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Loss knocks Tampa Bay Storm from playoff berth in Arena Football League

SPOKANE, Wash. — The Storm failed to advance to the Arena Football League's postseason, falling behind during Spokane's 28-point second quarter and getting shut out in the third en route to a 63-53 loss late Saturday night.

With Georgia (9-9) and Cleveland (8-10) winning earlier in the day, the Storm had to win to qualify. Tampa Bay (8-10) missed the playoffs for the fourth time in 25 seasons.

Tampa Bay's Joe Hills, facing his former team, caught eight passes for 215 yards and three touchdowns. Hill's yardage is fourth-best in the league this season and second on the Storm. Former USF standout Amarri Jackson had 220 against Orlando on June 15.

Prechae Rodriguez had a game-high 11 receptions to give him 125 on the season, tying the Storm single-season (and rookie) record set by Jackson last season. Rodriguez had 134 receiving yards to finish the season with 1,653, surpassing Jackson's record of 1,619.

Storm quarterback Stephen Wasil completed 23 of 37 passes for a career-high 391 yards and four touchdowns. Wasil rushed for three touchdowns to finish the season with 19, two shy of the single-season record set by Torrance Marshall in 2008.

Tampa Bay had to play catchup after Shock defensive back Patrick Stoudamire recovered a kickoff that caromed off of the net and returned it for a touchdown early in the second quarter.

Spokane (10-8) made two fumble recoveries in the third quarter to help protect the lead.

Shock receiver Adron Tennell finished with four touchdowns on 10 catches for 140 yards and quarterback Kyle Rowley completed 24 of 33 passes for 245 yards and six touchdowns.

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Loss knocks Tampa Bay Storm from playoff berth in Arena Football League 07/22/12 [Last modified: Sunday, July 22, 2012 7:05pm]
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