Tampa Bay Sports Day

AFL: Tampa Bay Storm Blocks Portland Field Goal Try, Wins 41-40

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TAMPA, Fla – Defensive lineman Everett Dawkins blocked a 23-yard field goal attempt for the Tampa Bay Storm (2-13) to give the team a 41-40 victory  over the Portland Steel (2-13)Saturday night  at Amalie Arena.

The Storm, who led by as many as 22 points in the second quarter, saw the Steel outscore Tampa Bay 27 to 13 in the second half to close the gap to just one point held a 41-33 lead with 6:32 left.

Portland had the ball with one minute remaining and worked the clock down to 3.9, deciding  to attempt the field goal.

Adam Kennedy got the start at quarterback and was 19 of 34 for 183 yards and five touchdowns. He connected with T.T Toliver and V’Keon Lacey for two scores each.

Under Offensive Player of the Game: Nick Truesdell, Portland.
Riddell Defensive Player of the Game: Matt Pierce Portland.
J. Lewis Small Playmaker of the Game: Kendrick Ings, Tampa Bay.
Cutters Catch of the Game: Cameron McGlenn, Tampa Bay, Interception in end zone, 2:35 of second quarter.
AFL Highlight of the Game: Matt Pierce, Portland, Interception at 4:10 of the fourth quarter.

The Storm close out the regular season with a game at Jacksonville, Sat. July 30.  Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.