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Orlando rolls over Tampa Bay Storm

ORLANDO — A motivated Orlando rolled the Storm 56-33 Friday night before 13,527 at Amway Center.

Tampa Bay (1-11) has lost four straight, with Friday actually being the closest margin. Orlando (11-2) leads the Arena League with four weeks left in the regular season.

Orlando won with its backup quarterback, Bernard Morris, after Randy Hippeard sustained a possible season-ending injury last week. The Storm did not stop Morris, as the first-string offense went 8-for-8, Tampa Bay's only stop coming when Mike Lindsey recovered a fumble by third-stringer Chase Cartwright.

It was Orlando's first home game since the mass shootings at Pulse nightclub. A special section of 49 seats, representing each of the victims, was marked in the shape of the heart and players from both teams locked arms in a pregame ceremony.

Instead of the names on the back of their jerseys, Predators players all had #OrlandoUnited on their nameplates.

Prechae Rodriguez was the lone Storm bright spot, scoring four times in the former Jefferson High player's return to Tampa Bay. He finished with 13 catches for 113 yards, his one-handed grab on fourth down pulling the Storm within 28-20 at the 1:00 mark of the first half. But Orlando went on to score the game's next 21 points.

The Storm's Jason Boltus was intercepted three times.

Morris passed for five touchdowns and ran for three.

Orlando rolls over Tampa Bay Storm 06/24/16 [Last modified: Friday, June 24, 2016 11:30pm]
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