Week 17 Preview
With four games remaining on the Pittsburgh Power’s schedule, the team looks to bounce back from a lopsided loss to Philadelphia last Sunday as they head to Iowa
“We didn’t play very well as a team this past Sunday,” Power Head Coach Derek Stingley said reflecting on last week’s 69-34 loss to the Soul adding that “these guys are still hungry for a win.”
After holding their own early, the Soul took advantage of two interceptions and a fumble to explode out for a victory.
“We just have to do better at not shooting ourselves in the foot,” Stingley said.
That’s exactly what happened to the Power the first time they met Iowa back in April. The two teams battled closely throughout the game, but five Power interceptions told the story that led to their demise.
“When we lost to them we had five turnovers,” Power wide receiver P.J. Berry. “We’re expecting no turnovers and come out with a win.”
Pittsburgh’s first game against Iowa was Berry’s coming out party for the season. “Superman” had 110 receiving yards, two receiving touchdowns and also took a kickoff back for a score.
Berry said his success won’t give him anymore confidence or guarantee that he can replicate the performance.
“Knowing what I did in the past, I know their personal and formations,” he said. “But at the same time they know what we can do. We just have to go out and execute the plays.”
In the first matchup, the Barnstormers got good production both through the air and on the ground. Iowa quarterback J.J. Raterink threw for 234 yards and two scores. Iowa also scored five rushing touchdowns led by Rodney Filer who had three.
Iowa is currently in the middle of a two game losing streak and will be looking to get back into the picture in their division. Coach Stingley knows that taking care of the ball will be at a premium this week looking to avoid the same outcome as their Week 5 loss.
“We have our best production of the year when we don’t turn the ball over,” he said. “We have to be smart and not turn the ball over and take advantage of mistakes they should have and hopefully we come out on top.”
Ricky Gary has been placed on injured reserve meaning Bryan Williams, Chris LeFlore and Davion Mitchell got extra work in the secondary this week. If anything happens to any of them, surely P.J. Berry will be ready to hop back in on defense.
After a lot of pressure was put on Bryan Randall last weekend, the Power get Sione Ohuafi back in his starting role at center moving Greg Niland back to guard.
Quotes of the Week
A.J. Jackson exploded last week in his Pittsburgh debut with two touchdowns. Here’s what his teammate P.J. Berry had to say about his potential.
“As he continues to learn the game, we can expect even more great plays. He already has the physical tools. Once he learns the game more, he can be unstoppable.”
Iowa Head Coach Mike Hohensee gave Derek Stingley his start in Arena Football. Stingley says knowing him as well as he does doesn’t benefit him in game planning this week.
“With me knowing what he likes to do, I have to expect the unexpected because his offense is forever changing. He’s always going to have something new so the opposing defense can’t really get a peg on what they’re going to do.”
Iowa Barnstormers (5-9)
Previous Meeting: ‘Stormers won 55-42 on April 6
Last Game: L at San Antonio 57-35 (Streak- L2)
Player to Watch: Jason Simpson- Simpson had three of Andrico Hines five interceptions in the first meeting. He has six on the year.
Game Time: Kickoff from Wells Fargo Arena is scheduled for Saturday at 8:05 p.m. The game can be seen on the Pittsburgh CW and will also be broadcasted on TribLive Radio as well as out Ustream page.