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Jacksonville Sharks 55, Orlando Predators 34

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It was an old, familiar story for Orlando Saturday night in Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla.

Unable to get anything going on offense, the Predators dropped a 48-30 decision to Jacksonville, enabling the Sharks to clinch their third straight Arena Football League playoff berth.

Coming off one of its best performances of the year, a 55-34 rout of Cleveland on July 6, Orlando returned to its normal ineptitude on offense. Quarterback Chris Leak threw for 192 yards and a touchdown while completing 17-of-25, but most of that damage came after the Predators trailed 27-10 at halftime.

Orlando nudged within 34-23 with 8:37 left after Leak connected with Jarvis Williams on an 11-yard scoring strike, but Jacksonville (9-8) ended any comeback hopes by scoring two touchdowns in 27 seconds.

Bernard Morris hit Jeron Harvey with a 2-yard scoring pass to make it 41-23. On the ensuing kickoff, the Predators failed to cover it off the net, and Daylan Walker pounced on it in the end zone with 3:33 remaining for a 48-23 advantage.

Leak tacked on a meaningless eight-yard touchdown run with 28 seconds left, but it wasn't enough to keep Orlando from falling to 3-14.

T.T. Toliver had eight catches for 103 yards for the Predators, while Travis Coleman supplied nine tackles and a defensive touchdown by returning a fumble 40 yards in the third quarter.

Morris was 18-of-27 for 156 yards and three scores for the Sharks, which could capture the South Division next week with a win at Pittsburgh and a New Orleans loss to Georgia.

Orlando finishes its season July 22 in Amway Center against Milwaukee at 2 p.m.
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