Tampa Bay Storm game notes
NEW ORLEANS VOODOO (8-4)
TAMPA BAY STORM (7-5)
April 30, 2005 7:30 pm (EST) Sun Sports
St. Pete Times Forum (19,200)
The Storm return home after a 1-1 road stretch, where they won their first contest away from the St. Pete Times Forum, to find what is arguably their biggest game to date this season. At 7-5 Tampa Bay is one game behind the New Orleans VooDoo (8-4) for the fourth and final playoff position in the National Conference. A win would pull the Storm ahead of New Orleans. The VooDoo defeated the Storm in overtime, 48-42, in Week 5 this season. The Storm had apparently tied the game in overtime with an opportunity to win the game with an extra point, but former Storm WR/LB David Saunders was ruled to not have crossed the goal line. QB Shane Stafford completed 32 passes for 274 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions. WR/DB Clif Dell had three touchdown grabs on eight catches for 62 yards. New Orleans are one of the few teams the Storm have a losing record against all-time. The VooDoo have taken two of three games against the Storm.
TAMPA BAY AT NASHVILLE RECAP
The Storms road woes came back to haunt them on Sunday as they had their three-game winning streak snapped at the hands of the Nashville Kats with a 21-37 loss at the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville. The Storm fell to 7-5 on the season and 1-5 on the road. The Kats are now unbeaten in their last four contests. The Tampa Bay offense scored a season-low 21 points and was held off the scoreboard during the first, third and fourth quarters. WR/DB Clif Dell shined in the loss, making 10 catches for 95 yards and a touchdown. QB Shane Stafford completed 23 of 42 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns. The leagues most sack-happy team recorded two sacks against the Storm and forcing one interception late in the tilt.
Overall record: VooDoo lead 2-1
Regular Season: VooDoo lead 2-1
Playoffs: Never met
Last Meeting: 2/25/05 at New Orleans, VooDoo won 48-42 OT
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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 L, 63-69
Mar. 26 at Los Angeles Avengers L, 28-59
April 2 Georgia Force W, 48-38
April 9 Orlando Predators W, 54-42
April 17 at Austin Wranglers W, 54-42
April 24 at Nashville Kats L, 21-37
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
Dominant Down the Stretch
The Storm have a history of finishing strong in the teams history. They have never lost more than two of their final five games in any of their 14 seasons. The Storm have a winning percentage of .786 (55-15) in their final five games of the season. Last season they went 5-0 in their final five en route to their 14th consecutive playoff appearance. They have gone 18-7 in the past five seasons:
· 2005 0-1
· 2004 5-0
· 2003 3-2
· 2002 3-2
· 2001 3-2
· 2000 4-1
They have gone undefeated in their final five three times. They have lost once seven times and have lost two games in their final five four times. Following their loss to Nashville, the Storm are 0-1 to start of their final five this season.
Leading at the Half
The Storm have been unstoppable this season when leading at the half, going 5-0. They are 129-16 all-time when leading after two quarters. Tampa Bay has outscored opponents 284-266 in the first half this season, including 170-145 in the second quarter.
The Storm led San Jose 35-14 in the season opener, Austin 21-14 in the second game of the season, 35-28 over Arizona and 38-31 in Week 10s win against division foe Georgia. They entered the second half tied at 20 against Grand Rapids and went on to win, 70-50. Despite being outscored by a touchdown in the second quarter the Storm led Orlando 24-23 in the first half before going on to a 54-42 win.
The Storm scored their first win of the season when trailing last week in Austin. They were down 24-28 at the half after being outscored 21-7 in the first quarter. Tampa Bay outscored the Wranglers 30-14 in the second half.
Reeling in the Yards
The Storm have had a receiver rack up 100 yards in all but three of their 12 games this season. The games in which they failed to have a 100-yard receiver were in Week 5 at New Orleans, Week 11 against Orlando and last week in Nashville. Last week Clif Dell was the closest with 10 catches for 95 yards and a touchdown. He would have been the first player other than Lawrence Samuels or Freddie Solomon to have 100 yards receiving.
Samuels and Solomon have provided all nine of Tampa Bays 100-yard receiving games, with Samuels hitting the century mark five times and Solomon four.
