There’s no sugarcoating what happened in Jacksonville on Saturday night.
After an 83-51 loss to the Sharks, the Streets are trying to turn the page this week at practice and focus on attempting to kill two birds with one stone this Saturday. The Streets will look to end their five game losing streak as they look for revenge against the Sharks at the Westchester County Center (7pm MSG).
The Streets (3-6) beat the Sharks in week one, but since that point, Jacksonville has reeled off eight straight wins including Saturday’s blowout victory.
“Of course we did not like the outcome of game two with the Sharks,” said Streets Head Coach Rick Marsilio. “We need to get better in our secondary. We cannot win games if you cannot stop the other team.”
The Sharks (8-1) scored on every possession this past Saturday except for running out the clock to end both halves. The Streets defense is very young with seven rookies on the roster, but they could be welcoming back veteran defensive backs E.J. Frain and Denzell Thompson for this week’s game. Getting those two players back would be like acquiring to players in a trade without having to give up anything.
“Both have missed substantial time and will need to get to game speed in a hurry,” said Marsilio. “That’s a great wide receiver bunch coming in next week.”
Sharks receivers Devin Wilson (75 catches for 883 yards and twenty touchdowns), Jarmon Fortson (46 catches for 496 yards and eleven touchdowns) and Durron Neal (35 catches for 321 yards and nine touchdowns) will certainly cause headaches for the Streets defense. What the Streets really need to do is get some pressure on Sharks quarterback Jonathan Bane (32 touchdown passes) and make life a little easier for the secondary.
“It will again be a battle of wills up front for the big guys and athlete versus athlete for the skill guys,” said Marsilio.
This will be the fourth career start for Streets rookie quarterback David Legree who threw seven touchdown passes last week against Jacksonville but did not find the end zone on the ground which he had done five times in his previous three starts. The former Syracuse quarterback continues to learn the Arena Football game.
But at the end of the day, he needs some help from the defense.
“We have a rookie quarterback who is getting more experience each week,” said Marsilio. “If we get back to getting several stops and one or two turnovers a game with the play makers we have on offense, we can back in the hunt quickly.”
So far this season, Legree 468 yards and thirteen touchdowns. Rob Jones continues to lead the Streets in receiving with 55 catches for 669 yards and 16 touchdowns while Devonte Jenkins has 55 receptions for 588 yards and 13 touchdowns. Edgar Allen Poe has become a force as well on offense with 14 touchdown catches.
Despite the five game losing streak, the Streets are tied with the Columbus Lions for the final NAL playoff spot.
The Streets host the Jacksonville Sharks on Saturday night June 29th at 7pm at the Westchester County Center. Tickets are available Saturday’s game and all future Streets home games at ticketmaster.com and the County Center box office. For season ticket and group ticket information, please call 1-833-697-8733 and choose extension one.