Tampa, FL - Lawrence Samuels punctuated a career-best year by earning both MVP and Ironman of the Game honors as the Tampa Bay Storm rolled over the Arizona Rattlers, 43-29. The win was the fifth for the Tampa Bay franchise, the most in League history and the first for Tampa Bay since 1996.

Tampa Bay seemed to be in trouble when quarterback John Kaleo went down in the third quarter with a sprained back, but backup Pat O'Hara filled in admirably, completing 7-of-13 passes for 103 yards, two touchdowns and a rushing TD, allowing the Storm offense to continue to hum. Samuels had five receptions for 109 yards and three touchdowns in becoming the first player to win both game MVP and Ironman honors in an ArenaBowl.

Storm QBs Kaleo and O'Hara combined to throw for 239 yards on 15-of-26 passes, with three touchdowns. The Storm defense forced the Rattler offense into a plethora of miscues, as Arizona had five turnovers, four on fumbles and one on an interception thrown by QB Sherdrick Bonner.

The crowd of 20,469 marked a record-high in attendance at the St. Pete Times Forum for an AFL game, and was the second-highest attended ArenaBowl.

Sun, Jun 22, 2003 1 2 3 4 F
Arizona Rattlers 10 6 6 7 29
Tampa Bay Storm 14 9 7 13 43
Team Q Time Scoring Play V-H
ARI 1 11:02 Garner 36 FG 3-0
TB 1 7:43 Kaleo 33 pass to Samuels (Stucker kick failed) 3-6
ARI 1 5:07 Bonner 1 run (Garner kick) 10-6
TB 1 1:24 Proctor 1 run (Kaleo pass to Dell) 10-14
TB 2 12:52 Kinney 26 fumble return (Stucker kick failed) 10-20
ARI 2 7:53 Kelly 8 run (Garner kick failed) 16-20
TB 2 0:04 Stucker 23 FG 16-23
TB 3 7:26 O’Hara 9 pass to Samuels (Stucker kick) 16-30
ARI 3 2:38 Bonner 3 pass to Bryant (Garner kick failed) 22-30
TB 4 14:54 O’Hara 43 pass to Samuels (Stucker kick) 22-37
TB 4 10:39 O’Hara 3 run (Stucker kick failed) 22-43
ARI 4 8:02 Bonner 3 pass to Gatewood (Garner kick) 29-43

Arizona Rattlers Passing

BONNER, Sherdrick153148.41625.221

Tampa Bay Storm Passing

KALEO, John81361.513610.510
O'HARA, Pat71353.81037.920

Arizona Rattlers Rushing

KELLY, Bo5316.21
BONNER, Sherdrick221.01
PACE, Tom133.00
TRENTADUE, Frank111.00

Tampa Bay Storm Rushing

WHITE, David581.60
PROCTOR, Basil410.31
KALEO, John252.50
SAUNDERS, David100.00
O'HARA, Pat133.01

Arizona Rattlers Receiving

GATEWOOD, Randy56713.41
BRYANT, Orshawonte45313.31
PACE, Tom4256.30
PARKER, Ricky199.00
COOPER, Hunkie188.00

Tampa Bay Storm Receiving

SAMUELS, Lawrence510921.83
SOLOMON, Freddie3289.30
SAUNDERS, David22311.50
DELL, Clif23919.50
TOLIVER, TT23417.00
CRESPINA, Keita166.00

Arizona Rattlers MFG Returns

LAWSON, Clarence11010.00

Tampa Bay Storm MFG Returns


Arizona Rattlers INT Returns


Tampa Bay Storm INT Returns

SMITH, Omarr122.00

Arizona Rattlers Kickoff Returns

LAWSON, Clarence513627.20
PACE, Tom12222.00

Tampa Bay Storm Kickoff Returns

SOLOMON, Freddie44912.30

Arizona Rattlers Kicking

PlayerPAT M/A%FG M/A%
GARNER, Nelson2/450.00/00.0

Tampa Bay Storm Kicking

PlayerPAT M/A%FG M/A%
STUCKER, Kenny2/540.01/250.0

Arizona Rattlers Defense

PARKER, Ricky5.0500000
LAWSON, Clarence5.0500000
ADDERSON, Nikia3.5310000
MILLIGAN, Hamin3.0300000
COOPER, Hunkie2.5210000
LAWSON, Mike2.0200001
PACE, Tom1.0100000
KELLY, Bo1.0100000
GATEWOOD, Randy1.0100000
CROFF, Tim1.0100000
BRYANT, Orshawonte1.0100000
HENDERSON, Bryan0.5010000
TRENTADUE, Frank0.5010000
BARRIE, Sebastian0.0000010

Tampa Bay Storm Defense

SAWYER, Corey5.5510000
SMITH, Omarr5.0260010
COHEN, BJ2.5211410
CRESPINA, Keita2.5130000
TOLIVER, TT2.0120000
WIREN, Nyle1.5110000
SAUNDERS, David1.5030001
LUCAS, Al1.5110000
SAMUELS, Lawrence1.0100001
STUCKER, Kenny1.0020000
CERTAIN, Ernest1.0020000
PROCTOR, Basil0.5010000
WILSON, Troy0.5010000
KINNEY, Kelvin0.0000001
WHITE, David0.0000001