Power falls to San Jose, 68-54
By Jerry DiPaola
Published: Sunday, June 9, 2013, 9:33 a.m.
The Power rallied in the fourth quarter Saturday night, but they couldn't stop the San Jose SaberCats when it counted, dropping a 68-54 decision at H.P. Pavilion.
The decisive score was a 6-yard touchdown pass from San Jose quarterback Mitch Mustain to former Power wide receiver Jason Willis, breaking a 54-54 tie with 12 seconds left in the game. On the next snap, San Jose's Huey Whittaker intercepted a pass from Power quarterback Derek Cassidy and returned it 5 yards for a touchdown.
The Power (3-8) forced two turnovers in the fourth quarter — a fumble recovery by defensive back Chris LeFlore and a 46-yard interception return by Sergio Gilliam with 46 seconds left that tied the score. Prior to those plays, the SaberCats (8-3) had scored on each their first eight possessions.
Cassidy completed only 19 of 41 passes for 261 yards and six touchdowns. He started in place of regular Power quarterback Steve Sheffield, who returned to his home in Texas where his father is ill.
San Jose quarterback Mitch Mustain completed 21 of 37 passes for 250 yards and six touchdowns.
After a slow start to the season, the Power has scored 53 or more points in three of its past five games. But the defense has allowed 138 during the team's current two-game losing streak.
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