Tampa Bay Sports Day

AFL: Storm Drop OT Decision to Cleveland, 70-63

TAMPA -– The Tampa Bay Storm (0-7, 0-4) put up a season-high in points but it wasn’t quite enough as the Cleveland Gladiators (4-4, 1-1) won, 70-63 in overtime Monday on Military Appreciation Night at Amalie Arena.

The Storm fell  in front of 9,722 fans.  This was the 17th overall overtime game in franchise history. Tampa Bay is now 8-9 in those games.

Tied at 63 in regulation the Glads scored first in overtime and then intercepted a Jason Boltus pass in the end zone.

Boltus connected with T.T. Toliver and Julius Gregory for three touchdowns apiece during regulation. Boltus was 28 of 42 for on 341 yards and eight touchdowns. Toliver had 11 catches for a game-high 152 yards.

In his past two games against Cleveland, Boltus is 54-of-88 for 699 yards and a total of 16 touchdowns. It was the first game this season a Storm quarterback surpassed 300 yards passing.

Former South Florida Bull and recently acquired kicker Delbert Alvarado was a perfect 9-of-9 on kicks in his Storm debut. Linebacker Dominie Pittman blocked the first extra point of the season and first since July 18, 2015 at New Orleans.

GAME NOTES: Storm wide receiver Julius Gregory made an immediate impact upon his return from injured reserve hauling in seven passes for 99 yards and three scores….Future Hall-of-Famer wide receiver T.T. Toliver led all receivers with 12 catches and 158 yards while hauling in three touchdowns as he continues his march to catch Damian Harrell in the AFL record books…Storm defensive back Cortez Stubbs poached his second interception of the season late in the game to help give Tampa Bay momentum in the fourth quarter.