While I was covering Friday’s game, I was also taking photos. A few of the photos I took are up on Flickr now (it’s just so much easier to batch upload). Includes terrible refereeing, big plays, and fine work by a guy out there on the field for the pizza promotion.
In fact, I liked his action sequence so much I won’t make you go to Flickr to see it.
This is an effective quarterback sneak and shows why it’s so difficult to stop. As long as those linemen bunch together and move, it’s pretty easy for the QB to fall forward before a defender can reach him.
Jamar Howard makes a great catch despite some uncalled pass interference at the goal line against the Tampa Bay Storm.
Jamar Howard takes a screen pass from one side of the field to the other for an 8-yard gain.
WR Jamar Howard hauls in his second of 15 receptions in the game.
Jamar Howard scores one of his four touchdowns against the Tampa Bay Storm.
Fullback runs are not nearly as effective in and-short situations, as it allows the defense to find seams in the offensive line, and the line has one fewer blocker to try to stop them.
FB John Martinez hurdled TWO Tampa Bay Storm players for the first touchdown of his career.
Andre Martin makes it impossible for the Storm to complete this deep pass.
Sure, this sack by KC Obi didn’t count, as teammate Marquis Jackson was offsides…but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a great effort.
The Storm recovered this onside kick, enabling them to keep the game close at halftime.
Osagie Odiase makes a tackle while the rest of the secondary gets ready to pitch in to stop forward progress.
The offensive line provided a huge pocket for Kyle Rowley on his first completion of the game.
Got a seat on the wall? You’re basically a part of the action – the kid in red in this picture is closer to the tackle than LB Remond Willis (No. 28).
Sure, Jamar Howard, the offensive player of the game, posted three touchdowns and 119 total yards. Sure, Kyle Rowley, looking healthier than he has in years, converted six of his final seven drives into touchdowns with the lone KISS stop coming on a tipped-at-the-line interception. The real stars of the Portland Thunder’s season-opening 42-37 win over the Los Angeles KISS were the Thunder’s offensive and defensive lines, who dominated their KISS counterparts throughout the game.
Anyone who ever read Highlights for Children (or is familiar with enough memes) remembers Goofus and Gallant – they’ll be breaking down the rest of the game for me.