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Tampa Bay Storm falls to Georgia Force 60-49

The return of veteran receiver Hank Edwards and defensive lineman Cliff Dukes inching closer to the Arena Football League single-season sack record could not inspire the Storm enough.

Edwards, who missed three games with a broken bone in his left hand, had two touchdown catches, and Dukes' first-quarter sack gave him 11 1/2, four shy of the league record, but the Storm fell to host Georgia 60-49 on Saturday in Duluth, Ga.

Edwards (six catches, 142 yards) had scores from 19 and 47 yards out, and Huey Whittaker (12 for 121) added TD grabs of 6 and 3 yards. Former USF receiver Amarri Jackson had a 7-yard TD catch, but quarterback Brian Zbydniewski (22-for-41, 314 yards, six TDs) and the Storm (4-7) could not climb out of a 25-10 halftime hole.

Quarterback Brett Elliot was sacked three times but threw seven TDs for Georgia (7-5).

For the second game in a row, the Storm's Michael Hawthorne returned an interception for a TD.

Georgia 60

Storm 49

Tampa Bay Storm falls to Georgia Force 60-49 06/04/11 [Last modified: Sunday, June 5, 2011 12:00am]
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