Everything was new for the Power on Saturday night at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
Especially the result.
New quarterback Steve Sheffield, who wasn't activated until Thursday, threw six touchdown passes to lead the previously sluggish offense to its best scoring output of the season in a 53-48 victory over the first-place Philadelphia Soul (3-4). Sheffield completed 19 of 35 passes for 272 yards.
The decisive points came on Sheffield's fourth touchdown pass to wide receiver James Robinson, an 8-yard flip with 8:04 left in the game. Robinson also was playing in his first game for the Power after coming off the injured reserve list last week. New kicker Julian Rauch added five extra points.
The Power (2-5), which scored touchdowns on four consecutive possessions in the first half, moved to within one game of first place in the Arena Football League's American Conference East.
The Power protected the lead twice in the fourth quarter when defensive lineman Curtis Young stopped Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh at the 1-yard-line with 2:40 left in the game, and Sergio Gilliam intercepted a pass in the end zone with 12 seconds left.
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