Friday, June 22, 2018
Tampa Bay Storm

Storm defeats New Orleans for second straight win

NEW ORLEANS — Plant High grad James Harrell bridged halftime with two touchdowns Friday to propel the Tampa Bay Storm to a second straight win, 62-48 over New Orleans.

Harrell's 19-yard interception return with six seconds left in the second quarter gave Tampa Bay a 28-13 halftime lead. He then recovered the second-half kickoff in the end zone. Earlier Harrell's stuff of VooDoo fullback Kevin Ashak gave the Storm a key goal-line stand.

Joe Hills caught four of Randy Hippeard's five touchdown passes as the teams combined for 89 points in the final 31 minutes. Hills, who had a drop on fourth down and a fumble in the first half, made up for it with nine catches for 118 yards.

The Storm (5-6) hosts Philadelphia next week.

New Orleans (2-8) pulled within 14-13 in the first half. But Hippeard's 1-yard sneak led to three Storm touchdowns in less than a minute.

Hills' big highlight came with three minutes remaining for a 55-34 advantage. Pedaling backward, Hills deflected the ball to himself twice before cradling it while on his back.

Hippeard threw for 212 yards and ran for two TDs.

New Orleans had two potential second-half stops wiped out by penalties on fourth down.