Tampa Bay Sports Day

AFL: Storm Wins as Hills Takes League Honors

Photo by Scott Audette/Tampa Bay Storm

The Tampa Bay Storm (5-1) defeated the Washington Valor (1-4) 53-47 in front of 9,275 fans at AMALIE arena. Tampa Bay is now 2-0 all-time versus the Washington Valor and is 7-4 versus head coach Dean Cokinos.
 
The Storm moves to 5-1 on the season. 
 
Former Storm wide receiver T.T. Toliver scored one touchdown for the Valor. The touchdown gave him 2002 career points scored, making him the fifth player in Arena Football League history to reach that milestone.
 
Tampa Bay fullback Dave Lefotu scored his first career touchdown. The last Storm fullback to score a touchdown was John Brown on July 11, 2016 – a span of nine games.
 
MVP of the Game, Storm wide receiver, Joe Hills recorded 11 receptions for 122 yards and three touchdowns. 

He continued his streak of consecutive games with a touchdown to 74 games. The all-time leader is Damian Harrell who scored a receiving touchdown in 78 consecutive games. With his 122 yards receiving, Hills moved into 26th place all-time (8,119) surpassing Marcus Nash

With his 11 receptions, Hills moved past both Willis Marshall and Ben Nelson to rank 25th all-time in AFL history with 657 career receptions

Hills now has scored at least three touchdowns in all but one game this season, that lone game he had one.
 
Newcomer, LaRoche Jackson snagged an interception in his first game with the Storm. He now has 28 career interceptions.
 
Tampa Bay kicker Mark Lewis recovered a fumble on the opening kick return of the second half. He is the second kicker this season to recover a fumble on a kick return (Philadelphia, Adrian Trevino). The last Storm kicker to recover a fumble on a kickoff return was Craig Peterson, April 9, 2016.
 
Storm defensive lineman Monte Lewis corralled three sacks versus the Valor. He is the seventh player in franchise history to record three sacks in a game. The last player to do so was Jarrett Buie June 17, 2011.
 
Alvin Ray Jackson recorded a fumble recovery near the goal line with 6:40 remaining in the game. The turnover allowed the Storm to take its first lead of the game.

 The Arena Football League announced that Hills was named the Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in week seven versus the Washington.
 
This is Hills’ second weekly award and the seventh for the Storm.  He is the first player to be named the Offensive Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks this season.