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
TAM – Kendrick Ings 11-yard reception. (Mark Lewis, No Good)
WAS – Roger Jackson 3-yard reception. (T.C. Stevens, Good)
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)
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)
WAS – Greg Carr 21-yard reception. (T.C. Stevens, No Good)
TAM – Joe Hills 6-yard reception. (Mark Lewis, Good)
TAM – Randy Hippeard (20-31-0-205-5)
WAS – Erik Meyer (17-29-0-183-5)
TAM – Randy Hippeard (11-23-1)
WAS – Erik Meyer (2-(-1)-0); T.T. Toliver (1-5-0)
– 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