Final: Storm 52 - Shock 55

Veterans Memorial Arena

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 8:30 p.m. EST

Team
1st 
2nd
3rd
4th
Total
Storm
14
17
14
7
52
Shock
7
13
21
14
55

 

Game Recap

Spokane, WA – The Tampa Bay Storm (8-9, 4-3) was defeated by the Spokane Shock (10-7, 3-2) on Monday night in front of 9,479 fans by a score of 52-55.  The loss extended the team’s losing streak to three games.  The Storm will face a must-win game next week versus the Cleveland Gladiators if it hopes to keep its playoff dreams alive.

The Storm started the game off sharp, scoring on its first two drives and controlling much of the game.  Tampa Bay controlled the tempo for most of the game, but a Terrance Sanders interception returned for a touchdown in the fourth quarter turned the tide.

Randy Hippeard led the Storm offense, completed 20-of-41 passes for 256 yards and four touchdowns.  He found multiple receivers on the night.  Storm fullback Byron Isom scored the first touchdown of his career on a 3-yard rush.  The Storm’s top receiver was Joe Hills who caught seven passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns.

The Storm defense held strong earning a sack and interception on the night.  Storm defensive lineman Tommy Duhart earned the first sack of his career.  Defensive back Randall Burden made his first appearance in a Storm uniform, and reeled in the first interception of his professional career.  The interception came at a pivotal time as it stopped a Spokane drive right before the end of the first half.

The Shock were led by reigning AFL MVP Erik Meyer.  He would finish the night completing 21-of­-26 passes for 210 yards and five touchdowns.  Meyer would also rush four times for 15 yards and a touchdown.  The Shock’s standout of the night was Sanders.  He would return a kick for 57 yards for the score and reeled in an interception, returning it for a touchdown to put the Shock up 48-45 in the fourth quarter.

UP NEXT – The team will take on the Cleveland Gladiators on “Fan Appreciation Night” at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Saturday, July 26.  Fans will be able to catch all of the action on Bright House Sports Network.  Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. EST.

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

Time Scoring Play TAM-SPO
08:14  TAM - 1-YD Rush by HIPPEARD, Randy, PAT by BONGARRA, Juan GOOD 7-0
03:01  SPO - 6-YD Pass from MEYER, Erik to TENNELL, Adron, PAT by ROWAN, Taylor GOOD 7-7
00:48  TAM - 8-YD Pass from HIPPEARD, Randy to JACKSON, Amarri, PAT by BONGARRA, Juan GOOD 14-7

 

2nd Quarter

Time Scoring Play TAM-SPO
11:31  SPO - 11-YD Pass from MEYER, Erik to WASHINGTON, Mik, PAT by ROWAN, Taylor GOOD 14-14
08:47  TAM - 3-YD Rush by ISOM, Byron, PAT by BONGARRA, Juan GOOD 21-14
03:42 SPO - 8-YD Pass from MEYER, Erik to TRUSDELL, Nick, PAT by ROWAN, Taylor FAIL 21-20
00:37 TAM - 1-YD Rush by HIPPEARD, Randy, PAT by BONGARRA, Juan GOOD 28-20
00:03  TAM - 28-YD Field Goal by BONGARRA, Juan 31-20

 

3rd Quarter

Time Scoring Play TAM-SPO
12:31  SPO - 23-YD Pass from MEYER, Erik to WASHINGTON, Mik, PAT by ROWAN, Taylor GOOD 31-27
07:40 TAM - 16-YD Pass from HIPPEARD, Randy to TOLIVER, Antoin, PAT by BONGARRA, Juan GOOD 38-27
06:43 SPO - 57-YD Kickoff Return by SANDERS, Terran, PAT by ROWAN, Taylor GOOD 38-34
03:14  TAM - 39-YD Pass from HIPPEARD, Randy to HILLS, Joe, PAT by BONGARRA, Juan GOOD 45-34
01:21 SPO - 40-YD Pass from MEYER, Erik to TRUSDELL, Nick, PAT by ROWAN, Taylor GOOD 45-41

 

4th Quarter

Time Scoring Play TAM-SPO
14:41 SPO – Terrance Sanders interception return (Taylor Rowan good) 45-48
08:36 SPO – Erik Meyer rush (Taylor Rowan good) 45-55
00:44 TAM – Joe Hills reception (Juan Bongarra good) 52-55

 

Player Stats

Storm    Shock
Passing CP/AT  Yds TD INT   Passing CP/AT  Yds TD INT
Randy Hippeard 20/41 256 4 1   Erik Meyer 21/26 210 5 1
                     
Rushing ATT Yds TD LG   Rushing ATT Yds TD LG
Randy Hippeard 6 14 2 5   Erik Meyer 4 15 1 7
Byron Isom 2 7 1 4   Roy Nixon 1 4 0 4
                     
