Story by Louis Maxwell Jr
Tampa, FLA — On July 1st Tampa Bay Storm (7-2) hosted Washington Valor (1-8) at AMALIE Arena. In attendance was 9,913 roaring fans ready to see the exciting match-up to. This was the fourth meeting the season between the two teams. Last time out Washington gave the game away in the final seconds by going for a two point conversion. It just imploded right before them going for it when they could have just tied the game and took it to over time. Washington is a great football team but discipline problems seem to always come back to bite them. Tampa on the other side always seems to stay cool calm and collected to take victories away.
First quarter was the most exciting quarter for it was a battle of the offenses and some key defensive plays made by Tampa Bay. First possession of the game #12 Sean Brackett of Washington connects with big receiver Mr. Greg Carr. Carr easily made a couple moves with his feet to get to the endzone on a 24 yd pass. Washington misses the extra point. With
the next possession Tampa came roaring back with its own one play bomb from Randy Hippeard to Justin Hilton for 39 yd pass TD. Then Washington responds right back with a 39 yd pass TD from Brackett to Roger Jackson, but block extra point by Josh Gamble of Tampa. Then Washington made the mistake of kicking off to Kendrick Ings who graceful took it to the house 56 yds TD. Next possession Washington fumble the football on the kickoff return in Tampa endzone and Michael Lindsey Recovering 3 yd TD. First quarter ended with the Storm up 20-12 over the Valor.
The Valor did get things going in the 2nd quarter and was only down 34-31 at the half. Washington was able to add 2 more touchdowns in the 3rd quarter. One was a 54 yard fumble return by Tracy Belton. The other was catch by Jackson who then lateraled to speedy Charles McClain to take a 44-34 lead. The Storm cut the lead to 3 points when Randy Hippeard crossed the goal line on a 1 yard run. Both defenses fought hard to keep it close until Sean Brackett connected with T.T Toliver for the 7 yards touchdown. Everyone in Tampa is very familiar with T.T Toliver (AFL’s all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and all- purpose yards.) As we stated before the Storm always seem calm even when they we down. With 40 seconds left on the clock and momentum swinging their way but down 51-48. Tampa recovers the kickoff and cap the drive with a 4 yards Hippeard to Ings lead changing touchdown.
#TBStorm Final score Tampa 55 over Washington 51
Next home game Saturday July 22nd vs Cleveland Gladiators