Final: Storm 35 - Predators 34

Amalie Oil Field - Tampa Bay Times Forum

Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 7:30 P.M.

Attendance: 11,890



Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

Time Scoring Play TAM-ORL
09:19  ORL - 18-YD Pass from MORRIS, Bernard to CARR, Greg, PAT by LEWIS, Mark FAIL 0-6
05:59 TAM - 2-YD Rush by HIPPEARD, Randy, PAT by BONGARRA, Juan GOOD 7-6
01:03  ORL - 3-YD Rush by MORRIS, Bernard, PAT by LEWIS, Mark GOOD 7-13


2nd Quarter

Time Scoring Play TAM-ORL
10:27 TAM - 49-YD Rush by HIPPEARD, Randy, PAT by BONGARRA, Juan GOOD 14-13
07:04 ORL - 35-YD Pass from MORRIS, Bernard to CARR, Greg, PAT by LEWIS, Mark GOOD 14-20
02:54  TAM - 5-YD Pass from HIPPEARD, Randy to HILLS, Joe, PAT by BONGARRA, Juan GOOD 21-20
00:10  ORL - 19-YD Pass from MORRIS, Bernard to THOMPKINS, Kend, PAT by LEWIS, Mark GOOD 21-27


3rd Quarter

Time Scoring Play TAM-ORL
10:54  TAM - 24-YD Pass from HIPPEARD, Randy to JACKSON, Amarri, PAT by BONGARRA, Juan GOOD 28-27


4th Quarter

Time Scoring Play TAM-ORL
08:59  ORL - 2-YD Pass from MORRIS, Bernard to THOMPKINS, Kend, PAT by LEWIS, Mark GOOD 28-34
03:12 TAM - 3-YD Rush by HIPPEARD, Randy, PAT by BONGARRA, Juan GOOD 35-34


Player Stats

Storm    Predators
Passing CP/AT  Yds TD INT   Passing CP/AT  Yds TD INT
Randy Hippeard 25/38 220 2 1   Bernard Morris 18/28 194 4 3
Rushing ATT Yds TD LG   Rushing ATT Yds TD LG
Randy Hippeard 9 20 3 13   Bernard Morris 6 41 1 14
Byron Isom 1 2 0 2            
Dexter Jackson 2 -1 0 1            
Receiving  REC Yds TD LG   Receiving  REC Yds TD LG
Joe Hills 10 81 1 13   Larry Brackins 2 18 0 11
Amarri Jackson 6 61 1 24   Greg Carr 10 129 2 35
Michael Lindsey 4 30 0 9   Kenda Thompkins 6 47 2 19
T.T. Toliver 5 48 0 12            
Kick Returns No. Yds TD AVG   Kick Returns No. Yds TD AVG
Michael Lindsey 5 80 0 16   Gerald Young 3 34 0 11.3

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Game Recap

TAMPA BAY – Quarterback Randy Hippeard led the offense, but it was the Tampa Bay defense that held the Orlando Predators to one second-half touchdown, including none in the third period, as the Storm defeated the Preds, 35-34, Saturday night in an exciting Arena Football League game on the AMALIE Motor Oil Field in the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Known as “The War on I-4,” the Storm (8-6, 4-3) have now won five straight games, a streak they last made in 2010. Orlando (8-6, 6-2) continues to lead the AFL’s American Conference South, and had previously beaten the Storm early in the season.

Hippeard scored the final touchdown of the game at 3:12 on a three-yard rush, when he dropped back to the seven yard line and faked a pass. It was his third rushing score of the game and fifth total with one pass each to Joe Hills and Amarri Jackson.

Hippeard was 25-of-38 for 220 yards and Hills had 10 catches for 81 yards to lead the Storm. Greg Carr had a game-high 129 yards on 10 catches with two touchdowns. Predators’ quarterback Bernard Morris was 18-of-28 for 194 yards and four touchdowns.

Defensive back Rod Issac intercepted his fourth pass of the season with less than a minute to go.  He ran the ball back to the six yard line with 48 seconds remaining. The Storm then ran the clock out.

Orlando held a 27-21 halftime lead as the Predators scored with 10 seconds remaining. Morris connected with Kendal Thompkins for 19 yards and the touchdown and Mark Lewis added the extra point.

In the third quarter, the Storm’s defense came alive when Harrell collected his second interception of the game and fifth in the last five games.

