Soul Hang On Tight In Second Half, Move To 7-0
Final score: Soul 62 – Predators 48. Attendance at Wells Fargo Center: 8,633
SOUTH PHILADELPHIA (May 8th, 2015) – After a strong second half comeback from Orlando, the Soul still prevailed and remained undefeated leading behind an offensive attack led by league leading QB Dan Raudabaugh.
Raudabaugh, Miami, continued his MVP campaign after going 22/35, threw for 323 yards and capped off an 8 touchdown performance. This season, Dan currently has over 2,000 yards, 48 touchdowns, 4 interceptions and a 120.2 QBR (Quarterback rating).
“Guys are catching lots of touchdowns,” Raudabaugh jokingly said on his league leading 47 touchdown performance. “We’re taking advantage of opportunities that are presented to us. Any time you get receivers like that out there, you’re in good shape.”
Soul DB James Romain, leads league in interceptions (5), played his second straight game with an interception. His pick came early in the second quarter that essentially led to a 21-13 Soul lead.
“Basically, everything’s working and we got a new scheme this year,” Romain said on his performance so far this season. “Defensively, from last year went in the trash and we rebuilt this year. It definitely plays a big part when you feel comfortable with what you’re doing.”
As for Orlando, QB Randy Hippeard was injured before the game and was replaced by backup QB Bernard Morris. Morris finished with 213 yards, 3 passing touchdowns, 1 rushing touchdown and 2 interceptions. No matter who started at QB for the Predators, the Soul were prepared.
“We knew three days into this game that Morris was going to start,” Soul head coach Clint Dolezel said on the QB change with Orlando. “We played Morris plenty of times so we knew exactly what he was going to do.”
Per team policy, the Predators will not disclose the supposed injury on Hippeard. According to Orlando’s head coach Rob Keefe, Hippeard is listed as Day-to-Day.
On the contrary, The Soul will have a second meeting when they visit the struggling Jacksonville Sharks next week (May 16 @ 7pm). When the two teams faced each other back on April 12th, the Soul came out victorious with a 63-52 win in front of their home crowd. The Soul know that the Sharks are going to be a complete new team and will have to disregard the fact that Jacksonville is off to a surprising 1-5 start.
“[Jacksonville] are going to be a complete different team. They have tremendous talent,” Raudabaugh said on facing the Sharks next week. “They will not be taken lightly i can guarantee that.”
“This will be treated like a playoff game.”