Tampa Bay Storm game notes
The Storm make their 15th consecutive playoff appearance this week against the Georgia Force. This will be the first postseason meeting between these Southern Division rivals. The teams split the regular season series this year, with each club winning in their home building. Tampa Bay now leads the all-time series, 6-2. Georgia outscored the Storm, 90-88, in this seasons meetings. On April 2 the Storm defeated the Force, 48-38, when Shane Stafford threw for 319 yards and five touchdowns. Tampa Bay recovered three fumbles and had one interception in the game. The Storm also were 6-for-7 in the red zone. Weeks later on May 8 the Force got revenge in Atlanta as they downed the Storm, 52-40, to clinch the Southern Division and a first round home playoff game. Lawrence Samuels caught six passes for 93 yards and two touchdowns, while Demetris Bendross also caught two touchdowns for the Storm. Quarterback Shane Stafford completed 19 passes for 337 yards and five touchdowns. Georgia WR/LB Chris Jackson caught 12 passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns. He also returned a kickoff for a score, while WR/DB Ricky Parker had two interceptions.
TAMPA BAY VS. DESTROYERS RECAP
The Tampa Bay Storm clinched their record 15th consecutive playoff berth Sunday with a 78-53 victory against the Columbus Destroyers in front of 12,990 fans at Nationwide Arena. The win gave the Storm their second road win of the season, but more importantly punched their ticket to the post season. Tampa Bay scored a season-high 71 points and secured the National Conferences fourth seed with an Orlando win against New Orleans on Sunday. The Storm will travel to Atlanta to take on the Georgia Force in the first round of the playoffs this Sunday. Shane Stafford led the Storm offense with 277 yards through the air and five touchdown passes. He also ran for three scores. Demetris Bendross led all Storm receivers with six catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns. Lynaris Elpheage recorded his first career interception and Lawrence Samuels recovered two fumbles.
Overall record: Storm Lead, 6-2
Regular Season: Storm Lead, 6-2
Playoffs: Never Met
Last Meeting: Force won 52-40 at GEO (5-8-05)
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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 W, 47-36
May 8 at Georgia Force L, 40-52
May 15 New York Dragons W, 61-58
May 22 at Columbus Destroyers W, 78-53
May 29 at Georgia Force 3:30 pm
All times Eastern and subject to change
Post Season Dominance
Tampa Bay is the most successful team in the playoffs of all active AFL teams. The Storm are 20-9 (.690) all-time in the post season, 14-3 at home and 6-6 on the road. The Detroit Drive, previous coached by Storm coach Tim Marcum, own the leagues best record all-time, going 12-2 with a 2-0 road record. The Force are 1-1 all-time in the playoffs and have never hosted a post season contest. Tampa Bay is 5-1 in ArenaBowls.
The Storm have averaged 46.5 points per game in franchise history during the postseason and allow an average of 42.7 points per game.
Dominant Down the Stretch
The Storm have a history of finishing strong. They have never lost more than two of their final five games in any of their 15 seasons. The Storm have a winning percentage of .781 (57-16) 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. This year, they went 3-2 in their last five to clinch their 15th consecutive playoff berth:
· 2005 3-2
· 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 in their 15-year history. They have lost once seven times and have lost two games in their final five games five times. Tampa Bay lost to Nashville, defeated New Orleans and lost at Georgia to start their final five games 1-2 this year. They beat New York in Week 16 to even their record at 2-2 before finishing 3-2 with a win in Columbus in the seasons final week.
Leading at the Half
The Storm were unstoppable during the regular season when leading at the half, going 8-0. They are 132-16 all-time when leading after two quarters. Tampa Bay has outscored opponents 423-388 in the first half this season, including 254-204 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. They held a 31-23 lead in Week 14 against New Orleans. They never trailed in the game. They improved their record to 7-0 in Week 16 with a win over New York after leading 41-24 at the half. In the final game of the year they led 28-27 at the half after scoring 21 points in the second quarter. They went on to win the game 78-53.
