Final: Storm 42 - Thunder 61

Amalie Oil Field - Tampa Bay Times Forum

Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 7:30 P.M.

Attendance - 10,584

Team
1st 
2nd
3rd
4th
Total
Storm
7
7
20
8
42
Thunder
20
13
9
19
61

 

Game Recap

TAMPA BAY – Backup quarterback Danny Southwick passed for eight touchdowns, five of those to wide receiver Eric Rogers, as the expansion Portland Thunder defeated Tampa Bay, 61-42, Saturday in an Arena Football League game on the Amalie Motor Oil Field at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

The Storm (3-5) have now lost four in a row and were led by receiver Joe Hills five touchdown catches and 104 yards. Starting quarterback Randy Hippeard was 14 of 36 for 185 yards and four touchdowns.
  
Southwick ended with 24 of 33 for 307 and eight TDs.

The Storm’s Rod Issac had a touchdown interception return for 32 yards at the end of the third quarter. That closed Portland’s lead to 42-34, the closest the Storm came all night. Issac was named the Riddell Defensive Player of the game by adding another interception, three tackles and a pass breakup to his nights’ work.

Portland quarterback Kyle Rowley, who engineered the team’s first win of the season at Jacksonville, 69-62, last Saturday sat out with an array of injuries. Southwick didn’t disappoint leading the Thunder (2-5) to a 33-14 halftime lead on 10 of 13 completions, five of those for touchdowns.

Next week the Tampa Bay Storm will have the first of its two bye weeks this season. The team will then return to action Saturday, May 17 at Philadelphia Soul in the Wells Fargo Center with a 6:00 p.m. ET kickoff.

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

Time Scoring Play TAM-PDX
12:35 PDX - 28-YD Pass from SOUTHWICK, Dann to ROBINSON, Alvan, PAT by BRAUNSTEIN, Mic GOOD 0-7
07:52  TAM - 24-YD Pass from HIPPEARD, Randy to HILLS, Joe, PAT by BONGARRA, Juan GOOD 7-7
04:01 PDX - 17-YD Pass from SOUTHWICK, Dann to BROOKS, Duane, PAT by BRAUNSTEIN, Mic FAIL 7-13
00:55 PDX - 16-YD Pass from SOUTHWICK, Dann to ROGERS, Eric, PAT by BRAUNSTEIN, Mic GOOD 7-20

 

2nd Quarter

Time Scoring Play TAM-PDX
05:45 PDX - 7-YD Pass from SOUTHWICK, Dann to MCNEILL III, Do, PAT by BRAUNSTEIN, Mic FAIL 7-26
02:35  PDX - 12-YD Pass from SOUTHWICK, Dann to ROGERS, Eric, PAT by BRAUNSTEIN, Mic GOOD 7-33
00:19 TAM - 12-YD Pass from HIPPEARD, Randy to HILLS, Joe, PAT by BONGARRA, Juan GOOD 14-33

 

3rd Quarter

Time Scoring Play TAM-PDX
12:18 TAM - 11-YD Pass from HIPPEARD, Randy to HILLS, Joe, PAT by BONGARRA, Juan GOOD 21-33
08:06 TAM - 30-YD Pass from HIPPEARD, Randy to HILLS, Joe, PAT by BONGARRA, Juan GOOD 28-33
05:30 PDX - 9-YD Pass from SOUTHWICK, Dann to ROGERS, Eric, PAT by BRAUNSTEIN, Mic GOOD 28-40
03:37 PDX - Safty 28-42
00:31  TAM - 32-YD Interception Return by ISSAC, Rod, PAT by BONGARRA, Juan FAIL 34-42

 

4th Quarter

Time Scoring Play TAM-PDX
14:23 PDX - 35-YD Pass from SOUTHWICK, Dann to ROGERS, Eric, PAT by BRAUNSTEIN, Mic FAIL 34-48
08:48 PDX - PAT by BRAUNSTEIN, Mic FAIL 34-54
04:09 PDX - 2-YD Pass from SOUTHWICK, Dann to ROGERS, Eric, PAT by BRAUNSTEIN, Mic GOOD 34-61
00:05 TAM - 8-YD Pass from HALL, B.J. to HILLS, Joe, 2-PT Conversion by HILLS, Joe GOOD 42-61

 