Receiving  REC Yds TD LG   Receiving  REC Yds TD LG
Joe Hills 7 124 2 39   Rashaad Carter 5 45 0 15
Amarri Jackson 5 46 1 17   Nicheren Flowers 1 5 0 5
Michael Lindsey 1 9 0 9   Adron Tennell 5 38 1 17
T.T. Toliver 7 77 1 21   Nick Trusdell 4 56 2 40
            Mike Washington 6 66 2 23
                     
Kick Returns No. Yds TD AVG   Kick Returns No. Yds TD AVG
Michael Lindsey 5 79 0 15.8   Terrance Sanders 3 86 1 28.6
Amarri Jackson 1 0 0 0   Paul Stephens 1 17 0 17
                     
                     

Team Stats

Storm
 
Shock
24
First Downs
15
21
Net Yards Rushing
19
8
Attempts
5
253
Net Yards Passing
204
41
Attempted
26
21
Completed
21
1
Intercepted
1
50
Total Offensive Plays
32
274
Total Net Yards
223
0-0
Fumbles: No./ Lost
0-0
6-43
Penalties: Number/Lost
9-49
1-26
Interceptions: No./Yards
1-17
36:53
Possession Time
23:07

Game Notes

  • The Storm is now 2-5 all-time versus the Spokane Shock.  The Storm has a losing record of 2-3 when facing the Shock in Spokane.
  • The Storm is now 6-4 all-time when playing on a Monday night.
  • Storm fullback Byron Isom scored the first touchdown of his professional career, carrying the ball three yards for the score.
  • Storm defensive back Randall Burden made his first appearance in a Storm uniform.  He would earn the first interception of his career prior to the end of the first half.
  • Storm defensive lineman Tommy Duhart earned the first sack of his Storm career.
  • Storm wide receiver Joe Hills caught seven passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns.  He has a touchdown reception in 34 consecutive games and 34-of-35 games played for the Storm.
  • Storm wide receiver and kick returner Michael Lindsey had five kick returns for 79 yards.  He now has 6,001 kickoff return yards for his career.
  • Lindsey needs 119 kickoff return yards on the season for 1,746 to rank 1st in Storm single-season history.
  • Storm defensive lineman and Boca Ciega H.S. product Julius Forte made his first appearance in a Storm uniform.  Forte recorded a tackle.
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Statistical Comparison

Storm  Category Shock
8-8 Record 9-7
9th-50.2 Scoring Offense  7th-53.6
7th-52.6 Opp. Points/G 4th-46.9
9th-266.3 Tot. Offense/G  14th-237.9
14th-310.0 Opp. Total Off/G 6th-269.0
9th-250.9 Passing Yds/G 13th-224.6
14th-285.9 Opp. Pass Yds/G 6th-245.4
12th-15.4 Rushing Yds/G 13th-13.3
12th-24.1 Opp. Rush Yds/G 11th-23.6
T6th-2.8 Yards per Carry T13th-1.8
12th-18 Sacks 1st-40
6th-31 Sacks Allowed 2nd-38
9th-42.6% 3rd Down Conv % 6th-45.8%
13th-48.0% Opp. 3rd Down % 2nd-37.2%
7th-47.8% 4th Down Conv % 9th-40.0%
10th-47.9% Opp. 4th Down % 1st-35.2%
5th-27 Ints. Thrown 6th-22
9th-21 Def. Interceptions 4th-28
8th-16.7 Kickoff Return Avg. 1st-19.8
10th-(-6) Turnover Margin 6th-+8

Pre-Game Audio

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

  • Head coach Lawrence Samuels | Listen
  • Defensive back James Harrell | Listen

Storm Insider - Practice 7/17/14

Hear from head coach Lawrence Samuels and wide receiver Joe Hills discuss the Shock

Last Time Out

TAMPA BAY – Spokane quarterback Erik Meyer threw for six touchdowns, two each to Adron Tennell and Brandon Thompkins as the Shock (4-2) defeated the Tampa Bay Storm (3-4), 53-41, Saturday on the Amalie Motor Oil Field in the Tampa Bat Times Forum.

Randy Hippeard led the Storm who have now lost three in a row will host the expansion Portland Thunder next Saturday. The Thunder won its first Arena Football League game of the season at Jacksonville Saturday, 69-62.

Michael Lindsey broke the all-time kickoff return yardage mark in the third quarter. He finished the night with five returns for 55 yards and would bring his season total to 5,138 yards. LaFrance set his record in six seasons, with mostly 12 games a year.

Lindsey has done it in three and one-half seasons, playing in 18, 10, 17 and seven games this season. He ended with 55 yards and now has a total of 5,138.