The Baltimore Brigade (2-5) fell 47-35 to the Tampa Bay Storm (6-1) Saturday night at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. Storm LB Alvin Ray Jackson took home the game MVP award while Tampa Bay WR Joe Hills and Brigade DB Qumain Black took home Offensive and Defensive Player of the Game awards, respectively.
Tampa Bay QB Randy Hippeard connected with Hills for the game’s opening score, giving the Storm a 6-0 lead with 13:08 remaining in the first quarter. The Brigade responded as QB Shane Carden found WR Milton Williams for a 28-yard score. Brigade K Pat Clarke converted on the extra point attempt to give the team a 7-6 lead. Hills recorded his second touchdown of the game, this time a three-yard run, giving the Storm a 12-7 lead with just over five minutes remaining in the opening quarter. With just under a minute left in the first, Tampa Bay took a 20-7 lead on Hippeard’s second touchdown throw of the night, a three-yarder to WR Lamark Brown. Carden brought the Brigade back within a touchdown with 9:07 left in the first half, finding FB Rory Nixon for an 11-yard score. With just under a minute left in the half, Hippeard found WR Kendrick Ings for a six-yard touchdown to give the Storm a 27-14 halftime lead.
On the opening kickoff of the second half, the Storm recovered a Brigade fumble off the net and returned it five yards for a touchdown, giving Tampa Bay a 33-14 lead with just 11 seconds into the third quarter. Carden found WR Brandon Thompkins, playing in his first game with the Brigade, and WR Julian Talley for touchdowns to bring the score to 33-28. A four-yard touchdown pass from Hippeard to Ings gave Tampa Bay a 40-28 lead just seconds into the fourth quarter. Hills and Talley each found the end zone one more time before the game ended, sealing a 47-35 final.
MVP: Tampa Bay LB Alvin Ray Jackson – Three solo tackles, three tackle assists, one fumble recovery, returned for a touchdown
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: Tampa Bay WR Joe Hills – 10 receptions, 124 yards and two TDs
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: Baltimore DB Qumain Black – Five solo tackles, two tackle assists and an interception
The Brigade have their third bye week of the season next week, but return to action on Fri., June 16 at Quicken Loans Arena, taking on the Cleveland Gladiators at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on Monumental Sports Network and on Twitter.