Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Storm falls to 0-4 with tight loss to Jacksonville

Storm DB Cortez Stubbs takes a fumble recovery 31 yards to the Jacksonville 17 to set up a go-ahead touchdown.


Storm DB Cortez Stubbs takes a fumble recovery 31 yards to the Jacksonville 17 to set up a go-ahead touchdown.

TAMPA — The Storm lost its first three games of the season by an average of 32 points. The score was much closer Sunday, but the outcome was the same.

Tampa Bay missed out on a late scoring opportunity and dropped to 0-4, losing to Jacksonville 33-27 before an announced 8,438 at Amalie Arena.

"We execute, we win," Storm coach Lawrence Samuels said.

"We've got to correct some things, especially on the offensive side. We left a lot of points out there. Guys running wide open. We've got to make those plays."

Behind by six, Tampa Bay marched to the Sharks 7 with a minute to play. But Jonathan Bane, making his first Arena League start at quarterback, misfired to an open T.T. Toliver on first down in the far right corner.

"They busted the coverage and he's wide open," Samuels said. "You got to complete that ball. It's Arena Football, man."

Bane then misfired on the next three throws, and Jacksonville took possession with 45 seconds to go and ran out the clock. The Sharks (2-3) now hold an 11-4 series lead on the Storm.

Tampa Bay has yet to score more than 30 in any game this season.

"I definitely left a lot of plays out on the field," Bane, who went 21-of-38 for 281 yards and three touchdowns, said. "There were a lot of balls that I could have completed that I didn't."

With the Storm trailing 26-20, defensive back Cortez Stubbs stripped Sharks fullback Derrick Ross at the goal line and took it back 31 yards to the Jacksonville 17. Three plays later, Bane found an open Toliver (nine catches, 148 yards, two touchdowns) from 27 yards out for a 27-26 lead with 9:50 left, the Storm's first lead since the opening minute of play.

A pair of players recently brought in paid immediate dividends. Mike Washington, acquired in a trade with Arizona, took the opening kickoff 58 yards for a touchdown. Free agent signee Xavier Boyce then hauled in a 13-yard touchdown pass to tie the score at 13 with 3:15 left in the half.

"That's what I do," Washington said. "They call me 'The Joystick' in this league. I just wanted to make a play and let the Tampa Bay fans know who I am."

Storm falls to 0-4 with tight loss to Jacksonville 05/01/16 [Last modified: Sunday, May 1, 2016 10:19pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. HomeTeam 25: Football rankings for Tampa Bay


    1. Armwood (7-0)

    Up next: vs. Brandon

    Armwood quarterback Devin Black (7) shakes hands with Plant defensive back Keon King (26) after the game between Plant High School Panthers and the Armwood High School Hawks in Suffer, Fla. on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. The Hawks beat the Panthers 27-7.
  2. Today he secures Bucs games; 30 years ago he played in them


    TAMPA —- Whenever the Bucs play a home game, Sankar Montoute is on hand to supervise more than 50 officers from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office on duty at Raymond James Stadium.

    Sankar Montoute, who oversees Homeland Security for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, was a replacement player for the Bucs during the 1987 strike. 
Montoute, who had a sack and interception in the same NFL game, oversees the 50-plus officers who work at Bucs games, most of whom have no idea he played. [Times files (1987)]
  3. Bucs Cannon Fodder podcast: Looking back at what went wrong


    In his latest Cannon Fodder podcast, Greg Auman says Monday brought good news relating to Jameis Winston's shoulder injury.

    A frustrated Mike Evans sits on the bench during the second half of the Bucs' loss to the Cardinals Sunday in Arizona. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  4. Goodell, union, players to meet on social issues and anthem


    NEW YORK — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, owners of each team, representatives of the players' union and players themselves will meet Tuesday to discuss ways to "move from protest to progress."

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks at a news conference in February at the Super Bowl Media Center in Houston. [Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS]
  5. Wins record in reach for Phil Hayford after nearly four decades of coaching


    ST. PETERSBURG — Phil Hayford always wanted to be a football coach.

    Keswick Christian football coach Phil Hayford in the huddle during practice at the school in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2017. Hayford is one win shy of tying the Pinellas County record for overall wins. Hayford, 70, has an overall record of 194-143, which includes 33 years at Shorecrest and two at Keswick.