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    Morris leads Power past Shock

    Saturday, May 07, 2011
    By Bill Brink, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    The Power finally got some injured players back on the field, and earned the win in doing so.

    Bernard Morris threw a last-minute touchdown pass to Jason Willis and the Power beat the Spokane Shock, 51-41, Saturday night in front of 6,756 at Consol Energy Center.

    The Power (4-4) scored 34 second-half points, 20 in the third quarter, and held the Shock (3-5) to 14 points in the second half. On third and 3 from the Shock 6-yard line, Morris hit Willis for a 6-yard touchdown pass with 50 seconds left to break a 41-41 tie.

    The Power's offense had some help it had been missing for a while. Morris started his first game since March 19. He was on injured reserve rehabilitating a pulled muscle tied to his throwing motion, but the Power activated him April 26. The Power also recently activated receiver D.J. Hall, who was on IR because of a broken finger.

    Morris ran for two touchdowns and passed for five, two of them to Mike Washington in the third quarter. Washington had five receptions for 85 yards, Hall had four catches for 35 yards and a touchdown and Willis had 87 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

    The Power had lost three of four entering the game and was 1-3 at Consol Energy Center.

    The Power trailed at the half, but started working their way back quickly. Given good field position after a penalty, Morris shook off a tackler and scored his second rushing touchdown of the game from 5 yards out to pull the Power within 27-21 two minutes into the third quarter.

    Shock quarterback Kyle Rowley's 10-yard touchdown pass to Raul Vijil quickly extended the Shock's lead to 34-21.

    Morris and Washington took care of the Power's next drive. Washington caught a 14-yard pass over the middle, then made a one-handed catch on a post-corner route for a 31-yard touchdown. The extra point was blocked, so the Shock led 34-27.

    The Power forced the Shock to turn the ball over on downs inside the Power's 5-yard line. Then Morris found Washington alone over the middle for a 34-yard touchdown pass that tied the game at 34-34 in the final minutes of the third quarter.

    Morris threw a 40-yard pass to a diving Willis, then hit Hall from 7 yards out for a touchdown and the Power took a 41-34 lead midway through the fourth quarter.

    But Rowley's 29-yard pass to Vijil gave the Shock first and goal, and Clay Harrell's 1-yard touchdown run tied the game at 41 with 4:26 remaining.

    The Shock started the game quickly. Terrance Sanders returned the opening kickoff 57 yards, untouched, for a touchdown, and the Shock led 6-0 less than a minute into the game.

    Morris used his legs to erase the early lead on the Power's first drive. He ran for a 31-yard touchdown, and the Power took a 7-6 lead.

    The Shock had first and goal at the 4 on its next possession, but Rowley threw the ball right at Power linebacker Gary Butler. Butler tipped it, and recently converted linebacker Lonnell Dewalt intercepted the pass.

    Sanders intercepted Morris' next pass, intended for Washington, and again gave the Shock first and goal. This time, Rowley hit Vijil for an 8-yard touchdown pass, and the Shock led 13-7 midway through the first quarter.

    The Power took the lead on its next drive. On fourth and goal, Morris found Willis in the corner of the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown pass, and the extra point gave the Power a 14-13 lead.

    A turnover on downs again gave the Shock first and goal, and Rowley found Greg Orton from a yard out to give the Shock a 20-14 lead.

    During the final minute of the first half, Rowley completed four consecutive passes, the last one to high-motion receiver Shaun Kauleinamoku from 11 yards out, and the Shock took a 27-14 lead into halftime.

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    Default Re: Morris leads Power past Shock

    They're lucky the Shock are having an off year.

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