Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Storm wins fifth straight

TAMPA — The Storm won its fifth in a row, and this was one was decided before the final seconds.

Tampa Bay used Alvin Ray Jackson's recovery of the second-half kickoff to grab a big lead and defeat visiting Baltimore 47-35 on Saturday night in front of an announced 9,880 at Amalie Arena.

Jackson's 5-yard return for a touchdown put Tampa Bay (6-1) ahead 33-14. With the Storm's offense not scoring in the third quarter, Baltimore closed to within 33-28. But quarterback Randy Hippeard hit Kendrick Ings for a 4-yard touchdown to start the fourth and make it 40-28.

Tampa Bay forced its first turnover in downs in more than a month next, with LaRoche Jackson tackling Julian Talley a yard shy of the marker, and Hippeard found Joe Hills for a putaway touchdown with 8:47 remaining.

In three of Tampa Bay's previous four victories, it scored the winning touchdown in the final five seconds. In the other, Washington had a chance to tie in the closing minute but fumbled at the Storm 1-yard line.

Hippeard was 29-of-41 for 275 yards. Hills caught 10 passes for 124 yards and two scores. He has 75 consecutive games with a touchdown.

Greg Reid, a two-time All-Arena player added to the roster Wednesday, had two near interceptions — he has 17 in less than two Arena seasons — and LaRoche Jackson broke up three passes as part of a recently improved secondary.

The Storm used a first-quarter fumble to take a 20-7 lead, with Hippeard a perfect 7-for-7 in the first. Hills added his first career rushing touchdown.

Tampa Bay moved within a game of idle Philadelphia for first place in the five-team Arena League.

The Storm host last-place Washington on Saturday.

Storm wins fifth straight 06/03/17 [Last modified: Saturday, June 3, 2017 10:22pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. New Weeki Wachee basketball coach transitions from years on college sidelines

    Preps

    WEEKI WACHEE — Mark Lee was looking for an accomplished coach to take over Weeki Wachee High's boys basketball team. Not only did he find what he was searching for, but he may have gone above and beyond with the hiring of Rick Scruggs.

    New Weeki Wachee boys basketball coach Rick Scruggs (Mars Hill University)
  2. Lightning beats Blackhawks in OT

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — The Lightning entered Wednesday's game against the Blackhawks determined to avoid its first losing streak of the season.

    Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (2) gets to the puck ahead of Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan during the first period, in which Chicago had the better of play and a 2-0 lead.
  3. Joe Smith's takeaways from Wednesday's Lightning-Blackhawks game

    Lightning Strikes

    Every Lightning-Blackhawks game at Amalie Arena has a good representation of red in the stands. And Wednesday's matchup was no exception, with a large contingent of transplants and travelers. "It feels like half the city of Chicago is traveling down here," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said.

  4. Basketball: USF Bulls bounce back with rout of Howard; FSU, Miami win

    College

    TAMPA — Three nights after running out of steam in a loss at Indiana, USF had enough to steamroll Howard of the MEAC.

  5. Bucs journal: Gerald McCoy says team has not turned the corner yet

    Bucs

    TAMPA — The Bucs have some positive momentum with back-to-back wins, but DT Gerald McCoy said it's too soon to say his 4-6 team has turned a corner.

    Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy pressures Dolphins QB Matt Moore (8) during Sunday’s game.