The Storm scored their first win of the season when trailing at the half in Week 12 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 to secure the win.
Protecting Your Turf
In Week 16 the Storm joined the Georgia Force as the first teams in AFL history to finish a season undefeated at home (8-0). There have been seven seasons when Tampa Bay has had one loss on their home turf (1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998). The most home losses the Storm have had in a season was four in 1997. Tampa Bay secured the perfect home record with their 61-58 win against the visiting New York Dragons.
Layin Down the Law
Lawrence Samuels set a Storm record for receptions in a season with 123 grabs in 16 games. The previous record was held by Freddie Solomon, who made 106 catches in 2003. Samuels 166 receiving yards in Week 16 were a career high. He also tied his career best of three touchdowns in a game.
Samuels cracked the 100-catch plateau for the first time in his career in Week 14. He finished the season with 123. His previous best was 81 in 2004, when he also racked up 951 yards and nine touchdowns. He finished the 2005 campaign with 19 touchdowns to tie his career best for scoring grabs in a season (last accomplished in 2000). He averaged 88.2 receiving yards per game this season; his previous best going into the season was 64.8 in 2003.
Ordway, Jones Set Tackle Marks
DS Jonathan Ordway set a Storm record in Week 14 against New Orleans when he made 14.5 tackles. He made 14 solo tackles and had one assisted. The previous high was set by Antoine Worthman against Milwaukee on July 9, 2000. Ordway ended the season with 87.5 tackles. The previous team record was 88.5, set by Omarr Smith in 2003. Tramain Jones set a new Storm record with 114 tackles on the season.
Kicking With Confidence
Tampa Bay Storm kicker Matt George set a Storm record in Week 14 with four fields goals from 38, 28, 24 and 19 yards out. The 38-yarder was his season long. He tied his career high with 17 points scored in the game.
He 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. George ranks third in the AFL in scoring among kickers with 148 points. He connected on 97-of-106 extra point attempts and 17 of 30 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.
Storm QB Shane Stafford surpassed the 10,000 yards thrown mark for his career in Week 15 at Georgia with 10,280. He has thrown for a career best 4,522 yards this season and became just the second quarterback in Storm history to exceed the 10,000-yard mark (Jay Gruden, 15,623).
He set Storm single-season records in yards with 4,522, touchdowns with 83, completions with 405 and pass attempts with 631. John Kaleo set all those previous marks, throwing for 4,188 yards, 75 touchdowns, and completing 316 passes on 508 attempts in 2003.
Tampa Bay has scored first in 12 of its 16 games. The only times the Storm have allowed the first points of the game were in Week 2 vs. Austin, Week 12 at Austin, Week 13 at Nashville and Week 17 at Columbus. Tampa Bay is 7-5 this season when it scores first and is 93-25 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.
Tampa Bay is also 5-0 when it out-rushes its opponents and 7-3 when it has a player record more than 100-yards receiving.
On the Final Play
Tampa Bay 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 were 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 end zone fell to the turf.
While it may not have been on the last play, Lawrence Samuels caught the game-winning pass, a 45-yard touchdown, with 9:49 left on the clock to put the Storm up for good in Week 16 against New York.
Keeping Up with the Jones
DS Tramain Jones finished the season ranked third in the AFL in solo and combined tackles. Jones recorded 114 combined tackles and made 102 of those by himself.
This was the first time in Jones career he had more than 100 tackles in a season. His previous best was 63 with the Storm last season.
Ordway Climbs to the Top
Defensive specialist Jonathan Ordway finished the season second in the AFL in passes defended. He has 29 pass breakups and six interceptions to date this year. His 29 breakups are also second in the league. His six interceptions have him tied for fifth in the AFL.
A Quarter for the Quarterback
QB Shane Stafford was strong in the fourth quarter this season. Stafford is sixth in the AFL in fourth quarter performance. He has completed 109 of 171 passes for 1,191 yards and 24 touchdowns in the final quarter for a rating of 112. His 24 touchdown passes in the fourth quarter are tied for fifth in the league.
