Turnovers Send Storm To Fifth Straight Loss

Jul 13, 2013 Turner Batten

Tonight the Tampa Bay Storm offense could never get on track and it all started with an unlucky bounce.

The Storm drove down the field on its first possession of the night, thanks to a great play by quarterback Randy Hippeard who found Joe Hills deep in San Antonio Talons territory.  

However, on the next play Hippeard targeted Hills again in the back of the endzone, but the ball deflected off of Hills’ hands and then ricocheted off of the field goal post landing in the hands of Talons defensive back Fred Shaw. San Antonio would go onto score after the interception.

Later on, the Storm would actually take a 14-13 lead, due to a missed extra-point by the Talons but the lead would be short-lived as D.J. Stephens would haul in a pass from Talons quarterback Rahon Davey putting San Antonio 20-14.

On the ensuing possession, Jamar Ransom intercepted Hippeard and took it in for the school and the Talons never looked back.

With a 12-point halftime lead, San Antonio came out in the second half and poured it on Tampa Bay erupting for 35 points on their way to a 68-42 win over the Storm.

Hills once again led the Storm with nine catches, 126 yards and three touchdowns.  His three touchdowns on the night broke the Storm single-season record for most touchdowns with 39.

Newcomer Justin Hilton added three catches, 60 yards and a touchdown for the Storm as well.

Hippeard had his worst game since taking over for the injured Adrian McPherson, going 17-for-33 with 246 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions.

Hippeard was knocked out of the game late in the fourth quarter as well and Shane Boyd saw his first action since early in the season when he went down with a knee injury.

Boyd only had five pass attempts, completing three of them for 47 yards.

Stephens and Davey stole the show for the Talons as Stephens reeled 11 passes for 184 yards and five touchdowns.

Davey was stellar going 21-for-31 for 313 yards and eight touchdowns.

Even though the Storm was defeated tonight, its playoff hopes are still alive.

The Storm returns to the Tampa Bay Times Forum next Saturday to take on the Pittsburgh Power as the Storm looks to snap its five-game losing streak.

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