VooDoo Return to the Graveyard on Friday Night, Welcome Pittsburgh PowerApril 19, 2012 - Arena Football League (AFL) New Orleans VooDoo
The Power roster is littered with former VooDoo players, including WR P.J. Berry, QB Derek Cassidy, DB John Green and OL Moqut Ruffins - all who played pivotal roles in Pittsburgh Power's AFL record 31-point comeback win last week against the Orlando Predators. The Power defense is also led by former VooDoo head coach Derek Stingley.
Also, VooDoo Assistant Head Coach Maurice Blanding will be going against his former team as well. Blanding served as the defensive coordinator last season in Pittsburgh, guiding the Power to a 9-9 overall record that nearly saw the club go to the postseason.
"We know that Pittsburgh will be ready to play and will have a lot of energy and desire," said VooDoo Head Coach Pat O'Hara about the team's upcoming game. "It will be important for us as a team to play as a team and to concentrate on the things that we do well."
The VooDoo suffered a 62-48 loss last week on the road to the San Antonio Talons. New Orleans led at the midway point, 28-19, in the game but the second half belonged to the Talons, out-scoring the VooDoo 43-20 to get the win. Leading the VooDoo in the game on the offensive side was WR L.J. Castile with 12 receptions for 131 yards and 4 touchdowns - all single-game highs for the second-year player. Over the past two games, Castile has accounted for 20 receptions for 231 yards and 6 touchdowns.
New Orleans on defense has gotten solid performances from its defense over the past three games, forcing 15 turnovers leading to 57 points during that span. JLB Alvin Ray Jackson has four interceptions over the past three games, while rookie DB Jeremy Kellem has recorded a takeaway in every game he has played in with the VooDoo.
Kellem currently ranks third in the League in tackles (36.0), second in passes defended (2.40/game) and is tied for fourth with Jackson in interceptions (4).
"We have been playing at a high level, but we need to be able to sustain momentum and finish," said O'Hara. "I am confident that after our film session on Monday and our solid week of practice that we have improved. We have a young team; we learn and get better every week."
Last season, the Power defeated the VooDoo 56-49. In the loss, the VooDoo had three turnovers - all fumbles - that led to Power points. The loss added to the VooDoo's home losing streak that was recently ended against the Tampa Bay Storm last time out in The Graveyard.
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