Amalie Oil Field - Amalie Arena
Friday, March 27, 2015 - 7:30 P.M.
The Tampa Bay Storm entered the 2015 season looking to return to the playoffs after finishing 8-10 and missing out the previous year.
The Storm returned nine players from 2014 and added a mix of rookies and arena veterans, including new starting quarterback Jason Boltus, in the offseason.
Facing the defending American Conference and East Division champion Cleveland Gladiators in the season opener, though, a handful of costly mistakes plagued the Storm during a 60-44 loss in front of 9,727 at Amalie Arena.
“When you’re playing a team that went to the ArenaBowl, you have to execute,” Storm head coach Lawrence Samuels said. “I can’t be down on them because the effort was there at times. We had our chances, we just turned the ball over. Turnovers killed us.”
|08:24||CLE - 15-YD Pass from AUSTIN, Shane to GOODMAN, Dominick, PAT by SCHOTT, Steven GOOD||0-7|
|05:45||TBY - 19-YD Pass from BOLTUS, Jason to WILLIAMS, Jarvis, PAT by PETERSON, Craig GOOD||7-7|
|04:23||CLE - 29-YD Pass from AUSTIN, Shane to TAYLOR, Collin, PAT by SCHOTT, Steven FAIL||7-13|
|14:49||CLE - 24-YD Pass from AUSTIN, Shane to THURMAN, Andrae, PAT by SCHOTT, Steven FAIL||7-19|
|13:35||CLE - PAT by SCHOTT, Steven FAIL||7-25|
|08:45||TBY - 10-YD Pass from BOLTUS, Jason to TOLIVER, T.T. by PETERSON, Craig GOOD||14-25|
|00:48||TBY - 28-YD Pass from BOLTUS, Jason to INGS, Kendrick, PAT by PETERSON, Craig GOOD||21-25|
|00:19||CLE - 8-YD Rush by JACKSON, Amarri, 2-PT Conversion by TAYLOR, Collin GOOD||21-33|
|00:00||CLE - 10-YD Pass from AUSTIN, Shane to GOODMAN, Dominick, 2-PT Conversion by RICHARDSON, Jeremy FAIL||21-39|
|05:14||CLE - 20-YD Pass from AUSTIN, Shane to JACKSON, Amarri, PAT by SCHOTT, Steven GOOD||21-46|
|01:22||TBY - 29-YD Pass from BOLTUS, Jason to TOLIVER, T.T., PAT by PETERSON, Craig GOOD||28-46|
|14:30||CLE - 23-YD Pass from AUSTIN, Shane to JACKSON, Amarri, PAT by SCHOTT, Steven GOOD||28-53|
|09:34||TBY - 25-YD Pass from BOLTUS, Jason to TOLIVER, T.T., 2-PT Conversion by WILLIAMS, Jarvis GOOD||36-53|
|07:11||CLE - 4-YD Pass from AUSTIN, Shane to TAYLOR, Collin, PAT by SCHOTT, Steven GOOD||36-60|
|00:48||TBY - 3-YD Pass from BOLTUS, Jason to WILLIAMS, Jarvis, 2-PT Conversion by JACKSON, Dexter GOOD||44-60|
The Tampa Bay Storm controlled their own destiny in the 2014 AFL playoff picture, but were unable to overcome a surging Cleveland offense as they fell to the Gladiators 55-49 in front of a league-wide high attendance of 14,770 fans at Amalie Motor Oil Field.
With the Philadelphia Soul losing their content earlier that evening to the Pittsburgh Power, the Storm needed a win to secure the final playoff spot in the AFL. However, Tampa Bay came up short.