Pittsburgh Power vs San Jose SaberCats: Power Defense Spays Cats

Dominic ErricoCorrespondent IMay 14, 2011

If you were to tell me beforehand that Bernard Morris would throw two awful interceptions and lose two more fumbles on botched snaps, I'd tell you the Power would likely lose the game.
The Power defense had other things in mind.

Pittsburgh (5-4) harassed quarterback Mark Grieb the entire game, never letting him set up much of a rhythm.  They ended both halves of football by stopping the San Jose SaberCats (5-4) just shy of the goal line. 

Mike "The Joystick" Washington had another breakout performance with 120 yards and a season-high four touchdowns.  Jason "Whatyoutalkinbout" Willis added 88 yards and three scores, none bigger than his wide-open catch with 14 seconds, which proved to be the game-winning play.

After the game Willis was quick to mention how the offense wanted to do their part after seeing the defense shut down San Jose.  "When you see the defense play hard like that, you want to reward them for their hard work," Willis said.

With Cleveland losing to Orlando, it was vital that the Power find a way to get the W. You have to credit Bernard Morris for continuing to fight hard in spite of his glaring mistakes. Morris did end up throwing 263 yards and eight touchdowns.

The defense did struggle to contain Chad Cook, who set a new single-season mark for rushing touchdowns for the SaberCats record books.  He ended up with three scores and probably left a few Power defenders black and blue from his hard, physical running style.

Head coach Siegfried once again pointed out his team's never-say-die attitude following the game. Both Siegfried and Willis credited defensive coordinator Maurice Blanding for being an inspiration to the team with his speeches.

By virtue of the win, and the Cleveland loss, Pittsburgh now sits half a game back in the Eastern division as they head into the bye.

Pittsburgh returns to action on May 28 on the road against the Dallas Vigilantes.

Postgame Awards (as voted on by the media)

Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Game – Mark Grieb, San Jose

Riddell Defensive Player of the Game – Eddie Moten, San Jose

JLS Ironman - Chad Cook, San Jose

NiFTy Playmaker of the Game – Mike Washington, Pittsburgh

Cutter Catch of the Game – Mike Washington’s tipped TD catch, Pittsburgh

Spalding Highlight of the Game – Jason Willis’s game-winning touchdown catch, Pittsburgh

Savoy Player of the Game – Mike Washington, Pittsburgh