PHILADELPHIA (April 18th, 2015) – The now 4-0 Soul (2-0 at home) walked out on top in front of a fan crowd of 10,008 at the Wells Fargo Center. The Soul certainly forgot about the three buzzer beaters that Cleveland stunned Philadelphia with last season with their 63-48 win tonight against the Gladiators.
“Last year was last year, yeah it stunk and it was in our minds just a little bit,” Soul QB Dan Raudabaugh said on last year’s humiliating losses to Cleveland. “These two teams obviously don’t like each other. It’s going to be a dogfight every time we play them.”
Raudabaugh continued his hot start to this AFL season. Raudabaugh concluded his night by going 27-36, threw for 262 yards and 7 touchdowns.
“We’re playing well from the inside-out,” Raudabaugh told reporters after the game. “Our guys practice hard everyday, it starts with their attitude and receivers are out there making big plays.”
Soul head coach Clint Dolezel pulled out his bag of tricks in the second quarter when he ran a successful onside kick when the Soul were up 14-13. Philadelphia would eventually score from a Raudabaugh-McDaniel TD connection and would put Cleveland in a trailing position that they could never recover from.
“It’s a surprise because [Frevert] makes it look like his kickoffs.” Dolezel told reporters on their onside kick strategies. “We will do an onside kick every week. It’s not so much what they were doing it was more so of what we were doing.”
For Cleveland, veteran WR Collin Taylor had a field day on the Soul’s vulnerable secondary. The 5th year receiver from Indiana recorded 116 yards off of 9 receptions, 4 touchdowns – one in which included a catch in between Soul defenders – Brandon Freeman and LaRico Stevenson. ”
“How many points [Cleveland] score? (40),” Dolezel jokingly said on the defense giving up big plays. “Our defense is fine. They’re still young and still reacting to a new D.C. so I was pleased with their performance.”
Raudabaugh was supported by WR Marco Thomas who made a name for himself for his new team. The reigning receiver of the year from Iowa, racked up 108 yards and 3 touchdowns.
“I just came out here to do my job,” Thomas said. “I just want to be a team leader and bring energy. Whatever I can do to help the team and tonight I was able to do that.”
The Soul will be on the road next weekend for another division game against the New Orleans Voodoo. The game will kickoff on April 25th at 8:00pm ET.