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Kentucky Storm fall to Nightowls on late field goal, 31-28

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By Greg Woods

The Kentucky Storm semi-pro football team hosted the Ohio Valley Nightowls on Saturday and fell 31-28 when the Nightowls converted a field goal with 14 seconds left in the game.

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The Storm had one last chance to win after taking a short kick and starting on their own 40-yard line. Timmy Gay scrambled to the 30-yard-line before going out of bounds with seconds remaining. Gay’s last-second desperation heave to the end zone was picked off on a leaping one-handed grab to end the game.

The Storm fell behind early as they had four turnovers in the first half. The Nightowls took advantage of those turnovers to score the first 16 points of the game.

But a long punt return by the Storm’s D.J. Smith just before halftime set up a Timmy Gay quarterback sneak for the Storm’s first touchdown and handed the Storm momentum going into the second half.

The Storm outscored their opponents 22-12 to tie the score at 28-28, setting up the wild finish.

Joe Dixie, T.J. Cooper and Marcus Wright joined fellow Eminence High School alum Gay in the scoring column for the Storm.

Henry County alums Avery Wardrup, David Satchwell and Cody Miracle also had strong games for the Storm.

Coach Richard Smith was disappointed with the result but still sees potential if he can get everyone healthy. “We only gave up 193 total yards but four plays covered 145 of those yards,” Smith said. “Big plays and turnovers really hurt us. We had several linemen out to start the game and then Satchwell and Avery got banged up and that left us thin on the line. We ran the ball better in the second half and finished with 225 yards rushing for the game.”

“I was impressed with Joe Dixie,” Smith said. “That was the first time he played football since 1992. He had a touchdown and was all over the field making tackles on defense.”

The Storm, who play their home games at Daniel Field in Shelbyville, host the Tennessee Rampage next at 6 p.m. July 13.

“I really hope local football fans will come and see us. I think they will enjoy our brand of football,” Smith said.