Late rally comes up short as Force fall to Storm

TAMPA, Fla. -- A late comeback effort was not enough for the Georgia Force, who fell to the Tampa Bay Storm 50-47 late Friday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Just four days after opening the season with a win over the Cleveland Gladiators at The Arena at Gwinnett Center, the Force fell behind by as many as 21 points and still trailed 50-36 with 3:03 remaining before rallying.

Touchdowns passes by R.J. Archer to Brandon McRae and Larry Shipp, surrounding a fumble recovery by Tracy Belton, gave Georgia a chance after the Force closed to within a field goal with 12 seconds left.

But the ensuing onside kick went out of bounds, and Tampa was able to run out the clock.

The Force were able to keep the game close early, with a 52-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by C.J. Johnson.

But the Storm scored 20 straight points in the second quarter, including a 23-yard TD pass from Stephen Wasil to Chandler Wiliams, a recovery of a kickoff into the net by Mark Jones and a 3-yard run by Michael Lindsey, to push their lead to 27-6 with just under two minutes to play in the first half.

Archer provided a spark off the bench as he entered the game late in the second quarter as quarterback for the Force, completing 19 of 26 passes for 242 yards and six TDs.