Power Explode in Georgia
Balanced Attack Leads Pittsburgh to Big Win
DULUTH, Ga. (July 14, 2012) – The Pittsburgh Power avenged an early season loss to the Georgia Force Saturday night as they traveled down south only to return home with a 58-41 victory. The win was the Power’s fifth on the season and third since Derek Stingley took over as interim head coach.
Saturday’s game marked a balanced effort from both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. Pittsburgh’s offense, led by Andrico Hines at quarterback was able to score on every possession they had during the game except for one that ended because time ran out in the first half. Pittsburgh’s defense was able to come up with five stops on the night including two Christian Wise interceptions.
Georgia kicked off the scoring on the night when Bryant Moniz connected with Force leading receiver Larry Shipp to put the Force up 6-0. Unfortunately for the Force, they wouldn’t see the end zone again until late in the second quarter.
Pittsburgh answered right away on their first possession when Hines connected with Mike Washington to put Pittsburgh up 7-6. On Wise made his impact on Georgia’s next two offensive possessions getting two picks giving him three in two weeks. Pittsburgh cashed in those turnovers for another Washington touchdown and a field goal from newly acquired kicker Ryan Gates to put the Power up 17-6 after one quarter.
The Power defense held Georgia on downs to open up the second quarter which led to a Hines rushing touchdown giving Pittsburgh a 24-6 lead. Georgia finally answered with a Benji McDowell rushing score midway through the second quarter, but a passing strike to P.J. Berry late in the half put Pittsburgh up 31-13 entering the locker rooms at the midway point.
The Power continued their dominance as the second half began. Berry took a quick flip from Hines on the Power’s opening third quarter drive to give Pittsburgh a 25-point lead early in the half. After trading touchdowns and forcing another turnover on downs, Berry scored on a reverse to give the Power their largest lead on the night going up 51-20.
The Force tried clawing back late when Moniz and Shipp hooked up consecutively after a successful onside kick to bring Georgia within 17. The Power didn’t fret and Hines and Washington connected for their fourth score on the night to seal the victory.
In his third start for the Force, Moniz finished 13-of-31 with 184 yards, two touchdowns and two costly interceptions. C.J. Johnson was the bright spot for the force as a return man, averaging 32.4 yards per return taking one to the house late in the game.
Washington and Berry continued to be offensive playmakers for the Power. The two receivers combined for 208 yards of offense and seven touchdowns. Hines played flawlessly finishing 21-of-30 for 266 yards and six touchdowns.
The Power improve to 5-12 on the season and put a dent in Georgia’s playoff hopes bumping them down to 8-9. Pittsburgh returns home for their final game of the season next Friday as they look to finish strong against the Jacksonville Sharks.