The Tampa Bay Storm did what it had to do early on tonight against the Spokane Shock to give itself a chance to win, but the Storm could not finish business.
On the game’s first possession, Storm defensive back Vance Cuff stepped in front of Shock quarterback Erik Meyer’s pass. The following possession would lead to a Michael Lindsey touchdown catch.
More good fortune came the Storm’s way when Chris Davis recovered a kickoff with under a minute left in the first half after the ball took a Storm bounce off of the field goal post.
Storm quarterback Randy Hippeard would run it in from one yard out a couple plays later, putting Tampa Bay up by 14 with 28 seconds remaining in the half.
Then came the game’s turning point.
Meyer completed a 10-yard pass to Brandon Thompkins as time expired in the half to pull the Shock within seven heading into the break.
After Joe Hills' touchdown catch early in the second half, the Shock would score three straight times to go up by seven. During the stretch the Storm turned the ball over on downs and Spokane recovered its kickoff in the endzone for a touchdown after it caromed off the goal post for the second time during the game.
Hills would tie the game at 49 with another touchdown catch, but Spokane answered right back with a 20-yard touchdown on a screen pass to offensive lineman Chris Pino.
Spokane would add another touchdown to claim the 63-49 victory, dropping the Storm to 7-8 on the season.
The Storm was led by Hills and Hippeard tonight.
Hills finished the night with 10 grabs for 101 yards and four touchdowns, a few of those were highlight worthy.
Hippeard had another solid game, filling in for injured Adrian McPherson. The Storm quarterback went 23-for-37 with 249 passing yards and six touchdowns. He also added a rushing touchdown.
The Storm could not contain Spokane’s star receiver Thompkins however. Thompkins recorded 12 catches for 123 yards and five touchdowns and was hands down, tonight’s player of the game.
Meyer was a stellar 30-for-42 for 303 yards and seven touchdowns, despite the interception on the game’s first possession.
The Storm heads to San Antonio to take on the Talon’s next Saturday night as Tampa Bay tries to get out of the untimely funk.