The 2017 Arena Football League season has come to an end. With approximately 60 games played, here are the top five from the season that was.
Storm vs Valor, Week 10
Washington was looking to snap their long losing streak against the surging Storm. At one point, the Valor had an 11-point lead. Tampa Bay wouldn’t go down that easily, however.
They overcame the deficit to take the lead. After a touchdown to make it 58-57 Storm, the Valor went for the win. Unfortunately, they missed the two point conversion and lost.
4. Brigade vs Soul, Week 14
The undefeated Soul went into Baltimore looking for an easy win. Unfortunately for them, it wasn’t easy, and it wasn’t a win.
After a slow first half by both teams that ended in a Hail Mary from quarterback Shane Carden to Paul Browning, Baltimore kept the Soul on their toes in the second half. They even held a 14 point fourth quarter lead.
Philadelphia scored to make it a one score game, then a Dwayne Hollis interception put them in position to tie the game. However, Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh threw several incomplete passes and the Soul turned the ball over on downs with 3.3 seconds left, suffering the lone loss of the season.
3. Valor vs Brigade, Week 16
In what was known as a low-scoring affair, the two expansion franchises went down to the wire. A Sean Brackett pass in the end zone to T.T. Toliver with just three seconds left gave Washington a 33-30 win. The win also snapped their 10-game losing streak.
2. Storm vs Gladiators, Week 3
At an 0-2 record, Cleveland started quarterback Arvell Nelson looking for a change. Things looked as if they could turn around for Cleveland as they held a 27-7 lead over the 2-0 Storm. The Storm wouldn’t go down, that easy. They overcame the 20-point deficit and, with three seconds left, Storm quarterback Randy Hippeard found Joe Hills for the game-winning touchdown in a 62-61 game.
1. Gladiators vs Storm, Week 14
Once more, the Storm found themselves down three scores to the Gladiators, this time a 34-13 deficit. Once more, they overcame the deficit, showing what a resilient team they are. Hippeard found Hills for a touchdown to make it a 41-39 game.
Tampa had a chance to tie the game and send it into overtime, but the two point conversion failed. It would be the only loss for Tampa to a team not named the Philadelphia Soul.