VooDoo prevails at Pittsburgh

In Pittsburgh, Chris Dixon’s 29-yard touchdown pass to Quorey Payne with 4 minutes, 28 seconds left Saturday night lifted the New Orleans VooDoo to a 59-54 victory against the Pittsburgh Power.

Dixon, a backup who got his first extended Arena Football League action in last week’s game against San Antonio, contributed to both of the VooDoo’s touchdowns in the fourth quarter. With 12:10 left, he rushed for a 5-yard touchdown that gave New Orleans (4-10) a 52-47 lead.

Starting quarterback Kurt Rocco played most of the game for the VooDoo, throwing five touchdown passes and two interceptions, before leaving with an injury. He was 15-of-22 for 201 yards.

Payne and L.J. Castile each had three receiving touchdowns for the VooDoo, who surged to a 42-33 halftime lead. New Orleans remains last in the American Conference’s South Division but moved a game closer to a playoff spot after Orlando (5-9) fell 62-48 to Jacksonville.

Steven Sheffield threw for seven touchdowns for the Power (3-11), including a 15-yard strike to Julian Talley that put Pittsburgh up 54-52 with 5:39 left. But Sheffield was intercepted by New Orleans’ Eddie Moten with 55 seconds left to clinch the VooDoo’s win.

Mike Washington added five TD grabs for Pittsburgh.

The VooDoo visits Utah at 8 p.m. CDT on Saturday.