Power blister San Antonio, 70-17, in franchise's most lopsided win ever
The Pittsburgh Power had no trouble plowing through the winless San Antonio Talons on Friday at Alamodome.
The lead was 42-3 at halftime and ended with the Power demolishing the Talons, 70-17, for the largest victory in franchise history.
Quarterback Tommy Grady threw for five touchdowns and 265 yards on 22 of 33 completions.
“They were playing off on our receivers so we were trying to take the short stuff first, and when we got them to come up a little bit, we beat them deep a couple of times,” Grady said. “Our defense was playing great. They got us the ball around the 25-yard line every time, and we executed.”
Power coach Ron James, hired after the team's first game, a 63-53 loss to Cleveland, remains undefeated.
“It's a good start because the players have bought into the system, and we're improving week to week,” James said. “We're not even as good as we can be at this point in the season, but it's a building process.”
The Power (2-1) got themselves into an early fourth-down situation at their 15-yard line on the game's opening drive. However, they escaped to extend the drive which culminated in a 3-yard touchdown pass from Grady to Aaron Lesue to give the Power a lead 7-0 just 5:32 into the first quarter.
They marched down field on the next drive after holding the Talons on defense and scored again on a 1-yard run by Tommy Taggart, which gave the Power a 14-0 lead with 2:30 remaining in the first quarter.
The lead got more comfortable seconds later. The Talons' D.J. Stephens fumbled in the end zone on the ensuing kickoff, and Alvance Robinson recovered for the touchdown, putting the Power up 21-0 at the end of the quarter.
The Talons (0-4) moved the ball on their first drive of the second quarter, but were thwarted by the Power's Sergio Gilliam with an interception in the end zone. That set up a 14-yard pass from Grady to James Shaw to continue the onslaught.
The Power surrendered points at the end of the first half on a 41-yard field goal by Garrett Lindholm.
It was smooth sailing the rest of the way for the Power, who gave up just 14 points while scoring four more touchdowns in the second half.
“Virgil Gray (defensive back) is an alpha male, and so am I,” Power defensive back Brandon Freeman said. “When he came in this year after we were 4-14, he made sure everyone was accountable and pushed us. This week he was really tough on the DBs, and I think it showed out there.”
The Power return to play host to the New Orleans VooDoo on Friday.
Jackson Wolek is a freelance writer.