talk