StormGladiators_040817.JPGStorm 46, Gladiators 40

Quicken Loans Arena | Cleveland, Ohio

Attendance: 12,865

Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Tampa Bay Storm (1-0) 7 12 7 20 46
Cleveland Gladiators (0-1) 0 7 7 20 40


The start of the 2017 Arena Football League season did not go according to the plan for the Tampa Bay Storm offense on Saturday night.

On its first drive, the Storm went four and out. The second drive ended when quarterback Randy Hippeard was intercepted in the end zone.

But after working the opening game kinks out early, the Storm offense regrouped.

And then it took over the game.



1st Quarter

TAM – Caesar Rayford 4-yard interception return. (Mark Lewis, Good)

2nd Quarter

CLE – Collin Taylor 29-yard reception. (Drew Basil, Good)

TAM – Joe Hills 2-yard reception. (Mark Lewis, No Good)

CLE – Collin Taylor 10-yard reception. (Drew Basil, Good)

TAM – Joe Hills 10-yard reception. (Mark Lewis, No Good)

3rd Quarter

CLE – Brandon Thompkins 24-yard reception. (Drew Basil, Good)

TAM – LaMark Brown 13-yard reception. (Mark Lewis, Good)

4th Quarter

TAM – Kendrick Ings 6-yard reception. (Mark Lewis, No Good)

CLE – Larry Brackins 2-yard reception. (Drew Basil, Good)

TAM – Joe Hills 7-yard reception. (Mark Lewis, Good)

CLE – Larry Brackins 8-yard reception. (2-pt. Conversion Failed)

TAM – LaMark Brown 6-yard reception. (Mark Lewis, Good)

CLE – Larry Brackins 2-yard reception. (2-pt. Conversion Failed).


Passing: (C-A-INT-Yds-TD) 

TAM – Randy Hippeard (22-31-1-205-6)

CLE – Shane Boyd (24-37-1-288-5)

Rushing: (Att-Yds-TD)

TAM – LaMark Brown (3-18-0), Randy Hippeard (2-15-0), John Brown (2-4-0)

CLE – Shane Boyd (3-(-6)-0), Brandon Thompkins (1-4-0), Antonio Vaughn (1-3-0), Larry Brackins (1-2-0)

Receiving: (Rec-Yds-TD)

TAM – LaMark Brown (9-121-2), Joe Hills (7-53-3), Justin Hilton (4-21-0), Kendrick Ings (2-10-1)

CLE – Brandon Thompkins (8-98-1), Collin Taylor (6-91-2), Larry Brackins (8-87-2), Antonio Vaughn (1-7-0), Willie McGinnis (1-5-0)

KO Returns: (No.-Yds-TD)

TAM – Kendrick Ings (3-49-0)

CLE – Brandon Thompkins (7-145-0)


MVP of the Game: Randy Hippeard, TAM

Offensive Player of the Game: Joe Hills, TAM

Defensive Player of the Game: Caesar Rayford, TAM