Storm start strong, but can't finish in loss to LA KISS

Jul 12, 2016 Hailey Hrynewich

The last time the Tampa Bay Storm took on the Los Angeles KISS, they failed to start, allowing the KISS to take a 34-point lead in the first half.

While the Storm came out strong on Monday night in their rematch at Honda Center in Anaheim, with the game tied 14-14 at halftime, it wasn’t enough to finish the game. The Storm (1-12) was outscored by 27 points in the second half, losing 48-21.

The KISS (6-7) scored first with an 11-yard touchdown by wide receiver Donovan Morgan after the Storm failed to score in their first drive of the game. The KISS led 7-0 going into the second quarter.

Storm quarterback Jason Boltus started the second quarter with a touchdown pass to wide receiver T.T. Toliver to tie it. After another score by the KISS, the Storm’s recently-acquired John Brown also contributed with a 2-yard touchdown run to tie it at the half.

The difference in this game, however, was the second half performance.

The KISS came out strong both offensively and defensively, switching some things up on their offensive plays and forcing the Storm to turn the ball over three times in a row from the start of the half.

KISS fullback Rory Nixon scored a 3-yard rushing touchdown to take the lead again for good, 21-14. After turning the ball over on downs, the Storm then let another 9-yard touchdown pass from Stanley to D.J. Stephens, falling behind and ending the third at 27-14.

The Storm continued to struggle, turning the ball over two more times in the fourth quarter. The last score for the Storm would be a 7-yard rush by Adam Kennedy with less than four minutes left.

On a positive note, Toliver became the all-time leader in all-purpose yards for the Arena Football League. A 16-yard pass from Boltus with 8:29 left in the first quarter put Toliver at 21,056 total all-purpose yards, surpassing AFL Hall-of-Famer Barry Wagner with 21,042 yards.

The Storm return to Amalie Arena to play the Philadelphia Soul on Saturday afternoon. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30.