Adrian Mcpherson made Storm history with 5 rushing TD’s Saturday
The Tampa Bay Storm kicked off their season Saturday with a loss to division rivals the Jacksonville Sharks, 64-55. The Storm played to a large, excited crowd of 12,222 fans out to see the Arena Football team begin their season.
The game was a tight tug-of-war between the two teams until a quick succession of scoring by Jacksonville in the 4th, with the Sharks recovering possession of an onside kick that was quickly turned into a scoring drive cementing their victory.
Tampa Bay still performed admirably, the biggest stand out offensively was former FSU quarterback and 2004 AFL rookie of the year Adrian McPherson. This was McPherson’s first game as a member of the Storm and he started it by breaking the franchise record for most rushing touchdowns for a quarterback, running in five TD’s.
Inisght Tampa was able to catch up with McPherson after the game to discuss his performance on Saturday as well as what needs to be improved as the season moves on.
“I think for the first of the game we did okay, I’m disappointed we couldn’t come out with a win. But I was excited about the energy we came out with, the defense came out with a lot of energy. We have a lot of guys who haven’t played the game before, it’s a chance for them to look at some of the mistakes we made and build for next week.”
McPherson was excited about breaking the record, but a the end of the day it’s about winning games to him.
“I just want to win games, I just try to put points on the board. It’s an honor, I got to play in front of my mom tonight but my main focus is to win ball games.”
Adrian is looking forward to next week’s game against Cleveland, and seemed confident that the Storm can build off Saturday’s mistakes.
“(Things like) the onside kick can’t happen. I think offensively the last 40 seconds, we’ve got to do a little better with that. All in all I thought we played pretty solid. The defense did a good job, I think those guys will get a chance to watch some film (and) get a better feel for the game. I think we’ll be ok.”
Saturday the Storm look to gain some momentum for the season against Cleveland at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.