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“THE ONLY YARDSTICK FOR SUCCESS IS BEING A CHAMPION. NO ONE REMEMBERS ANYTHING ELSE”- JOHN MADDEN

JUNE 9, 2014

SATURDAY NIGHT, JUNE 14 AT ANTIOCH HIGH SCHOOL- 2 UNDEFEATED NATIONAL-TOP-5 TEAMS COLLIDE- NASHVILLE STORM (3-0) VS. INDIANAPOLIS TORNADOS (4-0)

RENEWAL OF OLD NAFL RIVALRY PITS THE 2010 NAFL NATIONAL CHAMP AGAINST THE 2008 NAFL NATIONAL CHAMP, THIS TIME IN THE GDFL

THE INDIANAPOLIS TORNADOS AFTER WINNING THE 2008 NAFL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP- THE NASHVILLE STORM DEFEATED THE TORNADOS TWICE IN 2009 AND TWICE IN 2010- THE TORNADOS HAVEN’T LOST A REGULAR SEASON GAME SINCE

THE PLACE- ANTIOCH HIGH SCHOOL (1900 HOBSON PIKE, ANTIOCH, TN 37013).

THE TIME- SATURDAY NIGHT, JUNE 14, 2013. ADMISSION GATE OPENS AT 6 PM, KICKOFF AT 7 PM.

THE ENTERTAINMENT- DJ LIL LES SPINS THE FINEST TUNES IN FOOTBALL.

THE STAKES- THE WINNER OF THIS GAME WILL PROBABLY BE IN THE NATIONAL TOP 3 WHEN THE FIRST 2014 POLLS COME OUT.

THE FOOD- ALL OF THE HOT FOOD IN THE NASHVILLE STORM CONCESSION STAND IS CHARCOAL-GRILLED (HAMBURGERS, ALL-BEEF HOT DOGS, POLISH SAUSAGES, NEW YORK-STYLE WHITE “WHITE-HOT” CONEYS). GET IT EARLY BEFORE IT RUNS OUT.

THE COST- ADULT ADMISSION $10.00, KIDS AGED 0-14 GET IN FREE. THERE IS ABUNDANT PARKING AVAILABLE ON THE ANTIOCH HIGH SCHOOL GROUNDS, ALSO FREE OF CHARGE.

NASHVILLE STORM GO ON THE ROAD AND GO TO 3-0 WITH 17-0 VICTORY OVER THE MEMPHIS BLAST

STORM DEFENSE PITCHES SHUTOUT WHILE THE RETURN OF ZACH DUCKER AT QB IGNITES THE STORM OFFENSE IN BAD-WEATHER GAME

PROMO FLYER FOR THE “BATTLE OF I-40”. A TALENT-LADEN MEMPHIS BLAST TEAM THAT HAD OPENED THE SEASON WITH A 27-19 UPSET OF THE HUNTSVILLE ROCKETS HAD HIGH HOPES FOR A VICTORY OVER THE NASHVILLE STORM AT HOME.

SATURDAY NIGHT, JUNE 7, THE NASHVILLE STORM WENT ON THE ROAD FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE 2014 SEASON. THEY ARRIVED IN MEMPHIS AT THE SAME TIME AS A REAL THUNDERSTORM- MUCH OF THE GAME WAS PLAYED IN SUBSTANTIAL RAINFALL, AND A NEARBY LIGHTNING STRIKE CAUSED A 30-MINUTE DELAY IN PLAY AT THE BEGINNING OF THE 2ND HALF.

ON DEFENSE, THE STORM PLAYED THEIR BEST DEFENSE OF 2014, HOLDING THE BLAST TO JUST 83 OFFENSIVE YARDS (DESPITE A 41-YARD RUN BY BLAST RB TIMOTHY GRAHAM) AND FORCING 2 TURNOVERS ON A FUMBLE RECOVERY BY STORM DB MARCO BROWN AND AN INTERCEPTION BY STORM DB CHRIS COPELAND. THE CLOSEST THE BLAST CAME TO SCORING POINTS WAS ON A MISSED 34-YARD FG ATTEMPT THAT WAS DEFLECTED BY STORM DE-RB FRED SPARKMAN.

