JACKSONVILLE — The Tampa Bay Storm fell into a tie for first place in the South Division on Saturday, losing for the second time this season to Jacksonville, 49-47.
Tampa Bay's eight-game winning streak was snapped by the same team that gave the Storm its most recent loss, 46-43 on May 7 at the St. Pete Times Forum.
With 8.2 seconds left, Brett Dietz found Lawrence Samuels for a 5-yard touchdown to cap a six-play drive and bring the Storm (10-4) within two. But the Sharks (10-4) deflected the two-point conversion try.
Tampa Bay had to go for two because of a miss earlier in the fourth quarter. Dietz hit Hank Edwards for a 15-yard touchdown, but kicker and former Jesuit High standout Garrett Rivas missed the extra point wide right with 11:38 remaining, leaving the deficit at 35-34.
Dietz was 22-of-32 for 297 yards and seven touchdowns.
Sale Key scored on a 1-yard plunge with 43 seconds left to give Jacksonville a 49-41 lead. Tyrone Timmons caught a 7-yard score with 4:07 left to bring the Storm within 42-40, but Tampa Bay elected to kick the extra point.
The Storm closes its season with two games at the Times Forum — Saturday against Alabama and July 31 against Orlando.