Monday, June 18, 2018
Tampa Bay Storm

Storm's season ends with playoff loss in Philadelphia

ALLENTOWN, PA. — The Storm's season came to an end Sunday night with a 63-41 loss to Philadelphia in the first round of the Arena Football League playoffs.

Cortez Stubbs' 15-yard interception return — Tampa Bay's first defensive score all season — tied it at 14, but Philadelphia went on to score the next 21. It was 28-14 at halftime.

Nick Addison intercepted Dan Raudabaugh on the first play of the third quarter, but the Storm could not convert, Jason Boltus underthrowing an open Kendrick Ings on fourth down. Tampa Bay scored on just one of its first five possessions.

Ings went on to catch two long touchdown passes as Tampa Bay (2-15) did find the end zone on three straight drives. After a 4-for-17 start for 27 yards, Boltus would up going 15-of-35 for 220 and five scores. Ings caught six passes for 115 yards, and T.T. Toliver added two scores.

The Storm's defense had some bright spots. In addition to the two picks, it turned the Soul over on downs and held it to a missed field goal ending the first half. Everett Dawkins had a key sack on that drive.

Raudabaugh threw for eight TDs.

With just eight teams this season, down from 12, all the AFL teams qualified for the playoffs. Philadelphia (14-3) hosts Jacksonville (8-9) in next Sunday's American Conference final, while the National Conference final pits top overall seed Arizona (14-3) against Cleveland (8-9).

The Soul, which moved to Allentown's PPL Center due to the Democratic Convention rendering the Wells Fargo Center unplayable, started the game with a successful onside kick and led 14-0.