Final: storm 48 - talons 45

Alamodome - Final

Friday, March 21, 2014

Score By Quarters

Team
1st 
2nd
3rd
4th
Total
Storm
0
14
13
21
48
Talons
14
10
7
14
45

 

Game Recap

San Antonio, TX – The Tampa Bay Storm defeated the San Antonio Talons, Friday evening by a score of 48-45.  The game saw the Storm mount a furious comeback in the second half that ended with a game-winning touchdown reception by Amarri Jackson with just four seconds left on the clock.  The Storm has started the season off with a 2-0 record for the first time since 2008.

The Storm started off slow scoring only 14 points in the first half; but that would change starting in the third quarter with the team mounting a comeback.  The second half was ignited by a Michael Lindsey kick return.  He would finish the night with 140 kickoff return yards.  This was Lindsey’s second 100+ kickoff return yard game of the season and 27th of his career.

The Storm clinched the game on a 12-yard reception by Amarri Jackson.  He finished the game with 11 receptions for 113 yards and three touchdowns.  Storm quarterback Randy Hippeard engineered the final drive and would finish the game completing 21-of-38 passes for 265 yards and seven touchdowns.

The Storm’s defense was the story of the night, forcing San Antonio into several mistakes late in the game helping propel the team to a win.  Storm defensive back Chris Smith collected two interceptions on the night.  He now has three on the season and 11 for his career.

San Antonio got off to a quick start with a 35-yard touchdown reception by DJ Stephens.  He would reel in five passes for 85 yards and two touchdowns.  The team’s offense was led by quarterback Mitch Mustain.  Mustain completed 13 passes for 138 yards and one touchdown.  He would split the time with Marcus Jackson who went 5-for-12 for 56 yards and one touchdown.

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

Time Scoring Play TBY-SAT
11:48 SAT - Stephens, D.J. 35 yd pass from Mustain, Mitch (Lindholm,Garret kick) 0-7
02:08 SAT - Mustain, Mitch 1 yd run (Lindholm,Garret kick) 0-14

 

2nd Quarter

Time Scoring Play TBY-SAT
14:45 TBY - Hilton, Justin 26 yd pass from Hippeard, Randy (Lopez, Carlos kick) 7-14
06:52 SAT - Lindholm,Garret 23 yd field goal 7-17
05:29 TBY - Helmick, Andrew 19 yd pass from Hippeard, Randy (Lopez, Carlos kick) 14-17
00:54 SAT - Benson, Mykel 2 yd run (Lindholm,Garret kick) 14-24

 

3rd Quarter

Time Scoring Play TBY-SAT
13:10 TBY - Helmick, Andrew 7 yd pass from Hippeard, Randy (Hippeard, Randy pass failed) 20-24
07:11 SAT - Ransom, Javier 19 yd interception return (Lindholm,Garret kick) 20-31
04:01 TBY - Jackson, Amari 12 yd pass from Hippeard, Randy (Lopez, Carlos kick) 27-31

 

4th Quarter

Time Scoring Play TBY-SAT
09:38  TBY - Hilton, Justin 29 yd pass from Hippeard, Randy (Lopez, Carlos kick) 34-31
06:03 TBY - Jackson, Amari 16 yd pass from Hippeard, Randy (Lopez, Carlos kick) 41-31
04:26 SAT - Stephens, D.J. 36 yd pass from Jackson, Marcus (Lindholm,Garret kick) 41-38
01:00 SAT - Rodgers, Kelvin 22 yd interception return (Lindholm,Garret kick) 41-45
00:04 TBY - Jackson, Amari 12 yd pass from Hippeard, Randy (Lopez, Carlos kick) 48-45

 

Player Stats

Storm    Talons
Passing CP/AT  Yds TD INT   Passing CP/AT  Yds TD INT
Randy Hippeard 21/38 265 7 4   Mitch Mustain 13/24 138 1 1
            Marcus Jackson 5/12 56 1 1
                     
Rushing ATT Yds TD LG   Rushing ATT Yds TD LG
Dexter Jackson 3 5 0 2   Mykel Benson 6 14 1 5
            Marcus Jackson 2 4 0 4
            Mitch Mustain 1 1 1 1
            PJ Berry 1 0 0 0
                     
Receiving  REC Yds TD LG   Receiving  REC Yds TD LG
Amarri Jackson 11 113 3 31   PJ Berry 9 66 0 18
Justin Hilton 7 95 2 29   DJ Stephens 5 85 2 36
Andrew Helmick 3 57 3 27   Robert Quiroga 4 43 0 21
                     
Kick Returns No. Yds TD LG   Kick Returns No. Yds TD LG
Michael Lindsey 6 140 0 42   PJ Berry 2 25 0 16
            DJ Stephens 3 39 0 17
            Brent Holmes 2 25 0 18
                     

Team Stats

Storm
 
Talons
16
First Downs
15
3-5
Rushes-Yards (NET)
10-16
253
Net Yards Passing
194
38
Attempted
36
21
Completed
18
4
Intercepted
2
43
Total Offensive Plays
46
258

Total Net Yards

210
1/1
Fumbles: No./ Lost
0-0
10/51
Penalties: Number/Lost
8/57
2/25
Interceptions: No./Yards
4/75
28:54
Possession Time
31:06

Game Notes

  • Defensive back Chris Smith hauled in the 11th interception of his career and third of the season.  He is now 6th all-time on the Storm career list in interceptions.
  • Wide receiver Justin Hilton had his fourth consecutive game with a touchdown, dating back to last season.
  • Storm took their first lead in the game with 9:07 left in the fourth quarter.
  • Wide receiver Amarri Jackson had two touchdowns in the fourth quarter including the game winner with four seconds remaining.
  • Tampa Bay earned its first victory versus the Talons since 2010.
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Last Time Out

Tonight the Tampa Bay Storm offense could never get on track and it all started with an unlucky bounce.

The Storm drove down the field on its first possession of the night, thanks to a great play by quarterback Randy Hippeard who found Joe Hills deep in San Antonio Talons territory. 

However, on the next play Hippeard targeted Hills again in the back of the endzone, but the ball deflected off of Hills’ hands and then ricocheted off of the field goal post landing in the hands of Talons defensive back Fred Shaw. San Antonio would go onto score after the interception...