Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tampa Bay Storm routed by San Antonio 77-56

Storm players Riley Swanson, left, and Jonathan Lowe try to converge on a fumbled kickoff during the fourth quarter. San Antonio recovers and scores during its easy victory.

DANIEL WALLACE | Times

Storm players Riley Swanson, left, and Jonathan Lowe try to converge on a fumbled kickoff during the fourth quarter. San Antonio recovers and scores during its easy victory.

TAMPA — The San Antonio Talons entered Saturday's game as the hottest team in the Arena Football League, having reeled off seven straight victories. The Storm went in as the AFL's lone undefeated team at home.

Related News/Archive

Something had to give, and it did. In a big way.

The Talons outscored Tampa Bay 30-7 in the second quarter and cruised from there, winning 77-56 before 9,328 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

"You can't play the way we did against good teams like that," Storm coach Dave Ewart said. "We had guys showing up in the third quarter wanting to knock guys out. Where was that in the first two quarters?"

The loss put a damper on Tampa Bay's (6-8) wild-card hopes with four games left, two of them at home. Cleveland lost to fall to 6-8, but Jacksonville and New Orleans won, improving to 7-7.

Georgia (7-7) played at Utah later Saturday.

"I ain't worried about the playoffs," Ewart said. "We've got to worry about winning a game."

Things for the Storm started going downhill midway through the second quarter.

Shortly after the Talons' Dwight McLean intercepted a Nick Hill pass off the netting in the end zone, Jason Willis caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Garcia (eight TD passes) to give San Antonio (11-3) the lead for good at 20-14.

"You can't have balls bounce off receivers' hands like that," Ewart said. "Those balls have to be caught."

On the next possession, Hill, who threw for 353 yards to pass 10,000 for his career, was called for intentional grounding, resulting in a safety. Jomo Wilson hauled in the second of his four touchdown catches, an 18-yarder, on San Antonio's next possession.

The Talons recovered the ensuing fumbled kickoff. That led to another Wilson TD, an 8-yarder, and in just under six minutes, San Antonio had turned a one-point deficit into a 22-point lead.

"Too many mistakes," said Ewart, whose team didn't get closer than 15 the rest of the way.

Hill, making his first home start, finished 28-for-42 with five passing TDs and two rushing. Former USF receiver Amarri Jackson caught nine passes for 105 yards and three TDs, and former FSU player De'Cody Fagg added 10 catches for 127 yards and one score.

Things don't get easier for the Storm, which hosts the AFL's top team, Philadelphia (11-3), on Friday. The Soul embarrassed Tampa Bay 83-48 on April 20.

San Antonio 77

Storm 56



.up next

Storm vs. Philadelphia

7:30 p.m. Friday; Tampa Bay Times Forum

Radio: 1250-AM

Tampa Bay Storm routed by San Antonio 77-56 06/23/12 [Last modified: Saturday, June 23, 2012 11:56pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. For starters: Rays lineup vs Orioles

    Blogs

     

  2. Alex Faedo, Florida advance to face LSU in College World Series finals

    College

    OMAHA, Neb. — Alex Faedo pitched three-hit ball for 71/3 innings in a second straight strong performance against TCU, and Florida moved to the College World Series finals with a 3-0 win Saturday night.

    Florida’s Austin Langworthy scores on a single by Mike Rivera in the second inning during a 3-0 victory over TCU.
  3. Jones: Bucs need success to get national respect

    Bucs

    Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones offers up his Two Cents on the world of sports.

    No respect

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter walks the field during the second day of mandatory minicamp at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times
  4. Rays journal: Jumbo Diaz falters after getting within a strike of ending rally

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Saturday's game got away starting with a leadoff walk in the seventh inning by Rays LHP Jose Alvarado, who was brought in exclusively to face Baltimore's lefty-swinging Seth Smith.

    Rays reliever Jumbo Diaz wipes his face as he walks off the mound after the Orioles score four during the seventh inning to give them a 7-3 lead. Diaz was one strike away from working out of the jam before he allowed a two-run double and a two-run homer on back-to-back pitches.
  5. Rookie Jake Faria dissatisfied with performance in Rays' loss to Orioles

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The rookie pitcher walked to his locker Saturday after tossing the fourth quality start in as many tries to begin his career. He held the potent Orioles bats to three runs and for six innings gave his team a chance to win.

    Orioles third baseman Manny Machado tags out the Rays’ Mallex Smith at third after a rundown in the first inning.