Final score: Soul 51, Outlaws 35 Attendance at Boardwalk Hall: 6,514
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (May 30th, 2015) – Even though the Soul changed home venues for the DraftKings Boardwalk Bowl in Atlantic City, Philadelphia still managed to rally behind a 5 touchdown performance from WR Marco Thomas and a second half defensive effort to embarrass the league’s newest franchise – the Las Vegas Outlaws (3-6).
Soul head Coach Dolezel commended Marco Thomas on his breakout performance that the Outlaws had trouble adjusting to.
“He played great, bottom line. [Outlaws] kept trying to press him and he kept beating it,” Dolezel said. “Hats off to [Marco] and Dan put it right on him all five times.”
“It was kind of a lead up after the big game against Tampa.”
Putting the ball in hands of Marco Thomas was QB Dan Raudabaugh who continues to put up MVP numbers. This season, Dan has 2,550 yards, 58 touchdowns and 6 interceptions.
In tonight’s game, Raudabaugh threw for 277 yards and 7 touchdowns. Raudabaugh noted that the team started off slow in the first half which is very rare for Philadelphia but knew that the Soul had it in them to adjust to a much better second half.
“[Outlaws] got a good veteran in the middle (Eddie Moten) and a lot of I thought was just that we were beating ourselves.” The veteran QB from Miami said on Philadelphia’s first half struggles. “We settled down in the second half, relied on our defense and played off each other’s energy.”
DB Kent Richardson kept his momentum going after last week’s 2 interception performance. Richardson, West Virginia, grabbed a pick late in the 3rd Quarter that essentially led to a Raudabaugh to Marco touchdown that extended the lead to 37-21.
Dolezel however, confirmed that defense was not an emphasis prior to the past two games with the team recording a total of 6 interceptions.
“We want to win on all three phases, our defense wants to do a good job to get stops and turnovers,” Dolezel said on the defense. “There’s never a main emphasis for us.”
As for Las Vegas, rookie QB Sean Brackett started his first game this season after replacing an injured JJ Raterink last week. Brackett opened the game with a 25 yard rush that contributed to his 43 yards on the ground performance. The young quarterback from Columbia University went 18-35, threw for 261 yards, 6 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.
Brackett was supported by Jomo Willis who recorded 143 yards off of 8 catches and 2 touchdowns.
The Soul will be back at home in their regular arena next week at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia to face the currently (2-7) New Orleans Voodoo (6/6/15). The game can be seen on ESPN 3.