05/07/2011 1:47 AM -
PHILADELPHIA The Philadelphia Soul (2-6) were unable to slow the attacking offense of the Jacksonville Sharks (7-1) or overcome double-digit deficits throughout the second half as the Soul were defeated 58-42 on Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Soul struck first with a 28-yard touchdown pass from Vena to wide receiver Keith Stokes with 7:47 remaining, but the Sharks bit right back with a 20-yard strike from quarterback Aaron Garcia, to wide receiver Jeron Harvey. The following Soul series began and ended with a Vena interception, which the Sharks immediately capitalized on with a 29-yard touchdown reception by wide receiver Jomo Wilson.
Both teams got into the end zone at the start of the second quarter to give the Sharks a 21-14 lead. After another Sharks touchdown, the Soul were given a short field with a failed on-sides kick and penalty by the Sharks, which set up a seven-yard touchdown reception by wide receiver Donovan Morgan. The half ended with a Sharks field goal and lead of 30-21. Allgood took over at quarterback with 5:24 remaining in the third quarter. Three plays later, Sharks defensive back Terrance Smith hauled in an interception and returned it 41 yards for a touchdown, giving the Sharks a 37-21 lead at the end of the third and earning him the Spalding Play of the Game.
The teams traded three touchdowns each throughout the final frame, but the Sharks offensive attack proved to be too lethal as they maintained their 17-point lead to finish off the Soul by a score of 58-42.
Garcia displayed his play calling prowess throughout the contest, completing 21-of-31 passes for 271 yards and five touchdowns. Wilson caught 11 of those passes for 148 yards and three touchdowns.
The Soul fall to 2-6 on the season while the Sharks win their seventh straight and improve to 7-1. The Sharks return to Sea Best Field Friday, May 13, 2011 for Military Appreciation Night against the Iowa Barnstormers.