ORLANDO — The Storm turned over the ball five times, including back-to-back fumbles on kick returns in the first quarter Friday in a 64-40 loss to Orlando. Tampa Bay is winless on the road this season.
Former University of Florida quarterback Chris Leak threw six touchdowns and rushed for another to lead the Predators.
The Predators scored 23 consecutive points to take a 50-27 lead in the third quarter. The Storm (6-7) got no closer than 16 points the rest of the way.
Former USF standout Amarri Jackson had a big night for the Storm, catching 12 passes for 220 yards and four touchdowns. The receiving yards is the second-highest in franchise history. Jackson finished with 297 all-purpose yards.
Nick Hill, a former Predators quarterback, made his first start of the season for the Storm and finished 24-of-38 for 375 yards. He had five touchdowns but threw two interceptions.
Storm newcomer De'Cody Fagg, a former FSU Seminole, caught his first touchdown of the season.
Neither team led by more than a touchdown until Orlando (2-11) capitalized on an interception by Simeon Castille late in the first half. Leak responded by finding Jarvis Williams for a 4-yard touchdown with 22 seconds remaining in the second quarter, putting the Predators up 37-27.
Orlando piled on from there thanks to huge plays on defense and special teams. Leak finished 28-of-36 for 293 yards. Castille had both interceptions.
The Storm next faces the San Antonio Talons at 7:30 June 23 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
Information from the Orlando Sentinel was used in this report.