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Storm Lose On Game's Final Play

Tribune correspondent
Published:   |   Updated: June 1, 2013 at 05:31 PM

DULUTH, Ga. - Quarterback Chris Greisen snuck in from 2 yards out for the tying touchdown as time expired, and Carlos Martinez added the extra point to give the Georgia Force a 56-55 win against the Tampa Bay Storm on Saturday night.

The loss drops the Storm to 6-7, hurting their Arena Football League playoff chances. The Force (8-5) won their fifth straight game.

"I won't say we're out of it," Storm coach Tim Marcum said. "We just have to find out what we're made out of and focus on beating Orlando next week."

With three games left in the regular season, Tampa Bay is eighth in the National Conference. The top six teams make the playoffs.

One of the only bright spots for Tampa Bay, which had its three-game winning streak snapped, came when receiver Lawrence Samuels got his 992nd career catch, setting an AFL record.

The catch - an 11-yarder from Brett Dietz in the third quarter - passed the mark of 991 held by Barry Wagner.

"It's not about individual accomplishments, it's a team game," Samuels said. "It's about wins and losses at this point. It's tough to lose a game like that."

The other bright spot came early when fullback Torrance Marshall scored the Storm's first two touchdowns of the game.

The first was a 1-yard run. After Georgia tied the game at 7, Marshall came back with a 3-yard TD run, giving him an AFL record of six consecutive games scoring multiple rushing touchdowns.

As the second TD play unfolded, it appeared as though Marshall intended to throw the ball, but was unable to find a receiver. He dragged a pair of defenders into the end zone for the score.

"It doesn't mean anything if we lose," Marshall said. "Maybe after we win next week I'll think about it then.

"During the week we knew we could get it, so I'm just thankful for the guys that block for me."

Marshall later added a pair of 4-yard TD runs.

Dietz ended 20 of 29 for 222 yards, with four touchdowns and one interception. Receiver Tyrone Timmons had three catches for 39 yards and three touchdowns.

For Georgia, Carl Morris had 15 catches for 157 yards and three TDs.

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