Veterans Memorial Arena
Monday, July 21, 2014 - 8:30 p.m. EST
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.
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Randy Hippeard||20/41||256||4||1||Erik Meyer||21/26||210||5||1|
|Randy Hippeard||6||14||2||5||Erik Meyer||4||15||1||7|
|Byron Isom||2||7||1||4||Roy Nixon||1||4||0||4|
|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|
|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|
Net Yards Rushing
Net Yards Passing
Total Offensive Plays
Total Net Yards
Fumbles: No./ Lost
|14th-310.0||Opp. Total Off/G||6th-269.0|
|14th-285.9||Opp. Pass Yds/G||6th-245.4|
|12th-24.1||Opp. Rush Yds/G||11th-23.6|
|T6th-2.8||Yards per Carry||T13th-1.8|
|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%|
|8th-16.7||Kickoff Return Avg.||1st-19.8|
Hear from head coach Lawrence Samuels and wide receiver Joe Hills discuss the Shock
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.