Valor Washed Out By Storm Again
TAMPA BAY, FL - The Washington Valor (1-4) continue to show growth in Florida after a quick rematch with the Tampa Bay Storm (5-1) inside of Amalie Arena in front of 9,275 fans on Saturday. The Storm strengthen after winning 53-47.
Valor quarterback Erik Meyer was pretty much on point again, 21 for 35 with 269 yards through the air but he went down on a running play in the fourth quarter. For the second time this season he linked up with five different receivers for five touchdowns, throwing one interception with no time left going into the half. Bernard Morris came in to finish the game, #5 went 5 for 5 with 55 yards and 1 TD.
“We’re growing,” Valor Head Coach Dean Cokinos said. “We’ve got to keep moving. That’s the game. This is arena ball. It so often comes down to the last possession and just have to learn and be able to win one of these games.”
Growth, quite possibly why wide receiver Roger Jackson was named Offensive Player of the Game, “Spider-Man” had nine receptions for 137 yards and two touchdowns, one of those catches was an absolute bomb from Meyer in the second quarter. Wide receiver TT Toliver also achieved something of great note, he became just the fifth player to ever reach 2,000+ career points when he scored before halftime. Defensively the Valor looked solid again, three sacks on Storm QB Randy Hippeard but DL Brandon Sesay was missed after his stellar game last week.
Cokinos on Toliver reaching 2,000: "It’s just phenomenal. He played a great game tonight. He’s a good leader of the young guys. He’s a competitor. We’re very happy for him. He’s been a great player throughout his entire career."
On the Storm side of the ball, QB Randy Hippeard looked his usual self, 19 for 31, 233 passing yards and seven touchdowns. Just like last week, he hit WR Joe Hills with 9+ receptions and three touchdowns, pushing Hills' streak to 74 consecutive games with a touchdown. Hills was also named MVP of the Game. WR Kendrick Ings was seemingly everywhere on the field, also hauling in three touchdowns but doing so with only three receptions, that's pretty impressive. He added two kick returns for 68 yards as well.
Next weekend the Valor come home to D.C. They're set to face the Philadelphia Soul for the second time ever, they last met on April 22nd inside of Verizon Center. The Soul still remain undefeated at 6-0 and the Valor will look to end their streak before Philly takes a bye week. You can tune in May 27th at 1:00 p.m. on Monumental Sports Network or CSN PHL.
Jon studied Business Management at the University of Pittsburgh and is originally from Maryland. An avid DMV sports fan, he often attends Capitals, Orioles, Wizards and Redskins games. Now a Washington Valor season plan holder and columnist for ArenaFan, he`ll be at every home game covering the team. He spends his free time with friends and family and freelancing graphic design projects. You can follow Jon on Twitter @5FIFTY3