Power Falls To Mustangs, 40-63
Missed opportunities and turnovers once again plague Power
(Milwaukee, March 29, 2012)
The Milwaukee Mustangs completed their third consecutive consistent game of steady defense and surgical offence to defeat the Pittsburgh Power to the delight of the hometown fans at the Bradley Center. For the second consecutive game, erratic offensive play and misfortune haunted the Power, who falls to 1-2. Milwaukee’s win was their second strait after a heartbreaking loss to start the season in Arizona, and bring them to 2-1 overall.
Missed opportunities by the Power offense, and efficiency by Milwaukee quarterback Gino Guidugli, marked the first half of action. After stopping the Power on their first drive, forcing a converted field goal attempt, Guidugli orchestrated three strait touchdown-scoring drives including touchdown throws to Jared Jenkins and Johnathan Wilson, and a quarterback keeper run. The extra possession was courtesy of a Stull interception. Using Tyre Young and the ground game, the Power stabilized the ship, and the two teams traded scores until the Power missed yet another opportunity, by failing in three attempts to score in the final moments of the half. This final Milwaukee stop left the score 14-30 at the half.
Bill Stull and the Power looked to make their run as they took the field for the second half, but more of the same ensued. A turnover on downs punctuated by a big hit, which knocked Stull out of the game, was followed by a long drive to the goal line by Milwaukee. A big hit by Larico Stevenson forced the fumble that the Power desperately needed on which to build a comeback, but on Adrico Hines first play under center, Marcus Everett picked him off on a short out pass and returned it 8 yards for the touchdown. The two teams then traded touchdowns until under six minutes left in the game, when a PJ Berry touchdown was followed by a successful onside kick recovery, and a quick march up the field. A Lonnell Dewalt touchdown shaved the Mustang lead to 18 at 32-50. The Mustangs showed their poise from there on in and closed out a 40-63 victory.
Top performers for the Power included Berry’s catches for 104 yards, Dewalt’s 7 catches for 97 yards and 2 touchdowns – including a 44 yarder, and Tyre Young rushing 6 times for 46 yards and 2 touchdowns in his return to Milwaukee. Defensively,
Gino Guidigli led the Mustangs with a steady 15/21 showing for 170 yards, 3 passing touchdowns, and 3 rushing touchdowns. Ryan McFoy led the defense with 9 tackles.
The Power return home for “Military Appreciation Night”, April 9th against the Iowa Barnstormers at CONSOL Energy Center. Fans can win the limed edition “camo” uniforms off the Power players’ backs.
Current Record: 1-2, Fourth Place, American Conf./Eastern Division
2012 Pittsburgh Power Regular Season Schedule
Date Opponent Location/Result
3/9 Orlando Predators W 40-26
3/23 Philadelphia Soul L 84-59
3/29 Milwaukee Mustangs L 40-63
4/6 Iowa Barnstormers home (WPCW)*
4/14 Orlando Predators home (WPCW)
4/20 New Orleans VooDoo away (WPCW)*
4/28 Cleveland Gladiators home (WPCW)
5/5 Georgia Force home (WPCW)
5/12 San Antonio Talons away
5/19 Kansas City Command home (WPCW)
6/3 Arizona Rattlers away (WPCW)
6/8 Cleveland Gladiators away (NFL Network)
6/16 Milwaukee Mustangs home (WPCW)
6/24 Philadelphia Soul away
6/30 Iowa Barnstormers away (WPCW)
7/7 Tampa Bay Storm home (WPCW)
7/14 Georgia Force away (WPCW)
7/20 Jacksonville Sharks home (NFL Network)
*Airing Saturday at 7:30pm