ON OFFENSE, THE STORM OFTEN LOOKED RAGGED IN THE WET CONDITIONS, BUT GOT A BOOST WHEN 2013 STARTING QB ZACH DUCKER (CUMBERLAND U), A MEMPHIS NATIVE, ENTERED THE GAME LATE IN THE 1ST QUARTER. DUCKER’S MOBILITY NEUTRALIZED A STOUT MEMPHIS PASS RUSH AND DUCKER COMPLETED 10 OF 13 PASS ATTEMPTS FOR 159 YARDS AND A 24-YARD TD PASS TO MARIO MERRIWETHER (BETHEL COLLEGE). DUCKER’S 31-YARD LASER THROW TO STORM WR KEVIN CARTER (AUSTIN PEAY) AT THE LEFT SIDELINE AT THE BLAST 1 YARD LINE IN THE 4TH QUARTER SET UP THE STORM’S OTHER TOUCHDOWN ON A 1-YARD RUN BY FRED SPARKMAN.

THE STORM’S OTHER POINTS CAME ON A 25-YARD FIELD GOAL IN THE 2ND QUARTER FROM STORM K TIMOTHY BRECHT (BLACKMAN HS). THE STORM FINISHED WITH 297 OFFENSIVE YARDS, 132 RUSHING AND 165 PASSING. RANDALL TONEY (TEXAS A&M-KINGSVILLE) LED THE STORM RUNNERS WITH 61 YARDS ON 11 CARRIES.

THE VICTORY GAVE THE NASHVILLE STORM A 3-0 RECORD GOING INTO THE STORM’S JUNE 14 COLLISION IN NASHVILLE AGAINST THE INDIANAPOLIS TORNADOS.

June 2, 2014

SATURDAY, MAY 31- NASHVILLE STORM GDFL DEBUT IS A 36-6 VICTORY OVER THE MEMPHIS PANTHERS

STORM DOMINATE BOTH LINES OF SCRIMMAGE IN FIRST VICTORY AS GDFL MEMBER

FORMER STATION CAMP HS AND TEXAS A&M-KINGSVILLE STAR RB RANDALL TONEY LED THE STORM RUNNERS IN HIS STORM DEBUT WITH 69 YARDS IN 8 CARRIES WITH ONE TD

NASHVILLE STORM DE IVORY CORKER CLOSES IN ON MEMPHIS PANTHER QB RONNIE SINGLETON

NASHVILLE STORM WR MARIO MERRIWETHER (ONCE A 1ST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN KR/PR AT BETHEL COLLEGE) GAINED 31 YARDS ON THIS 1ST QUARTER PUNT RETURN PLUS 15 MORE YARDS WHEN HE WAS TACKLED BY HIS FACEMASK

THE NASHVILLE STORM OFFENSIVE LINE CLEARS A HUGE RUNNING LANE FOR STORM RB CHRIS HARRISON, WHO FINISHED WITH 45 YARDS ON JUST 5 CARRIES

RUN THE BALL, STOP THE RUN, DOMINATE THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE. IT’S THE OLDEST SUCCESS STRATEGY IN FOOTBALL----- AND IT WORKED TO PERFECTION FOR THE NASHVILLE STORM ON SATURDAY NIGHT, MAY 31 AS THE STORM ROLLED TO A 30-0 HALFTIME LEAD EN ROUTE TO A 36-6 VICTORY OVER THE MEMPHIS PANTHERS AT ANTIOCH HIGH SCHOOL.

THE STORM USED 6 RUNNING BACKS IN THE GAME, AND THEY COMBINED FOR 200 RUSHING YARDS ON 25 CARRIES, AN 8-YARD PER CARRY AVERAGE, AND RANDALL TONEY, FRED SPARKMAN, AND SANCHEZ HOLDER EACH SCORED RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS. THE OTHER STORM TDS CAME FROM A 37-YARD PASS FROM STORM QB TORRIAN HALL TO WR JEREMIE “BIRD” WHITTAKER AND A 56-YARD RETURN OF A FREE KICK (FOLLOWING A STORM SAFETY- STORM DT DARIUS MCDONALD TACKLING PANTHER QB TERRELL WILLIAMS IN THE END ZONE) BY STORM S RANDALL “BAY BAY” SMITH. THAT SCORE WAS SMITH’S 2ND KICK OR PUNT RETURN TD IN 2 2014 GAMES.

