Strong Second Half Gives Soul Victory Over NO
PHILADELPHIA, PA – On Saturday night, the Philadelphia Soul improved to 10-1 on the season, the best start in franchise history, thanks to a 62-41 victory over the New Orleans VooDoo (2-9) at the Wells Fargo Center.
Another slow start plagued Philadelphia in the first half, as they went into halftime with a 27-27 deadlock. But quarterback Dan Raudabaugh and his Philly offense came out in the second half and scored five touchdowns through the air, out-scoring quarterback Adam Kennedy and his VooDoo offense 35-14 in the third and fourth quarters.
“Bottom line is, we didn’t make plays in the first half,” head coach Clint Dolezel said regarding the slow start. “We finally started making those plays in the second half. The defense stepped up and got a bunch of turnovers late and played good, sound football.”
Raudabaugh finished the game with 323 yards on 20-of-26 passing, and his nine passing touchdowns set a season-high. The 28-year old won the Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Game award for the ninth time this season.
But I think the bigger story here for Philadelphia in their 21-point victory is the fact that all four of Raudabaugh’s receivers caught touchdown passes. Ryan McDaniel finished with nine catches for 127 yards and a pair of touchdowns; Marco Thomas, the game’s J. Lewis Small Playmaker of the Game, caught seven passes for 107 yards and three touchdowns; Shaun Kauleinamoku reeled in four passes for 98 yards and three touchdowns and rookie Lonnie Outlaw even added an eight-yard touchdown catch.
“I thought we had a good game plan and a really good week of practice,” Raudabaugh said. “Getting back on a winning streak is good, but sometimes you can catch yourself being a little lackadaisical and our guys are doing a good job of locking in every day, treating every day at practice like we’re preparing for the ArenaBowl.”
Defensive Player of the Year candidate James Romain added two interceptions of Kennedy, putting him at nine for the season, as the defense limited New Orleans to just 275 total yards and forced three turnovers.
Philadelphia will hit the road for back-to-back games against the Orlando Predators and Los Angeles KISS starting next Saturday night, while New Orleans will return home to host the Cleveland Gladiators on Friday night.