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CardSharks "Sting" Rays in Florence
Atlantic City CardSharks - 46 Carolina Rays - 35

Monday, June 21, 2004

By Matthew Gionta
Atlantic City Cardsharks Correspondent

The CardSharks won their fourth straight game Monday night against the Carolina Rays in Florence, South Carolina by a score of 46-35. The win puts the ‘Sharks (7-5) into a tie with the Tupelo Fire Ants for fifth place in the Atlantic Conference Playoff race. The Rays (5-5) now drop from sixth to tenth place.

The ‘Sharks defense held Carolina in check and even put some points up on the board this week. Defense Lineman Brett Kolk and Jamal Naji forced Rays Quarterback Albert Higgs to fumble in the end zone and recovered for the score. Kolk forced another fumble later in the contest, and Cornerback Jermain Johnson scooped up the loose ball and took it in for the touchdown. Special teams gunners Wade Fauntleroy and Lance Smith made big contributions on special teams, while Linebacker Earl Biddy had another strong effort holding down the middle of the ‘Sharks defense.

Wide Receiver and Kick Returner Mike Osborne helped the ‘Sharks fill the void left by the injured Rocco DeMaise. Osborne returned one kick for a touchdown and also pitched in offensively. Wide Receiver Greg Muckerson and Running Back Ron Lewis continued to pace the CardSharks offense, while Quarterback Tony Racioppi proved strong once again.

The CardSharks will return home for their final home game of their inaugural season against the Staten Island Xtreme in Boardwalk Hall on Saturday, June 26th at 7:35 PM. For tickets, call Ticketmaster at 1-800-736-1420 or visit them on the web at For more information on the CardSharks, visit, email us at, or call 1-888-264-8701.

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