THE PANTHERS’ ONLY SCORE WAS AT THE 6:19 MARK OF THE 4TH QUARTER, WHEN PANTHER QB RONNIE SINGLETON THREW A 15-YARD TD PASS TO WR JOSEF MCLEO ON THE PLAY FOLLOWING A STORM TURNOVER. WITH THE STORM HOLDING A 30-POINT HALFTIME LEAD, MOST OF THE 2ND HALF WAS PLAYED WITH A RUNNING CLOCK.

NOTES ON THE GAME:

  • THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE BATTLE IS PROBABLY BEST SUMMED UP BY THE TACKLE FOR LOSS NUMBERS----- THE NASHVILLE STORM HAD 12 TFLS, WHILE THE MEMPHIS PANTHERS HAD JUST 1. AND THAT TFL WAS A TACKLE FOR LOSS OF 5 YARDS ON STORM QB TORRIAN HALL, WHO DID A LONG SCRAMBLE TRYING TO EXTEND A PLAY OUTSIDE THE POCKET.
  • TORRIAN HALL STARTED HIS FIRST GAME AS THE STORM QB, AND COMPLETED 7 OF 12 PASSES FOR 87 YARDS AND 1 TD PASS WITH NO INTERCEPTIONS. 2 BACKUP QBS PLAYED IN THE 4TH QUARTER, WITH THE ONLY PASS ATTEMPT BY EITHER BEING INTERCEPTED BY THE PANTHERS.
  • THE STORM OUT-GAINED THE PANTHERS 284-173 IN TOTAL OFFENSE WITH THE STORM GAINING 197 NET RUSHING YARDS TO JUST 23 FOR MEMPHIS, WHO GAINED 150 YARDS THROUGH THE AIR. NASHVILLE HAD 41 OFFENSIVE SNAPS, WHILE MEMPHIS HAD 46.
  • LB DEVIN ALLEN AND S MARCUS HILL HAD PASS INTERCEPTIONS FOR THE STORM, WITH HILL’S BEING HIS 2ND OF THE SEASON IN 2 GAMES. STORM DT DARIUS MCDONALD FORCED A MEMPHIS FUMBLE FOR THEIR OTHER TURNOVER, WHICH WAS RECOVERED BY STORM LB JUSTIN ELY.
  • STORM K/P TIM BRECHT ONLY PUNTED ONCE (33 YARDS) AND HIT ALL 4 OF HIS EXTRA POINT ATTEMPTS.
  • NEW STORM RB RANDALL TONEY (TEXAS A&M-KINGSVILLE) HAD 8 CARRIES FOR 69 YARDS WITH AN 8-YARD TD RUN. FRED SPARKMAN HAD 6 CARRIES FOR 51 YARDS WITH A 19-YARD TD RUN, CHRIS HARRISON HAD 5 CARRIES FOR 45 YARDS, JAY MCCLAIN 3 CARRIES FOR 19 YARDS, SANCHEZ HOLDER HAD 2 CARRIES FOR 13 YARDS WITH A 9-YARD TD, AND QUISIE JOHNSON HAD 1 CARRY FOR 3 YARDS.
  • IN THE PASSING GAME, JEREMIE “BIRD” WHITTAKER HAD 2 CATCHES FOR 48 YARDS AND A TD, MARIO MERRIWETHER HAD 2 CATCHES FOR 28 YARDS, STEVE HENDRICKS HAD 2 CATCHES FOR 8 YARDS, AND KEVIN CARTER HAD 1 CATCH FOR 3 YARDS.
  • DE RODNEY IRVIN (UT-MARTIN) HAD A GREAT STORM DEBUT WITH 2.5 QB SACKS, WHILE DT DARIUS MCDONALD (CUMBERLAND U) HAD 3 TFLS, INCLUDING 1 FORCED FUMBLE AND 1 SAFETY.
  • HIT OF THE GAME- LB DEVIN ALLEN (CUMBERLAND U). HAD THE 2ND-BEST HIT TOO.
  • NEXT STORM OPPONENT- NASHVILLE STORM HEAD ON THE ROAD TO MEMPHIS TO TAKE ON THE MEMPHIS BLAST AT EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN SCHOOL IN CORDOVA, TN, SAT NIGHT, JUNE 7. BLAST ARE 1-0 AFTER AN UPSET VICTORY OVER THE HUNTSVILLE ROCKETS IN HUNTSVILLE BY A 27-19 SCORE.
  • NEXT STORM HOME OPPONENT- THE NATIONALLY-RANKED AND UNDEFEATED INDIANAPOLIS TORNADOS COME TO ANTIOCH HS (1900 HOBSON PK, ANTIOCH, TN 37013) TO TAKE ON THE NASHVILLE STORM SATURDAY NIGHT, JUNE 14- 7 PM KICKOFF.
    • BRYAN HOLT MEMORIAL CLASSIC- NASHVILLE STORM COMES FROM BEHIND TO DEFEAT METRO LAWDAWGS 20-14 IN OVERTIME

