Tampa Bay Storm Ravage Battle Wings 78-39

Nick ShortsContributor IJune 25, 2010

Before a crowd of 15,808, the Tampa Bay Storm has improved their record to 8-3 and handed the Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings their ninth defeat of the season.

This extends the Storm's winning streak to six games.

Led by QB Brett Dietz, the Storm dominated on both sides of the ball as evidenced by the team-record 205 receiving yards by Hank Edwards, reached on a TD reception thrown by Drew Weatherford.

Dietz went 12-18 in the first half, 22 for 30 with no interceptions.

Aside from Edwards' feat, Tyrone Timmons picked up 106 yards with 9 receptions and 5 touchdowns.

On the defensive side, Jermaine Smith shined with three of the team's four quarterback sacks.

Impressive, yes—especially considering the Storm's win earlier this season against the Battle Wings by only four points, 48-44.

The major criticism for this game, according to press and fans, was the Battle Wings quarterback, Jimmy Welker.

A former four-year LSU backup QB, Welker started in his first AFL game and gave up 3 interceptions and completed 14 out of 33 passes for 4 touchdowns and 239 yards.

Next week, the Storm will take on the Chicago Rush Friday at 8 pm at home. Tampa will be pushing for a seventh straight win and momentum to carry through the following two-week away schedule, then followed by two home games, completing the regular season against their longtime rival, the Orlando Predators.