A promising run down the stretch ended with a thud as the Milwaukee Warriors were pounded by the Columbus Explorers, 42-14.
“I had hoped to go into the offseason with some good momentum, but it wasn’t in the cards,” said Milwaukee coach Dave Dickenson. “We wanted to win, but Columbus had more to play for and it showed.”
Milwaukee started hot and turned ice cold. The Warriors drove 54 yards in just 3 plays on their opening drive, capped off by a 1-yard Andrew Harris touchdown. Harris would touch the ball just one more time the rest of the game, and Columbus ripped off 42 unanswered points.
The Warriors would not score again until the game’s final seven minutes when Matt Barkley hit Russell Gage for an 8-yard touchdown.
Barkley finished the season with a clunker, completing 15 of 29 for 148 yards, 1 touchdown, and 3 interceptions.
Antonio Brown was the top target, catching 5 passes for 69 yards.
Corey Clement ran for 53 yards on 10 attempts. Harris notched just 2 attempts for 4 yards and a score.
Mike Catapano led the defense with 10 tackles. Delvin Breaux tallied an interception. The defense was held without a sack.
The franchise finishes their first year in Milwaukee with a 7-9 record.