      BIG PLAYS FROM WR JEREMIE “BIRD” WHITTAKER AND S/KR RANDALL “BAY BAY”SMITH SQUELCH LAWDAWG UPSET BID

      THE 2ND ANNUAL BRYAN HOLT MEMORIAL CLASSIC (A GAME IN HONOR OF THE LATE BRYAN HOLT, A FORMER NASHVILLE STORM SAFETY WHO DIED AT 35 OF SICKLE CELL ANEMIA THAT SERVES AS A FUNDRAISER FOR THE SICKLE CELL FOUNDATION OF TENNESSEE) KICKED OFF ON MAY 10 AT MAPLEWOOD HIGH SCHOOL, AS THE MTFL CHAMPION METRO LAWDAWGS TOOK ON THE NASHVILLE STORM IN THE STORM’S FIRST GAME OF THE 2014 SEASON.

      A LAWDAWG TEAM LED BY DOMINIQUE WHITE AT QB WOULD GIVE THE NASHVILLE STORM FITS FOR 65 MINUTES AND ACTUALLY HOLD A 14-6 LEAD GOING INTO THE FINAL MINUTES OF THE GAME.

      THE STORM HELD A 6-0 HALFTIME LEAD ON A 56-YARD TD PUNT RETURN FROM FORMER MAPLEWOOD STAR AND LOCAL FAVORITE RANDALL “BAY BAY” SMITH.

      THEN LATE IN THE 3RD QUARTER, LAWDAWG QB DOMINIQUE WHITE, WHO HAD ONLY COMPLETED ONE PASS IN THE FIRST HALF, GOT HOT THROWING THE BALL. HIS 23-YARD PASS TO JAMEL PENNINGTON AT THE 1:20 MARK OF THE 3RD QTR TIED THE SCORE, AND THEN WHITE RAN THE BALL INTO THE END ZONE FOR THE 2 POINT CONVERSION TO GIVE THE LAWDAWGS AN 8-6 LEAD. THEN AT THE 11:20 MARK OF THE 4TH QUARTER, WHITE GAVE THE LAWDAWGS A 14-6 EAD WITH A 14-YARD TD PASS TO SANCHEZ HOLDER.

      THE STORM THREATENED TO TIE THE SCORE ON THE NEXT POSSESSION WHEN QB KENNETH BROWN’S 56-YARD PASS TO JEREMIE “BIRD” WHITTAKER GAVE THE STORM FIRST DOWN AT THE LAWDAWG 8-YARD LINE. THE LAWDAWG DEFENSE HELD THE STORM FOR 4 DOWNS, THOUGH, AND TOOK OVER POSSESSION AT THEIR 4 YARD LINE.

      THE LAWDAWG OFFENSE GOT 2 FIRST DOWNS BEFORE STALLING AT THE LAWDAWG 33. THEN THEY PUNTED----- TO RANDALL “BAY BAY” SMITH. SMITH RETURNED THIS PUNT 29 YARDS TO THE LAWDAWG 39 YARD LANE. THEN ONE PLAY LATER, STORM QB HIT WR JEREMIE “BIRD” WHITTAKER WITH A 39-YARD TD PASS, CLOSING THE LAWDAWG LEAD TO 14-12 WITH 2 MINUTES LEFT. STEVE HENDRICKS THAN RAN THE BALL INTO THE END ZONE FOR THE 2-POINT CONVERSION TO TIE THE SCORE AT 14-14.

      BOTH TEAMS HAD ONE MORE CHANCE TO SCORE, BUT SAW THEIR DRIVES ENDED BY INTERCEPTIONS. THE CLOCK RAN OUT WITH A 14-14 TIE, INDUCING OVERTIME.

