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Storm Rebound, Finally Click On All Cylinders Against Soul

Connor Akeman
Saturday April 5, 2014

After a heartbreaking, last second defeat against rival Orlando last week, the stage was set on Friday night for the Tampa Bay Storm to show up flat against a very talented Philadelphia Soul team. Coming off a short week and facing off against a Soul team that was due for a breakout performance, Tampa Bay did just the opposite and played what was their most impressive, all-around complete game in a 63-49 win.

Although both teams struggled through a penalty fest early in the game, the Storm for the first time all season were the ones to jump out to a 14-0 lead and Tampa Bay never really looked back on the offensive side of the ball. “The team scored on every possession in the first half,” Storm head coach Lawrence Samuels said. “The name of the game in arena football is offense and that was big for us and helped us dominate the rest of the game.”

Newly acquired Storm K Geoff Boyer even converted all nine extra point opportunities, much to the delight of the crowd and one particular ArenaFan writer.

Defensively, the Storm found a way to shutout the Soul in both the first and third quarters. An impressive feat that was led by DB Chris Smith, who continued to shine for Tampa Bay with another clutch, goal line interception late in the game.

“Our defense put us in a position tonight where we could not only get comfortable, but put the pressure back on them,” Samuels said.

For the first time in the still young season, Tampa Bay was out to really prove something on Friday night and can continue to impress next week in Jacksonville against a Sharks team Tampa Bay is 1-8 against all-time.

The Storm finally were able to put together all facets of their game against Philadelphia and showed why they can become a contending 3-1 team. How far will a complete, thorough team effort like this one go? We will find out real quick in Jacksonville next week. Did I mention the Storm are 1-8 all-time against the Sharks?  

Connor Akeman is a freelance sports writer and aspiring radio broadcaster who resides in Tampa, FL. A Tampa native, he considers himself emotionally invested in the Rays, Buccaneers, and Lightning by enjoying season tickets to all three teams. He has followed the Storm since the early Tim Marcum days and can remember attending his first ever Arena Football game in 2007. Studying Mass Communications/Journalism, Connor graduated from the University of South Florida in May 2017. He has spent time with and has been published by the Orange County Register in Anaheim, CA as well as other outlets. He currently contributes to of SB Nation. You can follow Connor on Twitter @ConnorAkeman.
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