St. Petersburg- The Tampa Bay Storm brought home their third Jim Foster Trophy in franchise history with a 48-35 win over the I-4 rival Orlando Predators in Arena Bowl IX at Tropicana Field. The win also capped off a 10-2 season for the Storm and gave them a season sweep of the Predators.
After a 15-15 first quarter, the Storm took control thanks to ArenaBowl MVP George LaFrance. Lafrance caught two touchdowns in the second quarter to help the Storm take a 29-15 lead at halftime, and they would increase the lead to 35-22 after three quarters.
Orlando kept it close entering the fourth quarter. The Predators got a touchdown from Flint Flemming early in the fourth to make it 35-29, but Tampa got two more scores, including a 47 yard pick six by Tracey Sanders to seal the win.