Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Former Lions DB Earns Second Arena Football League Player of the Week Honor in 2008

Former Texas A&M-Commerce and current Tampa Bay Storm defensive back Traco Rachal was named the Arena Football League ADT Defensive Player of the Week for Week 15. Rachal registered 10.5 tackles, one fumble recovery and one interception as the Tampa Bay Storm defeated the Orlando Predators, 71-61, last Saturday. On the first play of the second-half, Rachal recovered a fumble by WR DeAndrew Rubin on Orlando's 22-yard line. Tampa Bay scored on the ensuing play, extending its lead to 16 points. On first-and-goal from the Storm 13-yard line with 48 seconds remaining and Tampa Bay leading by 10, Rachal intercepted Predators QB Shane Stafford in the end zone to seal the victory.

Rachal earned Defensive Player of the Week honors after Week 11, when he made 12.5 tackles, one pass defensed and one interception as the Tampa Bay Storm defeated the New Orleans VooDoo. On fourth-and-goal from Tampa Bay's nine-yard line, with eight seconds remaining and the Storm leading by four, Rachal intercepted VooDoo QB Danny Wimprine to seal the victory and end the game. Tampa Bay's defense held New Orleans to season-lows in scoring with 16 first-half points and 37 for the game.

Rachal and the Storm travel to HP Pavilion to face the San Jose SaberCats (9-5) on Saturday, June 14 at 10:30 p.m. ET

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