Shane Stafford was the leagues fifth rated passer on third down. He completed 55 of 90 passes for 541 yards and 17 touchdowns on third downs this season.
The Magic Number
The Storm are 46-2 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 six 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. They posted 61 points in their Week 16 game against the New York Dragons and won 61-58 while finishing the season by putting up 78 points in Columbus.
Dude, Youre Getting a Dell
Clif Dell led all Storm non-kickers in scoring (134 points) and touchdown receptions (22) and ranked second on the team with 74 catches for 746 yards. He tied his career best for touchdown catches in a season with his 22nd in Week 16 against New York. He last had 22 touchdowns in 2002 with the Orlando Predators.
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 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 (1,415), passing Byrd and Wayne Walker. Dell is now fifth on the Storm receiving touchdowns list (41) after passing James Bowden.
Dell recorded a touchdown in every game this season until Week 9 when he was held out of the end zone. 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. He added one touchdown grab in Week 15 in Georgia and in Week 16 as the Storm hosted New York. He was again held out of the end zone in Week 17 at Columbus.
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 Week 14s loss to the Kats. The Storm went 5-2 over that span. He completed 60 percent of his passes for a total of 11 games this season with the Storm posting an 9-2 record in those games.
He completed 70.0 percent of his passes in all games at the St. Pete Times Forum. The only home game where he failed to complete 60 percent of his passes was in Week 16 when he hit on 59.3 percent.
Theres a New Sheriff in Town
Storm WR/LB Lawrence Samuels, this season, became the Storms all-time leading receiver with 590. 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 7,260 and third on the all-time receiving touchdowns list with 105.
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 recorded nine catches for a career best 166 yards Week 16 against New York.
He finished third in the AFL for catches this season with 123 and ninth in receiving yards with 1,411. He was also tied for seventh in the league with 80 total first downs. All of which have come via the pass.
The Longest Yards
WR/DB Anthony Derricks had the longest kickoff return and DS Jonathan Ordway had 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 was the second longest interception return in the league this season, bested only by Cornelius Bonners 55-yard return for Las Vegas last week.
The Whites of Their Eyes
Storm FB/LB David White ran for a personal best 36 yards in Week 16 against New York. He had four carries and ran for two touchdowns in the game. He was the first Storm player to record more than 30 rushing yards since May 10, 2002 when Basil Proctor ran for 31.
He 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 and in Week 17 at Columbus by putting up 50 points in the second half. Following a first half in which Tampa Bay scored 20 points, they came out firing against the Rampage in the second half and scored 14 points in the third quarter and 36 in the fourth. They put up 23 points in the third and 27 in the fourth quarter against the Destroyers. 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.
Hitting the Century Mark
Storm wide receiver Lawrence Samuels reached a career milestone in Week 5 against New Orleans. Samuels hauled in his 100th receiving touchdown of his career 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 123 passes for 1,411 yards.
