The Washington Valor entered tonight’s game against the Tampa Bay Storm having lost two straight games. Washington was looking to bounce back in their first home game in almost a month, but the Storm had other plans. The Valor kept it close throughout the game, but the Storm prevailed to win 41-33 at the Verizon Center.
The Storm got on the board first when Randy Hippeard found Kendrick Ings for a touchdown to put the Storm up first. The Valor responded when Erik Meyer connected with Roger Jackson for a touchdown to put Washington up 7-6. Washington took that lead into the second quarter, but Tampa put an end to that quickly. Joe Hills caught a touchdown pass for the 73rd consecutive game (five away from the all-time record), this one from 13 yards out to put the Storm up one possession.
The Valor answered when Meyer hooked up with T.T. Toliver for a 16-yard touchdown to give Washington a 14-13 lead. Tampa Bay scored twice to end the half, which enabled them to take a 27-14 lead heading into halftime.
The Valor fought back in the third, as Charles McClain caught two touchdowns to tie the game at 27. The Storm regained the lead when LaMark Brown caught a 16-yard touchdown pass to put the Storm up 34-27.
Once again, the Valor would have an answer, as Meyer found Greg Carr for a 21-yard touchdown to narrow the deficit to one point. The extra point was missed, and the Storm never looked back. Hills caught another touchdown to put the Storm up eight. The Valor had one more chance, but they would fumble the snap, and Paul Stephens would recover for the Storm.
That would all but end it, as the Valor lost their third straight game. Hippeard went 20-31 for 205 yards and five touchdowns. Hills would record 85 yards and three touchdowns. Meyer went 17-29 for 183 yards and five touchdowns. Washington (1-3) will battle the Storm (4-1) once again next week, but they will meet in Tampa.