Photo Recap: Storm’s got Soul 63-49

By on April 6, 2014

The Tampa Bay Storm defeated the Philadelphia Soul 63-49 Friday night at the arena formerly called “The Ice Palace,” still affectionately referred to by many as  “The Ice Palace,”  also formally called the “St. Pete Times Forum,” which confused many, now called the “Tampa Bay Times Forum,” with “Amalie Motor Oil Field.”

Ok enough of the that run on, see story and photos below…

Write up below courtesy of the Tampa bay Storm, photos by Rocket Sports & Entertainment Network’s Cg Photography, Chuck Green

 

Former Jefferson High star Stephen Garcia came in late in the 4th quarter (photo Chuck Green / Cg Photography)

De’Audra Dix refuses to give extra yardage to Soul receivers (photo Chuck Green / Cg Photography)

Geoff Boyer, the new kicker, was perfect (photo Chuck Green / Cg Photography)

TAMPA, FLA.  —  Randy Hippeard’s seven touchdown passes, three of those Amarri Jackson led the offense, but it was the incredible defensive play of Chris Smith that allowed the Tampa Bay Storm to strike early, build a solid three possession lead and defeat the Philadelphia Soul, 63-49, Friday night in an Arena Football League game on the Amalie Motor Oil Field at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

 

A crowd of more than 11,000 watched the Storm (3-1) build a 49-38 margin at the end of the third quarter thanks to Hippeard, who said, “we executed the offense early.” Hippeard ended with connecting on 22 of 35 passes for 76 yards and Jackson had 10 catches for 143 yards, his biggest game this season.

 

Quarterback Dan Raudabaugh led Philadelphia (0-3) connecting on 32 of 47 for 325 yards and six touchdowns. The Soul leading receiver was Ryan McDaniel, who had 14 grabs for 138 yards and three scores.

 

Smith had an exciting interception on the goal line, battling McDaniel for the ball that popped up and it was his 6th pick of the season. He also had his fifth and sixth pass break ups of the season. However, De’Audra Dix had five pass breakups and now has nine on the season. Smith also rand back a on-side kickoff five yards for a TD in the 2nd period.

 

Samuel Tranks celebrates his first AFL touchdown (photo Chuck Green / Cg Photography)

Justin Hilton and newcomer Samuel Tranks had six and four receptions each and 59 and 57 yards, respectively, with Hilton collecting a pair of score, giving him nine on the year. Jackson now has 11 TDs.

 

Tampa Bay built a 35-21 halftime lead on Hippeard’s 14 of 19 completions and four touchdowns, besides the onside five-yard touchdown return by Chris Smith that gave the Storm a 21-7 lead at 13:45 of the second quarter.

 

Hippeard’s 172 first-half yards was impressive, some passes with a soft touch and six of them to Amarri Jackson, who had 87 of his total.

 

Coach Hovan keeps a watchful eye on the defense during pre-game drills (photo Chuck Green / Cg Photography)

Radabaugh was just as effective in the opening panels, connecting on 17 of 21 for 159 yards and three scores. Neither quarterback had a first-half interception. The Storm’s biggest  lead in the half was 35-14 on an Amarri Jackson 18 yard catch from Hippeard. But, Philly wasn’t done as the Soul scored with 10 seconds left in the second period on a two-yard grab from Radabaugh.

 

The Tampa Bay Storm will be on the road the next two weeks. First, the Storm travels to Jacksonville next Friday to take on the Division rival Sharks. Game time is 7:30 p.m. (EDT).

 

The following week, Tampa Bay invades Orlando for the second of three “War on I-4” games. The Storm plays at the University of Central Florida’s CFE Arena starting at 8 p.m. (EDT) on Saturday, April 19.

 

Give me an “S” … Stephanie (left) and Anna brighten up Amalie Motor Oil Field (photo Chuck Green / Cg Photography)

Both games will be broadcast on radio 1250 AM (WHNZ) in Tampa Bay with Jack Harris and Derek calling all the action. Air time for both games is one half hour before the start time.

 

The next home game on the Amalie Motor Oil Field at the Tampa Bay Times Forum will be Saturday, April 26, against the Spokane Shock. Game time is 7:30 p.m. (ET).