Stafford Approaches Milestones
Storm QB Shane Stafford needs 272 yards to reach the 10,000 passing yards mark for his career. He had thrown for 3,376 yards this season. He will become just the second quarterback in Storm history to exceed the 10,000 yard mark (Jay Gruden, 15,623). He should also pass his career high of 3,418 passing yards in a season in this weeks game. He needs just 42 yards.
Off The Shelf
The injury bug has continued to bother the Storm. Anthony Derricks returned to action last week after missing the previous two weeks with a knee injury. WR/LB Ronney Daniels could return this week after spending two weeks on the injured reserve with an ankle injury. He is listed as probable for this weeks game. Derricks injured his knee in Tampa Bays Week 10 win against Georgia and Daniels injured his ankle during the fourth quarter of the Storms win against the Predators in Week 11. FB/LB Umar Muhammad is listed as doubtful after suffering an ankle injury in the second quarter of the Storms game at Nashville next week.
The Longest Yards
WR/DB Anthony Derricks has the longest kickoff return and DS Jonathan Ordway has the second longest interception return in the AFL this season. Derricks is tied for the longest kickoff return of the season for his 58-yard return for a touchdown March 13 versus Arizona. Ordways 49-yard interception return for a touchdown versus Austin on February 6 is the second longest interception return in the league this season, bested only by Cornelius Bonners 55-yard return for Las Vegas last week.
Tampa Bay has scored first in nine of its 12 games. The only times the Storm have allowed the first points of the game was in Week 2 vs. Austin, Week 12 at Austin and Week 13 at Nashville. They have not scored the first points of the game in two consecutive contests. Tampa Bay is 6-4 this season when it scores first and is 93-24 in the franchises history. The Storm had drawn first blood in eight consecutive games before allowing the games first points in their Week 12 match-up with Austin.
On the Final Play
Tampa Bay has played in three games this season in which the outcome was decided on the final play of the game. The bad news is that the Storm are 1-2 in those games. It started in New Orleans in Week 4 when it appeared David Saunders had crossed the goal line on the final play, but the Storm didnt get the call. In Week 6 versus Arizona it took a Matt George field goal as time expired to win the game and in Week 8 in Philadelphia a Shane Stafford pass to the endzone fell to the turf.
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 Marcums doghouse. He connected on 32 consecutive extra points earlier this season dating back to Week 6 against Grand Rapids before missing one in Week 11s win over Orlando.
After going through 10 kickers during the past two seasons, George has solidified himself as one of the top kickers in the league. Through 12 games, George ranks fourth in the AFL in scoring among kickers with 110 points. He has connected on 74-of-80 extra point attempts and 12 of 24 field goals.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.
Shutting Down On Big Downs
The Storm rank fourth in the AFL on fourth down. They have allowed nine first downs on 23 fourth down attempts. Tampa Bay also ranks eighth on third down in the league. They have given up 40 first downs on 88 third downs.
Shane Stafford is the leagues fourth rated passer on third down. He has completed 43 of 70 passes for 435 yards and 16 touchdowns on third downs this season.
Keeping Up with the Jones
DS Tramain Jones ranks second in the AFL in combined tackles and in solo tackles. Jones has recorded 89.5 combined tackles and has made 81 of those by himself.
Home Sweet Home
The Storm and Georgia are the only 6-0 teams at home this season, and they are two of three teams that are undefeated at home this season. They average 59.3 points per game at home and allow just 44 per contest. On the road the Storm average 42.3 points per game and allow 52.6.
Ordway Climbs to the Top
Defensive specialist Jonathan Ordway finds himself leading the AFL in passes defended. He has 29 pass breakups and five interceptions to date this year. His 24 breakups are also first in the league. His five interceptions have him tied for sixth in the AFL.
WR/DB Anthony Derricks tied for seventh in the league in kickoff returns. He has racked up 467 return yards on 23 attempts for an average of 20.3 and one touchdown. His return of 58 yards against Arizona is the longest kickoff return in the league this season.