Player Stats

Storm    Thunder
Passing CP/AT  Yds TD INT   Passing CP/AT  Yds TD INT
B.J. Hall 4/13 46 1 1   Danny Southwick 24/33 307 8 2
Randy Hippeard 14/36 185 4 1   Darron Thomas 0/1 0 0 0
                     
Rushing ATT Yds TD LG   Rushing ATT Yds TD LG
B.J. Hall 2 19 0 16   Duane Brooks 1 8 0 8
Dexter Jackson 2 4 0 3   Ayo Idowu 1 -2 0 -2
            Douglas McNeill III 1 -2 0 -2
            Danny Southwick 2 3 0 3
                     
Receiving  REC Yds TD LG   Receiving  REC Yds TD LG
Joe Hills 7 104 5 30   Duane Brooks 10 90 1 22
Amarri Jackson 6 84 0 22   Douglas McNeill III 4 43 1 22
Michael Lindsey 5 43 0 16   Justin Monahan 1 19 0 19
            Alvance Robinson 2 45 1 28
            Eric Rogers 7 110 5 35
                     
Kick Returns No. Yds TD LG   Kick Returns No. Yds TD LG
Michael Lindsey 5 75 0 22   Duane Brooks 3 57 0 47
Terrence Mitchell 1 0 0 0            
                     

Team Stats

Storm
 
Thunder
23
First Downs
19
23
Net Yards Rushing
7
4
Attempts
5
199
Net Yards Passing
307
18
Attempted
24
49
Completed
34
2
Intercepted
2
57
Total Offensive Plays
39
222
Total Net Yards
314
4-3
Fumbles: No./ Lost
5-3
13-81
Penalties: Number/Lost
11-32
2-41
Interceptions: No./Yards
2-14
33:17
Possession Time
26:38

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Game Notes

  • The Tampa Bay Storm, the oldest team in the AFL, faced off against the expansion Portland Thunder for the first time as the Thunder 61-42.
  • Storm DB Rod Issac recorded two interceptions, the first of his career, and returned one for a TD.
  • Both teams recorded blocked kicks on a PAT, it was the second of the season for each team and the first surrendered by the Storm this season.
  • Storm Ironman Michael Lindsey not only led the team in all-purpose yards for the sixth time this season, he also recorded three forced fumbles tying the franchise single-game record set in 2012 by Deonte Bolden.
  • Wide receiver Joe Hills snared five touchdowns passes on seven catches for 104 yards.  He is the third Storm receiver to accomplish this feat this season and it is his third career five touchdown game.
  • Tampa Bay is now 16-62 all-time when allowing 60 or more points in a game.
  • Former Dixie Hollins H.S. (Kenneth City, FL) QB B.J. Hall made his first appearance of the season for Tampa Bay.  He threw a TD pass to WR Joe Hills.
  • Tampa Bay defensive back De’Audra Dix recovered two fumbles versus Portland.  He recovered one fumble last season.
  • Portland WR Eric Rodgers is the first WR this season to record five touchdown receptions against the Storm this season.
  • The Thunder recorded the first safety versus the Storm this season and first since San Jose May 10, 2013.
  • Click here to read full game notes (.pdf)

Statistical Comparison

Storm  Category Thunder
3-4 Record 1-5
7th-53.1 Scoring Offense  13th-38.7
11th-56.7 Opp. Points/G 8th-50.5
4th-293.8 Tot. Offense/G  10th-255.8
13th-303.6 Opp. Total Off/G 5th-259.1
2nd-281.4 Passing Yds/G 9th-251.0
11th-282.6 Opp. Pass Yds/G 5th-245.2
13th-9.9 Rushing Yds/G 14th-4.9
9th-21.0 Opp. Rush Yds/G 4th-14.3
11th-2.1 Yards per Carry 14th-0.9
T8th-10 Sacks T6th-11
2nd-16 Sacks Allowed 1st-21
11th-38.1% 3rd Down Conv % 13th-29.4%
13th-48.1% Opp. 3rd Down % 4th-41.2%
T5th-50.0% 4th Down Conv % 11th-37.9
5th-36.8% Opp. 4th Down % 14th-70.0%
4th-12 Ints. Thrown 5th-11
T4th-11 Def. Interceptions T4th-11
T8th-16.9 Kickoff Return Avg. 3rd-18.1
8th-0 Turnover Margin T6th- +2

Storm Insider - Post Game vs. Thunder

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Pre-Game Audio

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