The Pittsburgh Power, an expansion AFL team, was opening up its inaugural season tonight against its "instant rival," the Philadelphia Soul. A total of 13,904 fans found their way inside to take in the festivities.
It didn't take long to get the crowd cheering when Bernard Morris found Jason "Whatyoutalkinbout" Willis for an early touchdown.
Pittsburgh would find itself ahead 21-7 at one point and some early crowd favorites emerged, including wide receiver Mike "the Joystick" Washington and defensive back Royce Adams, who delivered some jarring hits on defense.
Running back Joshua Rue scored some bruising touchdown, which brought out a lot of "Rues" from the crowd.
The second half didn't start well for the Power, as Philadelphia took control early. The Soul outscored the Power 13-7 in the third quarter
Both teams kept trading touchdowns through the second half. Philadelphia seemed to finally have complete control after sacking Power quarterback Morris in the end zone for a safety with 20 seconds left in regulation to give the Soul a 52-49 lead with under a minute to go in the game
This drove a lot of fans from their seats and towards the exits. One thing you never want to do is leave an arena football game when there is still a chance to win. You never know when the ball might bounce your way.
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On the ensuing kickoff following the safety, the ball took one of those lucky bounces for Pittsburgh, and it was back in business. This time, the Power moved downfield to let Paul Edinger kick a game-tying field goal and send the game to overtime.
Morris ended the game by throwing a pick-six in overtime to Soul defender Mike Brown, and the Power fell to 0-1 on the season.
All in all, the Power gave its fans a lot to cheer about and took a strong Philadelphia team into overtime. The team has a lot of young, inexperienced players who showed a lot of upside tonight. I think it's going to be an exciting season to follow.