A Quarter for the Quarterback
QB Shane Stafford has been strong in the fourth quarter this season. Stafford is seventh in the AFL in fourth quarter performance. He has completed 88 of 135 passes for 917 yards and 19 touchdowns in the final quarter for a rating of 113.7. His 19 touchdown passes are tied for fourth in the fourth quarter.
The Magic Number
The Storm are 44-2 in franchise history when they score 60 points or more with one loss coming Week 8 in Philadelphia. They have scored 60 points or more on four separate occasions this season and won all contests excluding the loss to the Soul. 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 before this season was July 7, 2001 vs. Houston when they won 70-47.
Dude, Youre Getting a Dell
Clif Dell leads the Storm in scoring (122 points) and touchdown receptions (20) and ranks third on the team with 58 catches for 578 yards.
His performance against the VooDoo in Week 4 (8 catches for 62 yards and three touchdowns) marked the third time this season that the seven-year AFL veteran scored at least three touchdowns in a game. Dells performance at New Orleans also allowed him to move up on the Storm career receiving charts. The third-year Storm receiver has passed Eddie Brown and Bobby Byrd this season and moved into seventh place on the Storm career receptions list (106). He also moved into seventh place on the Storm receiving yards list (1,360), passing Byrd and Wayne Walker. Dell is now tied for sixth on the Storm receiving touchdowns list (35) after passing Charles Wilson.
Dell recorded a touchdown in every game this season until Week 9 when he was held out of the endzone. He had scored a touchdown in every game dating back to May 23 last season vs. New Orleans. He got back on track in Week 10 with two touchdown catches against the Force and had one against Orlando in Week 11. He was one of two receivers to find the end zone in Week 12 at Nashville.
Stat-ford Keeps Numbers Up
Shane Stafford had a career day in Week 8s loss to the Soul. He put up a career single-game high with 348 yards through the air. He also completed 31 of 45 passes for seven touchdowns. He had completed better than 60 percent of his passes for seven consecutive games prior to last weeks loss to the Kats. The Storm went 5-2 over that span. He has completed 60 percent of his passes for a total of nine games this season with the Storm posting a 7-2 record in those games.
He has completed 69.9 percent in all games at the St. Pete Times Forum and has completed 60.5 percent of his passes in road games this year.
Theres a New Sheriff in Town
Storm WR/LB Lawrence Samuels, this season, became the Storms all-time leading receiver with 559. In Week 8 Samuels passed Stevie Thomas, who entered the weekend as the Storms all-time receptions leader with 519. Samuels also ranks second on the all-time receiving yards list with 6,884 and third on the all-time receiving touchdowns list with 99.
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 receiving yards and a touchdown.
He is currently sixth in the AFL for catches this season with 92 and 9th in receiving yards with 1035. He is also tied for eighth in the league with 59 total first downs. All of which have come via the pass.
It may not be a coincidence that Storm OL/DL Kelvin Kinney has either not played in, or not finished all but one of the Storms losses this season. He was injured in the Storms Week 4 loss to New Orleans and missed the following game in Orlando because of the injury. In Week 8 at Philadelphia Kinney was ejected from the game due to an altercation in the second quarter. The Storm lost the game on the final play.
The Whites of Their Eyes
Storm FB/LB David White became the Storms fourth all-time leading rusher in Week 11s win over Orlando. With his three carries for 25 yards, White surpassed Lynn Bradford with 298 yards. Bradford amassed 289 yards in his career with Tampa Bay. White also ran for a touchdown and had a Storm season-high 20-yard run against Orlando.
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 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.
The Storm set a franchise low for points scored through three quarters in Week 9s 59-28 loss to the Los Angeles Avengers at Staples Center. Through three quarters Tampa Bay had scored just seven points. They were held scoreless in the second and third quarters after scoring on their opening drive. The previous low was 10 points that they scored through three quarters May 17, 1997 against Orlando.
The five turnovers that the Storm gave up in the game were also a season high.
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 record for completions, 31, was set by Scott Milanovich in 2002. The previous record for attempts was 52 passes thrown by Jay Gruden in 1994 and Milanovich in 2002.
