Tampa Bay Sports Day

AFL: Hills Three TDs Lead Tampa Bay Storm to Win

Storm wide receiver Joe Hills scoring the first rushing touchdown of his career. Photos by Scott Audette/Tampa Bay Storm

TAMPA – Receiver Joe Hills scored three touchdowns, two through the air, as Tampa Bay (6-1) defeated the Baltimore Brigade, 47-35, Saturday before an enthusiastic crowd of 9,880 in Amalie Arena.
The Storm, winners of five straight games, and off to its best start of the season since 2001, now has its longest winning streak since 2014.
The upstart Brigade (2-5) has now lost four of their last five. This was the second time the Storm has beaten the

expansion team, as it won 62-55 in Baltimore on May 7.
Storm jack linebacker Alvin Ray Jackson, the six-year veteran, was named the game’s Most Valuable Player. His five-yard net recovery for a touchdown at 14:49 of the third quarter boosted Tampa Bay’s lead to 33-14.
Hills also had 10 catches for 124 receiving yards and Kenrick Ings had two touchdowns on 11 catches and 92 yards.

Significant plays in the first half that setup two scores included Hippeard’s big-play pass of 44 yards to Hills in the first quarter that set up the Storm’s first score.
Defensively, Kendall Montgomery’s recovery of Baltimore quarterback Shane Carden’s fumble, setup the final touchdown of the first quarter, giving Tampa Bay a 20-7 lead.
Ings, usually on the return side of kickoffs, recovered of an on-side kickoff fumble on special teams in the second quarter.
The Tampa Bay Storm return to action at AMALIE® Arena, Saturday, June 10 at 7 p.m. versus the Washington Valor.