07/31/2012 6:59 PM - JACKSONVILLE – The ArenaBowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks and the Arena Football League announced Tuesday that Sharks K Marco Capozzoli has been awarded the Spalding Highlight of the Week for Week 21 of the 2012 Arena Football League Season. Capozzoli is being recognized for his game-winning, 51-yard field goal as time expired in Jacksonville’s 58-56 victory over the Georgia Force last Saturday night.
With six seconds remaining in the game, the Sharks trailed by a score of 56-55 and faced a fourth-and-long from inside their own territory. Following a timeout, Capozzoli entered the game. With holder LaRoche Jackson lined up at the Sharks’ seven-yard line, Capozzoli drilled a perfect kick that sailed through the uprights as the clock struck zero, allowing Jacksonville to advance to the American Conference Championship game against the Philadelphia Soul.
The kick was the longest in franchise history, surpassing the 37-yarder that Capozzoli kicked in a regular-season game against the Orlando Predators earlier this year. The longest postseason field goal in franchise history had also been kicked by Capozzoli, a 36-yarder that extended the Sharks’ lead in the final minute of the team’s 64-55 victory over the Force in the 2011 American Conference Championship game.
Capozzoli becomes the seventh Shark to win a weekly league award this season. WR/DB Terrance Smith was named AFL Playmaker of the Week for both Week 4 and Week 6, later earning the Spalding Highlight of the Week for Week 7. Fullback Rendrick Taylor earned the Highlight of the Week for Week 11, while Jackson was named the Riddell Defensive Player of the Week for Week 16 and quarterback Bernard Morris earned a selection as the Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Week following the team’s Week 20 victory over the Pittsburgh Power.
About the Jacksonville Sharks
The Jacksonville Sharks are members of the Arena Football League (AFL). The ArenaBowl XXIV and back-back-to-back South Division Champions are presented by Sea Best Seafood and play all home games on Sea Best Field at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Season Tickets for the 2013 season are now available, two tickets as low as $185. To reserve your season tickets or for more information, please call (904) 621-0700. Follow the Sharks on facebook at facebook.com/jaxsharks and on Twitter @jaxsharks, as well as the Attack Dance Team at facebook.com/sharkattackdance.