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March 16, 2005 - Arena Football League (1987-2008) (AFL I) - Tampa Bay Storm News Release

TAMPA BAY STORM (4-2)
at
PHILADELPHIA SOUL (2-5)

March 20, 2005 12:00 pm NBC Sports
Wachovia Complex (17,597)
Philadephia, Pa.

STORM/SOUL PREVIEW
This is the second time the two teams have met. In the only other meeting to date the Storm won, 40-37, in a regular season contest last season. In the game, each defense recorded an interception but the Storm defense also recovered two fumbles. The Storm outscored Philadelphia 20-10 in the first half. Lawrence Samuels was the game’s MVP, Offensive Player of the Game and Ironman of the Game as he made nine catches for 149 yards with one touchdown and an interception. His 149 yards receiving set a personal single game high that still stands entering this week’s meeting. Tampa Bay quarterback Shane Stafford completed 18 of 35 passes for 233 yards and three touchdowns. The Storm recorded three sacks, two from current Storm players Darion Conner and Nyle Wiren, while Philadelphia failed to bring down Stafford behind the line. The Soul failed to have a receiver gain more than 60 yards. Tampa Bay leads the AFL in scoring offense while the Soul rank 15th in points allowed per game. Philadelphia QB Tony Graziani has a passer rating of 106.8 and has thrown nine interceptions while only being sacked two times.

TAMPA BAY VS. ARIZONA RECAP
After missing a field goal to end the first half, Tampa Bay Storm kicker Matt George found redemption by hammering home the game-winner as time expired in Tampa Bay’s 56-53 victory against the Arizona Rattlers in front of 16,004 fans at the St. Pete Times Forum. Storm quarterback Shane Stafford connected for seven touchdown passes as the Storm improved to 4-2 and stayed undefeated at home (4-0). David Saunders caught three touchdown passes to tie his career high and move past James Bowden for fifth on the all-time Storm touchdown catch list with 37. Stafford has thrown seven touchdown passes in two consecutive games. WR/LB Lawrence Samuels also set a career single game high with 12 catches in the contest.

THE SERIES
Overall record: Storm leads, 1-0
Regular Season: Storm leads, 1-0
Playoffs: Have never met
Last Meeting: February 29, 2004 (Tampa Bay 40, Philadelphia 37)


RADIO – 620 AM WDAE
Jack Harris, play-by-play
Jason Dixon, analyst

TV -- NBC Sports(News Channel 8)
Bob Papa, play-by-play
Mike Pawlawski, commentary
Vai Sikahema, sideline reporter

2005 STORM SCHEDULE/RESULTS

DATE OPPONENT RESULT
Jan. 30 San Jose SaberCats W, 63-33
Feb. 6 Austin Wranglers W, 62-45
Feb. 11 at Orlando Predators L, 46-61
Feb. 25 at New Orleans VooDoo L, 42-48 OT
Mar. 6 Grand Rapids Rampage W, 70-50
Mar. 13 Arizona Rattlers W, 59-56
Mar. 20 at Philadelphia Soul 12:00 pm
Mar. 26 at Los Angeles Avengers 10:30 pm
April 2 Georgia Force 7:30 pm
April 9 Orlando Predators 7:30 pm
April 17 at Austin Wranglers 1:00 pm
April 24 at Nashville Kats 1:00 pm
April 30 New Orleans VooDoo 7:30 pm
May 8 at Georgia Force 1:00 pm
May 15 New York Dragons 1:00 pm
May 22 at Columbus Destroyers 3:00 pm
All times Eastern and subject to change

They Fought the Law-Dog, and the Law-Dog Won
Storm WR/LB Lawrence Samuels (517) enters this week’s game needing just two receptions to tie Stevie Thomas as the Storm’s all-time receptions leader with 519. He also ranks second on the all-time receiving yards list with 6,431 and third on the all-time receiving touchdowns list with 92.

Samuels set a personal record in Week 7 when he made 12 catches, a career best for receptions in a game. He also put up 145 yards receiving and a touchdown.

He is currently tied for seventh in the AFL for catches this season with 50.

Striking First
Tampa Bay has scored first in five of their six games. The only time the Storm has allowed the first points of the game was in Week 2 vs. Austin. Tampa Bay is 3-2 this season when they score first and are 90-22 in the franchise’s history.

