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Power has shortage of points early in AFL season

| Thursday, April 18, 2013, 11:50 p.m.

Power coach Derek Stingley has a message for those critics questioning his team after its 0-3 start.

“What if we finish 15-3?” he said.

That would require a massive reversal of fortune.

The Power scored only 14 points Sunday in a loss to the Chicago Rush. The team was held without a point in the first half for the first time in its three-year history.

On the Arena Football League's 50-yard field, the Power have scored more than one touchdown in only three of 12 quarters this season.

Still, Stingley said his players are not discouraged.

“Our spirits are up,” he said. “We're not down. We're not tucking our tails. 0-3 doesn't mean anything.”

Their positive attitude will be tested Friday when the Power visits the New Orleans Voodoo at New Orleans Arena.

The Power is last in the AFL in points (82) and total offense (713 yards), but New Orleans (1-2) is next-to-last with 115 points and 760 yards.

Quarterback Jordan Jefferson, who played at LSU, returns to his native Louisiana after throwing five interceptions and completing only 53.2 percent of his passes in the first three games.

Stingley said Jefferson, who never had played indoor football before this season, is not feeling any pressure.

“Mentally, he's a tough young man,” Stingley said. “He was raised in a tough area. He told me this week, ‘Coach, I'm an athlete. I can do it all.' ”

Stingley said Jefferson remains the starter, but he also wants to see improvement against the Voodoo.

“He needs to make quicker decisions and better reads,” he said.

Jerry DiPaola is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at jdipaola@tribweb.com or via Twitter @JDiPaola_Trib.

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