Storm at Rush Recap

Mar 10, 2012

Storm 48 - Chicago 70 - Final

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The Tampa Bay Storm learned two things in the 2012 season opener at Chicago.

The first is that the Storm can go on the road and compete with the top teams in the Arena Football League. The second is that turnovers can be costly.

The Rush took advantage of five Storm turnovers in route to a 70-48 victory at Chicago.

Quarterback Russ Michna fired eight touchdown passes to lead Chicago, and three of those scoring strikes went to Marquez Hamilton who finished with 10 catches and 117 yards.

The Storm battled back from a 14-point, first half deficit to take a 35-28 lead just before the half. The Rush responded with a touchdown to tie the contest entering the intermission at 35.

The Rush then took advantage of two Prechae Rodriguez fumbles to jump out to a 49-35 lead.

Stephen Wasil, who started the game at quarterback over Matt Grothe, completed 26 of 44 passes for 328 yards and 4 touchdowns and scored three more times on the ground to lead Tampa Bay. Rodriguez brought down 12 receptions for 186 yards and three touchdowns.

The Storm return to the Tampa Bay Times Forum Friday for the season home opener against the Georgia Force.

Score By Quarters

Team
1st 
2nd
3rd
4th
Final
Storm
7
21
0
13
48
Rush
14
14
14
21
70

Statistical Leaders:

Storm    Rush
Passing
CP/AT 
Yds
TD
INT
 
Passing
CP/AT 
Yds
TD
INT
S.Wasil 
26/44
328
4
2
 
R. Michna
24/37
247
8
1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rushing
ATT
Yds
TD
LG
 
Rushing
ATT
Yds
TD
LG
S. Wasil 
6
16
3
11
 
J. Payne
6
16
0
7
W. Rutledge
1
3
0
3
 
 
       
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Receiving 
REC
Yds
TD
LG
 
Receiving 
REC
Yds
TD
LG
P. Rodriguez
12
186
3
47
 
M. Hamilton
10
117
3
29
C.Williams
8
66
0
18
 
R. Gray
7
80
4
31
M. Lindsey
6
76
1
43
 
J. Perry
6
41
1
15

Team Stats

Storm 
 
Rush
21
First Downs
18
5
Rushing
2
13
Passing
15
3
Penalties
1
19
Net Yards Rushing
16
6
Attempts
6
19
Yards Gained
16
0
Yards Lost
0
317
Net Yards Passing
240
44
Attempted
37
26
Completed
24
2
Intercepted
1
53
Total Offensive Plays
44
336
Total Net Yards 
256
6.3
Average Gain Per Play
5.8
3-2
Fumbles: No./ Lost
1-1
6-47
Penalties: Number/Lost
3-17
0-0
MFG Returns No. /Yards
0-0
7-119
Kickoff Returns No. / Yards
2-25
1-8
Interceptions: No./Yards
2-49
0-0
Fumble Returns: No./Yards
2-2
2
Miscellaneous Yards 
0
30:15
Possession Time
27:34
5-10
3rd Down Conversions
4-7
2-3
4th Down Conversions
1-2
3-11
Sacks By: No. /Yards
1-7