Predators fall to Jacksonville Sharks 66-51

Teams play in front of 10K fans in Jacksonville

Orlando Predators
Orlando Predators

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Turnovers and miscues proved costly as the Orlando Predators (6-5) dropped a 66-51 decision on the road to the Jacksonville Sharks (6-5), the team said.

Both teams played Saturday evening in front of 10,127 fans at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

Despite the loss, Orlando remains atop the South Division of the American Conference, holding a tiebreaker over the Sharks due to a divisional record, according to the team.

The Predators offense turned the ball over five times on the night. The team said QB Bernard Morris threw for 292 yards and six touchdowns, but was intercepted once and had the ball stripped twice on fumbles. FB Michael Simons carried three times for 14 yards and a score, but also put the ball on the turf by way of a fumble.

On Orlando's final offensive snap of the night, Morris delivered a 38-yard pass to Kendal Thompkins, who made a diving catch in the end zone to bring the game to its final score, 66-51.

The Preds have registered a 2-1 record inside the South Division, holding a tiebreaker over the Sharks, who have a posted a 1-2 divisional record, the team said. The two teams will meet Aug. 1 in Orlando for a third and final regular season matchup in Week 19.

The Predators return home to take on the Philadelphia Soul at 7 p.m. Saturday.