That’s a SOUL rush (photo Chuck Green / Cg Photography)

 

 

Young Devin Salter from Tampa enjoys the game from the Hooters Owl’s nest, he said the wings were great, and was a bit in awe when the Storm cheerleaders made their appearance (photo Chuck Green / Cg Photography)

1st  Quarter

TAM – Samuel Tranks 24 pass from Randy Hippeard  (Geoff Boyer kick)11:29.

TAM – Dexter Jackson 11 pass from Hippeard  (Boyer kick)  4:20.

PHL – Anthony Jones 6 pass from Dan Raudabaugh (Carlos Martinez kick) 14:19.

 

2nd Quarter  

PHL – Anthony Jones 6 pass from Dan Raudabaugh (Martinez kick) 14:19.

TAM – Chris Smith 5 kick off return (Boyer kick) 13:45.

PHL – Jones 6 pass from Raudabaugh (Martinez kick) 11:43.

TAM – Justin Hilton 22 pass from Hippeard (Boyer kick) 9:12.

TAM – Amarri Jackson 18 pass from Hippeard (Boyer kick) 2:45.

PHL – Ryan McDaniel 2 pass from Radabaugh (Martinez) 00:10.

 

3rd Quarter

PHL – Jones  20 pass from Raudabaugh (Martinez kick) 12:39.

TAM – A. Jackson 14 pass from Hippeard (Boyer  kick)  8:08.

TAM – Hilton 17 pass from Hippeard (Boyer kick) 3:36.

 

 

4th Quarter

TAM – A. Jackson 21 pass from Hippeard. (Boyer kick) 11:25.

PHL – Goosby 7 pass interception return (Martinez kick) 4:59.

TAM – Michael Lindsey 7 run (Boyer kick) 4:03.

PHL – McDaniel 10 pass from Radabaugh (Martinez kick) 2:48.

PHL – McDaniel 13 pass from Radabaugh (Martinez kick) 00:37.

 

STORM DOG (photo Chuck Green / Cg Photography)

Statistical Leaders

Passing: (C-A-INT-Yds-TD)

PHL– ,Dan Raudabaugh  32-47-1-335-6

TAM —  Randy Hippeard .22-35-1-276-7

Rushing: (Att-Yds-TD)

PHL –  Derrick Ross 1-5-0.

TAM – Dexter Jackson  1-2-0, Michael Lindsey 1-7-1, Stephen Garcia 1-(-1)-0.

 

Receiving:  (Rec-Yds-TD)

PHL– Ryan McDaniel 14-138-3, Anthony Jones  9-94-3, Robert Red  6-77-0, Larry Brackins  1-10-0. Derrick Ross 2-16-0.

TAM – Justin Hilton 6-59-2, Amarri Jackson 10-143-3, Samuels Tranks 4-57-1, Michael Lindsey 1-6-0, Dexter Jackson 1-11-1.

 

KO Returns: (No.-Yds-TD)

PHL– Robert Redd  4-93-0, James Romain 2-25-0.

TAM – Michael Lindsey  2-30-0, Chris Smith 1-5-1.

 

Raymond McNeil ready for the on-sides kick (photo Chuck Green / Cg Photography)

GAME AWARD WINNERS

Russell Athletic Offensive Player: Amarri Jackson, Tampa Bay.

Riddell Defensive Player: Chris Smith, Tampa Bay.

J.Lewis Small AFL Playmaker: Chris Smith, Tampa Bay.

Cutters Catch of the Game: Justin Hilton, Tampa Bay (22-yard,  2nd quarter, TD catch).

Spalding Highlight of the Game: Chris Smith, Tampa Bay. (Interception on goal line at 13:44 of 4th quarter).

Jeremy Rosado, an American Idol Finalists, sings the National Anthem (photo Chuck Green / Cg Photography)

Amarri Jackson (photo Chuck Green / Cg Photography)

(photo Chuck Green / Cg Photography)

Vernon High School Band, Vernon, Florida (photo Chuck Green / Cg Photography)

A big smile from James Harrell (photo Chuck Green / Cg Photography)

Amarri Jackson tosses his second TD ball to the crowd (photo Chuck Green / Cg Photography)

 

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