Stockton 47 - Tennessee Valley 41 (OT)
Friday June 27, 2008
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Stockton Lightning WR Troy McBroom, in his arenafootball2 rookie debut, hauled in a 15-yard touchdown pass from Andy Collins with 6:19 left in overtime to lift the Lightning (3-10) to a 47-41 overtime victory over the Tennessee Valley Vipers at the Von Braun Center on Friday, in Week 14 of arenafootball2 play.
The Lightning, who snap a four-game losing skid and gave Interim Head Coach Chad Carlson his first win in his Stockton coaching tenure, stayed alive in the National Conference wild card race and improved to a lifetime record of 2-0 in overtime, led by Collins effort of 342 passing yards, a season-high 7 touchdown passes and a 29-for-41 effort.
Both teams battled to a 7-7 tie through one quarter of play and the scoring began with 8:49left in the first stanza, when Lightning QB Andy Collins found rookie receiver Troy McBroom on a dazzling five-yard touchdown grab to put the Lightning up 7-0. McBroom reached out and hauled in Collins’ lob pass with his left hand for the first touchdown reception of his pro career.
Tennessee Valley answered on Gary Elliott’s eight-yard touchdown reception with 5:30 left to knot the game at seven apiece and grabbed their first lead of the game at 14-7 with 2:42 remaining before halftime on Benji McDowell’s one-yard rush off the left tackle.
WR Ruben Jackson’s second receiving touchdown of the season came on a 27-yard bomb from Collins with 11 seconds left, leveling the score at 14-14. The Vipers answered with an admirable return to set up kicker Nick Hayes’ 25-yard field goal at the buzzer, giving Tennessee Valley a 17-14 lead at halftime.
Collins threw for three more touchdowns in the third quarter to cue a 20-14 run by the Lightning, finding Jackson, McBroom and Justin Taplin on three separate strikes, including a 37-yard bomb to McBroom with 2:52 left in the quarter.
Both teams traded scores in the fourth quarter, with Tennessee Valley tying the game at 34 apiece on Hayes’ 21-yard field goal with 12:34 left. The Lightning restored their seven-point advantage when Collins found McBroom in the right corner of the end zone via a four-yard lob with 9:14 left.
The Lightning had a chance to seal the game in the last minute of regulation by forcing a turnover on downs, putting the ball in the red zone from eight yards out. The Vipers responded by denying three separate tries by Collins to run the ball in and Walls missed a 28-yard field goal, giving Tennessee Valley new life on the final series of regulation.
Alonzo Nix snared in a buzzer-beating 15-yard touchdown reception and Hayes split the uprights on the extra-point try to force overtime.
Ruschard Dodd-Masters picked off his fourth interception of the season on QB Kevin Eakin’s long bomb to the goal line, setting up the Lightning heroics near midfield. Taplin kept the drive alive on a crucial eight-yard reception at the Vipers 20-yard line. Two plays later, Collins threw a 15-yard lob off his back foot to McBroom, who used his 6-foot-3 frame to haul in the pass at the goal line for the victory.
The Lightning improved to a 5-5 lifetime record against non-divisional opponents, led in the receiving category by Jackson’s 139 receiving yards in his second appearance as a pro. Eakin threw for 234 yards, four touchdowns and a 23-for-43 effort.