It took a furious 4th Quarter comeback, but the Tampa Bay Storm (2-3) came back from a 41-26 deficit to defeat the Philadelphia Storm (1-4) 51-48 Friday thanks to a Kyle Chilton 30 yard field goal as time expired.
The Storm had a career day from rookie quarterback Grant Gregory, who threw for 211 yards on 23-29 passing with 6 touchdowns and two interceptions. Hank Edwards has emerged as Gregory’s go to target throughout the contest, catching 10 balls for 74 yards and two scores. Huey Whittaker and Amarri Jackson each had a touchdown catch as well for the Storm.
Ryan Vena had a solid night under center for the Soul, throwing for 233 yards on 18-33 passing and 4 touchdowns while also rushing for 2 more. Donovan Morgan and Syvelle Morgan each had 7 catches and 2 touchdowns to lead the Soul.
After a Syvelle Newton touchdown tied the game with only 46 seconds left, the Storm made it to midfield thanks to a couple of Hank Edwards receptions, Gregory was sacked for an 8-yard loss by Brandon Perkins with only 8 seconds to go. On the next play, Mike Brown was whistled for a pass interference penalty, which gave Tampa Bay the ball on the Soul 23 yard line. Gregory was able to slip a quick 9-yard completion to Edwards with only 4 seconds to go for the Chilton gamewinner.
With the win, the Storm move up to 2-2 so far this season while Philadelphia drops to 1-3. The Storm are back home at the St. Pete Times Forum next Saturday as they welcome in the 3-2 Dallas Vigilantes. Kick-off is slated for 7:30 PM