Tampa, FL - Rick Hamilton rushed for an ArenaBowl record 82 yards and 3 TDs, and Chris Barber had 3 of Orlando's 6 interceptions as the Predators won their first ArenaBowl.

Orlando had played in 3 of the previous 11 ArenaBowls, losing each of them. Tampa Bay lost its first ArenaBowl in five appearances. Orlando led by 7 at halftime before taking advantage of Tampa Bay turnovers to blow the game open with 23 straight points.

Barry Wagner intercepted an errant pass from Peter Tom Willis to open the half, setting up Hamilton's 5-yard score. On the ensuing kickoff, George LaFrance fumbled the ball back into the end zone and got tackled by Webbie Burnett for a safety. Orlando took the free kick and drove 34 yards, ending with Hamilton's 10-yard run with 10:02 remaining. Wagner capped the rally with a 48-yard missed field goal return that gave Orlando a 47-17 lead with 5:25 remaining in the third quarter.

The Predators intercepted Willis 6 times, including a 22-yard interception return by Damon Mason for a third-quarter TD. The Predators led 24-17 at Halftime after dominating the second period behind two of Barber's interceptions. Trailing 14-10, Gruden elected for a fake field goal and backup QB Connell Maynor ran 3 yards to give Orlando a 17-14 lead at 7:47 remaining. After Bjorn Nittmo tied it with a 44-yard field goal, Hamilton turned a third-and-inches dive into an ArenaBowl record 36 yard TD run to put Orlando ahead for good.

Sun, Aug 23, 1998 1 2 3 4 F
Orlando Predators 10 14 26 12 62
Tampa Bay Storm 14 3 8 6 31
Team Q Time Scoring Play V-H
ORL 1 10:52 Cool 23 FG 3-0
TB 1 7:34 Willis 12 pass to LaFrance (Nittmo kick) 3-7
ORL 1 4:16 O'Hara 23 pass to Gordon (Cool kick) 10-7
TB 1 0:31 Willis 9 pass to LaFrance (Nittmo kick) 10-14
ORL 2 7:47 Maynor 3 run (Cool kick) 17-14
TB 2 4:34 Nittmo 44 FG 17-17
ORL 2 2:31 Hamilton 36 run (Cool kick) 24-17
ORL 3 14:03 Hamilton 5 run (Cool kick) 31-17
ORL 3 13:12 Burnett safety 33-17
ORL 3 10:02 Hamilton 10 run (Cool kick) 40-17
ORL 3 5:25 Wagner 48 missed FG return (Cool kick) 47-17
TB 3 4:01 Willis 7 pass to LaFrance (two point conversion) 47-25
ORL 3 0:24 Cool 20 FG 50-25
ORL 4 14:22 Mason 22 interception return (pass failed) 56-25
TB 4 11:34 Willis 8 pass to Thomas (pass failed) 56-31
ORL 4 10:46 Gordon 8 kickoff return (Cool kick failed) 62-31

Orlando Predators Passing

O'HARA, Pat92536.01144.511

Tampa Bay Storm Passing

WILLIS, Peter Tom163151.62136.946

Orlando Predators Rushing

HAMILTON, Rick68213.73
HALL, Bill4123.00
GORDON, Robert3268.70
WAGNER, Barry210.50
MAYNOR, Connell133.01
DORSEY, Tommy133.00

Tampa Bay Storm Rushing

BOWDEN, Andre242.00
BARLEY, Les1-2- 2.00

Orlando Predators Receiving

WAGNER, Barry34715.70
LAW, Ty22412.00
GORDON, Robert23417.01
COOPER, Bret199.00

Tampa Bay Storm Receiving

LAFRANCE, George68814.73
SAMUELS, Lawrence56312.60
THOMAS, Stevie22914.51
WILLIAMS, Wayne22311.50
WORTHMAN, Anton11010.00

Orlando Predators MFG Returns

WAGNER, Barry14848.00

Tampa Bay Storm MFG Returns


Orlando Predators INT Returns

BARBER, Chris3227.30
MASON, Damon12222.01
WAGNER, Barry122.00
MCENTYRE, Kenny100.00

Tampa Bay Storm INT Returns

HARRIS, Johnnie100.00

Orlando Predators Kickoff Returns

WAGNER, Barry410626.50
GORDON, Robert2147.01

Tampa Bay Storm Kickoff Returns

LAFRANCE, George68213.70
WORTHMAN, Anton12020.00

Orlando Predators Kicking

PlayerPAT M/A%FG M/A%
COOL, David6/875.02/366.7
BARBER, Chris0/00.00/10.0

Tampa Bay Storm Kicking

PlayerPAT M/A%FG M/A%
NITTMO, Bjorn2/2100.01/250.0

Orlando Predators Defense

BARBER, Chris4.0320000
MCENTYRE, Kenny3.5310000
BURNETT, Webbie3.0300000
MCKENZIE, Rich2.5210000
WAGNER, Barry2.0200010
MASON, Damon1.5110000
STORM, Matt1.0100000
DORSEY, Tommy1.0100000
SPAIN, Connell1.0100000
LAW, Ty1.0100000
DRAKES, Eric0.5010000
COOPER, Bret0.5010000
HALL, Bill0.5010000

Tampa Bay Storm Defense

HARRIS, Johnnie5.0420000
SAMUELS, Lawrence5.0340010
DOWDEN, Corey4.0320000
BOWDEN, Andre3.5230000
GOFF, Robert3.5231700
HOUGHTON, Steve3.0220000
PERKINS, Tracey2.5210000
THOMAS, Stevie0.5010000
ROWLAND, Lynn0.5010000
AGEE, Mel0.5010000
BARLEY, Les0.5010000
WYATT, Willie0.5010000