The Tampa Bay Storm rallied in the final minute Sunday to defeat the Baltimore Brigade 62-55 on Sunday afternoon in the first home game in Baltimore franchise history in front of a crowd of 5,915.
Both teams started red hot on offense, scoring a touchdown on their first two possessions, and Tampa Bay came up with a big play on defense after an Alvin Ray Jackson interception, which would lead to a LaMark Brown touchdown, giving the Storm a 14-6 lead after the first quarter. They would add to that lead when Paul Stephens returned an interception for a touchdown to make the score 27-13.
After both teams traded touchdowns, Tampa Bay would take a 34-20 lead into the locker room at Royal Farms Arena. Baltimore pulled back into the game by scoring a touchdown and a two point conversion in the third quarter, but could not get the Storm offense off the field as they marched right back down and reclaimed the lead minutes later.
Finally, the Brigade took the lead after Tampa fumbled the ball and Shane Carden found Browning to give the Brigade a 48-41 lead. But Baltimore returned the favor by coughing up the ball after Tampa tied it, which led to Joe Hills catching his fourth touchdown of the game to give the Storm a 54-48 lead.
After the Brigade took the lead on the ensuing possession, Tampa would drive the field and win it on a Brown touchdown and two point conversion, spoiling the home opener for the Brigade.
Next up for the 1-3 Brigade, a return to trip to Philadelphia, where they lost last week in the Soul’s championship banner night game. The next home game for the expansion franchise owned by Wizards owner Ted Leonsis is May 27 against the Cleveland Gladiators.