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Storm Falls In Regular Season Finale

August 5, 2017 (Photo Credit: Philadelphia Soul)
Tampa Bay Storm loses to Philadelphia Soul, 41-28

Philadelphia, PA – The Tampa Bay Storm (10-4) were defeated the Philadelphia Soul (13-1) by a score of 41-28 in front of 9,071 fans at Wells Fargo Center. 

The team completed the season 10-4, its best record since the 2010 season, and its best season by winning percentage since 2003.  The Storm went on to appear in the ArenaBowl in both seasons.

The Storm opened the game with quarterback Randy Hippeard.  Hippeard completed 2-of-7 passes for 45 yards.  Backup quarterback Chris Bonner came in at the top of the second quarter and threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to Justin Hilton on his first attempt.  It was Bonner’s first career passing touchdown.  He finished the night with 227 yards, four touchdowns and completed 15-of-26 passes.

Storm receiver Joe Hills led the team with seven catches for 98 yards and a touchdown.  He now has a receiving touchdown in a record 81 consecutive games.

The Soul was led by quarterback Dan Raudabaugh who threw his 700th career touchdown.  He finished the night completing 12-of-15 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown.  He would also add one on the ground on his only rush of the night. 

The top Soul receiver was Darius Reynolds, who led all receivers with seven catches for 104 yards and two touchdowns.

Tampa Bay will return home to AMALIE Arena and host the Cleveland Gladiators (5-9) in the first round of the Arena Football League Playoffs on Monday, August 14.  Kickoff is set for the 7:00 p.m. ET.

Score by Quarters         1        2        3     4     Total
Tampa Bay Storm            0         14       7      7      28
Philadelphia Soul              7         20       7      7      41

1st Quarter

PHI – Mykel Benson 1-yard rush (Adrian Trevino, Good).

2nd Quarter

PHI – Shaun Kauleinamoku 29-yard reception (Adrian Trevino, Good)
TAM - Justin Hilton 41-yard reception (Mark Lewis, Good)
PHI – Mykel Benson 1-yard rush (Adrian Trevino, No Good)
TAM – Joe Hills 8-yard reception (Mark Lewis, Good)
PHI – Dan Raudabaugh 1-yard rush (Adrian Trevino, Good)

3rd Quarter

PHI – Darius Reynolds 15-yard reception (Adrian Trevino, Good)
TAM – LaMark Brown 17-yard reception (Mark Lewis, Good)

4th Quarter

PHI – Darius Reynolds 40-yard reception (Adrian Trevino, Good)
TAM – Kendrick Ings 20-yard reception (Mark Lewis

Statistical Leaders:

Passing: (C-A-INT-Yds-TD) 

TAM  Chris Bonner (15-26-1-227-4), Randy Hippeard (2-7-0-45-0)
PHI  Dan Raudabaugh (12-15-0-145-1), Luke Collis (6-11-0-107-2)

Rushing: (Att-Yds-TD)

TAM  Chris Bonner (2-19-0), Ryan Cave (1-5-0)
PHI – Mykel Benson (8-15-2), Dan Raudabaugh (1-11-0)

Receiving: (Rec-Yds-TD)

TAM   Joe Hills (7-98-1), Kendrick Ings (4-55-1), Justin Hilton (2-52-1), LaMark Brown (2-25-1), Michael Lindsey (1-33-0), Cornelius Lewis (1-9-0)
PHI – Darius Reynolds (7-104-2), Ryan McDaniel (6-68-0), Shaun Kauleinamoku (4-66-1),Mykel Benson (1-14-0)

KO Returns: (No.-Yds-TD)

TAM  Michael Lindsey (3-46-0), Kendrick Ings (1-11-0)
PHI – Larry Beavers (3-58-0)

MVP of the Game:  Dan Raudabaugh, PHI
Offensive Player of the Game:  Mykel Benson, PHI
Defensive Player of the Game:  Beau Bell, PHI