Tampa Bay wins American Conference
The Spokane Shock will play Tampa Bay in the ArenaBowl after the Storm defeated the Orlando Predators 63-62 Saturday night in Tampa, Fla., to win the AFL’s American Conference championship.
The ArenaBowl will be played at the Spokane Arena on Friday at 5 p.m.
Orlando overcame a 21-point deficit (49-28) from the near then end of the 3rd quarter and then took a 56-55 lead on a Nick Hill 4-yard pass that deflected off the lower right bar and into the hands of T.T. Toliver.
Tampa Bay then recovered Orlando’s onsides kick and Storm quarterback Brett Dietz threw a TD pass to Tyrone Timmons with 49.5 seconds remaining. A two-point conversion pass gave Tampa Bay a 63-56 lead.
Orlando recovered the Storm’s onsides kick and scored on another Hill TD pass with 45.7 seconds left. Carlos Martinez’ extra point to tie the game at 63 was backed up by two consecutive Predators’ penalties. Martinez’ 28-yard extra point kick hit the right upright and Tampa Bay dodged a tie.
After an interception, Orlando’s last ditch 49-yard field goal attempt by Martinez fell under the bar as time ran out.
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