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Minutes after his team struggled for a second consecutive home game, Power wide receiver P.J. Berry stood at the podium of the Consol Energy Center media room and pondered if there had been any progress after two games with remarkably similar results.

"You try to find a silver lining in everything, but it's kind of hard to when you're losing like we're losing," Berry said.

Clearly, the Power is still searching for the right answers.

Former Power quarterback Bernard Morris completed 26 of his 37 passes, accounted for 281 yards of total offense and scored six touchdowns (four passing, two running) Friday night to lead the Jacksonville Sharks to a 61-35 Arena Football League victory.

The Power fell to 0-2and has been outscored, 125-68.

"Once again, this is not the result we wanted as a team," Power coach Derek Stingley said.

"I truly felt that we had an awesome week of practice and we prepared to the point where we understood what Jacksonville was going to do.

"We truly thought we would have an answer for everything, but, unfortunately, things just didn't go our way."

The final result may have appeared lopsided, but, at times, the Power found ways to fight back.

Trailing, 34-21, entering the second half, the Power got a touchdown on its first drive. Then, the Sharks (2-0) had a first down on the Power's 6 before being stopped short of a touchdown on a fourth-and-goal.

But as quickly as momentum went on the Power's side, it disappeared.

After that goal-line stand, the Power marched to the Sharks 9, but quarterback Shane Austin threw an interception that was returned 25 yards.

From there, Jacksonville got a touchdown run from Morris to extend the lead back to 14 points late in the third quarter.

The Power drew no closer than 13 points thereafter.

Starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson struggled for a second consecutive start, finishing 12-of-22 passing for 171 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

He left the game near the end of the first half because of a rib injury, but returned later.

Berry led all players with 101 receiving yards and caught two touchdown passes.

Though the Power was outgained by just 40 yards in total offense, it turned the ball over three times while the Sharks never gave the ball away.

Following the game, Stingley said there's no way his team "can continue down this path. He did not eliminate the possibility that if things don't start to change after the upcoming off week, the team's personnel might face some form of overhaul.

"At this point in the game, if there's something better that's out there, I have to do what's right for this organization to make sure that I bring in better guys," he said.

"If not, I just need to fix the problem from within."

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Craig Meyer: cmeyer@post-gazette.com or Twitter: @craig_a_meyer.


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