Final: Storm 62 - VooDoo 57

Amalie Oil Field - Tampa Bay Times Forum

Friday, March 14, 2014 - 7:30 PM

Attendace: 10,370

Score by Quarters

Team
1st 
2nd
3rd
4th
Total
Storm
7
24
13
14
62
VooDoo
7
27
14
12
57

 

Game Recap

Quarterback Randy Hippeard passed for six touchdowns, four of those to receiver Justin Hilton as the Tampa Bay Storm defeated the New Orleans VooDoo, 62-57,  in the opening-season Arena Football League game on the Amalie Oil Field Friday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

It was four key defensive plays, including a net recovery touchdown by defensive back Rod Issac in the second quarter and a 42-yard fumble recovery by Chris Smith to open the fourth period that ignited the Storm (1-0). Smith’s exciting return gave the Storm a 55-45 margin at 11:33 of the 4th quarter.

Hippeard was 18 of 27 for 288 yards and connected with Hilton on the opening 24-yard pass and again for 12, 42 and 33 yards.

VooDoo starter Kurt Rocco was 17 of 33 for 251 yards and five touchdowns, but was knocked out of the game with a third-quarter injury and backup rookie Ryan Perrilloux, out of Jacksonville State, finished the game and made the crucial fumble on Smith’s exciting runback score.

Hilton ended with nine catches for 147 yards and Andrew Helmick had three grabs for 71 yards and a touchdown. Michael Lindsey had a n interception and also two receptions for 19 yards and a 6-yard touchdown.  He also had seven kickoff returns for 154 yards and a long of 42.

The Tampa Bay Storm travel to San Antonio next week (Friday, March 21) for a cross-conference game against the Western Division Talons. Game time is 8:30 p.m. (EDT) with the game being broadcast on radio 1250 AM (WHNZ) in Tampa Bay. The next home game is against the Orlando Predators  in the War on I-4, Saturday, March 29 on the Amalie Motor Oil Field in the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

Time Scoring Play TBY-NOV
07:17 TBY - 24-YD Pass from HIPPEARD, Randy to HILTON, Justin, PAT by LOPEZ, Carlos GOOD 7-0
02:23 NOV - 21-YD Pass from ROCCO, Kurt to CASTILE, L.J., PAT by RUSSOLINO, Tayl GOOD 7-7

 

2nd Quarter

Time Scoring Play TBY-NOV
14:55 TBY - 15-YD Rush by JACKSON, Dexter, PAT by LOPEZ, Carlos FAIL 13-7
14:06 TBY- PAT by LOPEZ, Carlos GOOD 20-7
12:23 NOV - 38-YD Pass from ROCCO, Kurt to CASTILE, L.J., 2-PT Conversion by PERRILLOUX, Rya FAIL 20-13
09:18 TBY - 12-YD Pass from HIPPEARD, Randy to HILTON, Justin, PAT by LOPEZ, Carlos GOOD 27-13
05:41 NOV- 4-YD Pass from ROCCO, Kurt to DEADDER, Chase, PAT by RUSSOLINO, Tayl FAIL 27-19
01:05 NOV - 1-YD Rush by ROCCO, Kurt, PAT by RUSSOLINO, Tayl FAIL 27-25
00:21 TBY - 42-YD Pass from HIPPEARD, Randy to HILTON, Justin, PAT by LOPEZ, Carlos GOOD 34-25
00:01 NOV - 32-YD Pass from ROCCO, Kurt to BEAVERS, Larry, 2-PT Conversion by PERRILLOUX, Rya FAIL 34-31

 

3rd Quarter

Time Scoring Play TBY-NOV
14:24 NOV - 37-YD Pass from ROCCO, Kurt to CASTILE, L.J., PAT by RUSSOLINO, Tayl GOOD 34-38
11:59 TBY - 33-YD Pass from HIPPEARD, Randy to HILTON, Justin, PAT by LOPEZ, Carlos GOOD 40-38
07:52 NOV - 1-YD Rush by PERRILLOUX, Rya, PAT by RUSSOLINO, Tayl GOOD 40-45
02:36 TBY - 6-YD Pass from HIPPEARD, Randy to LINDSEY, Michae, PAT by LOPEZ, Carlos GOOD 48-45

 

