August 25, 2015 |
THE STARS were aligned for the Soul to get back to the ArenaBowl. Unfortunately, their telescope was broken. * Jacksonville was without its best player, who was injured. * The Soul had not lost at home all season. * Quarterback Dan Raudabaugh was in the midst of a career year. * Philadelphia had never lost a playoff game at home. Despite all of these variables, the Soul was beaten by Jacksonville last night, 61-56, in the American Conference Championship Game at the Wells Fargo Center.
May 19, 2015 |
THE SOUL started its two-game Florida road trip by hitting its first sour note of the season in a 55-47 loss at Jacksonville on Saturday. The defeat ended a season-opening seven-game winning streak for Philadelphia (7-1), which committed three turnovers and forced none. Jacksonville recovered each of its two fumbles. Dan Raudabaugh threw seven touchdown passes and an interception for the Soul, which was without fullback Tommy Taggart in the second half. Taggart sustained a right high-ankle sprain and was replaced in the backfield by Bryan Robinson, a veteran defensive lineman.
April 12, 2015 |
TO MOST football fans, Willie McGinest is the NFL Network analyst who was selected to two Pro Bowls and was a big part of three championship teams for the New England Patriots. To Soul linebacker Beau Bell, the former linebacker represents something much more personal. Bell was a fourth-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2008 when he met McGinest, who was about to begin his 15th and final NFL season. Bell tweaked his knee in training camp and was coming off arthroscopic surgery.
March 27, 2015 |
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.
August 15, 2014 |
SOUL RUNNING back Derrick Ross was named first-team all-AFL for the fourth consecutive season. Ross, the league's all-time leading rusher, broke his own team record this season by running for 36 touchdowns. Ross should get consideration for the league's offensive MVP award, though Arizona quarterback Nick Davila is probably the favorite. The remainder of the AFL's awards will be announced next week ahead of the Aug. 23 championship game between Cleveland and visiting Arizona.
August 3, 2014 |
If Soul coach Clint Dolezel is fearful about opening the playoffs against a juggernaut with the best regular-season record in Arena Football League history, he didn't show it. "We match up well with them," Dolezel said of the Soul (9-9), who will play a wild-card game at 7 p.m. Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena against the Cleveland Gladiators (17-1). "They are a veteran club kind of like we are. " The Soul do have a healthy dose of respect for the top-seeded Gladiators. "The biggest difference is they believe they are going to win every football game," Dolezel said.
July 28, 2014
The Soul (9-9) were left in playoff limbo after losing to the Power, 64-34, in Pittsburgh Saturday night. But all they had to do was wait for the Tampa Bay Storm to lose to the Cleveland Gladiators (which they did, 56-49), and the Soul slipped into the playoffs. The Soul will travel to the No. 1-seeded Gladiators for a game Saturday at 7:30. "You hate having to back into the playoffs," Soul coach Clint Dolezel said after the Soul lost, "but we will be rooting for Cleveland and get in the right frame of mind to be ready for next week.
July 22, 2014 |
In setting a team record for fewest points allowed in a game this season, the Soul kept their Arena Football League playoff hopes alive with a 42-20 win over San Jose (12-5) on Sunday night. When they met in March, the SaberCats had romped, 70-33. The Soul improved to 9-8 in their home finale in front of 10,471 at the Wells Fargo Center. They need a win Saturday over the Pittsburgh Power and a Tampa Bay loss to clinch the final playoff spot. "This is playoff football," coach Clint Dolezel said.
July 1, 2014
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN Teddy Jennings set a team record for sacks in a game as the Soul ended its three-game losing streak with a convincing, 84-48 win at Iowa on Saturday. Jennings, an AFL rookie who played collegiately at Connecticut, had 3 1/2 sacks to lead a Soul defense that had let the team down during the recent skid. He had two sacks to essentially halt a third-quarter Iowa drive when the Soul held a 40-34 lead. After a Philadelphia touchdown and two-point conversion, Jennings wrapped up Iowa quarterback J.J. Raterink for a safety that gave the Soul a 50-34 lead and control of the game.
June 15, 2014
Where: Wells Fargo Center. When: Saturday at 6 p.m. TV: ESPN3. Outlook: Soul (6-6) seeking revenge against cross-state rival Power (9-3) for earlier defeat (65-57). . . . Soul fullback Derrick Ross rushed for three touchdowns and now has 129 on his career. . . . Power quarterback Tommy Grady is second in the league in passing yards (3,091) and touchdown passes (72). . . . Pittsburgh's Virgil Gray is second in the league with eight interceptions. . . . Soul receivers Anthony Jones (1,061 yards and 25 touchdowns)