Kansas City Takes Command in Pittsburgh
Command Get Their First Win on the Season
The Power made it five consecutive losses Saturday night falling to the winless Kansas City Command 43-37 in front of 5,062 at CONSOL Energy Center.
The Command took advantage of three Power turnovers and benefited from a strong night from their rookie quarterback, Matt Gutierrez.
The Power put up the first points on the board when starting quarterback Bryan Randall connected with P.J. Berry on fourth down to give Pittsburgh a 7-0 lead. Kansas City would answer with two straight including a Xavier Lee touchdown run and turned an Oderick Turner fumble into six when Gutierrez found Armand Robinson for a five-yard touchdown pass to go up 14-7
The Power and Command traded touchdowns at the end of the first quarter giving Kansas City a 20-13 lead after one.
To start the second quarter, Randall would put the ball on the turf giving him three fumbles in two week which gave Power Head Coach Chris Siegfried reason to replace him with backup Derek Cassidy.
After a Command missed field goal, Cassidy heaved up a bomb on his first play to Berry for a 24-yard score to tie up the game at 20.
Kansas City added another score late in the second quarter as Gutierrez took it in himself from four yards out to give them a 27-20 lead at the half.
The Power defense came out strong in the second half forcing a fumble on their first possession and on their second got an interception out of Berry, who was replacing an injured Ricky Gary. The Power were able to turn those turnovers into scores as Cassidy rushed for one and found Mike Washington for another to retake the lead 34-27.
In relief, Cassidy finished 18-of-30 for 192 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Washington and Berry each had two receiving touchdowns on the night.
From there, it was all Command. Two Gutierrez strikes and a James Wilhoit field goal put the Command on top 43-34 with under a minute left in the game solidifying Kansas City’s first victory on the season.
Gutierrez finished the contest 20-of-32 for 262 yards, four touchdowns and an interception. Armand Robinson was his favorite target on the night hauling in nine receptions for 96 yards and two scores.
With the loss the Power fall to 2-8 on the year. Pittsburgh will have a bye week to regroup and go on the road to take on a tough Arizona Rattlers team on Saturday June 2 at 8:00 p.m.
Game Award Winners
Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Game: Matt Gutierrez – KC
Riddell Defensive Player of the Game: Bradly Chavez – KC
JLS Ironman: P.J. Berry – PIT
AFL Playmaker of the Game: P.J. Berry – PIT
Cutters Catch of the Game: Xavier Lee against the boards – KC
Spalding Highlight of the Game: P.J. Berry’s interception – PIT
National Guard MVP: Matt Gutierrez – KC