Samuels hit the 1,000-yard mark on the season for the first time in his career 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 was 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 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 93-20 5-2
Trailing after 1st quarter 46-38 2-3
Tied after 1st quarter 22-11 3-1
Leading after 2nd quarter 132-16 8-0
Trailing after 2nd quarter 16-48 1-6
Tied after 2nd quarter 12-6 1-0
Leading after 3rd quarter 133-11 9-1
Trailing after 3rd quarter 22-55 1-5
Tied after 3rd quarter 6-4 0-0
Tampa Bay scores first 94-25 7-5
Opponent scores first 68-45 3-1
Tampa Bay more tot. yards 116-35 6-5
Opponent more tot. yards 45-35 4-1
Tampa Bay more pass yards 108-38 6-5
Opponent more pass yards 53-32 4-1
Tampa Bay more rush yards 110-21 5-0
Opponent more rush yards 52-47 5-5
Tampa Bay more turnovers 28-52 2-4
Opponent more turnovers 128-14 7-1
Tampa Bay 300 yd passer 17-14 3-3
Opponent 300 yd passer 16-11 1-2
Tampa Bay 30 yd rusher 35-3 1-0
Opponent 30 yd rusher 9-10 0-1
Tampa Bay 100 yd receiver 82-36 7-3
Opponent 100 yd receiver 53-36 7-3
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 16-14 3-3
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 10-0 2-0
Opponent 70+ points 0-2 0-0
Tampa Bay 60+ points 46-2 5-1
Opponent 60+ points 7-15 0-2
Tampa Bay 50+ points 96-12 8-1
Opponent 50+ points 40-37 4-4
Tampa Bay 40+ points 139-32 10-4
Opponent 40+ points 71-58 7-5
Games decided 17+ points 69-17 4-1
Games decided 3 pts or less 20-11 2-0
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 91-29 8-0
Away 69-42 2-6
Overtime 5-6 0-1
Thursday 3-3 0-0
Friday 35-16 0-2
Saturday 85-34 3-1
Sunday 31-17 7-3
Monday 6-1 0-0
January 2-0 1-0
February 4-6 1-2
March 8-5 2-2
April 13-10 4-1
May 35-13 2-1
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
Week 14: Matt George, TB
Week 15: Troy Bergeron, Troy, GEO
Week 16: Shane Stafford, TB
Week 17: Shane Stafford, TB
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
Week 14: Jonathan Ordway, TB
Week 15: Ricky Parker, GEO
Week 16: Billy Parker, NYD
Week 17: Kelvin Kinney, TB
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
Week 14: Anthony Derricks, TB
Week 15: Chris Jackson, GEO
Week 16: Lawrence Samuels, TB
Week 17: Lawrence Samuels, TB
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
Matt George, AFL Kicker of the Month April
Shane Stafford, Week 17 AFLWA and AFL Offensive Player of the Week
STORM INJURY REPORT
Player Injury Status
Jarrod Penright Ankle Doubtful
TALE OF THE TAPE
Category Rank Stat Rank Stat
Scoring Offense 7 52.2 9 51.1
Scoring Defense 5 48.7 2 46.6
Total Offense 5 293.7 7 282.5
Total Defense 7 273.1 12 294.0
Passing Offense 4 279.9 7 264.8
Passing Defense 7 255.4 13 275.9
Rushing Offense 14 13.8 9 17.7
Rushing Defense 4 17.7 6 18.1
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: 8 5
Week 15: 6 7
Week 16: 5 7
Week 17: 5 7
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
166, Lawrence Samuels, May 15 vs. New York
4, Clif Dell, February 6 vs Austin; Freddie Soloman, March 6 vs. Grand Rapids
8, Umar Muhammad, April 2 vs. Georgia
36, David White, May 15 vs. New York
3, Shane Stafford, May 22 at Columbus
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
14.5, Jonathan Ordway, April 30 vs. New Orleans*
2, Anthony Derricks, April 2 vs. Georgia; 2 Lawrence Samuels, May 22 at Columbus
1.0, 12 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 590
2. Stevie Thomas 519
3. George LaFrance 391
4. Freddie Solomon 264
5. James Bowden 160
6. David Saunders 153
Career Receiving Yards
1. Stevie Thomas 7,784
2. Lawrence Samuels 7,260
3. George LaFrance 5,392
4. Freddie Solomon 3,601
5. James Bowden 2,064
6. David Saunders 1,764
Career Receiving Touchdowns
2. George LaFrance 127
3. Lawrence Samuels 105
4. Freddie Solomon 76
5. Clif Dell 41
6. David Saunders 38
Career Rushing Yards
3. Cedric McKinnon 455
4. David White 352
5. Lynn Bradford 289
Career Rushing TDs
2. Les Barley 42
3. David White 26
4. Cedric McKinnon 25
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 335.0
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 1,722
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