Final: Storm 43 - SaberCats 52

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Friday, July 11, 2014 - 10:30 EST

Team
1st 
2nd
3rd
4th
Total
Storm
14
14
7
8
43
SaberCats
14
14
14
10
52

 

Game Recap

SAN JOSE, CA – The Tampa Bay Storm (8-8, 4-3) was defeated by the San Jose SaberCats (12-4, 5-1) on Friday night in front of 8,645 fans by a score of 43-52.  The loss extended the team’s losing streak to two games.

Both teams came out of the gate fast and furious, trading scores with the first half knotted at 28 apiece.  The turning point came when San Jose recovered an onside kick in the third quarter.  The SaberCats would score on the ensuing drive and stretch its lead to 14 points, a lead it would not give up for the rest of the game.

The Storm was led by quarterback Randy Hippeard who found all of his receivers.  Hippeard would finish the night with 234 yards and six touchdowns, completing 18-of-31 passes.  Wide receiver Joe Hills led the Storm with seven receptions for 81 yards and three touchdowns.  He now has 33 receiving touchdowns on the season and ranks sixth all-time in Storm history for most receiving touchdowns in a season.

Quarterback Nathan Stanley led the San Jose offense, completing 24-of-41 passes for 291 yards and five touchdowns.  His top receiver was Rod Harper who caught eight passes for 83 yards and a touchdown.  SaberCats wide receiver Dominique Curry excelled in multiple phases of the game, catching five passes for 49 yards and three touchdowns.  He would also rush twice for a pair of scores and recovered a pivotal onside kick.

UP NEXT – The team will take on the Spokane Shock at the Spokane Arena on Monday, July 21.  Fans will be able to catch all of the action on ESPN2.  Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. EST.

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

Time Scoring Play TAM-SJS
11:49  TAM- 25-YD Pass from HIPPEARD, Randy to HILLIS, Joe, PAT by BONGARRA, Juan GOOD 7-0
06:55  SJS - 6-YD Pass from STANLEY, Nathan to GRAY, Reggie, PAT by PERTUIT, Nich GOOD 7-7
03:55  TAM - 38-YD Pass from HIPPEARD, Randy to JACKSON, Amarri, PAT by BONGARRA, Juan GOOD 14-7
00:24 SJS - 13-YD Pass from STANLEY, Nathan to HARPER, Rod, PAT by PERTUIT, Nich GOOD 14-14

 

2nd Quarter

Time Scoring Play TAM-SJS
07:34  TAM - 4-YD Pass from HIPPEARD, Randy to HILLIS, Joe, PAT by BONGARRA, Juan GOOD 21-14
00:55 SJS - 8-YD Pass from STANLEY, Nathan to CURRY, Dominiqu, PAT by PERTUIT, Nich GOOD 21-21
00:39 TAM - 11-YD Pass from HIPPEARD, Randy to JACKSON, Amarri, PAT by BONGARRA, Juan GOOD 28-21
00:05  SJS - 2-YD Rush by CURRY, Dominiqu, PAT by PERTUIT, Nich GOOD 28-28

 

3rd Quarter

Time Scoring Play TAM-SJS
10:50  SJS - 9-YD Pass from STANLEY, Nathan to CURRY, Dominiqu, PAT by PERTUIT, Nich GOOD 28-35
04:13  SJS - 6-YD Pass from STANLEY, Nathan to CURRY, Dominiqu, PAT by PERTUIT, Nich GOOD 28-42
02:21 TAM - 22-YD Pass from HIPPEARD, Randy to TOLLIVER, T.T., PAT by BONGARRA, Juan GOOD 35-42

 

4th Quarter

Time Scoring Play TAM-SJS
09:24 SJS - 22-YD Field Goal by PERTUIT, Nich 35-45
02:04 SJS - 2-YD Rush by CURRY, Dominiqu, PAT by PERTUIT, Nich GOOD 35-52
00:23  TAM - 2-YD Pass from HIPPEARD, Randy to HILLIS, Joe, 2-PT Conversion by HILLIS, Joe GOOD 43-52

 

Player Stats

Storm    SaberCats
Passing CP/AT  Yds TD INT   Passing CP/AT  Yds TD INT
Randy Hippeard 18/31 234 5 1   Nathan Stanley 24/41 291 5 0
                     
