Fourth quarter dooms Soul again in loss to Tampa Bay

Posted: June 10, 2014

YOU ARE WHAT your record says you are, and for the Soul that means being stuck in neutral.

An awful fourth quarter led to another disappointing loss as the Soul fell to host Tampa Bay on Saturday, 56-49. Philadelphia dropped to 6-6.

"We made enough plays to win this game," coach Clint Dolezel said after the game. "But, we have to win the fourth quarter and finish. We didn't do that tonight."

Tampa Bay outscored the Soul, 22-0, in the final quarter to also move to 6-6. The Storm won the season series, 2-1, and now hold the playoff tiebreaker. Each team has six games remaining.

The game ended when Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh's 11-yard pass to Ryan McDaniel into the end zone went incomplete.

McDaniel had a game-high 10 catches and 109 receiving yards. Teammate Tiger Jones led all receivers with 120 yards, and Raudabaugh (four TDs, one interception) had a season-high 353 yards passing.

Running back Derrick Ross ran for three scores to set the AFL record for career rushing touchdowns with 129. Barry Wagner held the old mark at 127. Ross is also the league's all-time yardage leader.

Tampa Bay plays at Iowa (6-6) on Saturday in a game the Soul would like to see Iowa win to help with a tiebreaker, should all three teams finish tied for the final playoff spot. Playoff tiebreakers become moot if the Soul continues to get pounded in the fourth quarter.

Philadelphia hosts Pittsburgh on Saturday at 6 p.m. The Power (9-3) is in control of the first wild-card spot and on the heels of Cleveland (10-1) for the East Division lead.

-Ed Barkowitz

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