That’s Just Offensive
The Storm are the AFL’s most potent team when it comes to scoring points. Tampa Bay puts up more points per game than any other team with 57. They also have the highest rated passing attack with a rating of 122.2 while averaging 275.5 passing yards per game, good for fourth in the league.

The Sacks are Back
After going three consecutive games without a sack, the Storm have dropped opposing quarterbacks behind the line in two consecutive games. Tampa Bay recorded three sacks in their Week 6 win against Grand Rapids and one sack in Week 7’s victory against Arizona. Umar Muhammad recorded last week’s sack when he dropped Sherdrick Bonner behind the line of scrimmage.

Saunders Makes a Day of It
Storm WR/DB David Saunders hit a few special numbers of his own in the Storm’s Week 7 win against the Ratters. Saunders’ three touchdowns tied his personal high for touchdowns in a game. It was the eighth time in his career he has hit the number. The last time was May 23 of last season against New Orleans. He also moved past James Bowden on the Storm all-time touchdown list with his 37th touchdown in a Tampa Bay uniform.

Home Sweet Home
Tampa Bay is one of five teams that are undefeated at home this season, and are one of two that are 4-0. The Storm have scored 60 points or more in every home game except one this season and have outscored opponents 254-184. The only game they didn’t score 60 was when then put up 59 against Arizona in Week 7. They average 63.5 points per game at home and allow just 46 per contest.

Ordway Climbs to the Top
Defensive specialist Jonathan Ordway finds himself tied for the AFL lead in passes defended. He has 11 pass breakups and two interceptions to date this year. His 11 breakups rank second in the league. Both interceptions came in Week 2 vs. Austin as the Tampa native ran one back for a touchdown tying the team record for longest interception return.


The Magic Number
The Storm are 44-1 in franchise history when they score 60 points or more. They have scored 60 points or more on three separate occasions this season and won all three contests. They put up 63 points in Week 1 vs. San Jose, 62 in Week 2 vs. Austin and 70 in Week 6 vs. Grand Rapids. Tampa Bay also improved to 9-0 all-time when they score 70 points or more. The last time the Storm scored 70 points in a game was July 7, 2001 vs. Houston when they won 70-47.

Tra-Main Man
Defensive specialist Tramain Jones has been a tackling machine for the Storm this season. He has led Tampa Bay in tackles in all six games to date this season, including a career-best 12.5 tackles in Week 5 at New Orleans. He has 47.5 tackles for the season. His single-season career best is 63.0. Jones has also recorded an interception, a fumble recovery and three pass breakups this season.

Jones’ 47.5 tackles this season ranks him third in the league and first on the Storm.

Dude, You’re Getting a Dell
Tampa Bay Storm OS/WR/DB Clif Dell has become a touchdown scoring machine this season, as 50% of his receptions have been touchdown grabs. Dell has hauled in 28 receptions to date, finding the endzone 14 times. He is tied for eighth in the AFL in touchdown receptions.

Dell, who has moved over from his WR/DB position to fill in for injured offensive specialist Freddie Solomon for three games this year, leads the Storm in scoring and touchdown receptions and ranks second on the team with 23 catches for 217 yards.

His performance against the VooDoo (8 catches for 62 yards and three touchdowns) marked the third time this season that the seven-year AFL veteran has scored at least three touchdowns in a game. Dell’s performance at New Orleans also allowed him to move up on the Storm career
receiving charts. The third-year Storm receiver passed Eddie Brown and moved into eighth place on the Storm career receptions list (93). He also moved into eighth place on the Storm receiving yards list (1,194), passing Bobby Byrd. Dell now ranks seventh on the Storm receiving touchdowns list (31) after passing Charles Wilson in that category.

Dell has recorded a touchdown in every game this season and has scored a touchdown in every game dating back to May 23 last season vs. New Orleans.

Stat-ford Keeps Rolling
Storm QB Shane Stafford followed up his Offensive Player of the Week performance in Week 6 (24 of 33 for 298 yards and seven touchdowns) with an even stronger performance through the air. In Week 7’s match-up with the Rattlers Stafford completed 30 of 45 passes for 321 yards and seven touchdowns. More importantly, Stafford did not thrown any interceptions.

