May 20, 2016 |
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.
March 31, 2015
THE SOUL reworked its roster and, for one game at least, also changed its luck. Ryan McDaniel made an acrobatic touchdown catch with 12 seconds left as the new-look Soul opened the season with a 70-63 win over host Orlando. A year ago, the Soul lost a half-dozen games in the closing seconds and stumbled to a 9-9 record. The team responded by turning over the lineup with 14 new players on the 25-man roster. McDaniel, one of the holdovers from a year ago, had 10 catches for 150 yards and three touchdowns.
April 24, 2014
LARRY BRACKINS, the last link to the Soul's 2008 title team, has been traded to Orlando, as the team continues to shape its roster amid injuries and a slow start. Brackins, a 6-5 wide receiver, spent six seasons with the Soul and is the team's all-time leader in touchdown catches. His most memorable play was stretching for a touchdown on the final play as the Soul avoided an upset by New York in the first round of the 2008 playoff run, which ended in the franchise's only championship.
August 19, 2013 |
ORLANDO - If he had to lose, Soul receiver Tiger Jones would rather get blown out than lose like his team did to Arizona in Saturday's ArenaBowl. A disappointing day continued the Soul's frustrations against the Rattlers, as Arizona won, 48-39, before an Amway Center crowd of 12,039 and a national TV audience. The big play eluded the Soul all day. The sequence that symbolized the afternoon came in the final minute, when it looked as if the Soul might pull off a heart-stopping comeback.
August 12, 2013 |
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The truest sign of Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh's efficiency was how little damage two second-half interceptions made in the Soul's bid for a second consecutive ArenaBowl appearance. With seven consecutive scoring possessions and enough defensive stops providing more than enough cushion, the Soul fended off a Jacksonville Sharks charge, regained control, and posted a 75-59 victory in the American Conference championship game before a Veterans Memorial Arena crowd of 9,161 Saturday night.
August 2, 2013 |
DOUG PLANK says he abruptly left the Soul last year because he needed a different challenge. Boy, did he get it. Plank was the Soul's coach in 2012 and took them all the way to the AFL championship game. Shortly after losing to Arizona, he dropped his resignation on Ron Jaworski's desk and headed out of town. Plank was being pulled in different directions. His wife and family lived in Arizona. The Soul's offensive coordinator was poised to become the head man. He had no roots here.
July 7, 2013
Saturday at 7:05 p.m., Wells Fargo Center Records: Soul, 9-5; Rush, 8-6. About the Soul: With a win, the Soul can tie for first place in the American Conference with the Jacksonville Sharks (10-6). . . . The Soul have won five of their last six games. . . . The Soul beat the Rush, 72-41, in their first meeting and lead the series, 4-3. . . . The Soul average 59.3 points per game, third in the Arena Football League. . . . QB Dan Raudabaugh is first in the league in passing yards (3,800)
June 24, 2013
T HE SOUL got another strong effort by the defense and routed Iowa, 54-30, Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Philadelphia has won three in a row for the first time this season and improved to 8-5. "We're getting into a groove as a team and our performance is starting to show that," said Soul coach Clint Dolezel. Dan Raudabaugh went 12-for-15 for 142 yards and four touchdowns - two each to Tiger Jones and Ryan McDaniel. Wide receiver Larry Brackins switched over to the defense when James Romain sustained a gruesome injury.
June 23, 2013 |
The Soul jumped out to a 27-6 lead in the first half and never looked back as they defeated the Iowa Barnstormers, 54-30, in an Arena Football League game in front of 8,048 fans at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night. Although they lost three of their first five games, the Soul (8-5) now lead the East Division, are second in the American Conference, and second in the Arena Football League's power rankings behind the Arizona Rattlers. "We play one game at a time," said head coach Clint Dolezel, who is in his first season with the Soul.
April 29, 2013
THE SOUL gave up eight touchdown passes to Bernard Morris and fell to visiting Jacksonville on Saturday, 55-53. Two of the Soul's (2-3) three losses came against Jacksonville (6-0) and Arizona (4-1). Philly still holds a slim lead over Pittsburgh (1-3) in the Eastern Division. Tiger Jones led the Soul with nine receptions for 148 yards and a rushing touchdown. Andrae Thurman had seven catches for 93 yards. Thurman and Larry Brackins split Dan Raudabaugh's four touchdown passes.