Rushing ATT Yds TD LG   Rushing ATT Yds TD LG
Randy Hippeard 1 1 0 1   Odie Armstrong 5 17 0 9
Byron Isom 1 2 0 2   Dominiqu Curry 2 4 2 2
Michael Lindsey 1 0 0 0   Nathan Stanley 2 3 0 2
                     
Receiving  REC Yds TD LG   Receiving  REC Yds TD LG
Joe Hills 7 81 3 25   Odie Armstrong 3 43 0 16
Amarri Jackson 6 86 2 38   Dominiqu Curry 5 49 3 15
Michael Lindsey 1 10 0 10   Reggie Gray 4 38 1 15
Alfred McCullough 1 9 0 9   Rod Harper 8 83 1 17
T.T. Toliver 3 48 1 22   Rich Ranglin 2 45 0 32
            Jason Willis 2 33 0 26
                     
Kick Returns No. Yds TD AVG   Kick Returns No. Yds TD AVG
Michael Lindsey 5 51 0 10.2   Dominiqu Curry 1 3 0 3
            Reggie Gray 2 13 0 6.5
                     

Team Stats

Storm
 
SaberCats
15
First Downs
30
3
Net Yards Rushing
24
3
Attempts
24
230
Net Yards Passing
287
31
Attempted
41
18
Completed
24
1
Intercepted
0
36
Total Offensive Plays
51
233
Total Net Yards
311
1-1
Fumbles: No./ Lost
0-0
11-75
Penalties: Number/Lost
10-61
0-0
Interceptions: No./Yards
1-0
22:05
Possession Time
37:32

Game Notes

  • The Tampa Bay Storm lost its second consecutive game by a score of 43-52. 
  • The San Jose SaberCats has a winning record of 10-7 when facing the Storm.  San Jose is also 5-3 when the facing the Storm at home.
  • SaberCats head coach Darren Arbet improved his record to 9-3 all-time versus the Storm
  • Storm receiver Joe Hills caught three touchdown passes on 7 receptions for 81 yards.  He has a touchdown reception in 33 consecutive games and 33-of-34 games played for the Storm.
  • Storm offensive lineman Alfred McCullough reeled in his second reception of the season; a 9-yard reception that would lead to a touchdown on the following play.
  • Riverview H.S. (Riverview, FL) product and Storm defensive lineman, Quincy Barr, made his first appearance in a Storm uniform.
  • Click here for full game notes (.pdf)

Statistical Comparison

Storm  Category SaberCats
8-7 Record 11-4
9th-50.7 Scoring Offense  3rd-57.0
7th-52.7 Opp. Points/G 1st-39.7
9th-268.5 Tot. Offense/G  11th-259.2
14th-309.9 Opp. Total Off/G 1st-245.3
9th-252.3 Passing Yds/G 10th-238.1
14th-285.9 Opp. Pass Yds/G 1st-229.1
10th-16.3 Rushing Yds/G 4th-21.1
T11th-24.1 Opp. Rush Yds/G 3rd-16.1
6th-2.8 Yards per Carry 12th-2.2
12th-17 Sacks T2nd-34
6th-29 Sacks Allowed T10th-18
10th-40.9% 3rd Down Conv % 6th-46.7%
13th-48.3% Opp. 3rd Down % 3rd-38.3%
7th-45.5% 4th Down Conv % 2nd-59.4%
10th-45.7% Opp. 4th Down % 3rd-39.1%
5th-26 Ints. Thrown T8th-16
T6th-21 Def. Interceptions T6th-21
7th-17.2 Kickoff Return Avg. 11th-15.8
10th-(-4) Turnover Margin 4th-+10

Pre-Game Audio

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

  • Head coach Lawrence Samuels | Listen
  • Wide reciever Joe Hills | Listen
  • Center Raymond McNeil | Listen

Storm Insider - Practice 7/9/14

Hear from head coach Lawrence Samuels, receiver Michael Lindsey and defensive back Jean Fanor discuss the SaberCats

Last Time Out

Looking to extend their current winning streak to four games, the Tampa Bay Storm couldn’t duplicate its performance from each of the past three weeks on Friday night, as the team fell to the San Jose SaberCats by a 64-34 score at HP Pavilion.

After winning four of its previous five games, the loss dropped Tampa Bay to 5-3 on the year. The Storm will now have to wait until tomorrow night and hope that Jacksonville loses to San Antonio in order to remain just one game behind the division-rival Sharks in the South Division race.

San Jose, meanwhile, improved to 5-2 on the season.