Predators improve to 5-0 against in-state rivals with Week 14 win


Danny Morales / Valencia Voice

Tracy Belton led the Predators defense with seven tackles in the game against Jacksonville.

Bernard Morris threw four touchdowns and ran in another to help the Orlando Predators defeat division rival the Jacksonville Sharks 58-48 at their home turf of the CFE Arena.

The game started out rough for the Predators, falling behind the Sharks 20-7 going into the second quarter but managed to lessen the gap 28-27 by the end of the quarter.

Orlando would then pull away to a 42-32 lead by the end of the third quarter with Jacksonville unable to keep up with the Predators offense.

Greg Carr topped the receiving corp catching seven passes for 75-yards and three touchdowns.

Defensive back Tracy Belton led the Predators offense making seven tackles throughout the game, while also recovering an onside kick in the second quarter.

Morris, a Jones High School graduate, threw for 18-23 passes for 255 yards and four touchdowns. Morris also showed his athleticism as a quarterback leading the team in rushing and running in a touchdown.

Tensions were high in the arena throughout the game with tempers flaring up on both sides. The pressure reached a climax when the Predator’s Cortez Stubbs and the Sharks’ Justin Parrish were ejected from the game for fighting in the fourth quarter.

“I’m irritated because we want to put on a great product for the fans, we want people to be here, we don’t want it to be soiled by fights and bush league play,” said Keefe about the tussle between players. “I think both teams would agree that we could have put on a more professional environment for the fans and the entire football league.”

The win improves Orlando to a 3-0 record against Jacksonville and a 5-0 record against the other in-state teams, while they improve to 6-1 in the southern division.

“You have to beat your rivals, thats the first thing you should embrace when you’re a coach or a player, it’s the first thing that you should look to.” said Keefe about the rivalry between the three in-state teams and the importance of beating them.

The Predators have a long week of rest ahead of them will return to Tampa Bay next week to face the Storm for the third and final installment of the War on I-4 on Saturday, June 21.