|March 23||vs Jacksonville||
|March 30||vs Cleveland||W 69-37|
|April 6||AT Utah||
|April 12||vs San Antonio||L 36-52|
|April 20||AT Orlando||
|April 27||AT Spokane||W 70-62|
|May 4||vs New Orleans||
|May 10||AT San Jose||L 34-64|
|May 18||AT Pittsburgh||
|May 25||vs Philadelphia||L 55-73|
|June 1||AT Iowa||
|June 8||vs Orlando||L 48-55|
|June 15||AT New Orleans||
|June 22||vs Chicago||L 49-50|
|July 6||vs Spokane||
|July 13||AT San Antonio||L 42-68|
|July 20||vs Pittsburgh||
|July 27||AT Jacksonville||7:00pm|
San Antonio's defense proved why it's ranked first in Arena Football and the Talons got two kick returns for scores to beat Tampa Bay 52-36 on Friday night.
The Talons knocked out Storm quarterback Adrian McPherson on a play that also put away the game. Returning Defensive Player of the Year lineman Joe Sykes knocked the ball way and Jamar Ransom returned it 18 yards to make the score 49-28 with 10:44 remaining.
Twice the Storm forced turnovers only to have the offense come away with no points. San Antonio kept constant pressure and ended up with four sacks. Fred Shaw added a key interception, the first thrown by McPherson all season.
San Antonio scored just three seconds before half -- on a fourth-down pass play following three Storm stops from the 1-yard line -- to take a 21-15 lead. But Tampa Bay's defense stopped the Talons to start the third quarter, and McPeherson's TD pass to Joe Hills tied it, though kicker Juan Bongarra flubbed his third extra point of the night.
Following that D.J. Stephens squashed the momentum with his 50-yard kickoff return. As the Storm tried for a response McPeherson threw a pick right to Shaw at the goal line, and the Talons would go on to take their first two-score lead.
Tampa Bay falls to 2-2 on the season while San Antonio gets its first win in three games. Former Storm quarterback Nick Hill was not spectacular but did enough, throwing for 187 yards on and four scores. But Hill only averaged eight yards per completion.
McPherson never got into a rhythm. He went just 12-for-24 for 141 yards and two touchdowns. He did run for a 28-yard score early and added a nice 10-yard run on a pump fake to draw the Storm within 35-28 late in the third quarter.
But on fourth down early in the fourth San Antonio continued a drive thanks to an iffy pass interference call. The Talons would score after and then got the big defensive score.
Backup quarterback Shane Boyd also left with a leg injury. In all Tampa Bay was down four starters from last week due to injury.
A week after setting the Storm record for receiving yards with 259, Hills was held to four catches, 42 yards and a score. Greg Ellingson had 101 yards and a touchdown.
Friday's game aired on WDAE.
The Storm go to winless Orlando next Saturday at 7 p.m. Jack Harris and Darek Sharp will provide the play-by-play on sister station 1250 WHNZ.