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 falls in home opener

TAMPA — The Storm gave defending Arena League champion Philadelphia a challenge, but the Soul pulled out a 56-52 victory before 9,071 at Tampa Bay's home opener Saturday at Amalie Arena.

Philadelphia (1-0) took control in the middle stages, scoring with five seconds left in the first half for a 29-25 advantage, then starting the third quarter with a seven-minute drive to lead 36-25.

Neither team made a stop in the second half, but the Storm thought it had one, and with a lead at that. Alvin Ray Jackson's fumble recovery was wiped out by a drifting call.

Then what replays appeared to show was a clear backward pass and recovery for a go-ahead touchdown return by Cortez Stubbs was called incomplete on the field. The Storm (1-1) lost the replay challenge. Philadelphia kept its 43-38 lead and extended the lead with 3:10 left in the game.

Tampa Bay was called for 14 penalties, many of them pass interference, for 100 yards. Philadelphia was called for five for 33 yards.

Kendrick Ings had a tremendous game for Tampa Bay, setting set a franchise record with 346 all-purpose yards, surpassing James Bowden's 345. Randy Hippeard threw for 292 yards and six scores and ran for a touchdown, and Joe Hills' touchdown with 30 seconds left in the game extended his streak of consecutive games with a touchdown to 70.

The teams scored the same number of touchdowns, but Tampa Bay failed on four extra points.

Storm falls in home opener 04/15/17 [Last modified: Saturday, April 15, 2017 10:48pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Tampa Bay Downs full of high-paying races this season

    Parimutuels

    OLDSMAR — Tampa Bay Downs is green like never before.

  2. Astros rout Yankees to force Game 7 of AL Championship Series

    Ml

    HOUSTON — Justin Verlander pitched seven shutout innings to outduel Luis Severino for the second time, and the Astros bats came alive in their return home as Houston routed the Yankees 7-1 Friday night and forced a decisive Game 7 in the American League Championship Series.

    The Astros’ Brian McCann, who has struggled during the ALCS, breaks a scoreless tie with an RBI double during the fifth inning off Yankees starter Luis Severino.
  3. Fennelly: What's not to like about Lightning's start?

    Lightning Strikes

    BRANDON — No one is engraving the Stanley Cup. No one has begun stuffing the league MVP ballot box for Nikita Kucherov.

    The Lightning, with a win tonight, would match the best start in franchise history, 7-1-1 in the 2003-04 Cup season.
  4. Quarterback Jameis Winston will start Sunday for the Bucs

    Bucs

    TAMPA — Jameis Winston hadn't thrown in practice since he injured his right shoulder in Sunday's loss at Arizona, and with that uncertainty, a wide line of TV cameras and reporters' cellphones were all out Friday morning, recording the moment as Winston tested his shoulder with his first throws early in …

    Despite a sore shoulder, Jameis Winston will be making his 38th consecutive start since being drafted first overall in 2015.
  5. Bucs journal: LB Kwon Alexander ready to return from injury

    Bucs

    TAMPA — LB Kwon Alexander, sidelined by a hamstring injury since the second quarter of the Bucs' season opener against Chicago, will finally make a healthy return Sunday against the Bills.

    Linebacker Kwon Alexander needs “to get my stats back up” after being out since the opener.