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Commandos 52, Gladiators 31

July 24, 1987

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) _ Washington quarterback Rich Ingold completed 31 of 39 passes for 338 yards and six touchdowns to lead the Washington Commandos to a 52-31 Arena Football victory over the Pittsburgh Gladiators Thursday night.

Ingold, the game’s most valuable player, added two rushing touchdowns late in the final quarter to ice the Commando victory.

Washington, 2-4, ended a three-game losing streak in front of 10,866 spectators. Pittsburgh ended the regular season with the league’s best record, 4-2.

Pittsburgh quarterback Brendan Folmar connected on 24 of 25 pass attempts for 268 yards and three scores.

Pittsburgh, which defeated Washington 48-46 in Arena Football’s inaugural contest on June 19, took a 6-0 lead when Folmar hit the league’s leading receiver, Russell Hairston, on a 39-yard pass play at 13:15 of the first quarter. Washington evened the score three minutes later at 10:18 on the first of Ingold’s TD passes.

Washington led 19-12 at the half after Ingold hit Lenny Taylor for two touchdowns in the second quarter, sandwiched around a two-yard scoring run by Pittsburgh’s Creig Federico.

Pittsburgh came within 19-18 when Folmar connected with Hairston again at 5:50 of the third period, but Ingold countered with consecutive TDs to receivers Steve Griffin and Dwayne Dixon to close the third quarter at 31-18.

Washington outscored Pittsburgh 21-13 in the final quarter, with Ingold hitting Griffin and running for the Commandos’ last two scores.

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