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November 17, 2014
THE SOUL re-signed quarterback Dan Raudabaugh to a 2-year contract, the Daily News has learned from a league source. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Raudabaugh, the team's offensive leader the last three seasons, represents the first key player to rejoin the club. He has an extensive relationship with head coach Clint Dolezel. Dolezel was re-signed in September, also for two seasons. The Soul went a disappointing 9-9 this past season and was eliminated by Cleveland in the first-round of the playoffs.
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May 13, 2013 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
RON JAWORSKI treats opportunity like a Doberman treats prime rib. So when Tim Tebow was released by the New York Jets on April 29, Jaworski took a shot by reaching out to the unemployed quarterback and offered him a roster spot with the Soul. He's still waiting for a reply. "I haven't heard back from him and I'm not going to push it," said Jaworski, one of the Soul's owners. "If he decides he wants to play Arena Football, we'll make a spot for him. " Jaworski and Soul coach Clint Dolezel sent Tebow a list of plays they had in mind for him, most were around the goal line.
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April 17, 2007 | BY THE INQUIRER STAFF
Quarterback Tony Graziani went down with a separated shoulder in the first half last night, and the Soul could not win without him. The Dallas Desperados ran their Arena Football League record to 7-0 by beating the Soul, 51-41, at the American Airlines Center. Desperados quarterback Clint Dolezel completed 20 of 41 passes for 285 yards and five touchdowns. He threw one interception. In the third quarter, Dolezel fired a 46-yard scoring pass to Willis Marshall for the quarterback's 800th arena league touchdown pass.
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April 13, 2013
When/Where: Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa. TV: CBS Sports Network (tape delay, 11:30 p.m.) Records: Soul (1-1), Barnstormers (2-1). About the Soul: Fullback Derrick Ross has 71 rushing yards and has scored five touchdowns on the ground. . . . The Soul are ranked No. 2 in both total offense (average of 325 yards per game) and defense (247). . . . Soul coach Clint Dolezel and Iowa coach Mike Hohensee will be inducted into the Arena Football League Hall of Fame before the game.
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May 20, 2016 | By Ed Barkowitz, STAFF WRITER
THE DEMOCRATIC National Convention is two months away, and already it's causing headaches. At least for the Soul. Get a good look at the boys in powder blue. Though they are less than halfway through the regular season, Saturday is the final true home game of the year. And it's a big one. The Orlando Predators (7-0), the last undefeated team in the AFL, come to town holding a one-game lead over the Soul (6-1) in the American Conference. Saturday's winner will gain a significant tiebreaker.
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August 16, 2016 | By Jill Beckman, For The Inquirer
After a back-and-forth struggle, the Soul got revenge on the Jacksonville Sharks on Sunday night at the PPL Center in Allentown, winning the conference championship and advancing to ArenaBowl XXIX. The 55-50 victory left the Soul one win away from their first Arena Football League championship since 2008. Just last season, the Sharks dispatched the Soul, 61-56, in the American Conference final. The Soul (15-3) will take on the Arizona Rattlers on Aug. 26 at Gila River Arena.
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April 26, 2004 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
AUSTIN, TEXAS - John Fitzgerald threw touchdown passes to Ira Gooch and Calvin Spears in the final minute to lift the New Orleans VooDoo over the Austin Wranglers yesterday, 63-59. He also ran 2 yards for a two-point conversion. Predators 64, Desperados 49 ORLANDO, Fla. - Kenny "The Glove" McEntyre broke a league record with his 51st career interception as Orlando triumphed over Dallas. McEntyre added a second pick later. Rattlers 46, Firebirds 43 INDIANAPOLIS - Sherdrick Bonner was 31 of 44 for 337 yards and six touchdowns, and Arizona held off a fourth-quarter rally by Indiana.
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August 21, 2012
THE SOUL will promote Clint Dolezel to head coach, according to an Arena Football League source. He will replace Doug Plank, who resigned last week. Dolezel was the offensive coordinator/assistant head coach this season and guided a record-setting offense that struck a nice balance between quarterback Dan Raudabaugh's effective passing and Derrick Ross' bruising running. The defense was run by Plank, who stepped down for family reasons following the Soul's 15-3 season, which culminated in a loss to Arizona in the ArenaBowl.
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July 15, 2013 | Tyler R. Tynes, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tommy Grady dropped back into the emerald turf behind his lineman looking for a darting Utah Blaze receiver sprinting across the arena. Bryan Robinson, however, had different plans. The strapping lineman attacked the quarterback just shy of the 45-yard line. Grady tried to scramble but was pinned on the boards while the 285-pound defender recorded the franchise record in sacks during the play, dragging the 6-foot-7 passer down to earth. Robinson's eight tackles (two for loss)
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February 21, 2013 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
FORMER EAGLES defensive tackle Hollis Thomas will be an assistant coach for the Soul this season. Thomas, 39, will work with the Soul's defensive line in a part-time capacity that also will allow him to continue as an occasional host for 94WIP radio. "I think it's going to be fun," said Thomas, who played for the Eagles from 1996-2005. "I had a lot of good D-line coaches and it's my duty to try to pass along some of that knowledge. " Thomas made the Eagles as an undrafted free agent out of Northern Illinois and was a key member of some of those great Jim Johnson-led defenses in the early 2000s.
