Final: Storm 63 - Soul 49

Amalie Oil Field - Tampa Bay Times Forum

Friday, April 4, 2014

Attendance: 11,102

Score By Quarter

Team
1st 
2nd
3rd
4th
Total
Storm
14
21
14
14
63
Soul
0
21
7
21
49

 

Game Recap

TAMPA BAY  --  Randy Hippeard’s seven touchdown passes, three of those Amarri Jackson led the offense, but it was the incredible defensive play of Chris Smith that allowed the Tampa Bay Storm to strike early, build a solid three possession lead and defeat the Philadelphia Soul, 63-49, Friday night in an Arena Football League game on the Amalie Motor Oil Field at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

A crowd of more than 11,000 watched the Storm (3-1) build a 49-38 margin at the end of the third quarter thanks to Hippeard, who said, “we executed the offense early.” Hippeard ended with connecting on 22 of 35 passes for 76 yards and Jackson had 10 catches for 143 yards, his biggest game this season.

Quarterback Dan Raudabaugh led Philadelphia (0-3) connecting on 32 of 47 for 325 yards and six touchdowns. The Soul leading receiver was Ryan McDaniel, who had 14 grabs for 138 yards and three scores.

Smith had an exciting interception on the goal line, battling McDaniel for the ball that popped up and it was his 6th pick of the season. He also had his fifth and sixth pass break ups of the season. However, De’Audra Dix had five pass breakups and now has nine on the season. Smith also rand back a on-side kickoff five yards for a TD in the 2nd period.

Justin Hilton and newcomer Samuel Tranks had six and four receptions each and 59 and 57 yards, respectively, with Hilton collecting a pair of score, giving him nine on the year. Jackson now has 11 TDs.

Tampa Bay built a 35-21 halftime lead on Hippeard’s 14 of 19 completions and four touchdowns, besides the onside five-yard touchdown return by Chris Smith that gave the Storm a 21-7 lead at 13:45 of the second quarter.

Hippeard’s 172 first-half yards was impressive, some passes with a soft touch and six of them to Amarri Jackson, who had 87 of his total.

Radabaugh was just as effective in the opening panels, connecting on 17 of 21 for 159 yards and three scores. Neither quarterback had a first-half interception. The Storm’s biggest  lead in the half was 35-14 on an Amarri Jackson 18 yard catch from Hippeard. But, Philly wasn’t done as the Soul scored with 10 seconds left in the second period on a two-yard grab from Radabaugh.

The Tampa Bay Storm will be on the road the next two weeks. First, the Storm travels to Jacksonville next Friday to take on the Division rival Sharks. Game time is 7:30 p.m. (EDT).

The following week, Tampa Bay invades Orlando for the second of three “War on I-4” games. The Storm plays at the University of Central Florida’s CFE Arena starting at 8 p.m. (EDT) on Saturday, April 19.

Both games will be broadcast on radio 1250 AM (WHNZ) in Tampa Bay with Jack Harris and Derek calling all the action. Air time for both games is one half hour before the start time.

The next home game on the Amalie Motor Oil Field at the Tampa Bay Times Forum will be Saturday, April 26, against the Spokane Shock. Game time is 7:30 p.m. (ET).

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

Time Scoring Play TAM-PHI
11:29  TAM - 26-YD Pass from HIPPEARD, Randy to TRANKS, Samuel, PAT by BOYER, Geoff GOOD 7-0
04:20  TAM - 11-YD Pass from HIPPEARD, Randy to JACKSON, Dexter, PAT by BOYER, Geoff GOOD 14-0

 

2nd Quarter

Time Scoring Play TAM-PHI
14:19  PHI - 6-YD Pass from RAUDABAUGH, Dan to JONES, Anthony, PAT by MARTINEZ, Carlo GOOD 14-7
13:45  TAM - 5-YD Kickoff Return by SMITH, Chris, PAT by BOYER, Geoff GOOD 21-7
11:43 PHI - 6-YD Pass from RAUDABAUGH, Dan to JONES, Anthony, PAT by MARTINEZ, Carlo GOOD 21-14
09:12  TAM - 22-YD Pass from HIPPEARD, Randy to HILTON, Justin, PAT by BOYER, Geoff GOOD 28-14
02:49 TAM - 18-YD Pass from HIPPEARD, Randy to JACKSON, Amarri, PAT by BOYER, Geoff GOOD 35-14
00:10 PHI - 2-YD Pass from RAUDABAUGH, Dan to MCDANIEL, Ryan, PAT by MARTINEZ, Carlo GOOD 35-21

 

