Final Score: Soul 71 – Storm 27 Attendance: 13,421 (Full postgame quotes and story to come later)
Last week’s 1st season loss seemed to be a distant memory as Philadelphia relied on a strong defensive attack led by LB Joe Goosby and DB James Romain.
Joe Goosby, 28, was effective on both sides of the ball. The veteran linebacker from Tulane University not only had a pick six, a forced fumble and a blocked XP, but he also took the role of currently injured FB Tommy Taggart and rushed for 3 touchdowns.
“It was real big. Was a total team effort,” LB Joe Goosby told Arena Insider on how big the defense came up in this game. “I want to thank coach Clint and my teammates for allowing me to have a great game tonight.”
First year defensive coordinator Derek Stingley was given life by his league leading DB James Romain who had 1 interception on the night and young defensive back Kent Richardson with 2 picks on QB Jason Boltus. At the end of the third quarter, Richardson got a pick six and assured that momentum would continue and calm the Storm.
On the offensive side, QB Dan Raudabaugh received less workload due to Philly’s red hot defense. Raudabaugh, Miami, went 19/26, 213 yards and 3 touchdowns. Dan was relieved by backup QB Bryan Randall and Randall recorded 30 yards and 2 touchdowns.
“For a group of guys coming off a loss, battling through adversity – this team came out focused and won all three phases of the game tonight,” Soul head coach Clint Dolezel said in a press release. “I couldn’t be prouder of these guys and really feel that we came together this week down here preparing for this game and it showed on the field.”
The Soul will be in Atlantic City, New Jersey next Saturday (May 30, 2015 ‘home game:) to face the league’s newest franchise, the Las Vegas Outlaws in the first ever “Boardwalk Bowl.” Outlaws will look to bounce back after taking a 63-56 loss to Spokane on Saturday night while the Soul will hope to carry this week’s performance into an expected crowd of 10,000+ fans.
“It’s an event that has the entire organization excited,” Soul general manager Tom Goodhines told Arena Insider. “The whole South Jersey/Philadelphia area should be jacked up to come join the party.”
(Stay tuned for TB Storm postgame story)
Russell Athletic Offensive Player: Philadelphia’s Joe Goosby
Riddell Defensive Player: Philadelphia’s Joe Goosby
J Lewis Small AFL Playmaker: Philadelphia’s Joe Goosby
Cutter’s Catch of the Game: Tampa Bay’s Julius Gregory’s one-handed 25-yard TD in the third.
Spalding Highlight of the Game: Tampa Bay’s Kendrick Ings 56-yard kickoff return for a TD in the fourth.