Amalie Oil Field - Amalie Arena
Friday, April 1 - 7:00 P.M.
The Tampa Bay Storm celebrated their 25th anniversary in the 2016 season opener at Amalie Arena Friday night.
Unfortunately for the Storm, that would be the only celebrating they would do.
In the 59th installment of the War on I-4 against intrastate rival Orlando, miscues and missed opportunities doomed the Storm in a 76-25 loss to the Predators in front of a crowd of 9,928.
The Storm have now lost four in a row and seven of their last eight meetings against Orlando.
A pair of defensive scores after halftime for Orlando (1-0 overall, 1-0 in the American Conference) put the game out of reach for the Storm. On the opening play of the second half with Tampa Bay trailing 34-13, the Storm misfired on the exchange from quarterback and center near their own goal line, and Orlando’s Mike Lewis pounced on the loose ball in the end zone for a Predators’ touchdown.
ORL – Greg Carr 4 pass from Randy Hippeard (kick failed) 10:04.
TAM – Julius Gregory 5 pass from Adam Kennedy (Craig Peterson kick) 7:27.
ORL – Carr 20 pass from Hippeard (Mark Lewis kick) 00:39.
ORL – Carr 31 pass from Hippeard (Mark Lewis kick) 10:54.
ORL – Terence Moore 4 run (Mark Lewis kick) 6:06.
TAM – Gerald Young 24 pass from Kennedy (kick blocked) 2:51.
ORL – Brandon Thompkins 22 pass from Hippeard (Mark Lewis kick) 00:11.
ORL – Mike Lewis recovered fumble in end zone (Mark Lewis kick) 14:10.
ORL – Paul Stephens 13 interception return (Mark Lewis kick) 13:05.
TAM – T.T. Toliver 19 pass from Kennedy (kick blocked) 6:35.
ORL – Thompkins 9 pass from Hippeard (Mark Lewis kick) 2:14.
ORL – Carr 41 pass from Hippeard (Mark Lewis kick) 14:16.
ORL – Jordan McCray 4 pass from Bernard Morris (Mark Lewis kick) 8:00.
TAM – Tolliver 25 pass from Jonathan Bane (2-point conversion failed) 4:59.
ORL – LeMark Brown 15 pass from Morris (Mark Lewis kick) 2:03.
ORL – Randy Hippeard 20-30-0-241-6 , Bernard Morris 4-7-0-50-2
TAM – Adam Kennedy 12-25-2-150-3, Johnathan Bane 3-8-0-50-1,
ORL – Terence Moore 1-4-1, Bernard Morris 1-1-0, Jordan McCray 1-4-0.
TAM – Undra Hendrick 2(-1)-0, Jonathan Bane 1-2-0.
ORL – LaMark Brown 9-105-1, Greg Carr 7-113-4, Brandon Thompkins 6-61-2, Brelan Chancellor 1-8-0, Jordan McCray 1-4-1.
TAM – T. T. Toliver 3-56-2, Julius Gregory 4-34-1, Gerald Young 6-81-1, Terrence Ebagua 4-44-0.
KO Returns (No-Yds-TDs)
NOV – Brandon Thompkins 4-71--0, Paul Stephens 1-0-0.
TAM – Gerald Young 5-96-0.
Under Armour Offensive Player of the Game –Randy Hippeard,, Orlando.
Riddell Defensive Player of the Game - Paul Stephens, Orlando.
J. Lewis Small Playmaker of the Game – Greg Carr, Orlando.
Cutters Catch of the Game –Brandon Thompkins, Orlando, 2:09 3rd quarter.
AFL Highlight of the Game – Mike Lewis, Orlando, fumble recovery in end zone.