Final: Storm 49 - Gladiators 56

Amalie Oil Field - Tampa Bay Times Forum

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 7:30 P.M.

Attendance: 14,770

Team
1st 
2nd
3rd
4th
Total
Storm
7
21
7
14
49
Gladiators
14
21
14
7
56

 

Game Recap

Tampa, FL – The Tampa Bay Storm’s Arena Football League playoff chances ended Saturday night with a 56-49 loss to the Cleveland Gladiators on the Amalie Motor Oil Field at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Despite a gallant run in the end when the Storm (8-10) put together a five-game winning streak, but lost four consecutive close games, Tampa Bay attracted a league-best 14,770 on Fan Appreciation Night to close out the season.

Behind quarterback Randy Hippeard who passed for four touchdowns and ran for two more, the Storm stayed with Cleveland until the Glads (17-1) had a two touchdowns lead in the 4th quarter, 49-35.

Joe Hills led the Storm with 10 catches, three for touchdowns, and 119 yards as did Thyron Lewis for Cleveland acquiring the same exact numbers.

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

Time Scoring Play TAM-CLE
13:13 CLE - 1-YD Rush by JONES, Jason, PAT by PETTREY, Aaron GOOD 0-7
09:54  TAM - 23-YD Pass from HIPPEARD, Randy to HILLS, Joe, PAT by BONGARRA, Juan GOOD 7-7
05:40  CLE - 3-YD Rush by GOODMAN, Domini, PAT by PETTREY, Aaron GOOD 7-14

 

2nd Quarter

Time Scoring Play TAM-CLE
14:20  TAM - 1-YD Pass from DIXON, Chris to JACKSON, Amarri, PAT by BONGARRA, Juan GOOD 14-14
11:27 CLE - 17-YD Pass from AUSTIN, Shane to LEWIS, Thyron, PAT by PETTREY, Aaron GOOD 14-21
06:44 TAM - 11-YD Pass from HIPPEARD, Randy to HILLS, Joe, PAT by BONGARRA, Juan GOOD 21-21
04:01 CLE - 4-YD Pass from AUSTIN, Shane to POLLARD, Royce, PAT by PETTREY, Aaron GOOD 21-28
01:57  TAM- 18-YD Pass from HIPPEARD, Randy to HILLS, Joe, PAT by BONGARRA, Juan GOOD 28-28
00:07  CLE - 1-YD Pass from AUSTIN, Shane to LEWIS, Thyron, PAT by PETTREY, Aaron GOOD 28-35

 

3rd Quarter

Time Scoring Play TAM-CLE
09:35  TAM - 1-YD Rush by HIPPEARD, Randy, PAT by BONGARRA, Juan GOOD 35-35
06:03  CLE - 8-YD Pass from AUSTIN, Shane to TAYLOR, Collin, PAT by PETTREY, Aaron GOOD 35-42
00:57  CLE - 2-YD Rush by GOODMAN, Domini, PAT by PETTREY, Aaron GOOD 35-49

 

4th Quarter

Time Scoring Play TAM-CLE
10:51 TAM - 3-YD Pass from HIPPEARD, Randy to JACKSON, Amarri, PAT by BONGARRA, Juan GOOD 42-49
04:15  CLE - 4-YD Pass from AUSTIN, Shane to LEWIS, Thyron, PAT by PETTREY, Aaron GOOD 42-56
00:51  TAM - 1-YD Rush by HIPPEARD, Randy, PAT by BONGARRA, Juan GOOD 49-56

 

Player Stats

Storm    Gladiators
Passing CP/AT  Yds TD INT   Passing CP/AT  Yds TD INT
Chris Dixon 1/1 1 1 0   Shane Austin 24/34 273 5 0
Randy Hippeard 20/38 248 4 0            
                     
Rushing ATT Yds TD LG   Rushing ATT Yds TD LG
Chris Dixon 1 1 0 1   Shane Austin 6 19 0 8
Randy Hippeard 4 10 2 7   Dominick Goodman 2 5 2 3
Byron Isom 1 1 0 1   Jason Jones 5 21 1 13
                     
Receiving  REC Yds TD LG   Receiving  REC Yds TD LG
Joe Hills 10 119 3 28   Dominick Goodman 7 82 0 24
Amarri Jackson 3 16 2 12   Jason Jones 1 14 0 14
Michael Lindsey 5 74 0 20   Thyron Lewis 10 119 3 23
T.T. Toliver 3 40 0 24   Royce Pollard 1 4 1 4
            Collin Taylor 5 54 1 17
                     
