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                       Nashville Storm WR Jeremie "Bird" Whittaker

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 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).