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August 16, 2016 | By Jill Beckman, For The Inquirer
After a back-and-forth struggle, the Soul got revenge on the Jacksonville Sharks on Sunday night at the PPL Center in Allentown, winning the conference championship and advancing to ArenaBowl XXIX. The 55-50 victory left the Soul one win away from their first Arena Football League championship since 2008. Just last season, the Sharks dispatched the Soul, 61-56, in the American Conference final. The Soul (15-3) will take on the Arizona Rattlers on Aug. 26 at Gila River Arena.
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July 11, 2016 | By Erin McCarthy, STAFF WRITER
ALLENTOWN - Blue-and-black boa around his neck and plastic pigskin hat covering his eyes, Mike Hollenbach leaned over the 5-yard line. "Let's hit these guys hard today," Hollenbach bellowed as Soul players warmed up in front of him. "We're going to play hard today. " Walking the sideline, Ron Jaworski laughed as he shook Hollenbach's hand. "Keep the noise down, my brother," joked Jaworski, the former Eagles quarterback and Soul owner. Hollenbach knows the Soul's owners, players, and coaches.
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May 20, 2016 | By Ed Barkowitz, STAFF WRITER
THE DEMOCRATIC National Convention is two months away, and already it's causing headaches. At least for the Soul. Get a good look at the boys in powder blue. Though they are less than halfway through the regular season, Saturday is the final true home game of the year. And it's a big one. The Orlando Predators (7-0), the last undefeated team in the AFL, come to town holding a one-game lead over the Soul (6-1) in the American Conference. Saturday's winner will gain a significant tiebreaker.
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July 17, 2015
Soul (13-2) at Jacksonville (7-7) Saturday, 7 p.m., Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena (15,000). TV/Radio: None. On the web: www.soul.arenafootball.com/allaccess Line: Soul -4 1/2 About the Soul: The Soul are chasing the No. 1 overall seed and the potential right to host the ArenaBowl championship game on Aug. 29. They currently trail San Jose (14-1) by one game. San Jose hosts Portland (4-10) on Saturday. Arizona (12-2) also is in the hunt . . . Quarterback Dan Raudabaugh is three shy of becoming the 11th player in AFL history with 500 career touchdown passes.
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June 29, 2015 | BY GARRETT MILEY, Daily News Staff Writer
THERE'S ONE team in Philadelphia without a quarterback controversy at the moment. They have the top-ranked offense in their league and a serious shot at bringing a title home to the city. The Soul now sits atop the East Division at 12-3 for the season after defeating the Tampa Bay Storm, 64-42, last night at the Wells Fargo Center. Head coach Clint Dolezel's team appears primed to finish as the top seed in the American Conference and its high-powered offense will look to tear through the playoffs.
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June 2, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
ATLANTIC CITY - The Soul's first foray into Atlantic City wasn't a royal flush, but it wasn't snake eyes either. The local arena team hauled its 50-yard field and its own padded walls down the AC Expressway for its first-ever regular-season home game away from the South Philly sports complex. After a sluggish first half, the Soul dispatched Las Vegas, 51-43. But the Boardwalk experiment was more than a football game for the AFL, which is forever trying to nudge its way up to the feeding dish occupied by the more mainstream sports in Philadelphia.
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May 3, 2015
A RIGHT ANKLE injury will keep Soul linebacker Beau Bell out of today's game against visiting Portland. Bell sprained his ankle during Sunday's win at New Orleans, and coach Clint Dolezel said Bell will miss at least two games. The Soul got a spell of good news, as leading receiver Marco Thomas was back to full practice on Thursday. Thomas, the league's receiver of the year last season with Iowa, missed last week's game with a hamstring injury. Tonight's game Who: Portland (2-3)
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April 24, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
NOBODY KNOWS better than Phillies fans how debilitating a torn Achilles' tendon can be to an athlete. Ryan Howard hasn't been the same since 2011. Soul wide receiver Ryan McDaniel tore his right Achilles' in the middle of last season. He has rebounded to become one of the best receivers in the Arena League. "There was never a doubt that he would come back and be full strength by training camp," coach Clint Dolezel said emphatically. "Never a doubt. " In fairness to Howard, McDaniel was 25 and in his second AFL season when he was hurt, while Howard was 31 and finishing his 10th professional baseball season.
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April 14, 2015 | BY SHAMUS CLANCY, Daily News Staff Writer clancys@phillynews.com
THE MOST successful Tiger in the sporting world yesterday was not Eldrick Woods down at Augusta, but Anthony "Tiger" Jones. The former Soul wideout came back to town with the Jacksonville Sharks to haul in five touchdown passes and total 13 receptions for 239 yards. But the rest of the gang from North Florida couldn't match Jones' homecoming effort, as the Soul (3-0) topped the Sharks, 63-52, in front of a crowd of 9,043 at the Wells Fargo Center. Jones spent the previous three seasons in Philly, racking up 119 scores during his tenure before flying south for a 1-year deal with Jacksonville (0-3)
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March 27, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
IN THE REALM of arena football, what the Soul did this offseason was comparable to the Eagles' trading LeSean McCoy. Following a mediocre season and first-round playoff loss, the Soul traded Derrick Ross, easily the best fullback in franchise history and largely considered to be the best the AFL has ever known. Traditional running backs are called fullbacks in the arena league. In return, the Soul received a stud linebacker - sound familiar, Eagles fans? - in this case Beau Bell, who was first-team all-AFL for Los Angeles last year.
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