Kick Returns No. Yds TD AVG   Kick Returns No. Yds TD AVG
James Harrell 1 -2 0 -2   LaRoche Jackson 5 84 0 16.8
Joe Hills 1 -1 0 -1   Jason Jones 1 37 0 37
Amarri Jackson 1 40 0 40            
Michael Lindsey 3 38 0 12.7            
                     

Team Stats

Storm
 
Gladiators
21
First Downs
24
12
Net Yards Rushing
45
6
Attempts
13
246
Net Yards Passing
273
39
Attempted
34
21
Completed
24
0
Intercepted
0
47
Total Offensive Plays
46
258
Total Net Yards
318
1-1
Fumbles: No./ Lost
1-1
7-33
Penalties: Number/Lost
14-138
0-0
Interceptions: No./Yards
0-0
31:55
Possession Time
28:05

 

#STORMSOCIAL

See what fans at the Tampa Bay Times Forum shared on social media during the Tamp Bay Storm vs Cleveland Gladiators on Fan Appreciation Night.

Game Notes

  • The Cleveland Gladiators defeated the Tampa Bay Storm 56-49.  The Gladiators are now 7-8 versus the Storm all-time and Cleveland head coach Steve Thonn is 4-6 all-time versus Tampa Bay.
  •  Cleveland, with the victory, clinched hosting the ArenaBowl if the Gladiators get there.
  • The attendance was 14,770.  The highest attended game in the Arena Football League this season.  The Storm had four of the top ten attended games this season.
  • Storm quarterback Randy Hippeard finished the game 20-of-38 for 248 yards and four touchdowns…He added two scores on the ground…This was his seventh consecutive game with a rushing touchdown…He led the team with 16 rushing touchdowns this season, the fourth most in single-season history.
  • Storm wide receiver Joe Hills finished the game with 10 receptions for 119 yards and three touchdowns…This is his 35th consecutive game consecutive game with a touchdown, the longest current streak in the AFL…This was his sixth 100+ yard receiving game this season and 20th of his career…It was his ninth game this season with three or more touchdowns receiving and 21st of his career.
  • Hills’ three touchdowns tonight give him 93 in his Storm career, the fifth most all-time.
  • Cleveland Gladiators quarterback Shane Austin completed 24-of-34 passes for 273 yards and five touchdowns to give him 99 touchdown passes during the 2014 AFL season…He fell one TD pass shy of tying the franchise record set by John Dutton during the 2010 season.
  • Gladiators’ wide receiver Thyron Lewis caught 10 passes for 119 yards and three scores…He finishes the season second on the team with 101 catches…The first time in his career he passed the century mark.
  • Storm defensive back Jean Fanor entered tonight’s game leading the AFL with 119 tackles…He led all players in tonight’s contest with 9.5 tackles…With 128.5 tackles this season Fanor is the Storm single-season tackle leader.
  • Click here to view full game notes (.pdf)

Storm Insider - Post Game vs. Gladiators

Hear from head coach Lawrence Samuels and wide receiver Joe Hills discuss the disappointing loss and end of season.

Statistical Comparison

Storm  Category Gladiators
8-9 Record 16-1
8th-50.3 Scoring Offense  5th-55.0
8th-52.8 Opp. Points/G 2nd-43.1
9th-266.8 Tot. Offense/G  5th-289.1
14th-304.9 Opp. Total Off/G 7th-274.2
9th-251.0 Passing Yds/G 6th-268.3
14th-281.1 Opp. Pass Yds/G 7th-252.5
11th-15.8 Rushing Yds/G 5th-20.8
12th-23.8 Opp. Rush Yds/G 10th-21.7
5th-2.8 Yards per Carry 4th-3.0
T11th-19 Sacks 5th-29
T5th-32 Sacks Allowed 11th-19
9th-43.1% 3rd Down Conv % 3rd-48.6%
14th-48.1% Opp. 3rd Down % 12th-47.9%
7th-49.0% 4th Down Conv % 6th-50.0%
10th-49.0% Opp. 4th Down % 8th-43.4%
5th-28 Ints. Thrown T8th-19
9th-21 Def. Interceptions 5th-25
9th-16.5 Kickoff Return Avg. 2nd-19.6
T9th-(-6) Turnover Margin 3rd-+16

Last Time Out

CLEVELAND, OH – The Tampa Bay Storm (8-7, 4-3) was defeated by the Cleveland Gladiators (13-1, 7-1) on Friday evening by a score of 41-48.  The loss ended the team’s win streak at five games.

The Storm defense was the story of the night, with defensive back Jean Fanor corralling his second interception of the season and jack linebacker Darian Payne recovering a fumble that would lead to the Storm tying the game 27-27.  The Storm’s top tackler of the night was Fanor who finished the night with 11 tackles.