June 24, 2014
IF THE ARENA LEAGUE is a steppingstone, then all Cleveland quarterback Shane Austin needs to get to the NFL is a few more games against the Soul. Ditto for his favorite receiver. Austin and Dominic Goodman hooked up on a Hail Mary pass on Saturday night as the Soul again squandered a last-minute lead to the Gladiators and lost, 69-68, at the Wells Fargo Center. Austin tied the AFL record with a staggering 11 touchdown passes, the last one came with a heavy dose of luck as three Soul d-backs and a Cleveland receiver banged into one another.
June 23, 2014 |
There may not be a worse way to lose in football than on a Hail Mary. The Soul fell victim to this play at the hands of the Cleveland Gladiators with no time remaining and lost their third game in a row, 69-68, at the Wells Fargo Center. The Soul held a 68-63 lead with two seconds remaining after a 3-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Dan Raudabaugh to wide receiver Markee White. On the ensuing possession, Gladiators quarterback Shane Austin tossed up a prayer into the end zone.
June 16, 2014
It was another heartbreaking loss for the Soul on Saturday night. The Soul took the lead, 56-54, with 35 seconds left on a 3-yard touchdown pass from Dan Raudabaugh to V'Keon Lacey and a two-point conversion by Raudabaugh. But the Pittsburgh Power's Julian Rauch kicked a 23-yard field goal as time expired to eke out the 57-56 win at the Wells Fargo Center. The Power moved to 10-4. The Soul fell to 7-7.
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)
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.
June 9, 2014
The Soul looked as if they were on their way to their seventh win of the Arena Football League season, sitting on a 49-34 lead after three quarters. Then the bottom fell out, and the host Tampa Bay Storm outscored the Soul, 22-0, in the final period to post a 56-49 comeback win that dropped the Soul to 6-6. The Soul had one final chance to catch the Storm, but Dan Raudabaugh's pass to Ryan McDaniel fell incomplete in the end zone as the final horn sounded. Philadelphia's Derrick Ross finished with three rushing touchdowns and set the AFL career touchdown rushing mark at 129 in the losing effort.
June 8, 2014
What: Arena Football League, Soul (6-5) at Tampa Bay Storm (5-6). Where: Tampa Bay Times Forum. When: Sunday at 5 p.m. TV: ESPN3. Outlook: This is the third meeting of the season between the teams, who split the first two games. . . . The Soul offense erupted for a season-high 70 points last weekend and is second in scoring average (58.7 points) in the AFL. . . . Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh ranks fourth in the league with 56 touchdown passes. Storm quarterback Randy Hippeard is third overall with 59. . . . Soul running back Derrick Ross has rushed for a league-high 20 touchdowns.
June 3, 2014
The Soul (6-5) took control of the game early, outscoring the San Antonio Talons, 28-0, in the first quarter Sunday en route to a 76-40 win at the Wells Fargo Center. "This win was great for us. We came out strong in the beginning and didn't let up throughout all for quarters," Soul coach Clint Dolezel said. "We have moved past last week's game [a 54-52 loss to Cleveland], but still continue to better ourselves. " Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh finished the night by completing 14 of 17 passes for 224 yards and five touchdowns.
June 3, 2014 |
T HE SOUL atoned for the most disappointing loss of the season, with its most emphatic victory. It took three and a half hours to decide the Phillies game across the street. This baby was over in about 10 minutes as the Soul rolled hapless San Antonio, 76-40. "When we struggle, it's because we start slow," said quarterback Dan Raudabaugh. "Starting fast tonight helped everyone's confidence. I think when we play confidently, we're tough to beat. " Tiger Jones began the avalanche with an 8-yard touchdown catch on the third play from scrimmage.