Mustangs Dominate Power 63-40
MILWAUKEE, WI (March 29, 2012) "" The Milwaukee Mustangs (2-1) took control early and carried a second straight outstanding defensive performance from linebacker Marcus Everett to a 63-40 victory over the division- rival Pittsburgh Power (1-2) on Thursday evening.
A week after being named the Arena Football League's JLS Ironman of the Week for his contributions against New Orleans, the veteran playmaker Everett was at the top of his game once again versus the Power, intercepting two passes, recovering a fumble, and falling on two onside kicks. Two of his turnovers led to first quarter Milwaukee touchdowns, while his third-quarter interception return for a touchdown helped solidify a Mustangs win. "I'm going to keep working hard every week, studying film, and making plays," said the National Guard MVP of the Game.
After a Pittsburgh field goal started the scoring, Milwaukee wasted no time taking the lead, as Gino Guidugli hooked up with Jonathan Wilson on a 27-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage to go up 7-3. The Mustangs would then benefit from two first quarter Power turnovers to take a commanding 20-3 lead. First, Everett intercepted a Bill Stull pass to set up a 12-yard touchdown pass from Guidugli to Jared Jenkins. Then Everett stepped up once again with a fumble recovery that led to a Guidugli quarterback sneak to end the first quarter scoring.
A Power drive led by bulldozing running back Tyre Young ended with a one-yard Young lunge into the end zone to cut the deficit to 20-10 early in the second quarter. After Ryan Gates tacked on a field goal for Milwaukee, Pittsburgh would answer back with another touchdown, as Stull connected with Lonnell Dewalt to trim the lead to six. But another Guidugli sneak would give the Mustangs an imposing 30-17 halftime lead.
Milwaukee opened the second half with a bang, scoring on an 8-yard touchdown pass from Guidugli to fullback Nick Torresso to take a 37-17 lead. With 1:41 remaining in the third quarter, Everett would strike again with a pick- six deep in Power territory and the Mustangs were rolling with a 44-17 lead.
Young would give the Power life to begin the final quarter with another short rushing touchdown, but Milwaukee would answer right back with Guidugli's third rushing touchdown of the game to take a 50-24 lead with 7:40 remaining in the contest. After a P.J. Berry receiving touchdown, the Mustangs roared back with another touchdown reception by Jenkins for a 57-32 advantage. The Power would score on a Dewalt touchdown reception late, but Milwaukee closed out its first home matchup of 2012 in strong fashion with a 63-40 victory.
Head Coach Bob Landsee summed up his team's outstanding performance after the game, "We did a great job defensively. The only thing the defense has to do is learn how to finish. Overall, the defense from week one to week two to week three has gotten better. No one was giving the defense a lot of credit when we started this whole thing, but we've got a good defense. If you keep people 40 points and under, you'd better win every game."
Riddell Defensive Player of the Game: Mustangs Linebacker Marcus Everett
Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Game: Mustangs Quarterback Gino Guidugli
JLS Ironman of the Game: Mustangs Linebacker/Wide Receiver Marcus Everett
AFL Playmaker of the Game: Mustangs WR Jonathan Wilson
Cutters Catch of the Game: Mustangs' WR Jared Jenkins's first quarter touchdown catch
Spalding Highlight of the Game: Mustangs' Marcus Everett's Pick-six in the third quarter
National Guard MVP of the Game: Mustangs Linebacker/Wide Receiver Marcus Everett
• Discuss this story on the Arena Football League message board...
Arena Football League Stories from March 29, 2012
- Command Suffer Third Straight Loss to Start 2012 - Kansas City Command
- Power Lose to Milwaukee 40-63 - Pittsburgh Power
- Mustangs Dominate Power 63-40 - Milwaukee Mustangs
- Orlando Predators Fall to San Antonio Talons, 47-34 - Orlando Predators
- Blaze Assigned Former Ute Ed Ta'amu - Utah Blaze
- Georgia's Shipp Voted Week 3 National Guard MVP - AFL
- Barnstormers Announce Coaches Clinic - Iowa Barnstormers
- Philadelphia Soul Return Home for Division Showdown - Philadelphia Soul
- SaberCats Look to Rebound on Friday, March 30 - San Jose SaberCats
- Top 25 Players in AFL History: #22 Chris Jackson - AFL
- VooDoo Set for First Road Trip of 2012 with Trek to Utah Blaze - New Orleans VooDoo
The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.