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Storm Puts The "W" In Washington, Defeats Valor 41-33

May 13, 2017 (Photo Credit: Washington Valor)
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Tampa Bay Storm (4-1) defeated the Washington Valor (1-3) by a score of 41-33 in front of 8,420 fans at Verizon Center.  This was the first meeting in series history between these two franchises.  The Storm has improved its record to 4-1, its best record since the 2001 season.

The turning point came with 37.1 seconds left in regulation when Storm defensive back Paul Stephens recovered a Valor fumble.  Stephens now has three fumble recoveries in two games.

The Storm was led by quarterback Randy Hippeard.  He finished the night completing 20-of-31 passes for 205 yards and five touchdowns.  He would also rush 11 times for 23 yards and a touchdown.

Hippeard’s top target of the night was Joe Hills who caught nine passes for 85 yards and three touchdowns.  Hills now has a receiving touchdown in 73 consecutive regular season games.

The Valor was led by quarterback Erik Meyer who finished the night with 183 yards and five touchdowns on 17-of-29 passing.

Tampa Bay will host the Valor on Saturday, May 20th on “Comic Book Night,” presented by Shriners Hospital For Children.  Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. ET.

Score by Quarters           1          2       3     4       Total

Tampa Bay Storm               6          21     7      7       41

Washington Valor                7          7       13    6       33


1st Quarter

TAM – Kendrick Ings 11-yard reception. (Mark Lewis, No Good)

WAS – Roger Jackson 3-yard reception. (T.C. Stevens, Good)


2nd Quarter

TAM – Joe Hills 13-yard reception. (Mark Lewis, Good)

WAS – T.T. Toliver 16-yard reception. (T.C. Stevens, Good)

TAM – Joe Hills 9-yard reception. (Mark Lewis, No Good)

TAM – Randy Hippeard 1-yard rush. (Joe Hills reception, Good)


3rd Quarter

WAS  Charles McClain 8-yard reception. (T.C. Stevens, No Good)

WAS – Charles McClain 3-yard reception. (T.C. Stevens, Good)

TAM – LaMark Brown 16-yard reception. (Mark Lewis, Good)


4th Quarter

WAS – Greg Carr 21-yard reception. (T.C. Stevens, No Good)

TAM – Joe Hills 6-yard reception. (Mark Lewis, Good)


Statistical Leaders:

Passing: (C-A-INT-Yds-TD) 

TAM – Randy Hippeard (20-31-0-205-5)

WAS – Erik Meyer (17-29-0-183-5)

Rushing: (Att-Yds-TD)

TAM – Randy Hippeard (11-23-1)

WAS – Erik Meyer (2-(-1)-0); T.T. Toliver (1-5-0)

Receiving: (Rec-Yds-TD)

TAM  – Joe Hills (9-85-3), LaMark Brown (6-82-1), Kendrick Ings (5-38-1),

WAS –Roger Jackson (5-40-1), Greg Carr (4-57-1), Charles McClain (4-37-2), T.T. Toliver (3-35-1), Julius Gregory (1-14-0)


KO Returns: (No.-Yds-TD)

TAM – Kendrick Ings (3-53-0), Michael Lindsey (2-57-0)

WAS – Cameron McGlenn (2-34-0)


MVP of the Game: Randy Hippeard, TAM

Offensive Player of the Game:  Joe Hills, TAM

Defensive Player of the Game:  Brandon Sesay, WAS