That setup a three-play drive as Hippeard connected with Jackson for a 24-yard strike. Juan Bongarra kicked the extra point and the Storm led, 28-27.

Orlando was stopped again when Morris was sacked by lineman Jammie Kirlew for nine yards. Morris fumbled and lineman Uriah Grant recovered on the Preds’ 23-yard line.

UP NEXT – The Tampa Bay Storm will head to Cleveland to take on the Gladiators at Quicken Loans Arena on Friday, June 27.  Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. EST.


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Game Notes

  • The Tampa Bay Storm defeated the Orlando Predators, 35-34 in the lowest scoring game in the “War On I-4” since 2006.
  • Both teams are now tied a top of the South Division at 8-6 as Tampa Bay has won five games in a row.
  • Storm defensive back James Harrell recorded two interceptions in the game he now has five on the season and five in the past five games.
  • Storm defensive back Rod Issac corralled his fourth interception with less than a minute to play to help seal the victory.
  • Predators’ defensive back Eddie Moten recorded his first interception for Orlando this season.  It was the 48th of his career and moved him past Ahmad Hawkins for seventh all-time.
  • Tampa Bay wide receiver Joe Hills had his first double digit reception game of the season.  He led the team with 10 catches for 81 yards and a touchdown.  Hills now has a touchdown reception in 31 consecutive games.
  • Predators’ starting quarterback entered the game having thrown one interception in his previous five games.  He threw three picks versus the Storm.
  • Storm defensive lineman Jammie Kirlew recorded a sack and a forced fumble.  He is now second on the team with 3.5 sacks.
  • Kirlew’s linemate Uriah Grant recorded his first fumble recovery of the season.
  • Predators’ wide receiver Greg Carr led all receivers with 129 yards receiving on 10 catches.  In three games against Tampa Bay.  He has 27 receptions for 351 yards and eight touchdowns.
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Storm Notebook: Young Group Hitting Stride at Perfect Time for Storm

As the Tampa Bay Storm enter the last leg of the regular season on Saturday versus the Orlando Predators, the young squad has become a much different team since the last matchup with their South Division rival on April 19.

At that time, the Storm had lost the second of five straight, but since they are hitting their stride and are neck-and-neck with the Predators for the top spot in the division standings.

“The chemistry is really starting to gel right now,” defensive back Jean Fanor said.  “We’re having more fun on the field.”

Statistical Comparison

Storm  Category Predators
7-6 Record 8-5
7th-52.6 Scoring Offense  3rd-57.2
T9th-54.5 Opp. Points/G 12th-56.4
7th-271.2 Tot. Offense/G  1st-299.8
14th-314.8 Opp. Total Off/G 11th-285.3
7th-255.6 Passing Yds/G 5th-270.3
14th-291.7 Opp. Pass Yds/G 11th-270.2
11th-15.6 Rushing Yds/G 2nd-29.5
12th-23.1 Opp. Rush Yds/G 3rd-15.1
5th-15.6 Yards per Carry T2nd-3.2
12th-16 Sacks 14th-8
5th-25 Sacks Allowed T3rd-28
9th-42.0% 3rd Down Conv % 12th-40.2%
14th-49.1% Opp. 3rd Down % 13th-47.0%
6th-47.4% 4th Down Conv % 4th-53.7%
T8th-42.9% Opp. 4th Down % 4th-39.4%
5th-23 Ints. Thrown T10th-12
8th-17 Def. Interceptions 14th-8
8th-17.0 Kickoff Return Avg. 5th-18.3
10th-(-5) Turnover Margin 9th-(-2)

Pre-Game Audio

Listen to what the team has to say about the matchup against the Predators

  • Head coach Lawrence Samuels | Listen
  • Defensive back James Harrell | Listen
  • Quarterback Randy Hippeard | Listen

Last Time Out

Orlando, FL – The Tampa Bay Storm (3-3, 1-3) was defeated by the Orlando Predators (4-2, 2-1) Saturday evening by a score of 77-65.  The game saw the return of former Storm ironman, T.T. Toliver.  This was also the 54th meeting between the two teams, with the Predators now holding a 28-26 advantage.

The Storm offense failed to score on its opening drive resulting in a 14-point swing, with the Predators going up 14-0.  But that would all change on Tampa Bay’s next possession.  The team methodically moved the ball down the field with the score coming on a 31-yard pass to Joe Hills.  Both the Storm and Predators would trade scores in the first half, with Orlando leading by a score of 41-32 entering the third quarter.