ALLENTOWN, PA (June 10, 2012) – The Lehigh Valley Storm defeated the Lancaster Lightning, 24-5, in their home opener to record their first win of 2012, and as members of the Gridiron Developmental Football League.
In a special teams battle for much of the first half, the turning point of the game came in the later stages of the second quarter when the Storm capitalized on a couple Lightning turnovers to take a 17-5 lead into halftime. Trailing 5-3 at the time, Orrin Marshmann returned a fumble deep into Lancaster territory which led to a 3-yard scoring pass from Jamie Sellers to Donovan Palmer for the Storm’s first lead of the season (10-5), one they would not relinquish. Quintin Lopez then returned an interception 65 yards to increase the lead to 17-5. The only scoring in the second half came on a 37-yard pass play in the third quarter from Sellers to Lopez to put the Storm up 24-5, and essentially the game out of reach.
For the second straight week, the defense was solid. The Storm followed up on a 5- takeaway performance against the Central Penn Piranha last Sunday by accumulating 7 turnovers this week (4 interceptions and 3 fumble recoveries), including recording a second defensive touchdown in as many games. On the offensive side, the Storm seemed to find their stride, totaling over 300 combined yards with 3 scoring drives (2 TD, 1 FG).
Pleased with his team’s performance, Storm head coach Joe Ruffino stated “we played great on both sides of the ball today…it was a complete effort.” He added, “I can’t say enough about our defense. They were hungry and kept the pressure on for all four quarters. Those guys up front were forcing the play and our (defensive) backs were capitalizing.” Ruffino continued, “I know we had a little trouble moving the ball in the first half, but we stuck with game plan and things started to open up for us. The (offensive) line again did a great job of protecting Jamie (Quarterback Jamie Sellers) and giving him time to make plays.”
The Storm will next travel to Washington, D.C. to take on the D.C. Explosion this Saturday, June 16th, at 7:05 p.m. The next home game for the Storm will be the following Saturday, June 23rd, at 7:05 p.m., when they host the New England Blitz at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown.
For further information, contact Rick Schmidt at 267-221-1400.