3rd Quarter

Time Scoring Play TAM-PHI
12:39 PHI - 20-YD Pass from RAUDABAUGH, Dan to JONES, Anthony, PAT by MARTINEZ, Carlo GOOD 35-28
08:08  TAM - 14-YD Pass from HIPPEARD, Randy to JACKSON, Amarri, PAT by BOYER, Geoff GOOD 42-28
03:36  TAM - 17-YD Pass from HIPPEARD, Randy to HILTON, Justin, PAT by BOYER, Geoff GOOD 49-28

 

4th Quarter

Time Scoring Play TAM-PHI
10:29  TAM - 21-YD Pass from HIPPEARD, Randy to JACKSON, Amarri, PAT by BOYER, Geoff GOOD 56-28
04:59  PHI - 7-YD Interception Return by GOOSBY, Joe, PAT by MARTINEZ, Carlo GOOD 56-35
04:03 TAM - 7-YD Rush by LINDSEY, Michae, PAT by BOYER, Geoff GOOD 63-35
02:48  PHI - 10-YD Pass from RAUDABAUGH, Dan to MCDANIEL, Ryan, PAT by MARTINEZ, Carlo GOOD 63-42
00:37  PHI - 13-YD Pass from RAUDABAUGH, Dan to MCDANIEL, Ryan, PAT by MARTINEZ, Carlo GOOD 63-49

 

Player Stats

Storm    Soul
Passing CP/AT  Yds TD INT   Passing CP/AT  Yds TD INT
Randy Hippeard 22/35 276 7 1   Dan Raudabaugh 32/47 335 6 1
Stephen Garcia 0/3 0 0 0            
                     
Rushing ATT Yds TD LG   Rushing ATT Yds TD LG
Michael Lindsey 1 7 1 7   Derrick Ross 1 5 0 5
Stephen Garcia 1 -1 0 0            
Dexter Jackson 1 2 0 2            
                     
Receiving  REC Yds TD LG   Receiving  REC Yds TD LG
Justin Hilton 6 59 2 22   Larry Brackins 1 10 0 10
Amarri Jackson 10 143 3 23   Anthony Jones 9 94 3 20
Dexter Jackson 1 11 1 11   Robert Redd 6 77 0 22
Michael Lindsey 1 6 0 6   Derrick Ross 2 16 0 12
Samuel Tranks 4 57 1 26   Ryan McDaniel 14 138 3 30
                     
Kick Returns No. Avg. TD LG   Kick Returns No. Avg. TD LG
Michael Lindsey 2 15 0 15   Robert Redd 4 23.3 0 24
Chris Smith 1 5 0 5   James Romain 2 12.5 0 6
                     

 

Team Stats

Storm
 
Soul
21
First Downs
23
6
Net Yards Rushing
5
8
Attempts
1
276
Net Yards Passing
335
38
Attempted
47
22
Completed
32
1
Intercepted
1
41
Total Offensive Plays
48
284
Total Net Yards
340
1-0
Fumbles: No./ Lost
2-2
9-99
Penalties: Number/Lost
9-80
1-0
Interceptions: No./Yards
1-7
30:14
Possession Time
29:46

Game Notes

  • The Storm won for the first time against the Soul at home since 2007
  • The Storm began the attack by recording back-to-back touchdowns to start the game ahead 14-0 for the first time this season
  • Receiver Michael Lindsey rush for a 7-yard touchdown for the first time this season
  • Wide receiver Justin Hilton had his sixth consecutive game with a touchdown and had two on the night
  • Wide receiver Amarri Jackson had his third consecutive multi-touchdown game
  • Defensive back Chris Smith had his fourth consecutive game with an interception
  • Click here to view full game notes (.pdf)

Statistical Comparison

Storm  Category Soul
2-1 Record 0-2
6th-54.0 Scoring Offense  10th-4.0
10th-52.7 Opp. Points/G 14th-66.0
6th-281.7 Tot. Offense/G  7th-275.5
13th-301.7 Opp. Total Off/G 12th-300.5
2nd-270.3 Passing Yds/G 9th-232.5
12th-279.0 Opp. Pass Yds/G 13th-287.0
12th-11.3 Rushing Yds/G 1st-43.0
7th-22.7 Opp. Rush Yds/G 2nd-13.5
9th-2.4 Yards per Carry 2nd-4.3
1st-6 Sacks T8th-3
T2nd-5 Sacks Allowed T12th-1
5th-47.4% 3rd Down Conv % 8th-43.8%
12th-54.8% Opp. 3rd Down % T2nd-33.3%
T4th-50.0% 4th Down Conv % 11th-22.2%%
4th-30.0% Opp. 4th Down % T12th-66.7%
T1st-6 Ints. Thrown T9th-2
T1st-6 Def. Interceptions 14th-0
3rd-19.4 Kickoff Return Avg. 13th-12.9
5th-+1 Turnover Margin T11th-(-2_

 

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