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Defense falters in Tampa Bay Storm's Arena football loss to Milwaukee Iron

MILWAUKEE — The Storm got only two defensive stops Sunday, one when Milwaukee ran out the clock, in falling 72-61 at the Bradley Center.

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The Iron (3-0) is one of two unbeatens in the 15-team Arena League (Chicago is 4-0.)

"I think they've got a real good football team," said Tampa Bay coach Tim Marcum, who remains one win shy of 200. "They've got an excellent receiving corps and if not the best, probably one of the best, quarterbacks in the league."

Chris Greisen was 26-of-41 for 270 yards and seven touchdowns for Milwaukee and this season has 23 touchdowns and no interceptions. Damian Harrell caught nine of Greisen's passes, becoming the sixth receiver in league history with 1,000 catches, and scored three touchdowns to increase his league-record total to 325.

Tampa Bay's Lawrence Samuels, the only player with more receiving yards than Harrell, sat after hurting a finger during warmups. His status for Saturday's game hasn't been determined.

The Storm (1-2) had three turnovers after it took a 41-31 lead early in the second half.

"We shot ourselves in the foot," Marcum said.

Tampa Bay's Cleannord Saintil, who caught nine passes for 128 yards and four touchdowns and ran for two touchdowns, scored on a 1-yard run to trim Milwaukee's lead to 59-54 with 5:08 left.

The Iron recovered the ensuing onside kick, and Nate Forse caught a 9-yard touchdown on the next play. Tyrone Timmons got the Storm close again, but Tyre Young's second rushing touchdown of the game sealed it with 44 seconds left.

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Defense falters in Tampa Bay Storm's Arena football loss to Milwaukee Iron 04/25/10 [Last modified: Sunday, April 25, 2010 10:41pm]
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