      THE STORM WON THE COIN TOSS AND ELECTED TO RECEIVE IN THE OVERTIME PERIOD. RANDALL “BAY BAY” SMITH CAUGHT THE KICKOFF AND RETURNED IT 81 YARDS TO THE LAWDAWG 3, BUT A BLOCKING INFRACTION MOVED THE BALL BACK TO START THE STORM DRIVE AT THE STORM 45. BEHIND THE RUNNING OF FRED SPARKMAN AND A TIMELY 14-YARD COMPLETION FROM BROWN TO WHITTAKER, THE STORM DROVE TO THE LAWDAWG 3-YARD LINE IN 6 PLAYS----- AND STORM RB CHRIS HARRISON RAN 3 YARDS TO THE END ZONE FOR THE SUDDEN-DEATH 20-14 STORM VICTORY.

      May 5, 2014

      SATURDAY NIGHT, MAY 10- NASHVILLE STORM OPEN THE 2014 SEASON WITH THE SECOND ANNUAL BRYAN HOLT MEMORIAL CLASSIC AT MAPLEWOOD

      MTFL CHAMPION METRO LAWDAWGS COULD BE A FORMIDABLE CHALLENGER IN FUNDRAISING GAME FOR THE SICKLE CELL FOUNDATION OF TENNESSEE

      THE PLACE- Maplewood High School (Football Stadium), 401 Walton Lane, Nashville, TN 37216.

      THE TIME- Saturday Night, May 10. Admission gate opens at 6 PM, Kickoff is at 7 PM.

      THE PURPOSE- Raising funds for the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee, which fights the deadly and often fatal disease of Sickle Cell Anemia. Sickle Cell Foundation CEO Trevor Thompson will be in attendance.

      THE TEAMS- The 3-time National Champion NASHVILLE STORM will open their season against the 2014 MTFL Champion METRO LAWDAWGS. This will be an interesting test for the STORM, who are playing without 11 players who are now playing professionally for Arena Football Teams (8 are on the roster of the undefeated-so-far NASHVILLE VENOM). In the first BRYAN HOLT MEMORIAL CLASSIC in 2013, the NASHVILLE STORM defeated the MTFL Champion LEBANON HITMEN 52-26.

      THE BACKSTORY- This game is played annually in honor of BRYAN HOLT, an 8-year starting Safety for the Nashville Storm who died at the age of 36 of Sickle Cell Anemia in 2012. BRYAN HOLT was also a respected High School Football Coach in Metro Nashville at Whites Creek HS, McGavock HS, and Maplewood HS (at the time of his death, Holt was an assistant coach at Maplewood), and was revered by many for his mentoring of football players from disadvantaged backgrounds. The Nashville Storm, the Maplewood administration, and the MTFL resolved to honor his memory with an event intended to fight the disease that took Bryan Holt's life.

      ADMISSION- $10 for adults, kids aged 0-14 GET IN FREE.

      MARCH 30, 2014

      NASHVILLE STORM TO CONDUCT OPEN TRYOUT ON SATURDAY, APRIL 5

      WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL (FORMERLY WEST HIGH SCHOOL) ON WEST END AVENUE. THIS HISTORIC BUILDING WIL BE THE BACKDROP OF THE NASHVILLE STORM’S APRIL 5 OPEN TRYOUT

      The NASHVILLE STORM are conducting an Open Tryout on Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 12 Noon to 4 PM. Registration and collection of tryout fees for the Tryout will be conducted from 12-1, with timing and field work to follow from 1-4 . Tryout fee is $45, payable in cash only. The Tryout will be conducted at ELMINGTON PARK (3531 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37205) on the large athletic field out in front of historic West Middle School (pictured), formerly West High School. All tryout applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

      The tryout will be conducted by the Nashville Storm Coaching Staff led by Nashville Storm Head Coach and Vice President Charles Hunter (615-589-4920 or c.hunter57@gmail.com). Coach Hunter enters the 2014 season with a lifetime W-L record of 79-8 and the Nashville Storm's lifetime record is 145-21.

      Player-applicants at the open tryout should wear running shoes and weather-appropriate workout clothes.

