Final: Storm 54 - Gladiators 62

Quicken Loans Arena - Cleveland, OH

Friday, April 24, 2015 - 7:00 P.M. EST

Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Storm 7 21 14 12 54
Gladiators 7 14 21 14 62

Game Recap

The Tampa Bay Storm (2-3, 0-0) were defeated by the Cleveland Gladiators (3-2, 1-1), Friday evening by a score of 62-54 in front of 11,120 fans. 

Storm quarterback Jason Boltus completed 25-of-38 passes for 366 yards and seven touchdowns. His favorite target of the night was wide receiver Kendrick Ings who caught 12 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns.

The Gladiators were led by quarterback Shane Austin. Austin completed 23-of-38 passes for 285 yards and six touchdowns. Cleveland’s playmaker of the game was wide receiver Collin Taylor who caught 11 passes for 111 yards and three touchdowns. Taylor would also see action on defense and hauled in a 12-yard interception returned for a touchdown.

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Scoring Summary

1st Quarter
TAM – Kendrick Ings 11-yard reception (Craig Peterson good)
CLE – Jeramie Richardson 23-yard rush (Adrian Trevino good)
 
2nd Quarter
TAM – T.T. Toliver 21-yard reception (Craig Peterson good)
CLE – Dominick Goodman 5-yard reception (Adrian Trevino good)
TAM – T.T. Toliver 38-yard reception (Craig Peterson good)
TAM – T.T. Toliver 27-yard reception (Craig Peterson good)
CLE – Collin Taylor 5-yard reception (Adrian Trevino good)
 
3rd Quarter
CLE – Collin Taylor 24-yard reception (Adrian Trevino good)
TAM – Jarvis Williams 9-yard reception (Craig Peterson good)
CLE – Amarri Jackson 31-yard reception (Adrian Trevino good)
CLE – Collin Taylor 12-yard interception return (Adrian Trevino good)
TAM – Kendrick Ings 45-yard touchdown (Craig Peterson good)
 
4th Quarter
CLE – Collin Taylor 2-yard reception (Adrian Trevino blocked)
TAM – Jason Boltus 1-yard rush (Luke Collis 2-pt. Conversion no good)
CLE – Dominick Goodman 8-yard reception (Adrian Trevino good)
CLE – Donnie Fletcher 22-yard interception return (Adrian Trevino good)
TAM – T.T. Toliver 28-yard reception (Craig Peterson blocked)

Statistics

Statistical Leaders:
Passing (C-A-INT-Yds-TD)
TAM – Jason Boltus (25-38-2-7)
CLE – Shane Austin (23-38-285-6-1); Dominick Goodman (0-1-0-0-0)
 
Rushing: (Att-Yds-TD)
TAM – Jason Boltus (3-5-1); Luke Collis (1-1-0); Dexter Jackson (1-0-0)
CLE – Jeramie Richardson (5-33-1); Shane Austin (3-0-0)
 
Receiving:  (Rec-Yds-TD)
TAM – Kendrick Ings (12-172-2); T.T. Toliver (7-139-4); Travis Williams (5-56-1); Phillip Barnett (1-(-1)-0)
CLE – Collin Taylor (11-111-3); Dominick Goodman (6-63-2); Amarri Jackson (4-93-1); CJ Cobb (1-8-0); Andrae Thurman (1-10-0)
 
KO Returns: (No.-Yds-TD)
TAM – Kendrick Ings (7-68-0)
CLE – Andrae Thurman (6-86-0); Joe Phinisee (1-0-0)
 
Post-Game Awards:
Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Game: Shane Austin, Cleveland
Riddell Defensive Player of the Game: Alfred Phillips, Tampa Bay
J. Lewis Small Playmaker of the Game: Collin Taylor, Cleveland
Cutters Catch of the Game: Collin Taylor 12-yard INT for TD, Cleveland
AFL Highlight of the Game: Donnie Fletch 22-yard INT for TD, Cleveland

Five Things

  1. T.T. Toliver and Kendrick Ings both have touchdowns in four consecutive games.
  2. The Storm defense has held its opponents to just 20 points over six quarters.
  3. The defense also boasts the past pass defense in the league with an average of just 206.2 passing yard allowed per game. 
  4. Rookie DL Frank Mays recorded both a sack and a blocked field goal in his first career game.
  5. The all-time series between these two teams is tied at 8-8; Cleveland leads 8-7 in the regular season, while Tampa Bay is 1-0 against the Gladiators in the playoffs. 

Week in Review

Last Time Out

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.

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