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Tampa Bay Storm has better offense thanks to quarterback Stephen Wasil

TAMPA — After four games, there is a one-game difference from this season's 2-2 Storm record and last season's 1-3.

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Also better is the offense.

Tampa Bay is scoring 54 points per game (tied for ninth in the 17-team league) compared to 34.5 last season and averaging 316 yards (sixth) compared with 224.5.

"It all starts with the guy throwing the ball," Storm coach Dave Ewart said of QB Stephen Wasil. "Our receiving corps is just as good, and our offensive line is just as good."

Last season, the Storm struggled to find a reliable quarterback, trying Mike Potts, Grant Gregory and Brian Zbydniewski early in the season and playing five in all during the season.

Wasil, acquired from Kansas City for DL Cliff Dukes in the offseason, has started all four games this season and ranks fourth in the league at 318.5 passing yards per game.

"Having a triggerman makes all the difference in the world in this league," Ewart said.

In addition, the Storm's passing attack has four scoring plays of 40 or more yards this season. Last season, Tampa Bay didn't register one until the sixth game.

Main Target Dinged: WR Prechae Rodriguez, who leads the league with 43 catches and is second with 572 yards and 13 touchdowns, will be a game-time decision tonight against the Gladiators.

New Orleans DB Demarcus Robinson was called for a personal foul against Rodriguez with about a minute to go in last week's 66-47 Storm loss. Rodriguez received stitches in his lip after the game.

About the Gladiators: Cleveland comes to town with the league's top-ranked defense at 41.5 points per game and 240.5 yards per game. … QB John Dutton, who won an ArenaBowl in 2005 with Colorado, is ninth in the league in passing efficiency and was on the cover for EA Sports' Arena Football video game in 2006.

Promotion: The first 5,000 fans tonight will receive a minifootball.

. Tonight

Storm vs. Cleveland

When/where: 7:30; Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa

Radio: 620-AM

Records: Storm 2-2, Cleveland 3-1

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Tampa Bay Storm has better offense thanks to quarterback Stephen Wasil 04/12/12 [Last modified: Thursday, April 12, 2012 8:53pm]
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