1998 Results | Game Coverage

AFL Quarterfinal

Storm 65, SaberCats 46

Drive Summary

August 8, 1998

With Analysis by Andrew Mason

Team Drive Started Drive Ended Plays Yards Result
Tampa Bay 15:00 1st Quarter 11:44 1st Quarter 3 Plays 45 Yards Willis 26-yd TD pass to LaFrance (Nittmo PAT).

Andrew's Analysis: Blown coverage by Tommy Jones allows LaFrance to get wide open.

San Jose 11:44 1st Quarter 10:17 1st Quarter 2 Plays Yards Lopez 32-yd pass to Gary (PAT good).

Andrew's Analysis: This time it was the SaberCats' turn to torch the Storm as Corey Dowden gets burned.

Tampa Bay 10:17 1st Quarter 5:47 Quarter 6 Plays 46 Yards Willis 19-yd. TD pass to LaFrance (kick failed).

Andrew's Analysis: Simple gameplan--Just keep throwing it to George.

San Jose 5:47 1st Quarter 4:17 Quarter 0 Plays 0 Yards Samuels fumble return for a TD (Barley run).

Andrew's Analysis: Lawrence Samuels---three defensive touchdowns in three weeks.

San Jose 4:17 1st Quarter 0:03 1st Quarter 7 Plays 20 Yards Stoyanovich 34-yd FG attempt no good.

Andrew's Analysis: In the first quarter, San Jose has 46 yards of total offense, all by one player---Kyle Gary. No one else has shown up yet..

Tampa Bay 0:03 1st Quarter 12:55 2nd Quarter 3 Plays 45 Yards Willis 29-yd TD pass to LaFrance (Nittmo PAT).

Andrew's Analysis: LaFrance in the far left corner of the endzone---that's the one place where no one but George can get the ball.

San Jose 12:55 2nd Quarter 8:41 2nd Quarter 6 Plays 45 Yards Lopez 5-yd TD pass to Papin (Stoyanovich PAT)..

Andrew's Analysis: Lopez finally gets untracked, going 4-for-5 for 54 yards.

Tampa Bay 8:41 2nd Quarter 4:20 2nd Quarter 5 Plays 38 Yards Willis 10-yd. TD pass to Williams (kick fails).

Andrew's Analysis: It would appear that the only chink in the Storm's armor is the inability to hit extra points; on a positive note, it's nice to see Williams finally get a TD.

San Jose 4:20 2nd Quarter 0:29 2nd Quarter 7 Plays 47 Yards Lopez 5-yd TD pass to Browning (kick fails).

Andrew's Analysis: 13 yards of penaltiess on the drive doom the Storm.

Tampa Bay 0:29 2nd Quarter 0:02 2nd Quarter 5 Plays 2 Yards Nittmo 44-yd FG.

Andrew's Analysis: Storm's worst drive still ends in points.

San Jose 0:02 2nd Quarter 0:00 2nd Quarter 0 Plays 0 Yards END OF HALF.

Andrew's Analysis: George LaFrance has owned this half, and right now, Storm own the game.

San Jose 15:00 3rd Quarter 9:48 3rd Quarter 6 Plays 38 Yards Maslowski 1 -yd TD run (Stoyanovich PAT).

Andrew's Analysis: Idiotic roughing-the-passer penalty on Bowden allows San jose to continue the scoring drive.

Tampa Bay 9:48 3rd Quarter 4:38 3rd Quarter 7 Plays 39 Yards Willis 13-yd TD pass to Wayne Williams (Nittmo PAT).

Andrew's Analysis: Storm goes 2-for-2 on 3rd down conversions.

San Jose 4:38 3rd Quarter 1:40 3rd Quarter 4 Plays -3 Yards Stoyanovich 63-yd FG attempt short.

Andrew's Analysis: Storm should have gotten a safety on first down, but a good pass rush keeps the SaberCats from capitalizing on their reprieve.

Tampa Bay 1:40 3rd Quarter 13:36 4th Quarter 3 Plays 23 Yards Willis 19-yd TD pass to Thomas (Nittmo PAT).

Andrew's Analysis: It's all academic from here.

San Jose 13:36 4th Quarter 11:05 4th Quarter 4 Plays 45 Yards Lopez 19-yd TD pass to Gary (Stoyanovich PAT).

Andrew's Analysis: A quick, efficient drive for San Jose; unfortunately for them, they're going to need about 4 more.

Tampa Bay 11:05 4th Quarter 5:19 4th Quarter 7 Plays 45 Yards Barley 10-yd TD run.

Andrew's Analysis: Ironman, Ironman, Ironman, Ironman.

San Jose 5:19 4th Quarter 2:02 4th Quarter 5 Plays 43 Yards Lopez 23-yd TD pass to Baker (Stoyanovich PAT).

Andrew's Analysis: Too little, too late.

Tampa Bay 2:02 4th Quarter 0:56 4th Quarter 2 Plays 11 Yards Barley 3-yd TD run (Nittmo PAT).

Andrew's Analysis: Storm's routing, so let the Ironman have the stats.

San Jose 0:56 4th Quarter 0:29 4th Quarter 4 Plays 38 Yards Lopez 14-yd. TD pass to Gary (pass fails).

Andrew's Analysis: I'm not going to repeat myself.

Tampa Bay 0:29 4th Quarter 0:00 4th Quarter 1 Plays 5 Yards END OF GAME.

Andrew's Analysis: Storm cruised to a victory tonight, but no matter who we play next week, it won't be this easy.

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