Entering the game as underdogs against the 9-5 Pittsburgh Forge, the Milwaukee Warriors instead showed they intend to finish strong with a commanding 28-19 victory.
“I like the way the team is playing of late,” said Milwaukee coach Dave Dickenson. “I just hope we can roll this momentum into next season and not dig such a big hole.”
Pittsburgh opened the game with a field goal, but the rest of the first frame was all Milwaukee. Elliott Fry booted a pair of field goals, and Joe Ostman notched a safety to lead 8-3. Matt Barkley bumped it up to 15-3 at the end of the quarter with a 35-yard pass to Antonio Brown.
The Forge surged back with 10-straight points, but another Fry field goal cooled their momentum as the Warriors led 18-13 at the break.
Fry opened the third with his fourth field goal of the game, and Barkley hit Antonio Callaway from seven yards out to build a commanding 28-13 lead after three.
Pittsburgh booted a pair of field goals in the fourth, but they could not find the end zone to overcome the deficit.
Barkley wasn’t sharp but made the big plays when needed, completing 11 of 24 for 151 yards, 2 touchdowns, and no turnovers. Brown was his top target with 3 catches for 58 yards and a score.
Corey Clement was dominant on the ground, carrying it 19 times for 152 yards, including a 79-yard run.
Ostman was simply dominant on defense, notching 8 tackles with 3 sacks and the safety.
In their season finale, the 7-8 Warriors look to play spoiler again when they travel to play the 10-5 Columbus Explorers who still have a shot at the division crown.