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Rolling on: Storm Win Third Straight

Courtesy: Tampa Bay Storm Web Site

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Tampa Bay Storm (4-1) defeated the Washington Valor (1-3) by a score of 41-33 in front of 8,420 fans at Verizon Center. This was the first meeting in series history between these two franchises. The Storm has improved its record to 4-1, its best record since the 2001 season.

The turning point came with 37.1 seconds left in regulation when Storm defensive back Paul Stephens recovered a Valor fumble. Stephens now has three fumble recoveries in two games.

The Storm was led by quarterback Randy Hippeard. He finished the night completing 20-of-31 passes for 205 yards and five touchdowns. He would also rush 11 times for 23 yards and a touchdown.

Hippeard’s top target of the night was Joe Hills who caught nine passes for 85 yards and three touchdowns. Hills now has a receiving touchdown in 73 consecutive regular season games.

The Valor was led by quarterback Erik Meyer who finished the night with 183 yards and five touchdowns on 17-of-29 passing.

Tampa Bay will host the Valor on Saturday, May 20th on “Comic Book Night,” presented by Shriners Hospital For Children. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. ET.

MVP of the Game: Randy Hippeard, TAM

Offensive Player of the Game: Joe Hills, TAM

Defensive Player of the Game: Brandon Sesay, WAS