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Power blow late lead, fall to Storm

| Saturday, July 7, 2012, 10:59 p.m.

Consistency has been an issue for the Power.

Added to a season-long carousel of quarterbacks, a head coaching change and the league's labor issues, the squad hasn't been able to string together consecutive victories all season. And it still hasn't.

After earning their first contested victory since April last week against Iowa, the Power returned to Consol Energy Center on Saturday but lost a three-point lead in the final minute and fell, 65-61, to the Tampa Bay Storm.

Storm quarterback Stephen Wasil's 1-yard touchdown run with 39 seconds to play — following an unsuccessful Power onside kick — and Tampa Bay's last-second, goal-line stand sealed the win.

“This loss is going to hurt more than any, because this team has truly, in my opinion, turned the corner to become a pretty competitive team,” Power coach Derek Stingley said.

Power quarterback Andrico Hines found chemistry with receivers Mike Washington and P.J. Berry, finding the former for three touchdowns and the latter for two. But his seven TD passes were overshadowed by a pair of interceptions in the third quarter that saw Tampa Bay erase a 10-point deficit.

Wasil was filling in for starter Nick Hill, who landed on his head during a tackle in the first half. Wasil tossed five touchdowns — three to Joe Hills, who had four overall.

“We had turnovers, stops. We did what a defense in arena football is set out to do in that type of game,” defensive back Christian Wise said. “Unfortunately, it came down to the last offensive play.”

Dan Stefano is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at dstefano@tribweb.com or 412-380-5697.

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