The Storm are undefeated this season (4-0) when Stafford completes better than 60% of his passes. He has completed more than 60% in all games at the St. Pete Times Forum and has completed 53.3% and 59.3% of his passes in both road games this year.

The quarterback has not thrown an interception in four games, dating back to Week 2 vs. Austin. In the following four games Stafford has thrown 177 passes without one falling into the hands of the opponent. He is the only QB in the AFL to throw one interception or less this season.

The UConn grad is the league’s top rated passer with a rating of 121.5. He also ranks second in pass attempts with 241 and in completions with 158. He is third in the AFL in yards per game with 280.8 and in passing touchdowns with 36.

PROTECTING THE ROCK
The Storm’s eight turnovers this season are tied for the fourth fewest in the league. Much of that credit goes to Tampa Bay quarterback Shane Stafford. Stafford has thrown just one interception this season, the fewest by any starting quarterback in the AFL. The fourth-year Storm quarterback made it a point this season to cut down on the number of interceptions he threw after struggling at times with them last season. And so far, that work has paid off. Including Stafford, only six quarterbacks (none with more than 86 completions) have fewer than three interceptions for the season.

Tampa Bay ranks fifth in the AFL in turnover margin at plus-4. The Storm have caused 12 turnovers this season including five fumbles and seven interceptions. They have only given up seven fumbles and one interception for a total of eight giveaways.

King Solomon
With his nine catch, 148-yard performance in Week 6, OS Freddie Solomon eclipsed the 3,000 yard mark with the Storm. He now ranks fourth all-time behind Stevie Thomas, Lawrence Samuels and George LaFrance.

Second To None
The Storm set a new franchise record in Week 6 vs. Grand Rapids by putting up 50 points in the second half. Following a first half in which Tampa Bay scored 20 points, they came out firing in the second half and scored 14 points in the third quarter and 36 in the fourth. The previous record of 47 points was set on June 4, 2000 vs. the Florida Bobcats.

Kickin’ It
The Storm allowed their first field goal in Week 6 vs. Grand Rapids. The Rampage’s Peter Martinez put a 43-yard attempt through the uprights for the first one against Tampa Bay this season. Martinez was one for five. Tampa Bay also managed one block in Week 6. After six games played it is still the only field goal allowed by Tampa Bay this season.

For the Record Books
Quarterback Shane Stafford shattered a pair Storm passing records in the game against New Orleans in Week 5. Stafford finished with 32 completions in 54 attempts, throwing for 278 yards and five touchdowns. The 32 completions and 54 attempts were both single-game Storm records. The previous completions 31 set my Scott Milanovich in 2002. The previous record for attempts was 52 passes thrown by Jay Gruden in 1994 and Milanovich in 2002.

Kicking With Confidence
Tampa Bay Storm kicker Matt George has done what not many kickers in recent years have been able to do – stay out of head coach Tim Marcum’s doghouse. After going through 10 kickers during the past two seasons, George has solidified himself as one of the top kickers in the league. Through five games, George ranks fifth in the AFL in scoring among kickers with 58 points. He has connected on 40-of-44 extra point attempts and six of 14 field goals. He currently ranks fourth in the AFL in field goal percentage, connecting 42.9 percent of the time.

George made his first game-winning field goal of the season in Week 7 vs. Arizona when his 20-yard kick gave the Storm a 59-56 win as time expired.

Struggling on the Ground
The Tampa Bay Storm running game has struggled this season. The Storm have averaged just 8.3 yards per game on the ground, good for 17th in the AFL. Tampa Bay has just six rushing touchdowns this year, with Stafford the only player with multiple touchdowns on the ground. They didn’t reach pay-dirt on the ground in their Week 7 match-up with Arizona.

The Storm have been outrushed in five of the six games this season and own a 3-2 overall record in those games. Overall, Tampa Bay is 50-44 in games when the opponent has totaled more rushing yards in the game.

The Storm rushing defense has been solid this season. Tampa Bay, which ranks seventh in the AFL in rushing defense, held the AFL’s leading rusher Michael Bishop to 20 yards in Week 6’s victory over Grand Rapids. Going into the game Bishop had 194 rushing yards in three games, an average of 64.7 yards per game. He had rushed for four touchdowns, as many as the Storm had rushed for as a team.

