Final: Storm 56 - Sharks 35

Amalie Oil Field - Tampa Bay Times Forum

Saturday, May 24, 2014 - 7:30 P.M.

Attendance - 12,501

Team
1st 
2nd
3rd
4th
Total
Storm
14
28
14
0
56
Sharks
7
14
7
7
35

 

GAme Recap

TAMPA BAY – Quarterback Randy Hippeard passed for six touchdowns as Tampa Bay Storm defeated the Jacksonville Sharks, 56-35, and Storm broke a five-game losing skid Saturday night in an Arena Football League Southern Division game on the Amalie Oil Field at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

A season-high crowd of 12,501 saw Hippeard throw for 255 yards on 21 of 29 passes. Joe Hills led the Storm (3-6) receivers with three touchdowns but it was T.T. Toliver’s spectacular TD catch off the turf in the end zone with one second left that sparked a 28-point quarter.

The Storm wasn’t done and kicked off on the ensuing play with the ball rebounding off the net, over Jomo Wilson’s head. Three Storm players scrambled for the loose ball and defensive back James Harrell recovered for another TD. That gave the  Storm a 42-21 halftime lead.

The Storm’s defense was outstanding, Harrell had four pass breakups and an interception off the crossbar and a fumble recovery, Rod Isaac three pass breakups and Jean Fanor had two more. 

Quarterback R.J. Archer led Jacksonville (3-7) with five touchdowns and 271 yards. Jeron Havey for the Sharks, who have now lost five of their last six games, with 12 catches, 11 yards and three scores.

UP NEXT – The Tampa Bay Storm will head to New Orleans to take on the VooDoo at the Smoothie King Center on Friday, May 30.  Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. EST.

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

Time Scoring Play TAM-JAX
12:33  TAM - 8-YD Pass from HIPPEARD, Randy to HILLS, Joe, PAT by BONGARRA, Juan GOOD 7-0
05:09 TAM - 9-YD Pass from HIPPEARD, Randy to HILLS, Joe, PAT by BONGARRA, Juan GOOD 14-0
01:20 JAX - 8-YD Pass from ARCHER, R.J. to CRAWFORD, Londo, PAT by SCACCIA, Fabriz GOOD 14-7

 

2nd Quarter

Time Scoring Play TAM-JAX
11:56 TAM - 2-YD Pass from HIPPEARD, Randy to TOLLIVER, T.T., PAT by BONGARRA, Juan GOOD 21-7
08:21 JAX - 3-YD Pass from ARCHER, R.J. to HARVEY, Jeron, PAT by SCACCIA, Fabriz GOOD 21-14
05:11  TAM - 14-YD Pass from HIPPEARD, Randy to MCCULLOUGH, Alf, PAT by BONGARRA, Juan GOOD 28-14
00:32 JAX - 4-YD Pass from ARCHER, R.J. to HARVEY, Jeron, PAT by SCACCIA, Fabriz GOOD 28-21
00:01 TAM - 26-YD Pass from HIPPEARD, Randy to TOLLIVER, T.T., PAT by BONGARRA, Juan GOOD 35-21
00:00 TAM - PAT by BONGARRA, Juan GOOD 42-21

 

3rd Quarter

Time Scoring Play TAM-JAX
13:22  JAX - 13-YD Pass from ARCHER, R.J. to LEWIS, Corneliu, PAT by SCACCIA, Fabriz GOOD 42-28
11:55 TAM - 10-YD Pass from HIPPEARD, Randy to HILLS, Joe, PAT by BONGARRA, Juan GOOD 49-28
02:02 TAM - 1-YD Rush by JACKSON, Dexter, PAT by BONGARRA, Juan GOOD 56-28

 

4th Quarter

Time Scoring Play TAM-JAX
04:13 JAX - 6-YD Pass from ARCHER, R.J. to HARVEY, Jeron, PAT by SCACCIA, Fabriz GOOD 56-35

 

Player Stats

Storm    Sharks
Passing CP/AT  Yds TD INT   Passing CP/AT  Yds TD INT
Randy Hippeard 21/29 255 6 1   R.J. Archer 27/48 271 5 1
            Alex Carder 2/3 19 0 0
                     
Rushing ATT Yds TD LG   Rushing ATT Yds TD LG
Randy Hippeard 1 0 0 0   London Crawford 1 16 0 10
Dexter Jackson 6 5 1 3   R.J. Bibbs 2 -1 0 0
Michael Lindsey 2 11 0 8            
                     
