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Storm loses in Orlando, falls to the Predators 77-65

Sunday April 20, 2014

Tampa Bay Storm at Orlando Predators
Saturday, April 19, 2014
CFE Arena – Orlando, FL
Attendance: 5,434

Storm loses in Orlando, falls to the Predators 77-65

 

Orlando, FL – The Tampa Bay Storm (3-3, 1-3) was defeated by the Orlando Predators (4-2, 2-1) Saturday evening by a score of 77-65.  The game saw the return of former Storm ironman, T.T. Toliver.  This was also the 54th meeting between the two teams, with the Predators now holding a 28-26 advantage.

 

The Storm offense failed to score on its opening drive resulting in a 14-point swing, with the Predators going up 14-0.  But that would all change on Tampa Bay’s next possession.  The team methodically moved the ball down the field with the score coming on a 31-yard pass to Joe Hills.  Both the Storm and Predators would trade scores in the first half, with Orlando leading by a score of 41-32 entering the third quarter.

 

The second half saw the Storm offense come alive as the team scored on an 11-yard reception by Dexter Jackson on the opening drive bringing the score to within 2 points.  It was his only score of the night.  The Storm offense was led by Randy Hippeard.  Hippeard found all of his receivers but his top target was Toliver.  Toliver finished the night with 12 receptions for 136 yards and five touchdowns.  Hippeard would complete 31-of-43 passes for 380 yards and nine touchdowns.

 

However, the game turned on an onside kick recovered by the Predators late in the third quarter.  Orlando would score, putting the Storm into a 15-point hole.  The Orlando defense would then turn up the pressure forcing Hippeard into throwing an interception.  The Preds would score on the next possession putting Orlando up 22 points.

 

The Orlando offense was led by Jason Boltus.  He finished the night completing 21-of-27 passes for 365 yards and nine touchdowns.  His preferred target of the night was Greg Carr.  Carr finished with seven receptions for 145 yards and four touchdowns.

 

UP NEXT – The Storm will host the Spokane Shock on “Youth Sports Night” on AMALIE Motor Oil Field at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Saturday, April 26.  The game can be seen on CBS Sports Network.  Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. EST.

 

Score by Quarters      1          2          3         4       Total

Tampa Bay Storm          7          25         14       19      65
Orlando Predators          20        21         20       16      77

           

1st Quarter

ORL – Khalil Paden 34-yard reception (Mark Lewis good)

ORL – Kendal Thompkins 22-yard reception (Mark Lewis good)

TAM – Joe Hills 31-yard reception (Geoff Boyer good)

ORL – Greg Carr 30-yard reception (Mark Lewis no good)

 

2nd Quarter

TAM – T.T. Toliver 7-yard reception (Geoff Boyer good)

ORL – Khalil Paden 27-yard reception (Mark Lewis good)

TAM – Joe Hills 31-yard reception (Geoff Boyer no good)

ORL – Greg Carr 19-yard reception (Mark Lewis good)

TAM – Randy Hippeard 1-yard rush (Randy Hippeard pass failed)
ORL – Greg Carr 20-yard reception (Mark Lewis good)

TAM – T.T. Toliver 2-yard reception (Randy Hippeard pass failed)

 

3rd Quarter

TAM – Dexter Jackson 11-yard reception (Geoff Boyer good)

ORL – Kendal Thompkins 38-yard reception (Jason Boltus pass failed)

TAM – T.T. Toliver 8-yard reception (Geoff Boyer good)

ORL – Kendal Thompkins 40-yard reception (Mark Lewis good)

ORL – Jason Boltus 11-yard rush (Mark Lewis good)

 

4th Quarter

ORL – Gregg Carr 41-yard reception (Mark Lewis good)

TAM – T.T. Toliver 14-yard reception (Geoff Boyer good)

ORL – Tracy Belton 10-yard kick return (Mark Lewis good)

TAM – Michael Lindsey 6-yard reception (Randy Hippeard pass failed)

TAM – T.T. Toliver 10-yard reception (Randy Hippeard pass intercepted)

ORL – Greg Carr interception return for defensive PAT

 

 

Statistical Leaders:

Passing (C-A-INT-Yds-TD)

TAM – Randy Hippeard (31-43-1-380-9)

ORL – Jason Boltus (21-27-1-365-9)

 

Rushing: (Att-Yds-TD)

TAM – Randy Hippeard (2-4-1); Dexter Jackson (2-(-2)-0)

ORL – Khalil Paden (1-0-0); Jason Boltus (4-21-1); Michael Simons (6-25-0); Gerald Young (1-(-1)-0)

 

Receiving:  (Rec-Yds-TD)

TAM – T.T. Toliver (12-136-5); Joe Hills (5-85-2); Michael Lindsey (5-77-1); Amarri Jackson (7-64-0); Dexter Jackson (2-18-1)

ORL – Greg Carr (7-145-4); Khalil Paden (7-86-2); Kendal Thompkins (6-132-3); Gerald Young (1-2-0)

 

KO Returns: (No.-Yds-TD)

TAM – Michael Lindsey (7-110-0); Rod Issac (1-7-0)

ORL – Tracy Belton (1-42-1); Cortez Stubbs (1-5-0); Gerald Young (4-41-0)


Post-Game Awards

 

RUSSELL ATHLETIC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: Jason Boltus (ORL)
RIDDELL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: Tracy Belton (ORL)
J. LEWIS SMALL PLAYMAKER OF THE WEEK: Greg Carr (ORL)  
CUTTER CATCH OF THE GAME: Greg Carr's second touchdown of the game with 3:14 left in the 2nd quarter. 
AFL HIGHLIGHT OF THE GAME: 
Tracy Belton's one-handed interception in the endzone