Score: Soul 52, Portland 35 (Video at end of page)
SOUTH PHILADELPHIA (May 2nd, 2015) – With Soul WR Marco Thomas and Thunder DB Quincy Butler getting ejected early in the 4th Qtr, Philadelphia still managed to remain undefeated in their first ever matchup against the Portland Thunder.
Towards the end of the third quarter, an incomplete pass led to a huge brawl between both teams that essentially dismissed Soul WR Marco Thomas, 66 yards 1 TD, and DB Quincy Butler from Portland. The league office will review the ejections and will likely mean a fine for both players but will almost certainly include a suspension for Butler.
Following his ejection, Butler showed his frustration by tossing his helmet into the stands and hitting a female fan in the face. The DB from Texas Christian College received a special Philadelphia exit as he was booed by 7,011 fans at Wells Fargo Center.
“I don’t know exactly what happened but I know 100% it wasn’t [Marco],” Soul head coach Coach Clint Dolezel told reporters at the end of the game. “The refs were telling me that they saw two people throwing punches but how could you tell with the big pile on the field.”
“I have to watch film. I’ve seen worse.” Dolezel said on Butler’s helmet toss.
Even though it may have been the first time the Soul and Portland faced off against each other, Clint Dolezel knows Portland head coach Mike Hohensee very well so his mindset coming into this game remained normal.
“It’s Coach Hohensee so same team, same guy that I have played against since I’ve been in the league back in ’94,” Soul head coach Clint Dolezel said on former Soul coach and now Portland head coach Mike Hohensee. “We know each other so it’s more about that than it is the name of the team.”
QB Dan Raudabaugh is strongly making his case for MVP this season. The veteran QB ended his night with 250 yards and 6 touchdowns. Raudabaugh currently leads all QBs in the AFL in total yardage.
“You could go down the line and [wide receivers] all stepped up tonight,” The QB from Miami said on his receiving corp. “They’re all really good players and so unselfish, can’t say that enough.”
“Our guys are ready to step in when their number is called.”
Portland on the other hand, was in the hands of QB Kyle Rowley. Rowley threw for 169 yards and 4 touchdowns. The Thunder’s highlight of the game came in the 4th quarter DB Duane Brooks ran back a 54 yard kick-off return for a TD.
Despite the short week, Philly will have all the confidence remaining at home when they face the current 3-3 Orlando Predators next Friday (May 8th) at 7:00 pm ET
“We know they have a good team and they are well coached,” Raudabaugh said on facing the Predators. “Their QB is playing lights out right now so we’re going to challenge their receivers defensively and offensively, we just got to make plays when they’re there.
Here is what the atmosphere is like pic.twitter.com/NBipIMmQHy
— Anthony Carter (@acarterAFL) May 3, 2015