Friday, August 17, 2018
Tampa Bay Storm

Storm falls to 1-12 with loss to Los Angeles

ANAHEIM — After being tied at halftime, the Tampa Bay Storm allowed the game's next 27 points and lost 48-21 at the Los Angeles Kiss late Monday. Tampa Bay (1-12) has dropped five straight, none by fewer than 23 points.

Two late-game events might carry over to the Storm's meeting Saturday against Philadelphia. Backup quarterback Adam Kennedy produced Tampa Bay's only second-half points, impressively going 3-for-3 with a 7-yard touchdown run on his only possession. The Storm might consider starting Kennedy over Jason Boltus, who was just 18-of-38 yards for 178 yards and a lone score.

And there could be some league discipline. A fight broke out after L.A. scored with 24 seconds left, to the point where fans got involved — one pulling Tampa Bay defensive lineman David Washington into the stands and punching him. The officials smartly declared the game over to avoid more possible fisticuffs.

Tampa Bay needed to show fight a little sooner. It was 14-14 at halftime after a wild last few minutes. The Storm's only stop came when Fred Williams of the Kiss appeared to have caught a deflected pass and run for a score, but replay showed the tip of the ball hit the turf.

Then it was Tampa Bay's turn to think it had gone ahead 21-14 only to have the score overturned, as Boltus' dramatic 9-yard touchdown to T.T. Toliver with no time left was taken back for holding. Toliver later dropped an easy touchdown pass on a fourth-down play which would have drawn the Storm within 27-21.

After a rash of turnovers in the first four games of its losing streak, the Storm committed none Monday but still managed just three touchdowns. Toliver caught 10 passes for 116 yards and one score, and an early 15-yard reception made him Arena's all-time leader in all purpose yards.

The Storm returns to Tampa to play Philadelphia, with kickoff at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Amalie Arena.