Pittsburgh Power Notch Convincing 1st AFL Win
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – While their inaugural season got off on the wrong foot, the Pittsburgh Power got their first win Saturday night.
In front of a crowd of more than 9,000 fans at CONSOL Energy Center, the Power (1-1) blew out the Iowa Barnstormers 58-28.
Starting quarterback Bernard Morris completed 14 of his 21 passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. However, an injury forced him to miss the remainder of the game.
According to our news partners at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Morris suffered a unknown muscle strain that left him incapable of feeling his arm.
The Power turned to backup quarterback and Pine-Richland graduate, Kevin McCabe to lead them in the second half.
On his second pass of the game, McCabe hooked up with Jerome Mathis for a 37-yard touchdown strike.
McCabe completed 10 of his 14 pass attempts for 110 yards and three touchdowns. Neither Pittsburgh quarterback threw an interception.
While the offense was clicking all night, it was the defense that made life difficult for the Barnstormers (0-1).
Iowa quarterback Brad Banks completed 27 of 46 passes for 283 yards and four touchdowns. However, he was picked off three times in the game.
Lonnel DeWalt caught a touchdown pass on both sides of the ball for the Power. One was a 21-yard touchdown pass from Morris, while the other was a 24-yard pick six.
The lone bright spot for the Barnstormers was wide receiver Todd Blythe, who was the source of all their offense.
Blythe caught nine passes for 131 yards and four touchdowns in the game.
The Power are now off until March 28 when they go on the road to face the Milwaukee Mustangs (0-2).