The current AFL policy is to give expansion teams in markets previously served by AFL teams the same name as their predecessor, since the league owns almost all rights to all team names in the league's history. However, because the unrelated Cleveland Gladiators already use the "Gladiators" name, that required the adoption of a new franchise name. The team was originally rumored to be called the Pittsburgh River Wizards , according to sports blog Inside Pittsburgh Sports and by Pittsburgh-area radio host Mark Madden.
The team name was changed to the Power before the official announcement by the team. The Power played their first game in franchise history on March 11, at Consol Energy Center in front of 13, fans. They lost to the Philadelphia Soul in overtime by a score of 58— However, they lost five of their final seven games, falling to 9—9 at the end of the season and finishing second in the division.
On March 9, , the entire Pittsburgh Power roster was released prior to its opening game against the Orlando Predators due to a labor disagreement between the owners and the players' union. However, with the aid of a few replacements , the team managed to win 40— Neil Purvis signed a contract a few days later, bringing the total to Defensive backs Josh Lay and Tyrrell Herbert and offensive lineman Dan Jones elected not to re-sign with the Power and were consequentially placed on the League Suspension list.
Jones was traded to the Kansas City Command on May 2, Down 48—17 in the third quarter to the Orlando Predators , backup quarterback Derek Cassidy led the team on a 34—3 run, taking the game into overtime. After the Predators kicked a field goal to make it 54—51, P. Berry returned the ensuing kickoff 38 yards to the Predators' yard line. On the very next play, Cassidy connected with Christian Wise for a touchdown to win the game 57— However, due to yet another labor dispute, the Gladiators failed to field enough players and forfeited, making the Power the first team in Arena Football League history to win in this manner.
It was the first successful drop kick in the Arena Football League since With a 5—13 record, the Power failed to qualify for the playoffs with a last place finish in the division. On March 23, the Power opened the season against the Utah Blaze. The Power were still in the playoff hunt through Week 10 with a record, but a 7-game losing streak lost the Power their chance at a playoff spot. With a 4—14 record, the Power failed to qualify for the playoffs with a last place finish in the division.
During the off-season following the season, the Power made drastic changes to their roster. In addition to reassigning nearly every player from the previous season's roster, the team acquired quarterback Tommy Grady and wide receiver Aaron Lesué in the Utah Blaze dispersal draft.
The Power also traded their franchise leader in nearly every receiving category, Mike Washington , to the Spokane Shock for quarterback Arvell Nelson. Near the end of the off-season, the team acquired wide receiver Prechae Rodriguez in a trade with the Orlando Predators.
By the time of the season opener, the Power's man roster contained only four players who had played with the team in Curtis Young , Brandon Freeman, Sergio Gilliam and Julian Rauch.
On March 15, the Power opened the season against the Cleveland Gladiators. After a net recovery touchdown by Arvell Nelson in the third quarter, the Power took a 45—28 lead. However, the Gladiators outscored the Power 35—8 the rest of the way to pull out a comeback victory. James's first move was to acquire center Antonio Narcisse from the Portland Thunder. Narcisse had played with quarterback Tommy Grady and under James with the Utah Blaze from to Narcisse was the first of several players that James brought to the Power from his coaching tenures with the Blaze and Las Vegas Gladiators.
James led the Power to three consecutive wins in his first three games, during which the Power outscored opponents by a combined score of — However, back-to-back road trips to undefeated Arizona and Cleveland brought consecutive losses. The Power set a new record against the Soul for points scored at home 65 in what would become their first of 12 consecutive wins to conclude the regular season.
During this streak, the Power set new team records for wins in a season 15 , consecutive wins 12 , consecutive home wins 8 and consecutive road wins 6. The Power clinched their first winning season on June 14 against the Soul and their first playoff berth on June 20 against the Iowa Barnstormers. In the original ownership group, Matt Shaner was the principal owner and general manager of the team.
Like Swann, Matt Shaner was once a political candidate. In he ran an unsuccessful campaign for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. The franchise enjoyed the best season in , posting a record and earning their first playoff berth, but on November 17, , the Power ownership group decided to cease operations.
The following Power players were named to All-Arena Teams:. The Power had three coaches through their history. The median age was For every females, there were For every females age 18 and over, there were PC Connection and Brookstone are based in Merrimack.
Merrimack Canoe Company was started in Merrimack before being relocated to Tennessee. Merrimack High School has won one state championship in baseball , three in softball , , , one in football , two in soccer girls, boys , three in indoor track , , , four in outdoor track , , , , one in cross-country , one in girls lacrosse , one in skiing , two in volleyball , , and four in basketball , , , The Academy for Science and Design was a charter school established for the academic year; it was New Hampshire's first charter school to concentrate on science, math, engineering, and design and is free of tuition fees.
The Nashua West Rotary club is responsible for the annual Rock'N Ribfest, proceeds of which benefit many local charities. The Ribfest has been held on the Anheuser-Busch grounds in Merrimack since This family-oriented event features BBQ, children's games and activities, plus music and other entertainment.
As a large, suburban community located directly between the state's two largest cities , Manchester and Nashua , Merrimack plays a disproportionate role to its size every four years in the New Hampshire primary ; in almost every Fourth of July preceding a presidential election, every presidential candidate will march or have a float in the town's Fourth of July parade.
Traditionally, in state and national politics, the town has been dominated by Republicans , who currently hold seven of the town's eight seats in the General Court. The current General Court district of Merrimack is Hillsborough The town government consists of a 7-member Town Council. This form of government was recently adopted by a ballot measure on May 25, More information on Merrimack's government can be found at Charter commission website.
Each March, the town conducts two deliberative sessions school and general to decide what warrant articles will be on the Town General Election ballot in April, one of which is always election of town officers, and another is the budget. If the budget is not approved by the voters, the town's governing council either holds an emergency hearing regarding a new budget or goes forward with the priors years' budget, amended with any time sensitive information pending upon the current year.
The Merrimack Village District administers the water system that serves the central area of the town. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Not to be confused with Merrimack County, New Hampshire. Town in New Hampshire, United States.
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