The Carolina Cobras (11-6) advance to the National Arena Bowl in their dominating victory over the Jacksonville Sharks (10-7). A one-sided game the whole 60-minutes gave the Cobras their ticket to the NAL Championship game.
Jacksonville Sharks Embarrassed by Carolina Cobras in NAL Playoffs
The Sharks threw for a total of 275 yards, seven touchdowns, and two interceptions with both Patrick McCain and Danny Southwick. Wide Receiver Trevor Kennedy racked up a total of 11 receptions for 114 yards and three touchdowns. Cody Saul had five receptions for 88 yards and three touchdowns as well. Tom Gilson made six catches for 47 yards and one touchdown. Fullback Derrick Ross rushed five times for 32 yards.
Cobras Quarterback Charles McCullum was 19-of-32 for 221 and 10 touchdowns. Wide Receiver Phillip Barnett caught six passes for 74 yards and three touchdowns. Tyrell Goodman had an outstanding game. He had six receptions for 59 yards and four touchdowns. Fabian Guerra had five receptions for 78 yards and two touchdowns.
The Cobras didn’t mess around against the Sharks, scoring on the opening drive and forcing the Sharks to give the Cobras the ball on their first drive. This set the Cobras up to score a quick 12 points to start the game. The Sharks couldn’t score a point in the first quarter while the Cobras scored yet another touchdown, finishing the first quarter with a 19-0 score with the Cobras looking like the dominant team.
The Sharks never seemed to come back. They scored only seven points in the first half and allowed 39 points. The second half looked to go right for the Sharks. They scored multiple touchdowns from 25+ yards, recovering onside kicks, and converting on two-point conversions. The Cobras offense kept up with the Sharks offense and didn’t give up. Carolina took advantage of the Sharks to finish the game and finished the game with a 73-48 score.
National Arena Bowl Matchup
The Cobras advance to the National Arena Bowl and will host the Columbus Lions. It will be in the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina on Monday, August 27 at 7:00 pm (E.T.).