It took all 60 minutes of game time to keep their home win streak alive, but when the final buzzer sounded at the Wells-Fargo Center last evening the Philadelphia Soul had tamed the Milwaukee Mustangs to win their third straight home game.
Neither team managed to score in the first quarter and it looked like the game might be more of a defensive battle than anything else.
In the second quarter, the Soul scored the first TD of the game on a fumble recovery to take the early 7-0 lead. The Mustangs came right back to tie the game 7-7 on a TD pass from QB R.J. Archer. Soul QB Ryan Vena then connected with WR Syvelle Newton for a TD and the Soul were back on top. After a Milwaukee FG, the half ended with Philadelphia up 14-10.
The second half provided a lot more offense.
In the 3rd quarter the Mustangs scored a pair of rushing TD’s (both by Mykel Benson). Between the two Milwaukee scores, Vena threw a TD to Larry Brackins but Philly did not convert the extra point, giving the Mustangs a 23-20 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
In the final period the Soul scored first (at the 11:49 mark) on a TD pass from Vena to Donovan Morgan to take the lead 27-23. There was no scoring for almost ten minutes and then came the fireworks.
At the 2:46 mark the Mustangs got a rushing TD from Marcus Everett to jump back ahead 30-27. A minute and forty-five seconds later, Vena hit Morgan for their second TD connection of the game and Philadelphia took the lead 33-30.
Just five seconds later, Mykel Benson rushed into the end-zone for his third TD of the game, and the Mustangs went ahead 37-33 with 55 seconds remaining.
That gave the Soul enough time to run five plays. On the fifth play of the drive, Vena hit Morgan yet again and the Soul scored on the final play to win 39-37! With the win, the Soul improve to 5-7. The Mustangs drop to 3-8. Cleveland and Pittsburgh sit atop the division, both with a 6-4 record.
The Soul next travel to Spokane to take on the Shock on June 10th (game will be shown on NFL Network) before playing four of their final five games at home. The final two games of the season (both at home) will be against division leaders Cleveland and Pittsburgh.
[all photo credits: Jim Soloman]
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