July 23, 2013
THE THREE BEST teams in the AFL reside in the West Division. It's almost like the SEC in college football where the road to the national championship generally goes through Alabama, LSU or Florida. But the Soul picked up a significant win on Saturday by going into San Jose and dumping the Sabercats, 65-43. The victory allowed the Soul to hold onto the No. 1 seed in the American Conference heading into the final week of the season. Philadelphia has won seven in a row. Dan Raudabaugh threw five touchdown passes and ran his string of attempts without an interception up to 197 as the Soul improved to 12-5.
July 21, 2013
Saturday, 10:30 p.m. at SAP Center. San Jose, Cailf. On the web: Soul.ArenaFootball.com/AllAccess Records: Soul, 11-5; Sabercats, 12-4. About the Soul: The Soul are riding a six-game winning streak, but face their first difficult opponent since early June when they faced Arizona. . . .. The Soul average 59.8 points, third in the league. QB Dan Raudabaugh leads the AFL in completion percentage (69.1 percent) and ranks third in completions this season with 347. WR Tiger Jones ranks first in receiving yards (1,968)
July 19, 2013
AGENDA Who: Soul (11-5) at San Jose (12-4) When: Tomorrow, 10:30 p.m. Where: SAP Center (17,496). TV/Radio: None. On the web: Soul.ArenaFootball.com/AllAccess About the Soul: Has won six in a row, but this will be the best team they've played since losing to Arizona on June 1 . . . Quarterback Dan Raudabaugh leads the league in completion percentage (69.1 percent) and is third in touchdown passes (86). He hasn't thrown an interception in his last 164 attempts.
July 15, 2013 |
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)
July 14, 2013 |
IT WAS 3 hours before kickoff and Soul star wide receiver Tiger Jones was sitting in Section 124 of the Wells Fargo Center. He was all alone, except for a dozen or so kids playing a football game on the turf below. He had a set of buds in his ears, a couple of ice packs on his knees and a faraway look in his eyes. This time last year, Jones was getting ready for Eagles training camp. The NFL is not calling this year, despite Jones again posting astronomical Arena Football League numbers.
July 9, 2013 |
THE SOUL GOT another stingy effort by its defense and another wonderfully efficient outing from its quarterback and drilled visiting Chicago, 58-26, on Saturday night. Defensive back Rayshaun Kizer had two more interceptions as Philadelphia's defense held its opponent to less than 31 points for the third time in 4 weeks. Kizer has five picks in his last four games and eight for the season. Quarterback Dan Raudabaugh had nearly as many touchdown passes (five) as incompletions (seven)
July 8, 2013 |
After allowing an early touchdown, the Soul sprinted to a 12-point halftime lead and cruised to a 58-26 victory over the Chicago Rush on Saturday in front of 10,878 fans at the Wells Fargo Center. The Soul, who clinched an Arena Football League playoff berth last week, improved to 10-5. The Soul's winning streak, which began June 8 with a victory over the New Orleans VooDoo, reached five games. It tied Clint Dolezel's longest winning streak as a coach. (He won five straight in 2011 with the Dallas Vigilantes.)
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)