1997 Results | Game Coverage

Firebirds 53, Storm 31

Drive Summary

June 7, 1997

With Analysis by Sam Wolfson

Team Drive Started Drive Ended Plays Yards Result
Albany 15:00 1st Quarter 11:40 1st Quarter 3 Plays 39 Yards Pawlawski 21 yd TD pass to Hopkins (PAT good)

Sam Sez: Refs missed holding and offensive pass interference on the TD, bad start for the Storm.

Tampa Bay 11:40 1st Quarter 6:46 1st Quarter 6 Plays 34 Yards Willis 8 yd TD pass to LaFrance (PAT good)

Sam Sez: Good start for the offense; this could be a real shootout.

Albany 6:46 1st Quarter 6:05 1st Quarter 1 Play 30 Yards Pawlawski 30 yd TD pass to Brown (PAT good)

Sam Sez: The Storm's secondary really misses Johnnie Harris.

Tampa Bay 6:05 1st Quarter 4:18 1st Quarter 2 Plays 45 Yards Barley 23 yd TD run (PAT no good), setting AFL record for most career rushing yards.

Sam Sez: What a great way to break the record!

Albany 4:18 1st Quarter 1:49 1st Quarter 4 Plays 6 Yards Elezovic 37 yard FG

Sam Sez: The Storm got a good defensive stop, but Albany still managed a field goal.

Tampa Bay 1:49 1st Quarter 13:00 2nd Quarter 5 Plays 27 Yards White pass intercepted by Stingley

Sam Sez: The dropped TD by LaFrance could change the whole season for the Storm.

Albany 13:00 2nd Quarter 11:07 2nd Quarter 3 Plays 49 Yards Pawlawski 44 yd TD pass to Eddie Brown (PAT no good)

Sam Sez: Huge third down play for Albany; the Storm is in a deep hole without Willis.

Tampa Bay 11:07 2nd Quarter 8:34 2nd Quarter 4 Plays 0 Yards 56 yd FG short

Sam Sez: Hopefully, Dan White will get into sync real fast.

Albany 8:34 2nd Quarter 6:06 2nd Quarter 4 Plays 8 Yards 54 yd FG wide right

Sam Sez: The Storm need to start pulling it together on offense right now.

Tampa Bay 6:06 2nd Quarter 6:00 2nd Quarter 1 Plays 0 Yards Fumbled snap recovered by Albany

Sam Sez: These are the type of things that happen with a new QB.

Albany 6:00 2nd Quarter 3:26 2nd Quarter 3 Plays 11 Yards Pawlawski 11 yd TD pass to Hopkins (PAT good)

Sam Sez: If the defense can't stop them and the offense can't score...

Tampa Bay 3:26 2nd Quarter 0:11 2nd Quarter 7 Plays 45 Yards White 4 yd TD pass to LaFrance (PAT no good)

Sam Sez: Much needed score for the Storm; kicking is killing them right now.

Albany 0:11 2nd Quarter 0:00 2nd Quarter 2 Plays 12 Yards Elezovic 42 yd FG

Sam Sez: The Storm needs to pull together in the locker room and come out strong in the second half.

Tampa Bay 15:00 3rd Quarter 12:30 3rd Quarter 3 Plays 29 Yards White 19 yd TD pass to LaFrance (PAT no good)

Sam Sez: White might have gotten over the jitters; Belden looks to have a bad case.

Albany 12:30 3rd Quarter 10:03 3rd Quarter 3 Plays 32 Yards Brown 5 yd TD pass to Davidson (PAT good)

Sam Sez: Now that the Storm's offense looks better, the defense will have to step up.

Tampa Bay 10:03 3rd Quarter 6:43 3rd Quarter 9 Plays 45 Yards White 14 yd TD pass to Thomas (2 pt. pass inc.)

Sam Sez: Don't think this one's over, there's still plenty of time.

Albany 6:43 3rd Quarter 1:00 3rd Quarter 3 Plays 15 Yards Bowick fumble recovered by Tampa Bay

Sam Sez: This could be just the break the Storm needed.

Tampa Bay 1:00 3rd Quarter 13:20 4th Quarter 5 Plays 15 Yards 27 yard field goal blocked

Sam Sez: The kicking game has been catastrophic tonight.

Albany 13:20 4th Quarter 7:20 4th Quarter 8 Plays 45 Yards Dukes 7 yd TD run (PAT good)

Sam Sez: Things are really looking bleak for the Storm now.

Tampa Bay 7:20 4th Quarter 5:27 4th Quarter 4 Plays 27 Yards Fumbled snap recovered by Albany

Sam Sez: This is a real backbreaker for the Storm.

Albany 5:27 4th Quarter 1:00 4th Quarter 5 Plays 23 Yards Pawlawski 19 yd TD pass to Brown (2 pt. try no good)

Sam Sez: This one is over; The Storm takes another one on the chin.

Tampa Bay 1:00 4th Quarter 0:00 4th Quarter 2 Plays -5 Yards END OF GAME

Sam Sez: A bad night for the Storm comes to a merciful end.

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