Power fall in first game against Chicago
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Typically, arena football is fast paced and contains a lot of scoring.
After two home losses to start the season, the Pittsburgh Power traveled to Chicago to play the Rush for the first time in team history. This game by no means was typical.
The Power had only three possessions and were shut out in the first half in a 45-14 loss. It was the first time in the Power's three-year history that it was shut out in a half.
The Power defense started strong as defensive lineman Dominie Pittman sacked Rush quarterback Danny Southwicks. Pittman, arguably the best pass rusher for the Power, was ejected from the game a few plays later after getting into an altercation with Rush offensive lineman Steve Edwards.
On the drive, the defense forced Chicago into two fourth downs. Chicago, however, was able to convert both attempts and take an early, 7-0, lead.
“We got some early momentum on defense early on, and we just didn't take advantage of that,” said Power head coach Derek Stingley.
Power quarterback Jordan Jefferson struggled in the first road game of his AFL career.
Jefferson would finish the game completing only 18 of 36 for 139 yards and one score. He was sacked three times and intercepted once.
The offense was able to move the ball on its first drive but was stopped on fourth down on an attempted rush by PJ Berry to open the second quarter.
The Rush would open the lead to 14-0 and then, on the next Power possession, Jefferson fumbled the ball on the Chicago 8-yard line.
The Power went four and out on its last possession of the half.
“We tried to change some things to give (Jordan) some clean looks,” Stingley said, “but we just didn't complete them. It's not back to the drawing board because we like our scheme, but unfortunately we couldn't convert.”
The only spark the rookie quarterback showed was his first possession of the second half when he rushed for 32 yards on a drive that was completed by fullback Kirby Griffin to pull the Power within seven, 14-7.
Chicago would go on to outscore the Power, 31-7, the rest of the way. Jefferson would throw his only touchdown pass, an 8-yarder to Mike Washington, to end the third quarter.
Washington led the team with 12 receptions for 98 yards.
“We'll be OK,” Stingley stated. “We just need to get our first (win), and then we will be OK from there.”
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