ALLENTOWN, PA (June 20, 2012) – The Lehigh Valley Storm, of the Gridiron Developmental Football League, overcame an early deficit to defeat the D.C. Explosion last night in the nation’s capital, 28-14, for their first road victory of the season.
In contrast to the first two games for the Storm, this contest provided fast starts for both clubs. Upon receiving the opening kickoff, the Explosion used a mix of run and pass plays to capitalize on a lengthy opening drive with a touchdown (although the point after would be unsuccessful). The Storm answered with a score on their first drive as well, an 86-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jamie Sellers to wide-out Quintin Lopez, to take a brief 7- 6 lead. The next possession for the Explosion would also result in a touchdown (plus a two- point conversion), and the home team would preserve a 14-7 lead into halftime. Late in the third quarter, the Storm would eventually take control after a miscue by the Explosion’s offense led to a 20-yard fumble recovery touchdown by Carl Kreidler to tie the game. From that point on, costly mistakes continued to plague the Explosion. A botched punt resulted in a rushing touchdown by Stacy Burnett, and a couple of interceptions by Quintin Lopez (one returned for a score) sealed the 28-14 win for the Storm.
Although the defense looked shaky early and gave up points on the first two possessions of the game, they gradually shut down the Explosion and completely dominated them in the second half. For the third straight week, The Storm tallied at least four takeaways (5, 7, and 4 respectively), as well as another defensive touchdown in as many games. On the offensive side, the Storm stretched the field (averaging almost 25 yards a completion), and scored twice (1 receiving, 1 rushing).
This was the first game for Don Huskey, as he filled in as head coach of the Storm for Joe Ruffino (who was unable to make the trip due to surgery). On the victory, Huskey stated “I thought we played well today. It’s not easy to maintain focus when you have to make a long road trip, but we got stronger as the game went on.” He added, “Jamie (Quarterback Jamie Sellers) got time and made some plays for us in the first half and our defense took control in the second.” Huskey continued, “I can’t say enough about “Q” (cornerback/wide receiver Quintin Lopez)…there’s no doubt he’s been a star for us this year.”
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