Sharks Nova to Kam Too Much for Gunslingers

by Ralph Judkins

SAN ANTONIO, TX - The Jacksonville Sharks scored on nine of their ten possessions and rolled to a memorable win 70-43 over the previously undefeated San Antonio Gunslingers. Jacksonville remains undefeated on the road, improving to 4-2 overall while San Antonio falls to 5-1 with the loss.

Things went the Shark’s way from the very beginning as kicker Mark Orosco opened the game with the first of three deuces. The Sharks never looked back as they scored twenty-one unanswered points before turning the ball over on downs once in the second quarter. That would be their only offensive failure in the entire game as they went on to score six straight touchdowns on their remaining possessions. The Shark’s newly acquired quarterback Sam Castronova completed a blistering eighteen of twenty-four passes for six touchdowns and rushed for two more despite being sacked three times.

Five of those touchdowns fell into the hands of Kamrin Solomon, who led the team with twelve receptions for 120 yards to remain the number one receiver in the league. Tamorrion Terry collected the sixth Castronova strike, and Marquell Wade rushed for one touchdown. Marc Orozco was brilliant in his return to the National Arena League for Jacksonville, scoring fourteen points on three deuces and going eight for nine on conversions. Coach Jason Gibson said of the Sharks performance, “We just needed to win, to prove that what we do in practice and by ourselves is validated. Our defense was outstanding today, especially up front.”

San Antonio’s Coach Fred Shaw summarized, “We came out lackadaisical, putting too much energy into being at home and not enough into beating our opponent. We learned tonight that in this league, anyone can get beaten by anyone. We will get better and get back to being one and oh (1-0).” Quarterback Arvell Nelson completed a respectable twenty-two of thirty-seven passes, but doomed the Gunslingers by throwing a season high three interceptions to only three touchdowns. Phillip Barnett, Pierre Turner, and Joshua Reese each caught one touchdown. Nelson also rushed for three touchdowns and remains atop the league with fourteen rushing touchdowns total. Kali Rashaad returned five kickoffs for 143 yards to remain number one among NAL kickoff returners with 554 yards total.

San Antonio continues their home stand as they get ready for the (1-4) Orlando Predators next Sunday June 4th . Jacksonville heads next to Odessa to face the (2-4) West Texas Warbirds.



The San Antonio Gunslingers are members of the National Arena League (NAL) and were awarded Franchise of the Year by the NAL for their overall performance during the 2022 season.  Gunslingers play all  home games at the Freeman Coliseum. Follow the Gunslingers on Facebook at @210sagunslingers, on Twitter @SA_Gunslingers and Instagram @sanantoniogunslingers.  For Gunslingers season tickets, group packages or partnerships, visit or call (210) 298-6900.


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