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Storm 58, Valor 57

AMALIE Motor Oil Field at AMALIE Arena | Tampa, Fla.

Attendance: 9,856

Teams 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Washington Valor (1-7) 12 20 12 13 57
Tampa Bay Storm (7-1) 14 14 7 23 58

Storm Insider

Recap

TAMPA BAY -- In a wild finish the Tampa Bay Storm (7-1) defeated the Washington Valor (1-7) to clinch a playoff berth. With 9,856 fans in attendance, the franchise became the first in Arena Football League history to eclipse the 3,000,000 mark in total attendance. 

Down by two, with 2:20 remining in the game the Storm defense forced a safety on an intentional grounding call to tie the game 51-51. A quick strike by Randy Hippeard to Joe Hills gave the Storm a 58-51 lead with 1:45 remaining in the game. 

The Valor responded with a touchdown with 0:09 seconds remaining in the game to bring the game within one point. Washington elected to go for two and the win. However, the Storm defense stood resolute and denied the scoring opportunity.

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SCORING SUMMARY

1st Quarter
WAS – Will Corbin six-yard run (Kick failed) 10:33
TAM – Kendrick Ings 21-yd pass from Randy Hippeard (Mark Lewis kick) 9:12
WAS – Josh Reese five-yard pass from Sean Brackett (Kick failed) 5:21
TAM – Joe Hills two-yard pass from Hippeard (Lewis kick) 0:20

2nd Quarter
WAS – Charles McClain 41-yard pass from Brackett (Brackett pass failed) 14:17
TAM – Ings 21-yard pass from Hippeard (Lewis kick) 13:08
WAS – McClain 23-yard pass from Brackett (Sam Hurwitz kick) 5:17
WAS – Dominic Addison 43-yard Interception return (Hurwitz kick) 0:41
TAM – Hills 22-yard pass from Hippeard (Lewis kick) 0:10

3rd Quarter
WAS – Greg Carr 15-yard pass from Brackett (McClain run failed) 12:41
TAM – LaMark Brown 10-yard pass from Hippeard (Lewis kick) 9:33
WAS – McClain seven yards pass from Brackett (Brackett rush failed) 1:36

4th Quarter 
TAM – Hippeard seven-yard run (Lewis kick) 9:21
WAS – Carr 23-yard pass from Brackett (Hurwitz kick) 8:37
TAM – Ings six-yard pass from Hipperd (Lewis kick) 4:20
TAM – Safety, Intentional Grounding 2:20
TAM – Hills 12-yard pass from Hippeard (Lewis kick) 1:45
WAS – Carr 11-yard pass from Brackett (Brackett pass filed) 0:09
 

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Passing (C-A-INT-Yds-TD) 

WAS – Sean Brackett (26-36-0-299-7)

TAM – Randy Hippeard (29-42-1-283-7)

Rushing: (Att-Yds-TD)

WAS – Sean Brackett (1-7-0), Will Corbin (1-6-1)

TAM – Randy Hippeard (1-7-1), Joe Hills (1-0-0), Dave Lefotu (1-2-0)

Receiving:  (Rec-Yds-TD)

WAS – Charles McClain (9-137-3), Roger Jackson (9-64-0), Greg Carr (5-64-3), Josh Reese (3-34-1)

TAM – Joe Hills (13-124-3), Kendrick Ings (9-114-3), LaMark Brown (6-39-1), Justin Hilton (1-6-0)

KO Returns: (No.-Yds-TD)

WAS – Charles McClain (6-78-0).

TAM – Kendrick Ings (3-75-0), Michael Lindsey (3-43-0).

POSTGAME AWARD WINNERS

Offensive Player of the Game: WAS, Charles McClain

Defensive Player of the Game: WAS, Everett Dawkins

MVP: TAM, Joe Hills