Receiving  REC Yds TD LG   Receiving  REC Yds TD LG
Joe Hills 5 74 3 36   Alex Carder 4 56 0 19
Amarri Jackson 5 58 0 20   London Crawford 5 37 1 14
Michael Lindsey 3 28 0 11   Jeron Harvey 12 114 3 25
Alfred McCullough 1 14 1 14   Charlie Hunt 1 6 0 6
T.T. Toliver 7 81 2 26   Cornelius Lewis 1 13 1 13
            Jomo Wilson 6 64 0 33
                     
Kick Returns No. Yds TD AVG   Kick Returns No. Yds TD AVG
Michael Lindsey 3 71 0 12.5   Jomo Wilson 6 60 0 20
                     

Team Stats

Storm
 
Sharks
20
First Downs
21
13
Net Yards Rushing
16
9
Attempts
15
249
Net Yards Passing
285
29
Attempted
51
21
Completed
29
1
Intercepted
1
39
Total Offensive Plays
55
262
Total Net Yards
300
1-0
Fumbles: No./ Lost
1-1
10-91
Penalties: Number/Lost
7-43
1-0
Interceptions: No./Yards
1-0
24:46
Possession Time
35:14

 

Game Notes

  • The Tampa Bay Storm defeated the Jacksonville Sharks in front of 12,501 fans.  That is the largest crowd this season in the AFL.
  • Tampa Bay has four of the top-10 attended games this season in the AFL.
  • With the win, Tampa Bay is now 2-9 versus the Sharks.
  • Sharks’ head coach Les Moss challenged one play and lost.  Opposing coaches have yet to win a challenge against the Storm this season.
  • Storm quarterback Randy Hippeard returned from a knee injury and completed 21-of-29 passes for 255 yards and six touchdowns.
  • Tampa Bay defensive back James Harrell, a local product from Tampa, FL (Plant H.S.), recorded his first interception of the season.  He also recovered a fumble in the endzone for a touchdown.
  • Storm offensive lineman Alfred McCullough caught his first pass of the season – a 14-yard touchdown.  That was the fourth reception of his career and second touchdown.
  • Jacksonville Shark wide receiver Jeron Harvey led all receivers with 12 receptions and 114 yards while adding three touchdowns.
  • Sharks star receiver London Crawford recorded five catches for 37 yards and a touchdown prior to leaving the game with a leg injury.
  • Jacksonville Ironman Terrance Smith recorded two tackles prior to leaving the game with a leg injury.
  • Storm WR Joe Hills led the team with three touchdowns.  It was his 27th consecutive game with a touchdown and his fourth multi-touchdown game this season.
  • The Storm defense reeled in an interception.  It was its third consecutive game with an interception and fourth in three games.
  • Click here to view full game notes (.pdf)

Statistical Comparison

Storm  Category Sharks
3-6 Record 3-6
9th-49.8 Scoring Offense  7th-54.4
12th-57.8 Opp. Points/G 9th-52.8
6th-276.9 Tot. Offense/G  2nd-295.1
12th-293.9 Opp. Total Off/G 6th-264.8
5th-263.1 Passing Yds/G 3rd-277.2
12th-275.4 Opp. Pass Yds/G 7th-244.9
12th-13.8 Rushing Yds/G 7th-17.9
7th-18.4 Opp. Rush Yds/G 11th-19.9
6th-2.8 Yards per Carry 8th-2.4
11th-10 Sacks T5th-16
T2nd-21 Sacks Allowed 10th-10
10th-40.0% 3rd Down Conv % 7th-45.6%
14th-49.2% Opp. 3rd Down % 1st-28.6%
8th-46.7% 4th Down Conv % T6th-50.0%
5th-39.1% Opp. 4th Down % 9th-48.0%
T4th-18 Ints. Thrown T12th-8
T6th-14 Def. Interceptions T9th-13
9th-16.9 Kickoff Return Avg. 12th-16.1
T9th-(-3) Turnover Margin T3rd-7

Storm Insider - Post Game vs. Sharks

Hear from head coach Lawrence Samuels and quarterback Randy Hippeard on how important the win was over the Sharks

Last Time Out

Jacksonville, FL – The Tampa Bay Storm (3-2, 1-2) were defeated by the Jacksonville Sharks (2-2, 1-1) Friday evening by a score of 60-41 in front of a crowd of 8,132 fans.  The Storm is now 0-6 all-time at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

The Storm offense was slow to start, but it would pick up the pace in the second and third quarters.  Storm quarterback Randy Hippeard completed 21-of-37 passes for 239 yards and four touchdowns.  His favorite target of the night was Justin Hilton.  Hilton caught 11 passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns.  The Storm offense also saw the return of wide receiver Joe Hills.  He scored his first touchdown of the season in the third quarter, a 31-yard pass from Hippeard.  Hills would finish the night with four receptions for 52 yards and a touchdown.