July 23, 2017 - Arena Football League (AFL) - Tampa Bay Storm
TAMPA, FL - The Tampa Bay Storm (10-3) defeated the Cleveland Gladiators, 57-27, Saturday in the final home game of the regular season before an energetic crowd of 10,567 at Amalie Arena.
Quarterback Randy Hippeard led the Storm offense with five touchdown passes and another on the ground and Alvin Ray Jackson's two fumble recoveries and pair of interceptions commanded defense.
The Storm led 28-13 at halftime, then scored three more touchdowns in the third period to increase its lead to 48-20.
It was the first time since 2010 that the Storm has totaled 10 or more wins. Tampa Bay was 11-4 in the regular season in 2010.
Joe Hills made it 80 games in a row that he has scored a touchdown. The Tampa Bay wide receiver caught a game-high 10 passed for 121 yards and two touchdowns. Kendrick Ings also grabbed two touchdowns and totaled seven catches. Hills was named Offensive Player of the Game.
The Tampa Bay Storm have a Bye Week next weekend and then finish off the 2017 campaign in the City of Brotherly Love against the Philadelphia Soul Saturday, August 5 at the Wells Fargo Center. The Storm then return home to host a playoff game versus either the Cleveland Gladiators (4-9) or Baltimore Brigade Monday, August 12 at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Total Cleveland Gladiators 6 7 7 7 27 Tampa Bay Storm 21 7 20 9 57
1st Quarter TAM - Joe Hills 00 pass from Randy Hippeard (Mark Lewis kick) 12:00. TAM - Alvin Ray Jackson 19 pass interception (Lewis kick) 9:38. CLE - Michael Preston 10 pass from Arvell Nelson (pass failed) 5:03. TAM - Kendrick Ings 23 pass from Hippeard (Lewis kick) 1:34.
2nd Quarter CLE - Terence Moore interception 6, lateral to Marrio Norman 29 run (Drew Basil kick) 8:54. TAM - Hippeard 1 run (Lewis kick) 00:00.
3rd Quarter TAM - Ings 27 pass from Hippeard (Lewis kick) 9:43. TAM - LaMark Brown 2 pass from Hippeard (kick failed) 7:32. CLE - Nelson 1 run (Basil kick) 4:06. TAM - Hills 19 pass from Hippeard (Lewis kick) 2:47.
4th Quarter TAM - FG Lewis 39 8:28. TAM - Michael Lindsey 4 net recovery (kick failed) 8:18. CLE - Nick Seither 25 fumble recovery (Basil kick) 00:52.
Passing (C-A-INT-Yds-TD) CLE - Arvell Nelson (11-19-2-142-1) TAM - Randy Hippeard (22-36-1-234-5)(0-1-0-0-0).
Rushing: (Att-Yds-TD) CLE - Arvell Nelson (3-14-1), Jeramie Richardson (3-13-0), TAM - Randy Hippeard (3-4-1), Ryan Cave (1-(-1)-0), Chris Bonner (2-(-3)-0).
Receiving: (Rec-Yds-TD) CLE - Collin Taylor (2-36-0), Michael Preston (9-98-1), Jeramine Ricahrdson (1-12-0). TAM - Joe Hills (10-121-2), LaMark Brown (3-19-1), Kendrick Ings (7-82-2), Michael Lindsey (2-12-0).
KO Returns: (No.-Yds-TD) CLE - Kenny Veal (6-137-0). TAM - Kendrick Ings (1-21-0), Michael Lindsey (3-30-0).
Offensive Player of the Game: Joe Hills, Tampa Bay. Defensive Player of the Game: Alvin Ray Jackson, Tampa Bay. MVP OF THE GAME: Alvin Ray Jackson, Tampa Ba