Brandon Kirsch got his first Arena Football League start at QB in over three years (his first as a member of the Soul) but couldn’t make the most of it on Friday night, as Philadelphia took on the Tulsa Talons at the Wells-Fargo Center.
With QB Ryan Vena on the bench, and leading WR Donovan Morgan out with a leg injury, Kirsch tossed the game’s first TD to put Philly up 7-0 but by half time he had thrown more interceptions (3) than TD’s (2) and the Soul trailed Tulsa (and former Philadelphia QB Justin Allgood) 27-14. Soul head coach Mike Hohensee replaced Kirsch with Vena to begin the second half.
Vena was good, tossing four TD’s (no INT) in relief, but Allgood was even better than his name suggests; he was stellar. He threw for 283 yards on the day and tossed six TD’s with no interceptions (earning him game MVP honors).
In Morgan’s absence, Syvelle Newton kicked his game up a notch contributing eleven receptions for 160 yards and four TD’s. Mike Brown, playing WR, also added six catches for 108 yards and two TD’s.
The loss at the Wells-Fargo center breaks a three game home winning streak for the Soul who now sit at third place in the division at 5-9. With only four games remaining, the Soul will most likely have to win out (and get some help) to make the playoffs and defend their Arena League title.
Their next game is Saturday night (June 25th) when they host the Arizona Rattlers. They then play Dallas on the road before returning home for their final two games against Cleveland and Pittsburgh. We are giving away a four pack of great lower-level seats to each of the final three home games so be sure to ENTER HERE.
[photo credit: Michael Green]
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