Hitting the Century Mark
Storm wide receiver Lawrence Samuels reached a career milestone in Week 5 against New Orleans. Samuels hauled in his 100th career receiving touchdown on a seven-yard third quarter touchdown strike from Shane Stafford. The touchdown was his only TD grab of the game, in which he finished with seven receptions for 59 yards. Samuels is putting together another great season for the Storm in 2005. He is the team leader in receptions and receiving yards, catching 34 passes for 395 yards. He enters this week’s game against Grand Rapids needing just 12 catches to pass Stevie Thomas and take over as the Storm’s career receptions leader. Samuels also has 91 touchdowns as a member of the Storm and needs nine more to become just the second player in Storm history with 100 touchdown catches in a Storm uniform.

European Departures
Aside from the injuries, the Storm have also been raided by NFL Europe this season. Tampa Bay lost lineman Clint Mitchell before the start of the regular season. Mitchell was expected to be a contributor on the line of scrimmage this season. Mitchell was drafted by the Amsterdam Admirals in the free agent draft. Tampa Bay also lost WR/DB Lawrence Richardson and lineman DeMarco McNeil, both of whom were on the team’s practice squad, to NFL Europe. Richardson was taken in the draft by the expansion Hamburg Sea Devils, and McNeil signed as a free agent with the Berlin Thunder.



Stafford Gets Honored for Record Setting Day
Tampa Bay Storm quarterback Shane Stafford was recognized twice for helping lead the Storm to their big win against San Jose. Stafford was named the AFL Player of the Week by the Arena Football League Writers Association on Monday, and then on Tuesday he was honored as the league’s Offensive Player of the Week.

The fourth-year Storm quarterback tied a team record and career high with eight touchdown passes and set a personal best with 28 completions in the game. Stafford finished the contest with 273 yards on 28 of 35 passing. He had no interceptions to go along with his eight touchdowns. Stafford led the Storm offense to 10 consecutive scoring drives in the game. The Tampa Bay offense scored on every drive that Stafford engineered in the contest.

The AFLPA honor and the AFL award marked the second time in his career that each organization bestowed their respective awards on Stafford. He was also named the AFLWA Player of the Week and the AFL Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Storm to a victory over the Los Angeles Avengers in Week 14 of last season.

Second Place All to Himself
Storm lineman Nyle Wiren’s half a sack and safety against San Jose in Week 1 gave him 15 sacks for his career. It also allowed Wiren to take over sole possession of second place on the team’s career sacks list. Wiren entered the season with 14.5 career sacks and was tied for second place on the list with Lynn Rowland. Wiren now stands behind only Andre Bowden, who has 33 career sacks. He recorded his 16th career sack in Week 6 vs. Grand Rapids.

Wiren’s defensive play picked up right where he left off last season. The eighth-year player had his best season in 2004, recording a career-high six sacks. He also earned second-team All-AFL honors.

First Timers
The Tampa Bay Storm’s 20-man roster for the season opener featured six players making their Storm debuts, including three rookies. AFL veterans Anthony Derricks, Jarrod Penright, and Ricky Hall all played in their first game for the Storm, as did rookies Lynaris Elpheage, Ronney Daniels, and Omar Smith. Additionally, another player, QB Stoney Case, saw his first-ever AFL game action. Case spent the 2004 season with the Storm but never dressed for a game.

Hey Rook
The Storm have always been a veteran-laden team under head coach Tim Marcum. The same is the case this season, but the Storm opening day roster did include an inordinate number of rookies. This season’s opening day roster included rookies Kenny Christian, Ronney Daniels, Lynaris Elpheage, Herb Haygood, DeMarcus Johnson, Elfrid Payton, Lawrence Richardson, and Omar Smith.

Elpheage, Smith, Payton, and Johnson were all included on the team’s 24-man roster, while Daniels, Haygood, and Richardson started the season on the team’s injured reserve list. Kenny Christian was on the team’s practice squad to start the year.

Going to the ‘Birds
The Storm roster includes a certain Midwestern flare this season. That’s because the roster features four players – Ricky Hall, Jarrod Penright, Mike Sutton, and Anthony Derricks – who played for the Indiana Firebirds last season. In addition, Storm assistant coach Mark Stoute served as an assistant coach for the Firebirds in 2004.