      The Nashville Storm are seeking new players at numerous positions due to the Storm's unprecedented success in having players from the adult amateur program signed by paying professional football programs. 8 of the players on the 25-man roster of the 2014 Nashville Venom (professional Arena football) are former Nashville Storm players (Zach Ducker, Stanlee Bradley, Dedrick Tucker, BJ Taylor, Pistol Ramsey, Ken Walton, Garrett Morgan, and Derek Dickerson), while 2013 Storm RB Preston Brown is playing for the Omaha Beef and 2013 Storm OL Darius Turner is playing for the PIFL Alabama Hammers.

      The Nashville Storm will be playing in 2014 in the Gridiron Developmental Football League (http://www.gdfl.org).

      TEN NASHVILLE STORM PLAYERS ARE PLAYING ARENA FOOTBALL AS PROS IN 2014

      2013 NASHVILLE STORM SAFETY KEN WALTON, NOW PLAYING FOR THE NASHVILLE VENOM ARENA FOOTBALL TEAM, SIGNS AUTOGRAPHS AT FORT CAMPBELL

      2013 NASHVILLE STORM RB PRESTON BROWN (ANTIOCH HS/TSU), WEARING #1, IS LEADING THE PRO ARENA OMAHA BEEF IN RUSHING YARDS, RECEIVING YARDS, AND TOTAL TOUCHDOWNS

      PROFESSIONAL ARENA FOOTBALL HAS KEPT A WATCHFUL EYE ON NASHVILLE STORM PLAYERS FOR THIS ENTIRE DECADE, BUT THE WINTER OF 2013-14 “TOOK IT TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL” WITH THE EXPANSION NASHVILLE VENOM BRINGING ARENA FOOTBALL TO NASHVILLE, TN FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2007. SEVENTEEN NASHVILLE STORM PLAYERS SIGNED TRAINING CAMP CONTRACTS WITH PROFESSIONAL ARENA FOOTBALL TEAMS--------- AND TEN OF THOSE PLAYERS ARE ON THE FINAL ROSTERS OF PROFESSIONAL ARENA FOOTBALL TEAMS.

      THE NASHVILLE STORM CONGRATULATES:

      ALABAMA HAMMERS

      • DARIUS TURNER-OL- ALABAMA A&M

      OMAHA BEEF

      • PRESTON BROWN- RB- ANTIOCH HS/TSU

      NASHVILLE VENOM

      • STANLEE BRADLEY- OL/DT/FB- ANTIOCH HS/CUMBERLAND U
      • ERNEST “PISTOL” RAMSEY- CB- MAPLEWOOD HS/TSU
      • DEDRICK TUCKER- DE- MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE
      • BJ TAYLOR- DT- UT-CHATTANOOGA
      • KEN WALTON- S- LEBANON HS/NAVARRO CC
      • ZACH DUCKER- WR/QB- CUMBERLAND U
      • DEREK DICKERSON- FB- HUNTERS LANE HS/TENNESSEE TECH
      • GARRETT MORGAN-K- CENTRAL ARKANSAS

      NASHVILLE STORM JOINS AMERICA’S LARGEST ADULT AMATEUR/PRO DEVELOPMENT FOOTBALL LEAGUE- THE GRIDIRON DEVELOPMENTAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE (GDFL)

      WITH THE PASSING OF THE NAFL AFTER THE 2010 SEASON, THE GDFL IS THE NATION’S LARGEST ADULT AMATEUR/PRO DEVELOPMENT FOOTBALL LEAGUE, AND THE ONLY SUCH LEAGUE IN AMERICA THAT IS NATIONAL IN SCOPE.

      THE NASHVILLE STORM IS ENTERING ITS’ 13TH SEASON IN 2014.

      THE FIRST 9 OF THOSE SEASONS WERE PLAYED IN THE NAFL (NORTH AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE), A LEAGUE THAT WAS TRULY NATIONWIDE IN SCOPE, OFTEN HAVING OVER 100 TEAMS. THE NASHVILLE STORM (IN THE NAFL) PLAYED IN 5 NAFL “FINAL FOURS” AND 3 NAFL NATIONAL TITLE GAMES, FINALLY WINNING THE NAFL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN 2010.

