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Philadelphia Soul Weather Tampa Bay Storm, Win 62-41

After winning the coin toss in front of 9.081 fans at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday, June 17, the Philadelphia Soul scored off their first drive of the game on an 11-yard TD pass from QB Dan Raudabaugh to WR Darius Reynolds three minutes into game. The duo was on fire Saturday as Reynolds caught all five of Raudabaugh’s TD passes over the course of the game.

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Tampa Bay QB Randy Hippeard quickly hit WR Joe Hills on a 13-yard TD pass to knot the game at 7-7. It was the first of Hippeard’s six TD passes on the day. After a 42-yard TD pass from Raudabaugh to Reynolds, the Soul retook the lead 14-7. Soon thereafter the Soul recovered a Storm fumble and on the next play, FB Mykel Benson found the endzone from 8 yards out for the first of his four TD’s on the day.

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The Soul kicked off the scoring in the second quarter on a TD pass from, you guessed it, Raudabaugh to Reynolds and Philly was quickly up 28-7. Tampa didn’t quit though and scored the next two TD’s with Hippeard hitting Hills from 8-yards and 26-yards out. Philly held the lead 28-21 heading into half-time.

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The Soul scored 3 TD’s in the third quarter (missing one extra point) to the Storm’s 1 TD to increase their lead to 48-28. Hippeard threw a 11-yard TD strike to open the final quarter, and the Storm trailed 48-35.  Raudabaugh threw to Reynolds for 15-yard TD pushing the Soul lead back to 55-35.  With just under 10 minutes to play, Hippeard threw to Hills for a 26-yard TD but missed the extra point.  Philly held the lead, 55-41.  For their last score of the game, Raudabaugh handed the ball off to Benson for a 6-yard TD run, making it 62-41, Soul.  Hippeard’s throw was intercepted with under 3 minutes to play, giving the Soul final possession.  The Philadelphia Soul defeated the Tampa Bay Storm to continue their undefeated championship defending run, 62-41.

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The Soul next play on Saturday, June 24 when they head to Cleveland to take on the Gladiators for the fourth time this season.

[Photos by: Rick Pettine]

[Article by David Miller]

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Philadelphia Soul Drop Home Opener 59-41 to Jacksonville Sharks

The Philadelphia Soul kicked off their 2016 home season on Monday, April 10th when they hosted the Jacksonville Sharks. The Soul were looking to start the season 2-0 after winning their first road game of the season but an undefeated season just wasn’t in the cards for Philadelphia as they ran into a formidable Shark attack.

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Philadelpiha QB Dan Raudabaugh was picked off on the Soul’s opening drive by Greg Reid, leading to the first of seven touchdown passes from Jacksonville QB Tommy Grady.Philly quickly knotted the score at 7-7 after a 1 yard TD plunge by RB Darius Reynolds. However, less than 3 minutes later, Grady connected with WR Joe Hills on a 35 yard TD pass. The duo would hook up on three more TDs during the game, leading to an ‘Under Armour Offensive Player of the Game’ award for Hills. Before the quarter ended, Raudabaugh hit WR Shaun Kauleinamoku for a TD strike to again tie the score, 14-14.

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Both teams scored two TDs apiece in the second quarter, but Soul PK Tommy Frevert missed the extra point on Philly’s fourth TD of the game, and the Soul trailed the Sharks 28-27 at half time.

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Ths Sharks, who had won the coin toss before the game and deferred to the second half, opened the third quarter with a 28 yard TD pass to take an 8 point lead. The Soul again pulled within 1 point of the Sharks but Jacksonville quickly answered with another TD to push their lead back to 8. Raudabaugh was picked off for the second time as the third quarter drew to a close with Jacksonville up 42-34.

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The fourth quarter scoring opened with the Sharks converting a FG to expand the lead to 11 points, 45-34. A fumble by the Soul lead to another Shark’s TD and the lead ballooned to 52-34 with 9:31 left in the game. Attempting to overcome the 18 point deficit, Raudabaugh was intercepted for the third time. Once again the turnover led to more points for the Sharks on the fourth TD from Grady to Hills.

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Raudabaugh was replaced by backup QB Luke Collis who hit Reynolds for a 33 yard score but it was too little, too late. The Soul lost by the final score of 59-41. It was the four costly turnovers (and Jacksonville’s ability to capitalize on their subsequent possessions) that proved to be the difference in the game. It would be hard for any team to overcome that many turnovers in a single game. Philly looks to right the ship when they host the Portland Steel on Sunday, April 17 at the Wells Fargo Center (4PM kickoff).

[Photos by: Josh Campbell Photography]

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Pittsburgh Powers Past Philadelphia but Home Team Still Has Soul

The Philadelphia Soul suffered a heartbreaking loss at the hands of the Pittsburgh Power on Saturday, May 11th at the Wells-Fargo Center.

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The Soul took an early lead 14-0 on touchdown passes from QB Dan Raudabaugh to WR Ryan McDaniel and WR Larry Brackins. Pittsburgh scored a touchdown of their own when QB Steven Sheffield connected with WR Mike Washington (who won Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Game), before Philly’s Derrick Ross punched in a 9-yard rushing touchdown to put Philadelphia up 21-7 at the close of the first quarter.

