Storm Open with Win over VOO DOO

By on March 15, 2014

Here’s one of Randy Hippeard’s six TD passes. Hippeard was 18 of 27 for 288 yards and connected with Hilton with a 24-yard pass and again for 12, 42 and 33 yards. (photo by Chuck Green / Cg Photography)

story courtesy of Tampa Bay Storm, photos by Chuck Green / Cg Photography

TAMPA, FLA. — Quarterback Randy Hippeard passed for six touchdowns, four of those to receiver Justin Hilton as the Tampa Bay Storm defeated the New Orleans VooDoo, 62-57,  in the opening-season Arena Football League game on the Amalie Oil Field Friday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

 

It was four key defensive plays, including a net recovery touchdown by defensive back Rod Issac in the second quarter and a 42-yard fumble recovery by Chris Smith to open the fourth period that ignited the Storm (1-0). Smith’s exciting return gave the Storm a 55-45 margin at 11:33 of the 4th quarter.

 

VooDoo starter Kurt Rocco was 17 of 33 for 251 yards and five touchdowns, but was knocked out of the game with a third-quarter injury and backup rookie Ryan Perrilloux, out of Jacksonville State, finished the game and made the crucial fumble on Smith’s exciting run back score.

 

Andrew Helmick had 3 catches for 71 yards and a TD. Hippeard was 18 of 27 for 288 yards and connected with Hilton on the opening 24-yard pass and again for 12, 42 and 33 yards.

Hilton ended with nine catches for 147 yards and Andrew Helmick had three grabs for 71 yards and a touchdown. Michael Lindsey had an interception and also two receptions for 19 yards and a 6-yard touchdown.  He also had seven kickoff returns for 154 yards and a long of 42.

 

The Tampa Bay Storm travel to San Antonio next week (Friday, March 21) for a cross-conference game against the Western Division Talons. Game time is 8:30 p.m. (EDT) with the game being broadcast on radio 1250 AM (WHNZ) in Tampa Bay. The next home game is against the Orlando Predators  in the War on I-4, Saturday, March 29 on the Amalie Motor Oil Field in the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

 

Randy Hippeard had total command of the Storm offense. (photo Chuck Green / Cg Photography)

Dancing with the Storm! Justin Hilton breaks down his TD dance in the end zone.  Hilton was named Russell Athletic Offensive Player(photo Chuck Green / Cg Photography)

Former Bethune-Cookman star Jean Fanor on the tight coverage makes a solid tackle.  (photo Chuck Green / Cg Photography)

Bethune-Cookman Wildcats ready to hunt some Voo Doo. (photo Chuck Green / Cg Photography)

Randy Hippeard and Amari Jackson (photo Chuck Green / Cg Photography)

Tim Marcum Memorial Banner (photo by Chuck Green / Cg Photography)

Derrick Brooks dedicates banner (photo by Chuck Green / Cg Photography)

STORM DOG is ready (photo by Chuck Green / Cg Photography)

Storm cheerleaders had a lot to cheer about (photo by Chuck Green / Cg Photography)

Rocket Sports & Entertainment Network says great smile! (photo by Chuck Green / Cg Photography)

On the kick off team Jammie Kirlew gets ready to hit some Voo Doo  (photo by Chuck Green / Cg Photography)

Kickers in the AFL always seem to get a workout. It was no different for Carlos Lopez as here he boots a PAT (photo by Chuck Green / Cg Photography)

Michael Lindsay’s monster night,  Lindsey had an interception and also two receptions for 19 yards and a 6-yard touchdown.  He also had seven kickoff returns for 154 yards and a long of 42.(photo by Chuck Green / Cg Photography)

 

 MORE PHOTOS BELOW STATS

                                                1st           2nd          3rd           4th           Final

New Orleans VooDoo      7              24           14           12           – 57

Tampa Bay Storm             7              27           14              14             –  62

 

1st Quarter

TAM – Justin Hilton 24 pass from Randy Hippeard (Lopez kick) 7:17.

NOV – L.J. Castile 21 pass from Kurt Rocco (Taylor Russolino kick) 2:23.

2nd Quarter

TAM – Dexter Jackson 15 run (Lopez kick) 14:55.

TAM  – Rod Issac 0 yard net recovery (Lopez kick) 14:06.

NOV – Castile 38 pass from Rocco (rush failed) 12:23.

TAM – Hilton 12 pass from Hippeard (Lopez kick) 9:18.

NOV – Chase Deadder 4 pass from Rocco (kick failed) 5:41.

NOV – Rocco 1 run (kick failed) 1:05.

TAM – Hilton 42 pass from from Hippeard (Lopez  kick) 00:21.

NOV – Larry Beavers 32 pass from Rocco (pass failed) 00:01

3rd Quarter

NOV – Castile 37 pass from  Rocco (Russolino kick) 14:24.

TAM – Hilton 33 pass from Hippeard (Lopez kick) 11:59.

NOV – Ryan Perrilloux 1 run (Russolino kick) 7:52.6

TAM – Michael Lindsey 6 pass from Hippeard (Lopez kick) 2:36.

4th Quarter

TAM – Chris Smith 42 fumble recovery (Lopez kick) 11:33.

NOV – Castile 25 pass from Perrilloux (kick failed) 8:19.

TAM – Andrew Helmik 29 pass from Hippeard 4:33 (Lopez kick) 4:33.

NOV – Perrilloux 1 run (pass failed) 00:43.

 

Statistical Leaders

Passing: (C-A-INT-Yds-TD)

NOV – Kurt Rocco, 17-33-2 251 5; Ryan Perrilloux 12-17-0 109 1.

TAM —  Randy Hippeard 18-27-2 288 6.

Rushing: (Att-Yds-TD)

NOV –Kurt Rocco 2-21-1.

TAM – Randy Hippeard  4-8-0; Dexter Jackson 2-15-1.

 

Receiving:  (Rec-Yds-TD)

NOV – L.J. Castile 10-169-4, Chase Deadder 10-95-1, Larry Beavers 4-49-1, Skyler Green 4-39-0.

TAM – Justin Hilton 9-147-4, Amarri Jackson 4-51-0, Andrew Helmick 3-71-1, Michael Lindsey 2-19-1.

 

KO Returns: (No.-Yds-TD)

NOV – LARRY Beavers 4-62-0.

TAM – Michael Lindsey  7-154-2.

 

GAME AWARD WINNERS

Russell Athletic Offensive Player: Justin Hilton, Tampa Bay

Chris Smith (Storm player center), Tampa Bay; Eddie Moten, New Orleans (not pictured) were named Co- Riddell Defensive Players. (photo by Chuck Green / Cg Photography)

J.Lewis Small AFL Playmaker: Michael Lindsey, Tampa Bay.

Cutters Catch of the Game: Justin Hilton, Tampa Bay, 33 yard diving catch at 11:59 of 3rd quarter.

Spalding Highlight of the Game: Chris Smith, Tampa Bay, 42 yard fumble recovery for touchdown 11:33 of 4th quarter to extend Tampa Bay lead.

6 FOOT 7 INCH, 330 POUND FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLE, MARIO HENDERSON COMES OUT BREATHING FIRE (photo by Chuck Green / Cg Photography)

Looks like a Jefferson Dragon uniform with Stephen Garcia in it (photo by Chuck Green / Cg Photography)

D-FENSE! (photo by Chuck Green / Cg Photography)

Rod Issac’s TD under review (photo by Chuck Green / Cg Photography)

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