      THE NASHVILLE STORM’S DEEP PLAYOFF RUNS TESTED THE STORM AGAINST FOOTBALL TEAMS FROM ALL OVER AMERICA. DURING THE STORM’S NAFL YEARS, THE STORM PLAYED TEAMS FROM HARRISBURG, PA, CAMDEN, NJ, SYRACUSE, NY, HOUSTON, TX, CHICAGO, IL, DALLAS, TX, DUBUQUE, IA, TRAVERSE CITY, MI, ST PAUL, MN, AND BELLINGHAM, WA IN NAFL PLAYOFFS OR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES.

      AND THEN SOMETHING HAPPENED-------- THE NAFL DISSOLVED AFTER THE 2010 SEASON.

      BUT A SUCCESSOR TO THE NAFL’S NATIONAL PRESENCE WAS PLAYING THEIR FIRST SEASON AS A LEAGUE IN 2010. THAT LEAGUE WAS (AND IS) THE GDFL, AND THEIR MEMBERSHIP EXPLODED IN 2011, 2012, AND 2013.

      AND IN 2014, THE NASHVILLE STORM JOIN FELLOW FORMER NAFL NATIONAL CHAMPIONS THE CENTRAL PENN PIRHANA AND THE INDIANAPOLIS TORNADOS (AMONG MANY OTHERS) AS GDFL MEMBERS. WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE CHANCE TO PLAY FOR A NATIONAL TITLE AGAIN WITHIN ONE LEAGUE AND WITHIN ONE PLAYOFF STRUCTURE.

      IT’S WHAT THE NASHVILLE STORM WAS BUILT FROM THE BEGINNING TO DO.

      THE GDFL IS HEADQUARTERED OUT OF MEMPHIS, TN. THE CEO IS CHARLES THOMPSON, LONGTIME OWNER OF THE MEMPHIS BLAST.

      THE NASHVILLE STORM’S TENTATIVE 2014 SCHEDULE INCLUDES 5 HOME-AND-HOME OPPONENTS: THE INDIANAPOLIS TORNADOS (FORMER NAFL NATIONAL CHAMPION), HUNTSVILLE ROCKETS (2012 SPRING NATIONAL CHAMPIONS), THE CLARKSVILLE WOLFPACK, THE MEMPHIS PANTHERS, AND THE MEMPHIS BLAST.

      THE NASHVILLE STORM’S FIRST GDFL REGULAR SEASON GAME WILL BE PLAYED ON MAY 31.

      JANUARY 23, 2014

      DAYTONA BEACH, FL- NASHVILLE STORM WIN 3RD NATIONAL TITLE IN 4 YEARS WITH 34-7 VICTORY OVER THE CAROLINA EAGLES

      NASHVILLE STORM PLAYERS AND COACHES CELEBRATE WINNING THE USA BOWL WINTER/FALL NATIONAL TITLE IN DAYTONA BEACH, FL

      WHEN THE NASHVILLE STORM ACCEPTED AN INVITATION FROM THE USA BOWL TO PLAY THE CAROLINA EAGLES FOR THE WINTER/FALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FOR JANUARY 18 IN DAYTONA BEACH, THE STORM HAD TO OVERCOME A NUMBER OF CHALLENGES:

      CHALLENGE 1- THE NASHVILLE STORM HADN’T PLAYED A GAME SINCE OCTOBER, SO THE TEAM WOULD BE COMING OFF A 3-MONTH LAYOFF.

      CHALLENGE 2- NASHVILLE HAD AN UNUSUALLY COLD WINTER, IMPACTING THE PRACTICE SCHEDULE.

      CHALLENGE 3- 7 NASHVILLE STORM STARTERS WERE INELIGIBLE TO PLAY IN THE GAME DUE TO BEING UNDER CONTRACT WITH PROFESSIONAL ARENA TEAMS.

      IN THE END, HOWEVER, THESE CHALLENGES TURNED OUT TO BE “NO PROBLEM” AS THE NASHVILLE STORM BLEW OUT TO A 27-0 HALFTIME LEAD EN ROUTE TO A 34-7 VICTORY OVER THE EAGLES TO WIN THE STORM’S 3RD NATIONAL TITLE IN 4 YEARS.

      THE EAGLES GOT THE BALL FIRST, BUT WENT 3-AND-OUT, FOLLOWED BY STORM DE LONNIE HARRIS (ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF) PARTIALLY BLOCKING THE EAGLE PUNT, LIMITING THE PUNT TO 13 YARDS.

