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VooDoo Gain First Road Win of the Season

Saturday June 29, 2013

 NEW ORLEANS (June 29, 2013) – The New Orleans VooDoo battled up until the final second of the game as they defeated the Pittsburgh Power 59-44 Saturday night inside of the Energy Consol Center.

The Console Center crowd of 5,036 watched as the VooDoo conquered their first road win of the season as they now stand 4-10 on the year. The Power falls to a 3-11 record.

On their opening drive of the game, New Orleans quarter back Kurt Rocco connected with receiver Quorey Payne for a 26-yard touchdown pass to give the VooDoo a 7-0 lead. The Power responded quickly on their opening drive with Power quarterback Steven Sheffield hitting receiver Mike Washington with a 23-yard touchdown pass. On the next New Orleans possession, Rocco threw an interception which Power receiver Julian Talley turned into a 21 yard touchdown catch putting the Power up 13-7. VooDoo’s Kurt Rocco redeemed himself as he threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to L.J. Castile to end the first quarter.

To start off the second quarter, the Power took the lead with an 18-yard touchdown catch by Mike Washington. VooDoo’s Quorey Payne responded with his second score of the game as he had a 4-yard touchdown grab to put the VooDoo up 21-19. The Power got their redemption as Chris Leflore returned the kickoff for a 56-yard touchdown to put the Power on top 26-21. Castile earned his second touchdown of the night on a 15-yard pass putting New Orleans back on top 28-26. Payne then took a missed Julian Rauch 40-yard field goal attempt off the net for a 51-yard score that put the VooDoo ahead 35-26. Washington’s second touchdown catch of the game from 25 yards got the Power within two points at 35-33. Castile closed out the first half of the game with his third touchdown of the night on a 22-yard pass giving New Orleans a 42-33 advantage.

The 3rd Quarter was low-scoring with only one touchdown made by the Power’s wide receiver Mike Washington’s 6-yard score. The VooDoo’s new acquired kicker, Kenny Spencer kicked a 46-yard field goal to make the score 45-40 heading into the 4th Quarter.

The Power open up the fourth quarter with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Mike Washington. After an injury to Kurt Rocco, New Orleans back-up quarterback Chris Dixon scored on a 5-yard run to give the VooDoo a 2-47 lead. The Power retook control of the game when Power quarterback connected with Julian Talley on a 4th and 10 from 15 yards out to make the score 54-52. Dixon’s 29-yard touchdown pass to Payne two plays later gave New Orleans a 59-54 lead. With 55 seconds remaining, the Power had the ball at the VooDoo 17-yard line, but defensive back Eddie Moten intercepted Sheffield, which was the AFL Highlight of The Game. New Orleans proceeded to run out the clock, preserving the 59-54 victory.

The New Orleans VooDoo continue their three game road stint next Saturday, July 6 against the Utah Blaze.

Media Awards
RUSSELL ATHLETIC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
Pittsburgh’s Mike Washington
RIDDELL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
Pittsburgh’s Chris LeFlore
J. LEWIS SMALL PLAYMAKER OF THE GAME
New Orleans’ L.J. Castile
CUTTERS CATCH OF THE GAME
Pittsburgh’s Mike Washington’s over-the-back touchdown catch in the 4th Quarter
AFL HIGHLIGHT OF THE GAME
New Orleans’ Eddie Moten’s game-clinching 4th Quarter interception

Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 TOTAL
Pittsburgh 13 2 3 14 54
New Orleans 14 28 7 14 59

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About the New Orleans VooDoo
The New Orleans VooDoo will play in the New Orleans Arena, an SMG managed facility directly across the street from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, as well as, in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for the last six home games. Single game tickets for VooDoo regular season home games are on sale now by calling 504-875-3900. For more information call (888) 277-5526 for Vice President and Director of Operations, Jason Coffel. The game is on Rush Radio 99.5, WRNO and on the worldwide web at www.wrno.com as well as on Cox 4 in the New Orleans area, Baton Rouge and Lafayette. The week following each COX game fans can watch replays on CST.To shop all things VooDoo, visit www.voodoostuff.com and get your gear today.

About the AFL
Since its inception in 1987, the Arena Football League has showcased their fast-paced and exciting game to millions of fans in a myriad of markets across the country. CBS Sports Network will broadcast an AFL National Game of the Week on Saturday nights for the entire regular season and postseason through the semifinal round. The ArenaBowl XXVI Championship Game will air on the CBS Television Network on August 17, 2013.