Wednesday, July 05, 2017

FAMU alumni to vie for National Arena League Championship with Jacksonville Sharks

The Jacksonville Sharks defeated the Monterrey Steel 43-32 in the National Arena League Playoffs for the right to go to the National Arena League (NAL) Championship on Monday, July 10 against the Columbus Lions. The Shark Tank was filled with 9,483 fans dressed in red as they cheered the Sharks to victory.

Three alumni of Florida A&M University will work to help the Sharks bring home the league’s championship trophy: Damien Fleming, Peter Tulloch, and Terry Johnson.

The game will take place at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, the Shark’s home stadium.

The NAL will make history July 10th when it launches its first-ever National Arena League Championship game in Jacksonville, FL. The Jacksonville Sharks finished the regular season 11-1 as the league’s top seed. The Columbus Lions finished the season 9-3 as the league’s number three seed. The last time these two teams met was April 29 in an exciting Saturday night showdown where the Sharks came away with a close 37-28 victory in Jacksonville.

Both teams entering this championship joined the league in 2017. The Sharks came from the Arena Football League and the Lions from the American Indoor Football League. The Lions have played arena football since 2007 and have won three league championships, three conference championships and have made nine total playoff appearances. The Sharks have been in existence since 2010 and have won one league championship, three conference championships, four division titles and have had seven playoff appearances in eight years. 

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