The Orlando Predators host the rival Tampa Bay Strom at the Amway Center for the second “War on I-4” matchup of the season on Friday, June 15. The game kicks off at 8:00 p.m. and will broadcast live on NFL Network.
After 14 weeks of AFL play, the Orlando Predators sit at the bottom of the American Conference South Division after losing to the San Jose SaberCats on Friday night, 51-34, moving their overall record to 1-11 for the 2012 season.
The Tampa Bay Storm captured the first game of the rivalry in Week 9 at Tampa Bay, winning 55-31. The Predators will be looking to avenge their Week 9 loss in The Jungle and avoid a sweep to the Storm.
In their matchup this week against the Storm, the Predators will be facing former quarterback, Nick Hill. Hill spent the past two seasons with the Predators and broke multiple offensive records for the team including: touchdown passes (97), passing yards (4,758), pass completions (387) and rushing yards (391). After joining the Storm in September of 2011, Hill was signed by the Green Bay Packers in January. He was released from the Packers on May 23, 2012 and played in his first game of the season in Week 13, when the Storm lost 61-71 to the Jacksonville Sharks. Hill was 25 of 32, threw for 321 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception.
The Predators will have to be sharp on defense this week as they square off against Hill and Storm receivers Prechae Rodriguez and Chandler Williams, two of the top receivers in the league. The Preds defense received a lift last week from the exciting return of defensive back “The Glove” Kenny McEntyre in their Week 14 matchup against the SaberCats. The 14-year veteran defensive back notched three tackles in the loss to San Jose. Rookie defensive back Simeon Castille also had a strong game against the SaberCats. Castille totaled six tackles and had two interceptions in the game, advancing to No. 8 in the league in total tackles (71).
Up next, the Predators host the New Orleans VooDoo in The Jungle on Friday, June 22. The VooDoo captured the first meeting against Orlando this season, winning 68-61 in Week 11. The 8 p.m. game will broadcast live on NFL Network for the Preds’ second consecutive NFL Network Game of the Week