The Storm signed Hall and Derricks as AFL free agents, the only AFL free agents signed by the Storm in the offseason who did not previously play for Tampa Bay. Penright and Sutton were acquired by the Storm through the 2004 Dispersal Draft. Additionally, Jeff Cogell, a member of the team’s practice squad, also played for Indiana in 2004 and was acquired by Tampa Bay from Indiana in the Dispersal Draft.

Tough Day at the Office
The Storm suffered some potentially devastating injuries during their scrimmage against the Orlando Predators on January 22. The scrimmage, which served as the final day of training camp for both teams, produced numerous injuries for the Storm.

No injury, however, was as costly as the torn MCL suffered by WR/DB T.T. Toliver. Toliver, an All-Ironman selection a season ago, was the Storm’s starting WR/DB and the team’s top kick returner. In 2004, Toliver led the team with 2,095 all-purpose yards and 1,233 kickoff return yards. He finished second on the team in scoring (108 points) and third in receptions (64) and receiving yards (749). Defensively he was third in the team with 55.5 tackles and finished tied for the team lead with three interceptions.

Aside from the injury to Toliver, the Storm lost FB/LB David White to a high ankle sprain, OL/DL Rod Williams with a finger injury, and OL/DL Rashied Simmons to a neck injury. Tampa Bay entered the scrimmage with WR/LB David Saunders out with an ankle injury.

Tons of Experience on the Sideline
If there’s one thing the Storm coaching staff has, it is Arena Football coaching experience. Headed by Tim Marcum, the AFL’s all-time winningest coach, the three-man coaching staff has a total of 37 years of AFL coaching experience entering the season.

Marcum has 16 seasons under his belt, all as a head coach. He enters his 11th season in Tampa Bay, and prior to that served as the head coach of the Detroit Drive and Denver Dynamite. Under his guidance his teams have won seven ArenaBowl titles and have played in 10 of the 18 championship games.

Storm assistant coach Dave Ewart is in his third season with the Storm and his 11th season in the AFL. Prior to joining the Storm he served as head coach of the Florida Bobcats. He has also been the head coach of the Texas Terror and St. Louis Stampede and served as an assistant with the Bobcats, Stampede, New England Sea Wolves, and Cleveland
Thunderbolts.

Assistant coach Mark Stoute is in his first season with the Storm and his 12th year in the AFL. He is a former head coach of the Toronto Phantoms and was an assistant with the Indiana Firebirds, New England Sea Wolves, Florida Bobcats, Charlotte Rage, and Connecticut Coyotes.

O’Hara Named Offensive Coordinator
Tampa Bay Storm quarterback Pat O'Hara has been named the team's offensive coordinator. The AFL veteran will continue to serve as one of the team's backup quarterbacks in addition to his coaching duties.

O'Hara is in his 11th AFL season and his third season with the Storm. He is best remembered by Storm fans for relieving quarterback John Kaleo in the second half of ArenaBowl XVII and leading the Storm to their fifth ArenaBowl championship.

O'Hara owns three ArenaBowl rings and has played in five championship games. He spent the first six seasons of his career with the Orlando Predators, where he won ArenaBowl championships in 1998 and 2000. He also was with the Toronto Phantoms in 2001 and 2002.

O'Hara has thrown for more than 13,000 yards and 200 touchdowns in his AFL career. His career totals include 988 completions in 1,749 attempts for 13,383 yards and 231 touchdowns.

Lights, Camera, Action
Five members of the Tampa Bay Storm spent the summer shooting the remake of The Longest Yard starring Adam
Sandler and Burt Reynolds. Nyle Wiren, Clif Dell, Louis Williams, and Matt George all had on-screen roles. Wiren served
as the body double for former professional Wrestler Steve Austin, and also performed numerous stunts for the movie.
O’Hara worked behind the scenes, helping to find and hire all of the athletes for the movie. He also assisted in designing
the plays that were run in the movie. Additionally, he assisted in “coaching up” Sandler for his role as a quarterback in
the movie.

