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Soul 56, Storm 52

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

Attendance: 9,071

Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Philadelphia Soul (1-0) 20 9 7 20 56
Tampa Bay Storm (1-1) 13 12 6 21 52

STORM RADAR


RECAP

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Storm battled defending ArenaBowl champion Philadelphia until the final play of the game, matching the Soul score for score in a back-and-forth home opener for the Storm.

Special teams errors, however, cost Tampa Bay dearly in a 56-52 loss in front of 9,071 at AMALIE Arena.

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SCORING SUMMARY

1st Quarter

PHL – Ryan McDaniel 19-yard pass from Dan Radabaugh (kick failed). 10:21.

TAM – LaMark Brown 6-yard pass from Randy Hippeard (Mark Lewis kick). 6:35.

PHL – Chris Devault 27-yard pass from Radabaugh (Adrian Trevino kick). 4:05.

TAM – Kendrinck Ings 55-yard kickoff return (kick failed). 3:10.

PHL – Darius Reynolds 35-yard pass from Radabaugh (Trevino kick). 1:23.

2nd Quarter

TAM – Justin Hilton 39-yard pass from Hippeard. (kick failed) 14:53.

TAM – L. Brown 9-yard pass from Hippeard. (pass failed) 6:21.

PHL – Torez Jones 2-point defensive touchdown. 6:21.

PHL – Mykel Benson 1-yard run (Trevino kick) 0:05.

3rd Quarter

PHL – Benson 2-yard run (Trevino kick) 8:10.

TAM – Hippeard 7-yard run (pass failed) 2:52.

4th Quarter                                                                               

PHL – Reynolds 3-yard pass from Radabaugh (Trevino kick) 10:52.

TAM – Ings 45-yard pass from Hippeard (Lewis kick) 9:06.

PHL – Reynolds 2-yard pass from Radabaugh (kick failed) 3:10.

TAM – Ings 11-yard pass from HIppeard (Joe Hills pass from Lewis) 1:19.

PHL – Reynolds 11-yard kickoff return (Trevino kick) 00:57.

TAM – Hills 2-yard pass from Hippeard (kick failed) 00:30.

STATISTICAL LEADERS

Passing (C-A-INT-Yds-TD) 

PHL – Dan Radabaugh (22-31-1-257-5).

TAM – Randy Hippeard (20-33-1-292-6).

Rushing: (Att-Yds-TD)

PHL – Mykel Benson (17-25-2), Dan Radabaugh (1-(-6)-(-6).

TAM – LaMark Brown (1-(06)-(-06), Randy Hippeard 5-49-0(4-44-1)

Receiving:  (Rec-Yds-TD)

PHL – Shaun Kauleinamoku (5-49-0), Ryan McDaniel (9-87-1), Darius Reynolds (5-78-3) Chris Duvault (1-27-1) Mykel Benson  (2-16-0).

TAM – Kendrick Ings (7-137-2), Joe Hills (5-62-1), LaMark Brown (4-37-2), Justin Hilton (3-48-1), John Brown (1-8-0)

KO Returns: (No.-Yds-TD)

PHL – Darius Reynolds (2-8-0), Chris Duvault (5-78-0)

TAM – Kendrick Ings (9-209-1)

POSTGAME AWARD WINNERS

Offensive Player of the Game: WR-KR Kendrick Ings, Tampa Bay

Defensive Player of the Game: DB Cortez Stubbs, Tampa Bay

MVP of the Game:  WR Darius Reynolds, Philadelphia

NOTABLES

  • Tampa Bay is now 5-13 versus Philadelphia all-time and 5-12 in the regular season.
  • The Storm are now 2-8 versus Clint Dolezel coached teams.
  • The Tampa Bay Storm now have a record of 29-34 in the month of April.
  • Storm Wide Receiver Joe Hills extended his league-leading streak of touchdown receptions to 70 consecutive regular season games. He scored his lone touchdown of the evening with 0:30 remaining in the game.
  • Tampa Bay Storm wide receiver/kick returner Kendrick Ings had a career best game. He accumulated 346 all-purpose yards to set a new franchise single-game record. Surpassing the record held by James Bowden of 345 yards, set on June 3rd, 2000. Ings tallied 137 yards receiving and two touchdowns on seven receptions, and 209 kickoff return yards. The 209 kickoff return yards is tied for the fourth highest single-game total in franchise history, with Michael Lindsey.
  • Storm quarterback Randy Hippeard led all players with 44 rushing yards. This was a single-game career-high for Hippeard.  He finished the evening with 292 yards passing and six touchdowns, while completing 20-of-33 passes. 
  • Rookie defensive lineman Jordan Miller stood out on defense with four tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss, a sack, forced fumble and fumble recovery. 
  • The defense had three turnovers collected on the evening called back.
  • Tampa Bay defensive back Cortez Stubbs corralled his first interception of the season. He ties for the team lead in 2016.