The heartbreak continues. The Milwaukee Warriors dropped to 1-5 on the season with another last-second loss, falling to the Dallas Six-Shooters 31-30.
Milwaukee has been on the cusp of a strong record, with four of their losses coming by a combined eight points.
“We’ve got to figure out a way to get over the hump,” said Coach Dave Dickenson. “It’s been disheartening to keep coming up short, but we’re going to push through and find a way to win.”
The Warriors started the game strong, driving 81 yards in 14 plays on their opening drive. Matt Barkley capped it off with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown.
Dallas responded with a 46-yard toss from Josh McCown to Joe Hills, and the Warriors pulled back in front on a 16-yard pass from Barkley to Antonio Callaway.
Dallas knotted the game up 14-14 on another McCown-Hills TD.
With time running out in the half, Barkley hit again, finding Callaway on a 59-yard bomb to lead 21-14 at halftime.
Dallas tied the game back up on a Chris Carson 4-yard run, and Elliott Fry regained the lead with a 27-yard field goal to head into the fourth ahead 24-21.
Roberto Aguayo tied it again early in the final frame, and Fry booted a pair of field goals to lead 30-24 with 1:48 left.
The Warrior defense continued their early-season letdowns, allowing Dallas to drive 89 yards in 11 plays, chewing up 1:19. McCown hit Hills from 10 yards out for their third TD with just 16 seconds left to win 31-30.
Barkley had one of his best games of the season, completing 18 of 28 for 238 yards, 3 touchdowns, and no turnovers.
It was the best outing of the year for the offensive line as they allowed no sacks and paved the way for 151 yards on the ground.
The rushing attack was balanced, with Andrew Harris running for 57 yards, Ito Smith for 49 yards, and Corey Clement for 43.
Antonio Callaway led the wideouts with 4 catches for 100 yards and 2 TDs. Antonio Brown added 4 for 54 and a score. Robert Foster grabbed 4 for 37.
Josh Evans paced the defense with 9 tackles. Ronald Ollie, Joe Ostman, and Mike Catapano each notched a sack.
The Warriors search again to get back on track this week as they travel to play the 4-2 Michigan Stags. The divisional foes met back in week one with the Stags pulling out a 30-28 win.