No Voo Doo – Storm Cruise 63-32

By on May 5, 2013

QB Adrian McPherson rushes for one of his four rushing TD’s (photo by: Scott Audette/Tampa Bay Storm)

TAMPA.FLA. — (courtesy of the Tampa Bay Storm) Quarterback Adrian McPherson his offensive assault, but the defense made the difference as the Tampa Bay Storm defeated the New Orleans Voo Doo, 63-32, Saturday night, on the Amalie Motor Oil Field at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in an Arena Football League game.
The Storm improved to 5-2 overall, 2-1 in the Southern Division and 3-1 in the American Conference. New Orleans fell to 1-5, 1-2 and 2-2 respectively.
Tampa Bay’s defense saw the defensive backs Vance Cuff and De’Audra Dix collect interceptions, with Cuff’s a 30-yard pick for a touchdown. Pernell Phillips had a pair of quarterback sacks and three hurries on the Voo Doo signal caller. Smith and Dix also had two pass break ups each. In total, the Storm collected 4 sacks, 7 hurries and 8 pass break ups.

DB Vance Cuff returns an Interception for a TD in the second quarter (Photo by: Scott Audette/Tampa Bay Storm)

McPherson was 13 of 16 passing for 197 yards and 4 TDs. He also rushed 6 times for 29 yards and four scores, boosting his league-leading touchdown total to 21 and his yardage to 262. He also has 32 passing TDs this season.
McPherson and Chris C. Smith set the tone from the opening kickoff. Smith caught three consecutive passes from McPherson for 29 yards, setting up the first of two rushing scores by McPherson.
The multi-talented righthander was 9-for-9 and 131 yards in the first half as the Storm took a commanding, 35-13, lead.
The most spectacular play in the first half was d-back Vance Cuff’s interception of a Bill Stull pass with 42 seconds remaining in the half. Cuff cut in front of the intended receiver Courtney Smith, who then escaped another player before going 30 yards for the score. A block against the boards by the Storm’s LeRoy Burgess sprung Cuff on the initial play.
The Storm is on the road for the next two weeks. They visit San Jose for a meeting against the 4-2 SaberCats on Saturday, May 11, and head to Pittburgh for a game with the 1-5 Power, a team that lost at home, 52-38, Saturday to the Orlando Predators (1-5).

DL Pernell Phillips records his first sack of the season finishing with two on the night. Phillips lead the Storm with 7 sacks last year. (photo by: Scott Audette/Tampa Bay Storm)

Score by Quarters          1    2    3    4    FINAL
New Orleans Voo Doo        6   7    0   19         32
Tampa Bay Storm              14  21  14  14         63
1st Quarter
TB — Adrian McPherson 1 run (Craig Camay kick).
NO — Courtney Smith 9 pass from Bill Stull (kick failed).
TB — Chris C. Smith 17 pass from McPherson (Camay kick).
2nd Quarter
TB — McPherson 2 run (Camay kick).
TB — Greg Ellingson 26 pass from McPherson (Camay kick).
TB — Vance Cuff 30 Interception return (Camay kick).
NO — Stull 1 run (Gary Cismesia kick).
3rd Quarter
TB — McPherson 9 run (Camay kick).
TB — Michael Lindsey 37 pass from McPherson (Camay kick).
4th quarter
NO — Courtney Smith 3 pass from Stull (kick blocked by LeRoy Burgess).
TB — Ellingson 13 pass from McPherson (Camay kick).
NO — Derek Lee 4 pass from Stull (2pt conversion failed).
TB — McPherson 2 run (Camay kick).
NO — Stull 1 run (Cismesia kick).
Statistical Leaders
Passing (C-A-INT-  Yds-TD)
Bill Stull, NO, 27-45-2-265-3.
Adrian McPherson, TB, 13-16-197-0-4
Rushing (Att-Yds-TD)
Jermaine Richardson, NO, 3-4-0, Stull, NO,  4-1-2.
Adrian McPherson, TB, 6-29-4, Michael Lindsey, TB 2-2-0, Randy Hippeard, TB 2-2-0.
Receiving (Rec-Yds-TD)
Quorey Payne, NO, 10-102-0, Chris Duvault, NO, 7-77-0, Courtney Smith, NO, 6-38-2, Derek Lee, NO, 3-37-1, Jeramie Richardson, NO, 1-11-0.
Chris C. Davis, TB, 6-68-1, Michael Lindsey, TB, 4-66-1, Greg Ellingson, TB, 3-63-2.
Russell Athletics Offensive Player of the Game: Adian McPherson, Tampa Bay
Riddell Defensive Player of the Game: Pernell Phillips, Tampa Bay
J. Lewis Small Playmaker of the Game: Quorey Payne, New Orleans
Cutters Catch of the Game: Vance Cuff, Tampa Bay, 30 yard pass interception for TD.
AFL highlight of the game: Vance Cuff, pass interception for TD with 42 seconds left in the first half.
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