Struggling on the Ground
The Tampa Bay Storm running game has struggled this season. The Storm have averaged just 11.7 yards per game on the ground, good for 15th in the AFL. Tampa Bay has just 15 rushing touchdowns this year, with Stafford, David White, Jarrod Penright and Umar Muhammad being the only players with multiple touchdowns on the ground.
Things looked up in Week 11 against Orlando when Tampa Bay rushed for 37 yards, a season-high. The output drove the Storms yards per game number up from 8.9 the previous week to 11.7 going into Week 12.
The Storm have been outrushed in 10 of their 12 games this season and own a 6-5 overall record in those games. Overall, Tampa Bay is 53-47 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 fifth in the AFL in rushing defense, held the AFLs leading rusher, Michael Bishop, to 20 yards in Week 6s 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.
Tampa Bay is averaging 18.2 yards rushing allowed per game to date this year.
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 92 passes for 1,035 yards.
Samuels hit the 1,000-yard mark on the season in Week 12 at Nashville.
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 teams 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 leagues 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 Wirens 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 teams 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.
Wirens 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.
The Tampa Bay Storms 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.
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 seasons 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 teams 24-man roster, while Daniels, Haygood, and Richardson started the season on the teams injured reserve list. Kenny Christian was on the teams practice squad to start the year.
Going to the Birds
The Storm roster includes a certain Midwestern flare this season. Thats 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 teams 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 Storms starting WR/DB and the teams 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 theres one thing the Storm coaching staff has, it is Arena Football coaching experience. Headed by Tim Marcum, the AFLs 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
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.
OHara 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.
OHara 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
STORM RECORD WHEN
ALL TIME 2005
Leading after 1st quarter 91-20 3-2
Trailing after 1st quarter 45-38 1-3
Tied after 1st quarter 22-10 3-0
Leading after 2nd quarter 129-16 5-0
Trailing after 2nd quarter 16-47 1-5
Tied after 2nd quarter 12-6 1-0
Leading after 3rd quarter 130-11 6-1
Trailing after 3rd quarter 22-54 1-4
Tied after 3rd quarter 6-4 0-0
Tampa Bay scores first 92-24 5-4
Opponent scores first 67-45 2-1
Tampa Bay more tot. yards 114-34 4-4
Opponent more tot. yards 44-35 3-1
Tampa Bay more pass yards 106-37 4-4
Opponent more pass yards 52-32 3-1
Tampa Bay more rush yards 107-21 2-0
Opponent more rush yards 52-46 5-4
Tampa Bay more turnovers 27-51 1-3
Opponent more turnovers 126-14 5-1
Tampa Bay 300 yd passer 16-13 2-2
Opponent 300 yd passer 16-11 1-2
Tampa Bay 30 yd rusher 34-3 0-0
Opponent 30 yd rusher 9-9 0-0
Tampa Bay 100 yd receiver 81-36 6-3
Opponent 100 yd receiver 51-35 5-2
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 15-13 2-2
Opponent 300+ pass yds 18-11 2-2
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 44-2 3-1
Opponent 60+ points 7-15 0-2
Tampa Bay 50+ points 94-12 6-1
Opponent 50+ points 38-36 2-3
Tampa Bay 40+ points 136-31 7-3
Opponent 40+ points 69-57 5-4
Games decided 17+ points 68-17 3-1
