The Storm Send The Gladiators Back to Cleveland in Defeat After a Statement Win.
The Gladiators came out to a fast start, by scoring on their first drive in just five minutes of play, but the storm showed they also came to play by blocking the extra point to keep Cleveland at 6. Tampa Bay quarterback Adrian McPherson picked up where he left off last game by using his feet to get the Storm it's first points of the game. He leads the AFL in rushing touchdowns. McPherson finished the game with 362 passing yards, 8 passing touchdowns, 2 rushing touchdowns, and 31 yards on the ground. Tampa Bay's receiving corps had an outstanding game with receiver Joe Hills leading the way with 155 yards and 3 touchdowns. Hills was named offensive player of the game.
Cleveland's fullback/linebacker Derik Steiner picked up a team high 28 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns. Cleveland quarterback Brian Zbydniewski ended the game with 246 yards passing with 4 touchdowns, but his 3 interceptions was a factor in the gladiators loss.
Tampa Bay coach Dave Ewart spoke about the win stating " It wasn't the prettiest thing, but I learned a long time ago a win is a win is a win is a win and we'll correct our mistakes and get ready for a good team next week."
Tampa Bay plays it's first road game against the 1-1 Utah Blaze Next Saturday April 6th. Cleveland plays the undefeated Jacksonville sharks at home next week.
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