STORM RECORD WHEN …

ALL TIME 2005
Leading after 1st quarter 88-20 1-1
Trailing after 1st quarter 44-36 0-1
Tied after 1st quarter 22-10 3-0
Leading after 2nd quarter 127-16 3-0
Trailing after 2nd quarter 15-44 0-2
Tied after 2nd quarter 12-6 1-0
Leading after 3rd quarter 128-11 4-1
Trailing after 3rd quarter 21-51 0-1
Tied after 3rd quarter 6-4 0-0

Tampa Bay scores first 90-22 3-2
Opponent scores first 66-44 1-0
Tampa Bay more tot. yards 113-31 3-1
Opponent more tot. yards 42-35 1-1
Tampa Bay more pass yards 105-34 3-1
Opponent more pass yards 50-32 1-1
Tampa Bay more rush yards 106-21 1-0
Opponent more rush yards 50-44 3-2
Tampa Bay more turnovers 27-48 1-0
Opponent more turnovers 123-14 2-1

Tampa Bay 300 yd passer 15-11 1-0
Opponent 300 yd passer 15-9 0-0
Tampa Bay 30 yd rusher 34-3 0-0
Opponent 30 yd rusher 9-9 0-0
Tampa Bay 100 yd receiver 79-34 4-1
Opponent 100 yd receiver 48-33 2-0
Tampa Bay 200 yd receiver 0-0 0-0
Opponent 200 yd receiver 1-2 0-0
Tampa Bay two 30 yd rushers 4-1 0-0
Opponent two 30 yd rushers 1-1 0-0
Tampa Bay two 100 yd rec. 4-4 0-0
Opponent two 100 yd rec. 3-2 0-0
Tampa Bay 300+ pass yds 14-11 1-0
Opponent 300+ pass yds 17-9 1-0
Tampa Bay 50+ rush yds 24-2 0-0
Opponent 50+ rush yds 10-8 0-0
Tampa Bay 70+ points 9-0 1-0
Opponent 70+ points 0-2 0-0
Tampa Bay 60+ points 44-1 3-0
Opponent 60+ points 7-14 0-1
Tampa Bay 50+ points 92-11 4-0
Opponent 50+ points 38-34 2-1
Tampa Bay 40+ points 133-30 4-2
Opponent 40+ points 67-55 3-2

Games decided 17+ points 68-16 3-0
Games decided 3 pts or less 19-11 1-0
TB holds opp. under 20 pts 23-0 0-0
TB held under 40 points 25-34 0-0
TB held to 30 pts or less 8-9 0-0

Home 87-29 4-0
Away 67-38 0-2
Overtime 5-6 0-1
Thursday 3-3 0-0
Friday 35-16 0-2
Saturday 82-33 0-0
Sunday 28-14 4-0
Monday 6-1 0-0
January 2-0 1-0
February 4-6 1-2
March 8-3 2-0
April 9-9 0-0
May 33-12 0-0
June 36-15 0-0
July 40-12 0-0
August 22-8 0-0
September 1-0 0-0

WEEKLY AWARD WINNERS

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME
Week 1: Shane Stafford, TB
Week 2: Clif Dell, TB
Week 3: Michael Brown, ORL
Week 4: bye
Week 5: Jacques Rumph, NOV
Week 6: Shane Stafford, TB
Week 7: Shane Stafford, TB
Week 8:
Week 9:
Week 10:
Week 11:
Week 12:
Week 13:
Week 14:
Week 15:
Week 16:
Week 17:


DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME
Week 1: Tramain Jones, TB
Week 2: Jonathan Ordway, TB
Week 3: Rupert Grant, ORL
Week 4: bye
Week 5: Chris Pointer, NOV
Week 6: Jonathan Ordway, TB
Week 7: Tramain Jones, TB
Week 8:
Week 9:
Week 10:
Week 11:
Week 12:
Week 13:
Week 14:
Week 15:
Week 16:
Week 17:


IRONMAN OF THE GAME
Week 1: Lawrence Samuels, TB
Week 2: Lawrence Samuels, TB
Week 3: Idris Price, ORL
Week 4: bye
Week 5: B.J. Cohen, NOV
Week 6: T.T. Toliver, TB
Week 7: Anthony Derricks, TB
Week 8:
Week 9:
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Week 17:


LEAGUE AWARD WINNERS
Shane Stafford, Week 1 Offensive Player
of the Week
Jonathan Ordway, Week 2 Defensive
Player of the Week
Shane Stafford, Week 6 AFLWA Player of the Week

