Tampa, Fla. -- Prechae Rodriguez caught a 1-yard pass as time ran out and the Tampa Bay Storm defeated the Jacksonville Sharks 71-69.
The win was a nice birthday gift for Storm head coach Dave Ewart, who witnessed a crazy final few seconds to finish the game.
Bernard Morris had passed to Terrance Smith for 42 yards with 4.5 seconds left to give Jacksonville a 69-65 lead, but after the kickoff, Storm quarterback Stephen Wasil passed to the end zone where a Sharks' pass interference placed the ball on the 1 yard line. One untimed down play found Rodriguez collecting his 5th touchdown of the game.
Wasil was 29 of 38 for 312 yards and 7 TDs. Rodriguez had 11 catches for 101 yards and Chandler Williams grabbed a game-high 14 passes for 169 yards and two scores.
Two electrifying kickoffs of 58 and 57 yards in a two-minute period of the first quarter by Terrance Smith, a 2nd-year WR/DB out of South Carolina State helped the Sharks come to within 14-13 of the Storm's early 1st period lead.