4th Quarter

Time Scoring Play TBY-NOV
11:33  TBY - PAT by LOPEZ, Carlos GOOD 55-45
08:19 NOV - 25-YD Pass from PERRILLOUX, Rya to CASTILE, L.J., PAT by RUSSOLINO, Tayl FAIL 55-51
04:33 TBY - 29-YD Pass from HIPPEARD, Randy to HELMICK, Andrew, PAT by LOPEZ, Carlos GOOD 62-51
00:43 NOV - 1-YD Rush by PERRILLOUX, Rya, 2-PT Conversion by PERRILLOUX, Rya FAIL 62-57

 

Player Stats

Storm    VooDoo
Passing CP/AT  Yds TD INT   Passing CP/AT  Yds TD INT
Randy Hippeard 18/27 288 6 2   Kurt Rocco 17/33 251 5 2
            Ryan Perrilloux 12/17 109 1 0
                     
Rushing ATT Yds TD LG   Rushing ATT Yds TD LG
Randy Hippeard 4 8 0 6   Kurt Rocco 2 21 1 20
Dexter Jackson 2 15 1 15   Ryan Perrilloux 3 5 2 3
                     
Receiving  REC Yds TD LG   Receiving  REC Yds TD LG
Andrew Helmick 3 71 1 29   Larry Beavers 2 36 1 32
Justin Hilton 9 147 4 42   L.J. Castile 5 87 2 38
Amarri Jackson 4 51 0 26   Chase Deadder 6 57 1 18
Michael Lindsey 2 19 1 13   Skyler Green 4 39 0 18
            Jesse Peterson 1 8 0 8
                     
Kick Returns No. Avg. TD LG   Kick Returns No. Avg. TD LG
Andrew Helmick 1 12 0 12   Larry Beavers 2 17 0 18
Amarri Jackson 1 3 0 3   Skyler Green 1 15 0 15
Michael Lindsey 7 22 0 42            
                     

Team Stats

Voodoo
Storm
21
First Downs
14
26
Net Yards Rushing
23
5
Attempts
6
345
Net Yards Passing
270
50
Attempted
27
29
Completed
18
2
Intercepted
2
57
Total Offensive Plays
36
371

Total Net Yards

293
2/2
Fumbles: No./ Lost
0-0
5/26
Penalties: Number/Lost
9/169
2/58
Interceptions: No./Yards
2/27
35:14
Possession Time
24:14

#StormSocial

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game notes

  • The Tampa Bay Storm have a new head coach who is a familiar face.  Lawrence Samuels enters his 18th season with the Storm but first as head coach.  Samuels spent that last two seasons as an assistant coach.  While playing in the AFL, Samuels played as both a wide receiver and defensive back.
  • The Storm ranked sixith in the AFL in interceptions having 25 on the season.  It was lead by defensive back, Chris Smith who lead the team with eight and finished the season tied for fifth in the league. 
  • This is the 17th meeting between the Storm and VooDoo. The Storm hold a record of 10-6 against the VooDoo and 7-1 at home.
  • The Storm have out scored the VooDoo by a margin of 36 points over the course of the 16 game series.
  • The Storm have 12 players returning from the 2013 season.
  • Click here to download the entire stats package (.pdf)

statistical comparison

 

Storm  Category VooDoo
7-11 Record 5-13
7th-53.3 Scoring Offense  11th-46.3
9th-54.4  Opp. Points/G 14th-59.4
5th-286.8  Tot. Offense/G  13th-258.0 
8th-279.3 Opp. Total Off/G 12th-297.6
7th-258.1  Passing Yds/G 13th-238.0
7th-257.0 Opp. Pass Yds/G 11th-268.9
5th-28.7 Rushing Yds/G 8th-20.0
7th-22.3  Opp. Rush Yds/G 14th-28.7
3rd-3.4 Yards per Carry T6th-3.0
12th-19  Sacks 6th-29
2nd-51 Sacks Allowed 3rd-43
8th-42.1%  3rd Down Conv % 13th-34.9%
11th-48.9% Opp. 3rd Down % 6th-40.7%
7th-47.3% 4th Down Conv % 8th-45.1%
13th-54.3% Opp. 4th Down % 14th-59.2%
14th-10 Ints. Thrown 3rd-34
6th-25 Def. Interceptions T12th-16
12th-15.6 Kickoff Return Avg. 6th-18.5
3rd-+14 Turnover Margin 14th-(-24)

Last time out

The Tampa Bay Storm could not quite finish off its improbable fourth quarter comeback this past Saturday night in New Orleans as it dropped to 7-6 on the season with a 54-51 loss to the Voodoo.

After only managing to score 26 points through the first three quarters, Tampa Bay lit up the scoreboard with 25 fourth quarter points, but the deficit was just too much to overcome...

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