Adrian McPherson passed for seven touchdowns, four of them to Antonio Vaughan, to extend the Jacksonville Sharks’ National Arena League winning streak to four games with a 47-42 victory at the Massachusetts Pirates Saturday night in Worcester, Mass.
The former Florida State quarterback overcame two interceptions, one of them returned for a second-half touchdown, to complete 21 of 33 passes for 246 yards.
The Sharks (5-3) needed a fourth-down stop by defensive lineman Keith Bowers, who hit Pirates quarterback Sean Brackett during a last-ditch pass attempt, to clinch the victory.
Vaughan, back after spending two weeks on injured reserve, caught seven passes for 79 yards and four scores, while fellow Jacksonville wide receiver Tom Gilson had five receptions for 90 yards and two touchdowns.
The Sharks next play at Veterans Memorial Arena on June 2 against the Columbus Lions, a rematch of last year’s NAL championship. The teams’ most recent meeting on April 21 was marred by a postgame altercation outside the Columbus Civic Center, in which Sharks linebacker Leon Mackey was arrested for allegedly shooting a gun.