In a reversal of fortune, the Milwaukee Warriors surged in the second half to beat the Seattle Orcas, 33-20.
“It’s been an elusive formula finding a way to play a complete game, but we played a pretty good one this week,” said Milwaukee head coach Dave Dickenson. “It’s just a shame we couldn’t have a couple more of these earlier in the year or we might be playing for something bigger.”
The early stages belonged to Seattle as they opened the game with a long touchdown drive, then sandwiched a pair of Elliott Fry field goals with an Isaiah Crowell TD run to lead 14-6 early in the second quarter.
A one-yard Andrew Harris plunge cut the deficit to one point, but Seattle hit a field goal late to lead 17-13 at the half.
Milwaukee opened the second half with a 12-yard TD from Matt Barkley to Antonio Callaway to take the lead. A 3-yard Harris TD extended the lead to 27-17, and an Orca field goal trimmed the gap to 27-20 heading to the fourth.
The Warriors fended them off down the stretch thanks to a pair of Fry field goals.
Barkley was extremely efficient on the night, completing 19 of 22 for 301 yards with a touchdown. Antonio Brown was his top target, hauling in 5 catches for 122 yards. Callaway added 4 for 65 with a score.
Harris was a workhorse on the ground, carrying it 32 times for 101 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Joe Ostman led the defense with 6 tackles and 2 sacks. Mike Catapano added 5 tackles and a sack. Ronald Blair also notched a pair of sacks.
Out of the playoffs at 6-8 overall, the Warriors look to play spoilers this week at home against the 9-5 Pittsburgh Forge.