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 25-36 0-2
TB held to 30 pts or less 8-11 0-2
Home 89-29 6-0
Away 68-41 1-5
Overtime 5-6 0-1
Thursday 3-3 0-0
Friday 35-16 0-2
Saturday 84-34 2-1
Sunday 29-16 5-2
Monday 6-1 0-0
January 2-0 1-0
February 4-6 1-2
March 8-5 2-2
April 12-10 3-1
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: Tony Graziani, PHI
Week 9: Lonnie Ford, LA
Week 10: Shane Stafford, TB
Week 11: Jimmy Fryzel, ORL
Week 12: Lawrence Samuels, TB
Week 13: T.T. Toliver, NSH
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: Eddie Moten, PHI
Week 9: Greg Hopkins, LA
Week 10: Mike Sutton, TB
Week 11: Jonathan Ordway, TB
Week 12: Jonathan Ordway, TB
Week 13: Khalil Carter, NSH
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: Keita Crespina, PHI
Week 9: Kevin Ingram, LA
Week 10: Lynaris Elpheage, TB
Week 11: Lawrence Samuels, TB
Week 12: Lynaris Elpheage, TB
Week 13: Fred Coleman, NSH
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
Lawrence Samuels, AFLWA Ironman of the Mid-Year
STORM INJURY REPORT
Player Injury Status
Ronny Daniels Ankle Probable
U. Muhammad Ankle Doubtful
TALE OF THE TAPE
Category Rank Stat Rank Stat
Scoring Offense 8 50.8 4 52.8
Scoring Defense 8 48.3 4 46.5
Total Offense 5 288.8 3 305.1
Total Defense 7 272.2 4 261.2
Passing Offense 5 277.2 2 295.0
Passing Defense 8 254.1 3 238.3
Rushing Offense 15 11.7 17 10.1
Rushing Defense 5 18.2 12 22.9
TRACKING THE STORM
Following the week listed, the Storm ranked:
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: 5 8
Week 9: 3 9
Week 10: 4 8
Week 11: 3 9
Week 12: 5 8
Week 13: 5 7
Week 14: - -
Week 15: - -
Week 16: - -
Week 17: - -
2005 STORM INDIVIDUAL GAME HIGHS
24, Freddie Solomon, March 6 vs. Grand Rapids
348, Shane Stafford, March 20 at Philadelphia
8, Shane Stafford, January 30 vs San Jose
12, Lawrence Samuels, March 13 vs. Arizona
148, Freddie Solomon, March 6 vs. Grand Rapids
4, Clif Dell, February 6 vs Austin; Freddie Soloman, March 6 vs. Grand Rapids
8, Umar Muhammad, April 2 vs. Georgia
16, Jarrod Penright, February 11 at Orlando
2, Umar Muhammad, March 20 at Philadelphia; 2, Jarrod Penright, April 17 at Austin
KICKOFF RETURN YARDS
98, Anthony Derricks, February 11 at Orlando
MFG RETURN YARDS
53, T.T. Toliver, March 6 vs. Grand Rapids
176, Freddie Solomon, March 6 vs. Grand Rapids; Freddie Solomon, April 9 vs. Orlando
11.0, Tramain Jones, January 30 vs San Jose
2, Anthony Derricks, April 2 vs. Georgia
1.0, 9 times
TACKLES FOR LOSS
2.0, Umar Muhammad, March 6 vs. Grand Rapids
2, Lawrence Samuels, January 30 vs. San Jose; Jonathan Ordway, February 6 vs. Austin
5, Jonathan Ordway, Feb. 25 at New Orleans; Jonathan Ordway, April 9 vs. Orlando
MOVING UP THE STORM CAREER CHARTS
1. Lawrence Samuels 559
2. Stevie Thomas 519
3. George LaFrance 391
4. Freddie Solomon 260
5. James Bowden 160
6. David Saunders 153
Career Receiving Yards
1. Stevie Thomas 7,784
2. Lawrence Samuels 6,884
3. George LaFrance 5,392
4. Freddie Solomon 3,558
5. James Bowden 2,064
6. David Saunders 1,764
Career Receiving Touchdowns
2. George LaFrance 127
3. Lawrence Samuels 99
4. Freddie Solomon 75
5. David Saunders 38
6. James Bowden 35
Career Rushing Yards
3. Cedric McKinnon 455
4. David White 298
5. Lynn Bradford 289
Career Rushing TDs
3. Cedric McKinnon 25
4. David White 24
1. Andre Bowden 33.0
2. Nyle Wiren 16.0
3. Lynn Rowland 14.5
4. Deatrich Wise 13.5
5. Rod Williams 13.0
6. Les Barley 12.5
7. Sylvester Bembery 12.0
7. Joe March 12.0
8. Darion Conner 11.0
Career Pass Breakups
4. Corey Dowden 36
5. Lawrence Samuels 36
1. Tracey Perkins 348.0
2. Lawrence Samuels 329.5
1. Tracey Perkins 34
2. Lawrence Samuels 21
Career Kickoff Return Yards
2. James Bowden 2,210
3. TT Toliver 2,052
4. Freddie Solomon 1,666
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