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The second quarter saw Pittsburgh narrow the gap. Sheffield hit WR James Robinson for two scores and Washington ran in a 5 yard touchdown. The Soul scored 14 points of their own on a 30-yard touchdown catch by WR Tiger Jones and a second rushing TD from Ross. At the half, Philadelphia led 35-27.

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Robinson and Washington each caught another TD pass for the Power in the third quarter and the Soul added two more of their own, a 8 yard strike from Raudabaugh to McDaniel and a 55-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by James Romain which helped Philly maintain its seven point lead heading into the forth quarter.

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Unfortunately for Philadelphia, the game not only opened on a 14-0 run, it closed on a 14-0 run as well, and this time, it was the Power doing the scoring. A 3-yard run by Washington and a 8-yard catch by Robinson put Pittsburgh up by five but the Soul still had chances to win the game.

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The Soul was stopped on a fourth and one at the Pittsburgh one yard line but managed to shut down the Power down on defense to earn another shot on the offensive side of the ball with 31 seconds to go. Desperate to win the game, Raudabaugh was picked off in the Pittsburgh end-zone to close the door on any hope for a last second victory. With the loss the Soul dropped to 3-4 on the season.

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Awards for the game went to:

Russell Athletic Offensive Player: Pittsburgh WR Mike Washington

Riddell Defensive Player: Philadelphia DL Bryan Robinson

J Lewis Small AFL Playmaker: Philadelphia WR Tiger Jones

Cutter’s Catch of the Game: Pittsburgh WR Mike Washington

Spalding Highlight of the Game: Philadelphia DB James Romain

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Philadelphia vs. Cleveland: Gladiators No Match For Soul Defense on Record Setting Night

The Philadelphia Soul have pretty much done it all, from celebrity owners to championship seasons, but on Friday night at the Wells-Fargo Center, the team did something it had never done before; they allowed just 21 points to be scored. The Soul’s previous record for points allowed was 24 which came way back in 2006 against Kansas City.

What recipe did Philadelphia use to serve the (East Division leading) Cleveland Gladitors some humble pie?

It started with the crust. The Soul allowed just 7 points in the first half, a tasty franchise record.

The filling consisted of seven sacks (a franchise record dating back to 2005; including three, another team record, by Brandon Perkins) to which the Soul’s defense added two interceptions, and one safety. They topped it with several sweet offensive strikes, and let it bake for one hour.

Soul QB Ryan Vena was also cooking on Friday evening. He threw for just shy of 250 yards and three TD’s. He also led the team in rushing, running for 30 yards and two more TD’s.

The first two passing strikes went to WR Larry Brackins (who finished with 133 yards and 3 TD) and put the Soul up 14-0. Gladiator’s QB Kurt Rocco got his first TD with 3:35 left in the first quarter when he hit WR Troy Bergeron to cut the lead to 14-7. Philadelphia rebounded with two field-goals and a rushing TD and headed into half time with a 27-7 lead.

The second half scoring began just like the first, with a TD strike from Vena to Brackins. After the Soul defense added 2 points with a safety, and Vena and Rocco each added a rushing TD for their team, the score sat at 42-14 heading into the 4th quarter.

Vena’s second rushing TD was the first score in the 4th and put Philadelphia up 49-14. With just under three minutes to play, Rocco again connected with Bergeron for the game’s final points and the Soul walked away with a 49-21 victory to improve to 6-11. The Gladiators still sit in first place with a 9-7 record.

The Soul play their final home game of the year on July 22nd when they host Pittsburgh (who sits in 2nd place in the East at 8-7). The Soul will not be able to defend their AFL title in the playoffs, even with a victory over Pittsburgh, but can still end the season on a high note with back to back victories over the divisions two top teams.

Injured WR Donovan Morgan was honored by team president Ron Jaworski (and others) during the Cleveland game for his 100th career touchdown.

[photo credit: Jim Soloman]

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Philadelphia Soul Force Georgia into Submission to Record First Home Victory of 2011

The defending AFL Champion Philadelphia Soul won their first home game of the year on Friday night as they defeated the Georgia Force 68-49 at the Wells Fargo Center. Even with the win, the Soul remain tied for last place in their division with a record of 3-6, but snapping their streak of loses at home is a step in the right direction.

The Soul used a recipe of turnovers (forcing three interceptions and a fumble recovery) and first half scoring to gain the win. At the break the Soul had 47 points which ties a club record for points in a half.

Soul QB Ryan Vena was lights out. He combined for nine total touchdowns, seven passing, and two rushing. Donovan Morgan led the receiving corps with five catches for 135 yards and four TD’s. Syvelle Newton also topped the 100 yard receiving mark, contributing 124 yards on nine catches, including one for a TD.

For the Force, QB Brett Elliott threw for over 300 yards, tossing five TD’s and three interceptions. Wide receiver Maurice Purify hauled in ten catches for 92 yards and five TD’s.

The Philadelphia Soul will look to make it two straight wins at home against the New Orleans VooDoo on Friday, May 27th at 7:05 p.m.

[Photo credits: Jim Soloman]

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