Make us your home page
Instagram

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 loses to previously winless Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Storm failed miserably in its attempt to build on its first win of the season, instead handing Portland its first victory of the year, 68-35 at Moda Center on Friday night.

Related News/Archive

Portland, which entered the game worst in the Arena League with a minus-18 turnover margin, enjoyed a 6-1 advantage in that category Friday while jumping ahead 33-7 midway through the third quarter.

Storm quarterback Jason Boltus lost two fumbles — one was returned for a touchdown — and was intercepted twice. In the fourth quarter, Tampa Bay's Mike Washington fumbled twice on kickoffs, with one recovered in the end zone for a Portland score.

Portland (1-8) fumbled first. Quarterback Shane Austin coughed up the ball at the goal line on the game's first offensive play, but the Storm (1-8) couldn't capitalize.

Boltus' first lost fumble was taken back 31 yards for a score by Reggie Wilson for a 7-0 Portland lead at 10:54 of the first quarter. The next one set up a 23-yard scoring drive, and it was 14-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Twice Tampa Bay's defense came up with a stop to prevent a three-score deficit. James McClinton stuffed Austin on fourth and 1, giving Tampa Bay the ball inside Portland's 20-yard line with 18 seconds left in the first half. But Tampa Bay could not convert, and it trailed 21-7 at halftime.

The Storm had averaged 55 points in each of its previous three games.

Boltus finished 27-of-45 for 303 yards and four scores. He rushed six times for nine yards and two scores.

T.T. Toliver had 10 catches for 140 yards and two touchdowns. Toliver surpassed 15,000 career receiving yards. He has 15,108 yards and needs 27 yards to surpass Damian Harrell (15,134) to become the Arena League's all-time leader in receiving yards.

Austin was 19-of-26 for 139 yards and five touchdowns.

Storm loses to previously winless Portland 06/04/16 [Last modified: Saturday, June 4, 2016 2:13am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Kids still playing for all the marbles — literally

    Human Interest

    In this world of pompous athletes, overbearing coaches, money-grubbing owners and a win-at-all-costs mindset, it's easy to become jaded.

    Eli Murphy, right, leans in to give Sierra Ricci the traditional king and queen kiss at the National Marbles Championship in Wildwood, N.J. Both of Allegheny County Pa., they won the girls and boys championship of the 94th annual National Marbles Tournament. [Associated Press]
  2. Lightning takes defenseman Cal Foote with top pick in draft

    Lightning Strikes

    CHICAGO — Former Avalanche defenseman Adam Foote said his son Cal lived in the locker room.

    Cal Foote, second from left, is welcomed to the Lightning by GM Steve Yzerman, far left.
  3. It's Rays' turn to pound Orioles pitching (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG - Ah, the fantastic four.

    The Rays smashed the reeling Orioles 15-5 on Friday, scoring a season-high in runs, to climb four games above .500 for the first time since July 1, 2015.

    Rays third baseman Evan Longoria scores on a triple by Logan Morrison during the first inning against the Orioles.
  4. Lightning journal: Plans set for 25th anniversary season

    Lightning Strikes

    CHICAGO — The Lightning revealed some of its plans for its 25th anniversary season Friday, including a ceremony to honor the 2004 Stanley Cup team.

    fit test: Top draft pick Cal Foote puts on his Lightning jersey.
  5. Rays designate catcher Derek Norris for assignment

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — C Derek Norris tied a career-high with three hits in Friday's 15-5 win against the Orioles then was designated for assignment after the game to make room on the 25-man roster for C Wilson Ramos.

    Matt Duffy is expected to resume his baseball activities once the stitches heal.