TALE OF THE TAPE

STORM SOUL
Category Rank Stat Rank Stat
Scoring Offense 1 57.0 11 48.0
Scoring Defense 9 48.8 15 54.3
Total Offense 8 283.8 11 270.1
Total Defense 7 266.2 12 293.4
Passing Offense 4 275.5 10 255.6
Passing Defense 8 249.3 9 254.7
Rushing Offense 17 8.3 12 14.6
Rushing Defense 7 16.8 17 38.7





TRACKING THE STORM

Following the week listed, the Storm ranked:

TOTAL TOTAL
OFF. DEF.
Week 1: 9 13
Week 2: 8 9
Week 3: 12 3
Week 4: 12 3
Week 5: 14 6
Week 6: 11 8
Week 7: 8 7
Week 8: - -
Week 9: - -
Week 10: - -
Week 11: - -
Week 12: - -
Week 13: - -
Week 14: - -
Week 15: - -
Week 16: - -
Week 17: - -

2005 STORM INDIVIDUAL GAME HIGHS

SCORING
24, Freddie Solomon, March 6 vs. Grand Rapids

PASSING YARDS
321, Shane Stafford, March 13 vs. Arizona

PASSING TOUCHDOWNS
8, Shane Stafford, January 30 vs San Jose

RECEPTIONS
12, Lawrence Samuels, March 13 vs. Arizona

RECEIVING YARDS
148, Freddie Solomon, March 6 vs. Grand Rapids

RECEIVING TOUCHDOWNS
4, Clif Dell, February 6 vs Austin; Freddie Soloman, March 6 vs. Grand Rapids

RUSHES
4, Jarrod Penright, January 30 vs San Jose; David White, March 6 vs. Grand Rapids

RUSHING YARDS
16, Jarrod Penright, February 11 at Orlando

RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS
1, 6 times

KICKOFF RETURN YARDS
98, Anthony Derricks, February 11 at Orlando

MFG RETURN YARDS
53, T.T. Toliver, March 6 vs. Grand Rapids

ALL-PURPOSE YARDS
176, Freddie Solomon, March 6 vs. Grand Rapids

TACKLES
11.0, Tramain Jones, January 30 vs San Jose

FUMBLE RECOVERIES
1, Lawrence Samuels, February 6 vs Austin; Ernest Certain, February 6 vs Austin; Umar Muhammad, March 6 vs. Grand Rapids

SACKS
1.0, 5 times

TACKLES FOR LOSS
2.0, Umar Muhammad, March 6 vs. Grand Rapids

INTERCEPTIONS
2, Lawrence Samuels, January 30 vs. San Jose; Jonathan Ordway, February 6 vs. Austin

PASS BREAK-UPS
4, Jonathan Ordway, March 13 vs. Arizona

MOVING UP THE STORM CAREER CHARTS

Career Receptions
1. Stevie Thomas 519
2. Lawrence Samuels 517
3. George LaFrance 391
4. Freddie Solomon 221
5. James Bowden 160
6. David Saunders 146

Career Receiving Yards
1. Stevie Thomas 7,784
2. Lawrence Samuels 6,431
3. George LaFrance 5,392
4. Freddie Solomon 3,075
5. James Bowden 2,064
6. David Saunders 1,674

Career Receiving Touchdowns
2. George LaFrance 127
3. Lawrence Samuels 92
4. Freddie Solomon 67
5. David Saunders 37
6. James Bowden 35

Career Rushing Yards
4. Lynn Bradford 289
5. David White 259
6. Tony Jones 230

Career Rushing TDs
3. Cedric McKinnon 25
4. David White 23

Career Sacks
1. Andre Bowden 33.0
2. Nyle Wiren 16.0
3. Lynn Rowland 14.5
4. Deatrich Wise 13.5
5. Les Barley 12.5
6. Sylvester Bembery 12.0
6. Joe March 12.0
6. Rod Williams 12.0
9. Darion Conner 11.0

Career Pass Breakups
4. Corey Dowden 36
5. Lawrence Samuels 35

Career Tackles
1. Tracey Perkins 348.0
2. Lawrence Samuels 314.5

Career Interceptions
1. Tracey Perkins 34
2. Lawrence Samuels 21

Career Kickoff Return Yards
2. James Bowden 2,210
3. TT Toliver 1,923
4. Freddie Solomon 1,443

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