06/14/2019 7:08 AM
Familiar Territory: It was just five weeks ago these two teams faced off in Jacksonville. The Sharks won a defensive battle against the Cobras 35-24. The Cobras turned the ball over three times and ended a 32 quarter streak of scoring and had their lowest points total in the team’s history.
Getting Beachy: Saturday Night is Cobra-Rita-Ville night at the Greensboro Coliseum. So wear your best Hawaiian shirt as we celebrate with $3 Corona Premier, the Pepsi 4 Pack, where you can get 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs and 4 drinks for as little as $50. Also Free Leis to the first 1,000 people. Oh yeah, it is #1 vs #2 in the NAL facing off in a rivalry that goes back to the start of the Carolina Cobras. This is likely going to be the game of the year for the regular season and you want to be there! Call (336) 455-7232 (ext 2) for Special Offers or visit Ticketmaster!!
How They Rank: This is a battle between the #1 Scoring Offense of the Cobras (51.1/game) vs #1 Scoring Defense of the Sharks (29.1). On the other side of the ball it is the #3 Scoring Offense of the Sharks (48.1) vs the #2 Scoring Defense of the Cobras (37.8).
League Leaders: The Cobras lead the league in the following categories. Scoring Offense (51.1), Touchdowns Scored (54), Points Scored Kicking (64), Total Offense TDs (49) Total Offense Yards per Game (243.9), Total Offense Yards Per Play (6.0), Rushing TDs (13), Passing Yards (1,798), Passing Yards per Completion (12.1), Passing Yards per Attempt (6.7), Passing TDs (36), Field Goal Attempts (12), PAT Attempts (55), PAT Made (42), Kickoff Return Average (19.9), Kickoff Return TDs (1), Interceptions (16), Interception Return Yards (161), Interception TDs (3), Turnover Margin (+7), 1st Downs (147), 1st Down by Penalty (37), Opponent Penalties Yards Per Game (58.9), Red Zone Defense (70.0%). Individually Charles
McCullum is #1 in Total Offense (247.4), Total Offense Avg/Play (6.9), Total Offensive Yards (247.4), Passing Yards/Completion (12.9), Passing Yards/Attempt (7.1), Passing Yards (1,663), Passing TDs (33). Jordan Jolly is #1 in receptions (59), Receiving Yards (765), and #1 in Receiving TDs (18). WR LaVon Pearson is #1 in Scoring per game (14.7) and TDs per game (2.3). Mike Green leads Interception Return Yards (76), Tackles (41.5) and Passes Defended (30).
Returning Home: After two consecutive road wins, first against Columbus (52-43) and now with the win at the Streets (52-41), they come home to take on a team they trail by just a half a game in the NAL Standings. It will be the Cobras only home game for the month of June before a bye week and another road trip to Orlando to finish the month.
History Lesson: In 2018 the Jacksonville Sharks beat the Cobras in the first matchup of the year and first game of the season 41-38. The Cobras won the next three matchups by a combined 201-102, including 73-48 in the Playoffs. Will history repeat itself?
Offense Breaking Records: In the game against the NY Streets two NAL records were broken. First QB Charles McCullum set the new mark for passing with 346 yards passing beating out Columbus QB Luke Collins who set the record last month with 345. WR Jordan Jolly jumped in the record party as well, with 184 yards receiving, beating out former Cobra Tyron Laughinghouse who held the record with 181 against Jacksonville in the opening game of the 2018 Season.
Turnover Battle: Carolina comes into the game with a +7 Turnover ratio and currently lead in interceptions with 16. Jacksonville come into the game with a +6 Turnover ratio, and I think this will all come down to turnovers on who wins this game as the two teams are so evenly matched.
Sharks Without Bane: It was announced Thursday night that the Sharks have placed QB Jonathan Bane on the Short Term IR and he will not play against the Cobras. In his place will be rookie QB Garry Chouloute who was a backup for the Orlando Predators for five games.
Matchup to Watch: Cobras WRs vs Jacksonville DBs In round one of this battle the Jacksonville DBs clearly won this battle. Since then the Cobras have added WR LaVon Pearson to the lineup, and he now leads the league in scoring per game in the three games since joining the Cobras. Will the Jolly/Pearson Combo beach the Sharks DBs?
Last Meeting: May 11th it was Jacksonville 35-24 over Carolina in Jacksonville.
Series History: Including the Post Season the Cobras hold a 3-2 Series advantage.
QB 1 Charles McCullum 129-234-10 1,663 yards and 33 TDs passing
WR 4 Jordan Jolly 59 Receptions 765 yards 18 TDs receiving
WR 11 LaVon Pearson 19 Receptions, 253 yards and 7 TDs receiving in 3 Games
DB 17 Michael Green 41.5 Tackles 6 INTs, 24 Pass Break Ups and 1 TD
JLB 27 Pasquale Vacchio 21.5 Tackles 3 INTs, 2 Fumble Recoveries 2 TDs
QB 17 Garry Chouloute 13-28-2 105 yards and 1 TD with Orlando in 5 games.
WR 1 Devin Wilson 57 Receptions 727 yards 14 TDs Receiving
WR 4 Jarmon Fortson 29 Receptions 316 yards 7 TDs Receiving
JLB 2 Cody Saul 36.0 Tackles 2 TFL, 3 INTs, 1 Fumble Recovery
DB 15 Seth Ellis 27.0 Tackles, 7 INTs, 21 Pass Break Ups
Article by: DJ Wagner