Burk tosses five scores, defense pitches shutout for Sharks


The Ponte Vedra Sharks won their second straight game and improved to a record of 2-1 with a dominant 35-0 victory against the visiting Middleburg Broncos tonight.

It was a complete game performance for the Sharks, as senior quarterback Ben Burk had a career night throwing five touchdowns to four different receivers.

“Everything wasn’t perfect, and we’ve definitely got some things to work on still, but when the time came and my guy’s numbers were called, they made the play,” Burk said. “All the starting receivers got touchdowns, which is what you love to see and it’s the best feeling in the world as a quarterback.”

Landon Okla snagged one of the touchdown receptions as he showcased his hands with a nice catch in the end zone, as the Sharks led 28-0 at halftime.

Burk and the Sharks offense picked up where it left off in the first half and moved right down the field and capped a drive with a scoring strike to fellow senior Griffin Owen, who is starting to get comfortable following his transition from running back to wide receiver this season.

“Obviously we’re proud of Ben, but we’re also just proud of all those guys,” Ponte Vedra head coach Steve Price said. “This is just such a great team to be a part of.”

The offensive explosion through the air was not only due to Burk’s connection with his receivers, but also an outstanding outing by the offensive line, which gave Burk a comfortable pocket to survey the field all night long.

“I was just sitting back there all day,” Burk said.

The 35-point performance was the most points the Sharks have scored in their first three games, and it proved plenty as the defense shutout the Broncos (0-3), which were averaging just seven points coming in.

“We just focused on really staying disciplined,” senior defensive back Zac Martus said. “We’re trying to pass on that tradition here of being a gritty defense.”

Next up for the Sharks, is a county matchup against Menendez at 7 p.m. on Sept. 22.

“We’re just taking it week to week and really focusing on who’s up next,” Martus said.

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