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Storm, yes, but little Fury

Tampa Bay holds Detroit scoreless in the second half for 41-14 win.

By GEORGE SIPPLE

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 19, 2001


AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The venue was different, as were the team colors and nickname.

One thing remained the same: Tim Marcum can coach to victory.

Marcum, the former Detroit Drive coach, returned to Detroit for the first time since 1993, when the Drive moved to Massachusetts, and his Tampa Bay Storm pulled out a 41-14 victory over the expansion Detroit Fury Friday night at the Palace.

Tampa Bay fullback Andre Bowden scored his second 1-yard touchdown with 8:47 remaining to ice it for the Storm.

Tampa Bay's defense shut down the Fury in the second half. Detroit turned the ball over on downs on its first possession of the half, and Tampa Bay converted with a 10-yard touchdown pass from John Kaleo to Torry Epps, a lineman who was eligible on the play, to take a 28-14 lead with 9:05 remaining in the third quarter. A fumbled snap on Detroit's next possession was picked up by Tampa Bay linebacker Sir Mawn Wilson and returned for a touchdown, giving Tampa Bay a 35-14 lead with three minutes left in the third quarter.

In the first half, it looked more like an NFL game than an Arena League game. The first three touchdowns were scored on rushing plays, a rarity in the pass-happy indoor game.

Tampa Bay ended a nine-play, 45-yard drive that took 5:45 with a 1-yard quarterback keeper by Kaleo that gave the Storm a 7-0 lead.

The Fury responded with a similar drive, ending on fullback Andy Chilcote's 1-yard burst for a touchdown. Detroit's drive covered 45 yards in nine plays and took 5:27 off the clock.

Scott Semptimphelter's two-yard keeper in the second quarter game Detroit a 14-7 lead before the Storm scored the first passing touchdown on Kaleo's 5-yard strike to wide receiver Harvey Middleton with 7:04 remaining before halftime. Mike Black's PAT tied the score at 14.

Andre Bowden's 1-yard run with 15.3 seconds left before halftime gave Tampa Bay a 21-14 lead.

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