Power surge past VooDoo for 1st win of season
Power coach Derek Stingley made major changes to his coaching staff Friday, taking face-to-face play-calling responsibilities from offensive coordinator Mike Tomczak and hiring a consultant to help with the game plan.
Change was good. The Power (1-3) produced their highest score of the season and snapped their three-game losing streak in a 46-43 victory against the New Orleans VooDoo (1-3) at New Orleans Arena.
After the Power scored only 14 points in Chicago on Sunday, Stingley hired consultant Jon Lyles, a previous coaching colleague, and all three coaches wore headphones during the game. But Stingley was on the field with quarterback Jordan Jefferson, a job previously performed by Tomczak.
Jefferson, an LSU product playing near his hometown, had his best game of the season, completing 19 of 30 passes for 223 yards and five touchdowns. With New Orleans leading, 43-33, in the third quarter, the Power seized the lead for good when P.J. Berry caught a 47-yard touchdown pass from Jefferson and later scored on a 2-yard run.
The Power rallied in the second quarter from a 23-7 deficit, forcing turnovers on three consecutive possessions, including Sergio Gilliam's 18-yard interception return for a touchdown.