Force ready for Sharks

Sonny Kennedy

The Georgia Force (6-6, 2-3) will look to snap a two-game losing streak when the Jacksonville Sharks (6-5, 3-2) come to The Arena at Gwinnett Center Saturday. The last victory the Georgia Force posted was in Milwaukee on May 18 as the Force defeated the Mustangs 58-55. Jacksonville sits in first place in the South Division on the American Conference, just one-half game ahead of the Force.

Quarterback R.J. Archer has been tearing it up for the Force this season, passing for 43 scores and 1953 yards, including 286 yards and four scores last week against New Orleans. When the Force met the Sharks in Jacksonville earlier this season, Archer was on fire, passing for 269 on 26-for-39 passing and eight touchdowns. Archer also ran for a score in the 69-41 Force victory.

When Archer drops back to pass, he has a pair of options in Larry Shipp (93 receptions, 1101 yards, 23 touchdowns) and C.J. Johnson (77 receptions, 828 yards, 13 touchdowns). Shipp hauled in 12 catches for 144 yards and six scores against the Sharks when these two teams met back on Mar. 24.

The Georgia Force defense will be tasked with stopping Sharks quarterback Bernard Morris, who passed for six touchdowns and ran for two more last week in a win over the Tampa Bay Storm. While the rushing attack for the Sharks ranks No. 2 in the AFL, the passing attack is just No. 15, despite Terrance Smith’s 25 touchdown receptions.

The Force will be facing one of the stingiest defenses in the league as the Sharks have allowed just 558 points this season, second-fewest in the AFL.

The game is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

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