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SHARKS DROP 6 TDS ON GECKOS

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By Robert Balajadia

Sharks’ Daniel Cruz evades the incoming Geckos defender Corey Santos as he continues his run for about 28 yards. (photo by Jesse Castro)

Sharks’ Daniel Cruz evades the incoming Geckos defender Corey Santos as he continues his run for about 28 yards. (photo by Jesse Castro)

For the second straight week, Tuesday night featured another rescheduled game, this time between the Sanchez Sharks and GW Geckos. It rained heavy in the early going, but the Sharks proved to flourish on the wet field by scoring six running touchdowns en route to a 39-7 victory over the Geckos.

The Geckos were coming off short rest after playing the JFK Islanders on Saturday while the Sharks had a weekend BYE.

Running back Daniel Cruz got the Sharks offense going by scoring a big 40-yard touchdown on the Sharks opening drive. Cruz added two more touchdowns in the second and third quarter as the Sharks began to pull away.

“Our inside runs were working. The defense were showing their blitzes which our tackles and guards were expecting which just made my job easier, it just worked out real well,” stated Cruz.

McDonald's Player of the Game Daniel Cruz

McDonald’s Player of the Game Daniel Cruz

The Geckos answered almost immediately after the Sharks scored on the opening drive by scoring a running touchdown at the goal line by running back Hank Sablan. Unfortunately, that would be the Geckos only score of the game before the Sharks took complete control.

Dondre Barnes took an awkward landing after a 15-yard run and left the game. Barnes did not see any action for the rest of the night which allowed Cruz to break loose.

Cruz capped off another long drive for the Sharks by punching in a goal line touchdown to extend the lead 13-7, which ended up being the halftime score.

Cruz then scored early in the third quarter to extend the lead to 19-7.

The Geckos had a tough time breaking through the Sharks defense in the second half. Sablan had a nice 23-yard run that got the Geckos near the red zone, but a couple of penalties brought the GW offense back near midfield which led to a turnover on downs.

Sharks’ Shawn Dumanal kept the Sharks rolling in the fourth quarter by scrambling his way to a 20-yard touchdown to extend the lead 25-7.

Geckos’ Damon Hocog deflects Sharks’ Dan Cruz tackle as he continues his run to the left side for a gain in yards. (photo by Jesse Castro)

Geckos’ Damon Hocog deflects Sharks’ Dan Cruz tackle as he continues his run to the left side for a gain in yards. (photo by Jesse Castro)

Larry Saralu ended the night by scoring the Sharks final two touchdowns to extend to lead 39-7, including a goal line score after gashing the Gecko defense for 50 yards on one play.

The Sharks are on a four-game winning streak after forfeiting their season opener against the Guam High Panthers. Sanchez will close the season out against the FD Friars on Saturday, as both teams enter the game at 4-1.

Cruz and the Sharks are prepared for the Friars, saying the Sharks do their homework.

“We watch films and scout teams. Whatever guy is making plays, we focus on that guy,” stated Cruz on how well their defense has been playing.

When asked about what his defense has been preparing for against FD, Cruz responded with, “A lot. They are really competitive and we don’t talk so we’re going to have to just wait and see.”

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Sharks’ Larry Saralu breaks away from the Geckos defensive line and gets within yards of the goal line. (photo by Jesse Castro)

Sharks’ Larry Saralu breaks away from the Geckos defensive line and gets within yards of the goal line. (photo by Jesse Castro)

Geckos’ Damon Hocog is taken down hard by Sharks defenders, but not before he gains 5 yards for his team. (photo by Jesse Castro)

Geckos’ Damon Hocog is taken down hard by Sharks defenders, but not before he gains 5 yards for his team. (photo by Jesse Castro)

Geckos’ Hank Sablan takes a big hit by the Shark defenders. (photo by Jesse Castro)

Geckos’ Hank Sablan takes a big hit by the Shark defenders. (photo by Jesse Castro)

Geckos’ Hank Sablan ran through the Sharks defensive line which was good for a first down. (photo by Jesse Castro)

Geckos’ Hank Sablan ran through the Sharks defensive line which was good for a first down. (photo by Jesse Castro)

Sharks’ Daniel Cruz was quickly targeted by Geckos’ Kelvin Hocog who stopped the Shark before he could gain any yards. (photo by Jesse Castro)

Sharks’ Daniel Cruz was quickly targeted by Geckos’ Kelvin Hocog who stopped the Shark before he could gain any yards. (photo by Jesse Castro)

Geckos’ Philip Taijeron received the short pass on the left side before being taken down by Shark defenders. (photo by Jesse Castro)

Geckos’ Philip Taijeron received the short pass on the left side before being taken down by Shark defenders. (photo by Jesse Castro)

Sharks’ Wes Shiroma breaks through the Geckos defensive line and gets to the 3 yard line before being stopped. (photo by Jesse Castro)

Sharks’ Wes Shiroma breaks through the Geckos defensive line and gets to the 3 yard line before being stopped. (photo by Jesse Castro)

Sharks quarterback Shawn Dumanal moves right trying to find an open receiver before deciding to run the ball to the left side. (photo by Jesse Castro)

Sharks quarterback Shawn Dumanal moves right trying to find an open receiver before deciding to run the ball to the left side. (photo by Jesse Castro)

Geckos’ Damon Hocog avoids one tackle as he faces another Shark defender. (photo by Jesse Castro)

Geckos’ Damon Hocog avoids one tackle as he faces another Shark defender. (photo by Jesse Castro)

Sharks’ running back Daniel Cruz breaks the line of scrimmage for a small gain as he is quickly taken down by Geckos’ Raymond Macias and Adam Uncangco. (photo by Jesse Castro)

Sharks’ running back Daniel Cruz breaks the line of scrimmage for a small gain as he is quickly taken down by Geckos’ Raymond Macias and Adam Uncangco. (photo by Jesse Castro)

Sharks’ fans cheer for the win against the Geckos. (photo by Jesse Castro)

Sharks’ fans cheer for the win against the Geckos. (photo by Jesse Castro)

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