Tampa Bay Sports Day

AFL: Ron James Notches First Win as Storm Head Coach

The Tampa Bay Storm (1-0) defeated the Cleveland Gladiators (0-1) by a score of 46-40 in front of 12,865 fans at Quicken Loans Arena. 

The night saw the return of several players including Randy Hippeard, Joe Hills and Dexter Jackson.  It also marked the first win for Ron James as head coach of the Storm.
The Storm were led by quarterback Randy Hippeard, who completed 22-of-31 passes for 205 yards and six touchdowns.  His top target of the night was Storm newcomer LaMark Brown, who finished the night with 121 yards and two touchdowns on nine catches.
Storm receiver Joe Hills finished the night with seven receptions for 53 yards and three touchdowns.  He now has a receiving touchdown in 69 consecutive regular season games.
The Storm defense set the tone early, putting a tremendous amount of pressure on the Cleveland offense and shutting the team out in the first quarter. 

Storm defensive lineman Caesar Rayford made his presence known, picking off a pass by Shane Boyd and returning it four yards for the score. 

Mac linebacker Dexter Jackson also had his way with the Gladiators offensive line, recording 2.0 sacks on the night.  The team had a total of 4.0 sacks.  Last season, the team had eight through 16 games.
The Gladiators were led by quarterback Shane Boyd.  He finished the night completing 24-37 passes for 288 yards and five touchdowns.