Week 13 recap
06/08/03 LandSharks Press Release
TOP STORY – LANDSHARKS TAKE ANOTHER STEP TOWARD SECOND ATLANTIC SOUTH DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP
The Lake Charles LandSharks increased their win streak to four after defeating the Austin Rocker 50-36 in Austin. The LandSharks improve to 9-2 (7-2), while the Rockers fall to 6-5 (5-3). For the second week in a row, the Sharks have dimmed the playoff hopes of a division rival.
The LandSharks relied on their ground game again, as RB David Winbush had 13 carries for 61 yards and 2 touchdowns. Winbush wasn’t alone as his third touchdown came via the air from newly acquired QB Johnny Johnson, who finished the night 16 of 27 for 173 yards and 3 touchdowns. More importantly, Johnson did not throw any interceptions and added a scrambling threat at quarterback. The leading receiver for the Sharks was Earl Vercher who caught 6 passes for 83 yards and 2 touchdowns with a long of 30 yards. In his return, WR Eric Young had 1 reception for 15 yards and added 55 return yards in limited playing time. Young will see more playing time this week as he gets his timing down at practice.
The LandSharks’ Defense came out flat. Austin pounded the Sharks early scoring after only four minutes and twenty seconds into the game on a 3-yard run by Rockers’ RB David Banks. Banks had 50 yards in the first half. The Sharks led 21-14 at halftime and slowed Banks down in the second half forcing Austin to go to the air where QB Marc Saldana had 124 yards and 3 touchdowns. Banks finished the night with 15 carries for 80 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Sharks’ defense settled down and clinched the game when safety Warren St. Junious intercepted a Saldana pass late in the fourth quarter. St. Junious finished with 7.5 tackles, 1 interception, and 3 passes deflected. LB Darnell Lee led the Sharks in tackles with 8. LandSharks DL Kendal Shello added 3 tackles, 2 sacks, and a blocked FG.
The Sharks return to the Reef this Saturday, June 14th to host the Show Me Believers from St. Louis, Missouri. Keep up-to-date with the latest news from the Lake Charles LandSharks by visiting our website at www.landsharksfootball.com or visit the NIFL website at nationalindoorfootballleague.net.
The Sharks are on top of the Atlantic South with a 9-2 overall record and a 7-2 division record. The Houma Bayou Bucks, 8-4 (6-3), fell to one and a half-games behind the Sharks after losing 39-36 to the Oklahoma Crude. The Austin Rockers, 6-5 (5-3), remain in the third spot and the Drillers, 5-6 (4-4), stayed in fourth. The LandSharks can clinch the Atlantic South with a win and a Bucks’ loss.
The LandSharks practice on Tuesday at 6:30 PM at the Lake Charles Civic Center and on Wednesday and Thursday at 6:30 PM at the Westlake Park.