Storm Secure Home Playoff Game After Win Over Valor
Tampa Bay Storm Press Release
TAMPA, FL – Tampa Bay (8-2) courageously came from behind with two touchdowns in the final 40 seconds, then the Storm defense stepped up to close out an inspired Washington (1-9) defense Saturday before a rousing 9,913 at AMALIE Arena. The Storm came away with a 55-51 victory. The Storm will open the postseason at home for the first time since the 2010 season.
Storm quarterback Randy Hippeard led a gallant charge at the end, scoring one touchdown and passing for another to Michael Lindsey for 12 yards with 40 seconds left in the game. That touchdown closed the Valor’s 10-point lead to 51-48.
Storm defensive back LaRoche Jackson recovered an onside kick with 37.8 seconds left in regulation. Hippeard would drive the team down the field, completing a 4-yard touchdown pass to Kendrick Ings for the go-ahead score, 55-51.
Former 2016 AFL Defensive Player of the Year, Tracy Belton had a fumble recovery in the end zone – as Tampa Bay was about to score — and returned it 54 yards. Belton, who was with Philadelphia last season, intercepted a pass Hippeard pass with 5:20 left in the third and the Valor drove
The Valor then scored back-to back touchdowns, cutting the lead to 27-25. Brackett, in his fifth game of the season, connected with Greg Carr (24) and Roger Jackson (39 yards), and also ran a score in from 8 yards.
The Tampa Bay Storm return to action Saturday, July 8 in Cleveland versus the Gladiators (3-8). The game is set to kickoff at 7:00 p.m. ET and can be viewed on Twitter via #GoLive.
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Total
Washington Valor 12 19 13 7 51
Tampa Bay Storm 20 14 0 21 55