July 23, 2017 - Arena Football League (AFL) - Tampa Bay Storm
TAMPA, FL - The Tampa Bay Storm (10-3) defeated the Cleveland Gladiators (4-9), 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 the 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 11-5 in the regular season in 2010.
Joe Hills made it 80 consecutive games played with 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 14 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 36-yard reception (Mark Lewis kick) 12:00. TAM - Alvin Ray Jackson 19-yard interception return (Lewis kick) 9:38. CLE - Michael Preston 10-yard reception (pass failed) 5:03. TAM - Kendrick Ings 23-yard reception (Lewis kick) 1:34.
2nd Quarter CLE - Terence Moore interception 6, lateral to Marrio Norman 29 run (Drew Basil kick) 8:54. TAM - Randy Hippeard 1-yard rush (Lewis kick) 00:00.
3rd Quarter TAM - Kendrick Ings 27-yard reception (Lewis kick) 9:43. TAM - LaMark Brown 2-yard reception (kick failed) 7:32. CLE - Arvell Nelson 1-yard rush (Basil kick) 4:06. TAM - Joe Hills 19-yard reception (Lewis kick) 2:47.
4th Quarter TAM - Mark Lewis 39-yard Field Goal 8:28. TAM - Michael Lindsey 4-yard net recovery (kick failed) 8:18. CLE - Nick Seither 25-yard fumble return (Basil kick) 00:52.
Passing (C-A-INT-Yds-TD) CLE - Arvell Nelson (11-19-2-142-1), Tanner Marsh (1-4-0-4-0) TAM - Randy Hippeard (22-36-1-234-5)
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 - Michael Preston (9-98-1), Collin Taylor (2-36-0), Jeramine Ricahrdson (1-12-0). TAM - Joe Hills (10-121-2), Kendrick Ings (7-82-2), LaMark Brown (3-19-1), Michael Lindsey (2-12-0).
KO Returns: (No.-Yds-TD) CLE - Kenny Veal (6-137-0). TAM - Michael Lindsey (3-30-0), Kendrick Ings (1-21-0)
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 Bay.