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Milwaukee Mustangs Dominate Pittsburgh Power in Home Opener
The Pittsburgh Power had 21 seconds of glory on March 29 against the Milwaukee Mustangs. Twenty-one seconds is how long the Power held a lead in this Arena Football League game. The other 59:39 of the game didn't go particularly well for the visitors, though, as the Mustangs dominated in their home opener, winning by a score of 63-40.
The Power (1-2) took the opening drive of the game and marched down the field, kicking a field goal to take a 3-0 advantage. Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, however, that's the last lead that they would hold in this contest. Milwaukee scored on every drive except one, with QB Gino Guidugli turning in another great performance.
Guidugli's passing yardage was "ugli"—just 170 yards—but he completed 15 of his 21 passes and threw for three touchdowns. He also ran the ball for six yards and scored another three touchdowns on the ground. Jonathan Wilson was his favorite target, finding him eight times for 107 yards and two touchdowns. Wilson also carried the ball once for seven yards.
Mustangs Swiss Army knife Marcus Everett is bringing the old-fashioned Ironman back to the Arena Football League. After being named the league's Ironman of Week 3, Everett was busy on both sides of the ball again on Thursday night. On offense, he caught a seven-yard pass and picked up three rushing yards on one carry. On defense, he recorded 2.5 tackles, recovered a fumble, and intercepted two passes, returning one of them eight yards for a pick-six in the third quarter.
Ryan McFoy led the Mustangs defense with 10 tackles and a pass break-up while Dwayne LeFall got to Power quarterback Bill Stull twice for sacks.
"We did a great job defensively," said Mustangs head coach Bob Landsee through a press release. "The only thing the defense has to do is learn how to finish. Overall, defense from week 1 to week 2 to week 3 has gotten better. No one was giving the defense a lot of credit when we started this whole thing, but we've got a good defense. If you keep people 40 points and under, you'd better win every game."
Stull had a game that he'd like to forget, completing just 13 of his 31 passes for 186 yards and one touchdown. He was intercepted twice and sacked three times, and backup QB Andrico Hines relieved him in the second half. Hines went 10-of-16 for 124 yards and a touchdown with no sacks and no picks.
Power WR/KR P.J. Berry caught a total of eight passes for 104 yards, scored a touchdown on a five-yard run, and returned six kickoffs for 85 yards. WR Lonnell DeWalt also had a productive game with seven receptions for 97 yards and two scores.
Pittsburgh returns home in Week 5 to host the Iowa Barnstormers on April 6. Milwaukee has the week off to savor its first franchise victory over the Power and a second-place standing in the East Division.
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