ALL-TIME PASSER GARCIA LEADS TALONS OVER TAMPA BAY STORM, 77-56

By on June 23, 2012

Former Florida St. Seminole WR De’Cody Fagg glides into the end zone for a Storm TD in the first quarter of tonight's game. (photo by Scott Audette/Tampa Bay Storm)

(courtesy of the Tampa Bay Storm)

San Antonio Talons at Tampa Bay Storm
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Tampa Bay Times Forum – Tampa, FL
Attendance – 9,328

TAMPA, FLA. — Ageless quarterback Aaron Garcia, who entered his 17 Arena Football League season in 2012, passed for six first-half touchdowns and finished with 8 as San Antonio built a 43-21 halftime lead and went on to a 71-49 victory over the Tampa Bay Storm (6-8) Saturday night on the Amalie Motor Oil Field at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. It was the 8th straight win for the Talons (11-3), leaders of the American Conference South Division.

Garcia, who will turn 42 in October, has passed for more than 50,000 yards and 1,000 TDs. He was 18 of 23 passing in the first half and finished 27 of 35 for 259 yards.

Storm quarterback , 27, reached the 10,000 yard milestone Saturday, collecting 353 yards on 28-of-42 passing and 5 TDs. He did this in only 2 seasons and was in his 3rd game with the Storm this season.
The former Southern Illinois standout, who began his AFL career with the Orlando Predators, missed much of this season with the Storm when he signed a contract with the Green Bay Packers and was released following an extensive rookie camp earlier this year.

Former Florida State player De’Cody Fagg led all receivers, collecting a season-high 10 catches, 127 yards and one touchdown for the Storm and teammate Amarri Jackson had 109 yards and a team-leading three TDs.

Tampa Bay’s Jonathan Lowe had an outstanding night with a 23.2 yard average on five kickoff returns.

The Talons, 2nd in the league in quarterback sacks with 30, failed to get a hand on Hill, as the Tampa Bay offensive line held off any pressure by the San Antonio defensive line. Steve Octavien sacked Garcia once for the Storm.

The Tampa Bay Storm will play host to the Philadelphia Soul, Friday, June 29 on the Amalie Motor Oil Field of the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Game time is 7:30 p.m. The first 2,000 fans will receive a t-shirt compliments of Amalie Motor Oil.

Score by Quarters    1     2     3     4    TOTAL
San Antonio Talons     13   30 14    20       77
Tampa Bay Storm        14     7   14    21        56

1st Quarter
TAM — Amarri Jackson 2 pass from Nick Hill (Juan Bongarra kick)
SAT — Burl Toler 43 pass from Aaron Garcia (kick failed)
TAM — De’Cody Fagg 26 pass from Hill (Bongarra kick)
SAT – Jomo Wilson 17 pass from Garcia (Stefan Demos kick)

2nd Quarter
SAT – Jason Willis 3 pass from Garcia (Demos kathan ick)
SAT – Team safety
SAT – Wilson 18 pass from Garcia (Demos kick)i
SAT — Wilson 8 pass from Garcia (Demos kick)
TAM — Jackson 3 pass from Hill (Bongarra kick)
SAT — Willis 3 pass from Garcia (Demos kick)

3rd Quarter
SAT — Willis 3 pass from Garcia (Demos kick)
TAM — Rodriguez 8 pass from Hill (Bongarra kick)
TAM — Jackson 27 pass from Hill (Bongarra kick)
SAT — Wilson 10 pass from Garcia (Demos kick)

4th Quarter
SAT — Jamar Ransom 1 run (Demos kick)
TAM — Tom Kaleita 1 run (Bongarra kick)
SAT — Derek Lee 20 yard fumble return (Demos kick)
TAM — Hill 14 run (Bongarra kick)
TAM — Hill 1 run (Bongarra kick)
SAT — Wilson 56 kick off return (no kick-time ran out)

Statistical Leaders:

Passing: (C-A-INT-Yds-TD)
SAT — Aaron Garcia 27-35-0-259-8 , Steven Sheffield 1-4-1-8-0
TAM — Nick Hill 28-42-1-353-8

Rushing: (Att-Yds-TD)
SAT — Jamar Ransom 1-1-1, Chad Cook 1-11-0
TAM — Nick Hill 5-35-2, Tom Kaleita 1-1-1

Receiving: (Rec-Yds-TD)
SAT — Jomo Wilson 10-108-4 , Burl Toler 7-82-1, Jason Willis 9-81-3, Chad Cook 1(-2)-0, Ty Nrkhe 1(-2)-0
TAM — Amarri Jackson 9-105-3, De’Cody Fagg 10-127-1 , Jonathan Lowe 1-35-0, Prechae Rodriguez 8-86-1

KO Returns: (No-Yds-TD)
SAT — Jomo Wilson 5-20.2-1, Anthony Bolden 1-1-0
TAM — Jonathan Lowe 5-23.2-0, Riley Swanson 2-1-0, Riley Swanson 1-41-0

Russell Athletics Offensive Player of the Game: Aaron Garcia, San Antonio
Riddell Defensive Player of the Game: Dwight McLean, San Antonio
JLS Ironman of the Game: Fred Shaw, San Antonio
AFL Playmaker of the Game: Aaron Garcia, San Antonio
Cutters Catch of the Game: Amarri Jackson, Tampa Bay, 3rd quarter TD from Nick Hill (This was Hill’s pass that put him over the 10,000-yard mark).
Spalding Highlight of the Game: Dwight McLean, San Antonio, Interception off the net.
National Guard MVP of the Game: Aaron Garcia, San Antonio

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