His team already had a two-touchdown lead a little more than 10 minutes into the game, but Philadelphia Soul fullback Derrick Ross saw the chance to add a little extra flair.
After catching a screen pass 15 yards from the end zone, Ross turned to see a Power defender dive toward him. Unexpectedly, the bulky 240-pounder took to the air, leaping over the tackler and scampering the remaining 10 yards for a touchdown.
For a Power team that entered the game with a 3-8 record and without its best quarterback, it added insult to an ongoing injury in what ended as a 59-21 loss Saturday night at Consol Energy Center. The 38-point difference marked the most-lopsided home defeat in franchise history.
The loss was the Power’s fourth in its past five games, all of which have come by at least 14 points. After giving up 59 points to the Soul, the Power defense, which once was the top-ranked unit in the Arena Football League, has allowed 197 points in its past three games.
In the process of losing its first game against a divisional opponent this season, the Power (3-9) also fell four games behind the Soul (7-5) for first place, making a division title increasingly unlikely with six games remaining.
The game was problematic for the Power from the outset, as it turned the ball over on downs deep in its own territory on its first possession. After Philadelphia got a touchdown four plays later, the Power failed to retrieve a kickoff that bounced off the goalpost and was recovered by the Soul.
Fortunately for the Power, it was able to get the ball back after forcing a fumble, but quarterback Derek Cassidy threw an interception 50 seconds later, his first of two that quarter. By the time the first quarter ended, the Soul had a 21-0 lead, with all three touchdowns scored by Ross.
With starting quarterback Steven Sheffield spending time with his family in Texas after the death of his father, the Power offense struggled for much of the game and did not get its first points until 2:07 remained in the first half.
Cassidy completed only two of his eight pass attempts for 12 yards and was replaced by Shane Austin by the end of the first quarter.
Trailing, 31-7, at halftime, the Power would not get within 24 points of Philadelphia for the rest of the game.
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