The Pittsburgh Power turned the third installment of the 2014 Keystone Collision into a horrific wreck for the Philadelphia Soul as they dominated their cross-state rivals 64-34. The win was the 12th in a row for the Power (15-3) who enter the playoffs riding a tidal wave of momentum with the league’s best current win streak.
Pittsburgh jumped out to a 13-0 lead early by scoring on their first two drives while stopping the Soul (9-9) on their first offensive possession. Virgil Gray, the defensive player of the game, forced a turnover on downs by breaking up a Dan Raudabaugh pass in the end zone.
The Power defense harassed Dan Raudabaugh often and forced him into throwing three interceptions, two by Gray and a pick-six by Arvell Nelson to blow the game wide open at 41-7. Gray’s two interceptions gave him 11 on the season to set a new Power franchise record. Raudabaugh was replaced halfway through the game by former Power quarterback Bryan Randall.
The Power offense took advantage of the many miscues by Philadelphia as Tommy Grady played a very efficient game. Grady finished 15 of 23 for 146 yards and seven touchdowns. Prechae Rodriguez was the beneficiary of four of those touchdown passes and Shaun Kauleinamoku said aloha to the end zone twice. James Shaw and Hank Edwards each added a touchdown.
The game was never in doubt for the Power who humiliated a team that needed a win to secure a playoff spot. The Soul still found their way into the postseason after Cleveland defeated Tampa Bay later in the evening. The Power will also finish the season having swept the Soul in the regular season for the first time in franchise history and they now lead the all time series 5-4
A fantastic regular season comes to a close for the Power who see their record reset to 0-0 and now will travel as the wild card to take on the Orlando Predators next Sunday. Pittsburgh defeated the Predators earlier in the year in Orlando 62-61.
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