SOUTH PHILADELPHIA (April 12th, 2014) – The Soul showed no signs of missing Tiger Jones and FB Derrick Ross as the two veterans made their return to Wells Fargo Center – in a Sharks uniform.
Despite Jacksonville’s 63-52 loss that put them at a horrendous 0-3 mark, WR Tiger Jones had a historic night by setting the Sharks’ single game receiving record at 239 yards. The seven-year veteran from Louisville also recorded 5 touchdowns off of 13 receptions.
“I’ve been [In Philadelphia] for four years and of course there was emotion coming in,” Jones told reporters after the game on his return to Philadelphia.
“We tried to come in and win, it really didn’t matter who we played – we were just focused on the W. Unfortunately that didn’t happen.”
Sharks’ FB Derrick Ross didn’t make much of an impact on Sunday. The former Soul finished with only 36 yards.
As for Philadelphia, the team remained undefeated (3-0) following behind a strong offensive attack – led by QB Dan Raudabaugh. Raudabaugh ended his day by going 21-30, threw for 261 yards, 8 touchdowns and two turnovers.
“I can’t say enough how everyone on this team is so unselfish,” Raudabaugh commended on the performance of his receiving corp. “They understand, and they know that their number will be called at some time, so they’re out there working just as hard as they can for each other.”
Raudabaugh found his new #1 go to guy in WR Ryan McDaniel. McDaniel had his season cut short last year with a torn achilles but has been coming up big in football’s most important position. The young receiver from Georgia exploded for 5 touchdowns and 133 yards. One touchdown in which was a one hander that made Cutters Catch Of the Game.
“We take what we get.” McDaniel said on his performance. “Coach Dolezel is a mastermind so he just puts plays together and we execute them.”
Philadelphia knows they have to raise the bar even higher when they play the reigning American Conference champions – Cleveland Gladiators (2-1). The Soul lost three games last season to Cleveland on buzzer beaters (one of the losses eliminated them from first round of playoffs) so revenge might be on their minds.
“They got a whole new team and we got a whole new team,” Soul head coach Clint Dolezel said on facing Cleveland. “It’s just more about us taking another step separating ourselves from [Cleveland] as far as the division. We want home field advantage – we want the Arena Bowl [In Philadelphia].”
Russell Athletic Offensive Player: Philadelphia’s Dan Raudabaugh
Riddell Defensive Player: Philadelphia’s James Romain
J Lewis Small AFL Playmaker: Philadelphia’s Ryan McDaniel/ Jacksonville’s Tiger Jones
Cutter’s Catch of the Game: Philadelphia’s Ryan McDaniel’s one-handed touchdown in 2nd Quarter
Spalding Highlight of the Game: Philadelphia’s Shaun Kauleinamoku’s 34-yard pass touchdown.