Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sharks Can't Shake Rattlers; Jacksonville Falls out of First Place after Its Third Loss in Four Games

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sharks Can't Shake Rattlers; Jacksonville Falls out of First Place after Its Third Loss in Four Games

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Byline: GARY LEDMAN

On Disco Night at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, the Jacksonville Sharks found themselves taking mostly backward steps.

Falling into a 21-3 hole and trailing 24-10 at halftime, the Sharks fell to the Arizona Rattlers 66-50, disappointing a season-high crowd of 11,922 by losing their first game at home. It was the Sharks' second loss in a row and third in the last four games. And they fell out of first place in the South Division of the Arena Football League.

At 7-4, they trail Tampa Bay by a game.

"We've got to get our edge back and we've got to get it back now," Jacksonville coach Les Moss said "If we don't, we're in danger of not making the playoffs and that would be a crime after starting off the way we did."

The AFL's leading receiver, Rod Windsor of Arizona, caught 15 passes for 187 yards and three touchdowns. His quarterback, Nick Davila, completed 19 of 30 for 208 yards and five touchdowns before being ejected for throwing a punch after scoring a 1-yard touchdown late in the third quarter. His replacement, Billy Farris, hit 4 of 6 for 62 yards and two scores.

Sharks quarterback Aaron Garcia finished the game with five touchdown passes and 282 yards on 19 of 33 passing, but that was only after seven consecutive completions for 126 yards and three TDs in the fourth quarter, two of them to his understudy, Bernard Morris.

"I don't think anybody played well, and I know I didn't play well," Garcia said. "I don't know if I've ever gone a first half without throwing a touchdown."

Morris, who was playing defense last week, caught four passes for 96 yards. He had to play wide receiver after Jomo Wilson suffered a corneal abrasion while scoring on a 1-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Wilson missed the rest of the game but is expected to be available to play Saturday, when the Sharks host division rival Alabama. …

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