Pittsburgh Power 58 – Iowa Barnstormers 28
History was made again at the Consol Energy Center as the Pittsburgh Power, fresh off of last week’s heartbreaking, albeit valiant, loss to the Philadelphia Soul, won their first game in franchise history. The Power scored early and often and as they defeated the Iowa Barnstormers with an impressive performance on both sides of the ball. The Power defense had their first interception, a Tyrell Herbert first half pick that led to a touchdown. Lonnell Dewalt, playing on offense and defense, had the franchise’s first pick-six with his fourth quarter return. Joshua Rue provided the Power with three more touchdowns, one receiving, as Pittsburgh never trailed. More importantly, the offense did not turn over the ball once until late in the game when Kevin McCabe threw a pick when the game was not in doubt.
7-0 Pittsburgh: The Power were stalled on their first offensive possession and kicker Paul Edinger missed right on a 37 yard field goal attempt. However, a personal foul penalty on Iowa gave the ball right back to Pittsburgh and, after converting a 4th and 1, Joshua Rue ran in his third touchdown of the young season from a yard out.
7-7: A quick response by the Barnstormers as Brad Banks hit wide receiver Todd Blythe on a 34-yard touchdown pass Iowa’s first possession.
14-7 Pittsburgh: On 4th and 11, Bernard Morris connected with Irving Campbell in the end zone for 24 yards.
14-14: Banks and Blythe connected again, this time from five yards out. The touchdown ended a five play 42-yard drive.
21-14 Pittsburgh: Rue continued his dominance in goal line formations as he ran in his second one yard touchdown, fourth this season. The Power caught as an Iowa pick six was called back because of an illegal formation on the defense. Morris also recovered two of his own fumbles on the drive.
28-14 Pittsburgh: After Herbert picked off the first pass in the franchise’s brief history, the offense scored on a 3rd and 15 pass play as Morris found Dewalt in the end zone for a 21-yard strike just before halftime.
The Power would go to the half with a 28-14 lead as former Pittsburgh Steelers’ training camp invitee Piotr Czech missed a 28-yard field goal as time expired.
28-21 Pittsburgh: Just one play after Herbert almost had his second pick; Banks found Blythe for the third time, this passing score was an eight yard strike.
35-21 Pittsburgh: In just the second throw of his Power career, back-up quarterback Kevin McCabe found former Houston Texans Pro Bowl returner Jerome Mathis for a 37-yard touchdown pass. That pass play became the longest play from scrimmage in the team’s history.
41-21 Pittsburgh: After the Power defense stopped Iowa on their second possession of the second half, the power offense drove 43 yards and McCabe found the sure handed Rue for his fifth touchdown of the year, first of the receiving variety. Edinger missed the extra point.
48-21 Pittsburgh: Another fourth down stop by the defense gave the Power offense the ball and once again they scored a touchdown. A 42-yard drive ended with McCabe’s third touchdown pass in relief. This time he found Mike Washington wide open down the middle for a 19-yard touchdown.
48-28 Pittsburgh: Banks and Blythe hooked up for the fourth time in the game, this time for 10-yards.
51-28 Pittsburgh: Edinger’s 32 yard field goal closed out the offensive scoring after the defense turned the ball over back to the offense on fourth down.
58-28 Pittsburgh: Dewalt scored another touchdown, this time on defense as he intercepted a Banks pass and returned it 24 yards to further stamp their game domination.
On the ground: Neither team ran the ball very much, but the Power did get two rushing scores from Rue, which is becoming his game average.
Through the air: Morris, playing in only the first half, finished 14 for 21 with 114 yards and two touchdowns. McCabe, getting some playing time in the second half, was 10 for 12 for 110 yards with three touchdowns and that one pick. For Iowa, Banks had four touchdown passes and three interceptions. He finished with 245 yards.
A week after allowing 58 points to the Soul and looking to be a step behind most of the game. The Power defense played a dominating game. After some early struggles, Herbert’s interception in the second quarter shifted momentum to the Power for good. The defense also made three stops on fourth down and all three stops led to Power points. Dewalt’s pick six was the first defensive score for the Power in the team’s history. Josh Lay had an interception just before the game ended, but the ball was fumbled and the Barnstormers recovered.
Edinger missed an extra point, but the miss did not hurt and he made a field goal late in the game. Czech had an awful onsides kick attempt and missed a field goal, but was perfect on extra points.
The entire Power team earned the game ball. Both sides of the ball did their part and earned Pittsburgh an historic first win. Head coach Chris Siegfried was given a Gatorade bath to celebrate the historic moment.
The Power go on the road for the first time as they travel to division rival Milwaukee to face the Mustangs.