      STORM QB ZACH DUCKER (CUMBERLAND) HIT FRED SPARKMAN (NORTH CAROLINA) WITH A 10-YARD PASS, AND STORM RB OREY WILLIS RIPPED OFF A 24-YARD RUN TO REACH THE EAGLE 11. BUT THE STORM SUFFERED A 10-YARD HOLDING PENALTY AND DUCKER THREW 2 STRAIGHT PASSES THAT WERE DROPPED, GIVING THE STORM 4TH DOWN AT THE EAGLE 22. STORM K TIM BRECHT TROTTED OUT ON THE FIELD, HOWEVER, AND GAVE THE STORM A 3-0 LEAD WITH A 39-YARD FG.

      AFTER ANOTHER EAGLE 3-AND-OUT, ZACH DUCKER’S 31-YARD PASS TO STORM TE DEMETRIOUS LEVY (BETHEL COLLEGE) GAVE THE STORM A FIRST DOWN AT THE EAGLE 1 YARD LINE---- BUT 3 STRAIGHT STORM RUNNING PLAYS LOST 4 YARDS. TIM BRECHT RAISED THE STORM LEAD, THOUGH, TO 6-0 WITH HIS 2ND FG, A 22-YARDER.

      AFTER THE STORM’S KICKOFF GAVE THE EAGLES POSSESSION AT THE EAGLE 6, THE EAGLE QB WENT TO THE AIR. HOWEVER, STORM S MARCUS HILL INTERCEPTED THE PASS AND RETURNED IT 22 YARDS FOR A PICK-6 TD, RAISING THE STORM LEAD TO 13-0.

      THE STORM OFFENSE FINALLY GOT UNTRACKED IN THE 2ND QUARTER WITH 2 TD DRIVES. THE FIRST DRIVE FEATURED ZACH DUCKER COMPLETIONS OF 19 YARDS TO ROBERT MOORE, 7 YARDS TO MARIO MERRIWETHER, AND A 27-YARD TD PASS TO DEQUINN WATFORD TO RAISE THE STORM LEAD TO 20-0.

      THEN, AFTER THE EAGLES’ FIRST SERIOUS DRIVE OF THE GAME WAS STALLED BY CONSECUTIVE QB SACKS BY FRED SPARKMAN AND LONNIE HARRIS, DUCKER HIT DEQUINN WATFORD AGAIN FOR 54 YARDS TO THE EAGLE 13, AND THEN HIT ROBERT MOORE IN THE END ZONE TO GIVE THE STORM A 27-0 HALFTIME LEAD.

      IN THE 3RD QUARTER, THE EAGLES GOT A BREAK ON A FUMBLED PUNT BY THE STORM THAT GAVE THE EAGLES THE BALL AT THE STORM 25. THREE PLAYS LATER, THOUGH, STORM S MARCUS HILL GOT HIS 2ND INTERCEPTION OF THE GAME IN THE END ZONE, AND RETURNED THE BALL TO THE STORM 40.

      FROM THERE, IT ONLY TOOK 3 PLAYS FOR ZACH DUCKER TO RAISE THE STORM LEAD TO 34-0------ A 9-YARD PASS TO MARIO MERRIWETHER, A 31-YARD PASS TO DEQUINN WATFORD, AND A 20 YARD TD PASS TO JEREMIE “BIRD” WHITTAKER WHERE WHITTAKER BROKE ABOUT 4 EAGLE TACKLES EN ROUTE TO THE END ZONE.

      WHITTAKER’S TD OCCURRED WITH 5:28 LEFT IN THE 3RD QUARTER, AND AFTER THAT, THE REST OF THE GAME WAS PLAYED WITH A “RUNNING CLOCK”. THE EAGLES WOULD GET ON THE SCOREBOARD ON A 50-YARD DRIVE CAPPED BY A 10-YARD TD PASS IN THE 4TH QUARTER BEFORE TIME RAN OUT.

      STORM WR DEQUINN WATFORD (ST AMBROSE UNIVERSITY), PLAYING HIS LAST GAME FOR THE STORM (HE’S MOVED TO CHICAGO) WAS NAMED OFFENSIVE MVP OF THE GAME. THE DEFENSIVE MVP WAS STORM S MARCUS HILL, WHILE THE SPECIAL TEAMS MVP WAS STORM K/P TIM BRECHT (BLACKMAN HS).