Force Edge Out Power
The Pittsburgh Power dropped their third consecutive game Saturday night losing a close fought game to the Georgia Force 55-52 in front of 4,117. With the loss, the Power fall to 2-6 at the midway point of the season.
The Power came out strong both offensively and defensively. On their first defensive series of the game, the league’s second best pass defense flustered R.J. Archer and the Force to a four-and-out. P.J. Berry and the Power took advantage of the turnover as Superman capped off a drive with a three-yard touchdown run to give Pittsburgh a 7-0 lead.
Georgia’s offense looked more confident with their second possession as Archer connected with Larry Shipp for a 13-yard score. A missed PAT kept the Power ahead 7-6.
When the Power took the field next, Bryan Randall and Oderick Turner went to work. Turner took a shuffle pass on the third play of the drive and took it 32 yards to the house stiff arming defenders along the way to put the Power up 13-6.
The Force started to get on a roll late in the first when they scored on two consecutive possessions. Archer ended the first quarter with a strike to Michael Johnson to tie the game at 13. To start the second, the Force benefited from a Mike Washington fumble allowing Archer to hit C.J. Johnson to go up 20-13.
The Power started to claw back as Randall and Turner hooked up again, but a missed PAT kept them down by one. The Force called the score with a long drive led by Archer that ended with a touchdown pass to Larry Shipp.
The Power started to build momentum before the half as Randall found Hymes for a 17-yard score to put Pittsburgh down 27-26 at the half.
The Power kept their momentum rolling as the third quarter started with Randall throwing a bomb to Mike Washington to regain the lead. On the next possession, John Green increased that newfound lead with a pick-six to put the Power up 39-27.
Down twelve, Georgia didn’t get down on themselves and were able to take the lead back as the third quarter progressed. C.J. Johnson made a tremendous one-handed catch over the boards to cut the deficit to five and Tracy Belton picked off Randall with his league leading ninth interception and took it to the house to give Georgia the 41-46 lead.
As the game reached it’s final quarter, the Force and Power traded touchdowns until the Force led 55-52 with 2:30 to play. As the Power were making a drive to possibly take the lead late, Randall’s pass was tipped into the air and picked off by Roland Cola allowing Georgia to take possession and run out the clock.
The Power head to San Antonio next Saturday to take on the Talons. Kickoff from San Antonio is at 8:00 p.m.
Game Award Winners
Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Game: Oderick Turner – PIT
Riddell Defensive Player of the Game: John Green – PIT
JLS Ironman: C.J. Johnson – GEO
AFL Playmaker of the Game: Oderick Turner – PIT
Cutters Catch of the Game: C.J. Johnson’s One-Handed TD – GEO
Spalding Highlight of the Game: C.J. Johnson’s One-Handed TD – GEO
National Guard MVP: Oderick Turner – PIT