Sunday, July 15, 2018
Tampa Bay Storm

Multi-game week trying for Storm

TAMPA — The schedule hasn't been kind to the Storm this year. Neither have the schedule makers.

Tampa Bay (1-12) will again play on a short week when it hosts Philadelphia (11-3) on Saturday at 3:30 at the Amalie Arena. It is the fifth time this season Tampa Bay has faced an abbreviated work week.

"I'll tell you, it's really rough on our guys," Storm coach Lawrence Samuels said. "We don't have many days to prepare for the next team and unfortunately it's a really, really good team we have to prepare for.

The Storm lost 48-21 Monday night at Los Angeles, flew out Tuesday and returned to practice Wednesday. The Storm worked out again Thursday and got in a walk-through Friday ahead of its matchup with the Soul. Tampa Bay had just three days rest in between losses to Philadelphia and Orlando May 9 and 13, respectively.

"Our guys are motivated and ready to go," Samuels said. "We're just trying to get this thing fixed in time for (the playoffs) in August."

KISS another record goodbye: T.T. Toliver set yet another all-time mark against Los Angeles when he eclipsed the record for all-purpose yards. Toliver finished the night with 10 catches for 116 yards and a score and now has 21,146 career all-purpose yards.

Toliver has already tallied AFL all-time records this season in catches (1,182) and receiving yards (15,495).

No suspension: Storm defensive lineman David Washington was not suspended for an altercation near the end of the Los Angeles game. On Saturday he was involved in a skirmish which spilled into the stands, and as a result the game was called with 24 seconds left on the clock. Washington, who has played 10 games this season, leads the Storm with six quarterback hurries.

"Someone ripped (Washington's) helmet off and that started the whole thing," Samuels said.

Boltus expected to start: Despite a rough outing and eventual benching against L.A., Samuels said Jason Boltus will be under center to open the game against Philadelphia. Boltus went 18-of-38 for 178 yards and one TD against the KISS before being replaced late in the game by Adam Kennedy.

"Jason didn't play bad," Samuels said. "We had a lot of dropped balls and busted assignments that made his stats look like he had a bad game. We're going to stay the course."

Kennedy went 3-of-3 for 38 yards and scored on a 7-yard run in his only drive.

"Adam showed late in the game what he can do," Samuels said. "But we'll stick with out leader. (Boltus) had a good week of practice."

Free tickets: The Salvation Army is hosting "Christmas in July" before the game. All fans who donate a new, unwrapped toy will receive a free ticket with a maximum of four tickets per person.

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