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Sharks fall to Orlando in AFL Week 1 action, 49-47

Week 1 of the AFL saw the Jacksonville Sharks fall to the Orlando Predators by a 49-47 final.
Week 1 of the AFL saw the Jacksonville Sharks fall to the Orlando Predators by a 49-47 final.

A failed two-point conversion with just eight ticks of the clock left in the Week 1 Arena Football League contest between the defending South Division champion Jacksonville Sharks and the Orlando Predators sealed the fate for the visiting Sharks and gave the Predators a 2-point victory, 49-47. The game was the first played by Orlando at the University of Central Florida’s CFE Arena, their new home.

Jacksonville (0-1) had won seven straight against Orlando (1-0) coming in to the game but a slow start and the inability to stop the Predators when needed, like on the 54-yard kickoff return by Arness Ikner in the fourth quarter, hurt the Sharks. Jax also failed to stop Orlando on a pair of fourth-down attempts that both ultimately led to touchdowns. Orlando got a stop on the opening drive of the game to take possession with a short field and scored to take a lead they would not relinquish

R.J. Archer had a QB Rating of 122.17 in the loss for the Sharks after going 27-of-39 passing for 284 yards with five TD’s and no interceptions. Jeron Harvey led Jax in both receptions (11 for 93 yards) and TD’s (3) while Londo Crawford led in receiving yards with 128 and pulled in the other two touchdown passes.

Jacksonville has a bye this week and will next play in Week 3 when they open their home schedule against the San Antonio Talons. The Talons (0-1) lost their season opener against the LA Kiss (1-0).

The Jacksonville Sharks are members of the South Division in the American Conference of the AFL and play their home games at Veterans Memorial Arena.

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