JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sharks had the ball with a chance to tie the game in the final seconds but could not score, as the Utah Blaze outlasted the Sharks, 75-67, in a back-and-forth battle in front of 9,016 on at Sea Best Field on Friday night.
The Sharks (1-3) looked to tie the game after a 38-yard touchdown catch by Terrance Smith, but a missed extra point attempt left the team down by one, 68-67. After a failed onside kick and offensive penalty, Utah (3-2) quarterback Tommy Grady rolled to his right, finding Aaron Lesue against the boards for a 17-yard touchdown that put the Blaze ahead for good.
In the final seconds, Jacobs fired into the end zone on multiple occasions, but passed intended for Smith and Jeron Harvey fell incomplete as time expired.
Grady finished 29-38 for 325 yards with 10 passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown, leading Utah to a score on every drive but for when he took a final knee. Lesue led the Blaze with 11 catches for 95 yards and seven touchdowns. Omar Jacobs finished 24-43 for 290 yards nine touchdowns for the Sharks while Jeron Harvey led in catches with 11 and had four touchdowns, while Smith led in yards with 154 and touchdowns with five.
The first half was a see-saw affair as the Blaze and Sharks scored on every drive of the first half except the Sharks' final possession, which was ended by the half.
Utah opened the scoring with a 12-yard pass from Tommy Grady to Alvance Robinson and the Sharks responded with a 20-yard strike from Omar Jacobs to Jeron Harvey. From there, the teams continued trading scores including a QB sneak by Grady for a touchdown and a 1-yard touchdown run by Jamarko Simmons.
The teams traded onside kick attempts and scores until the Blaze ended the first half flurry with a Grady to Lesue connection with 14 seconds left.
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