Score: Soul 47, Cleveland 35. Attendance: 8,424.
PHILADELPHIA – Soul advance to the conference championship following a defensive effort brought by DBs, LaRico Stevenson and Dwayne Hollis who combined for 4 interceptions (2 each).
“They’re good football players,” Dolezel told reporters after the game at the Wells Fargo Center. “We played excellent, that’s the bottom line. Defensively it was like every ball we touched, we picked it.”
Soul QB Dan Raudabaugh threw for 190 yards, 4 touchdowns and 1 interception. The veteran QB from Miami noted that the Soul beat Cleveland four times this season which sort of compared to last season when the Gladiators came out on top over Philadelphia in all three meetings.
When asked how it felt to get revenge on Cleveland, Raudabaugh jokingly responded,
“It felt sweet. Real sweet”
“But i’m proud of those guys, we practice and ball hard all week.” The MVP candidate said. “I got to tip my hat to Cleveland, it’s tough to beat a team four times in a season. But I’m proud of our players and I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
Gladiators QB Shane Austin struggled against the Soul that impacted his team’s performance. Before being replaced in the 4th quarter by backup QB Chris Dieker, Austin only completed 15 passes out of 32 attempts, 4 touchdowns and 4 interceptions.
“(Cleveland) is not the speediest of receivers,” Dolezel said on Gladiators’ offense. “We played man, we didn’t want to run zone and make it easy so we just had to make it tough on them.”
Soul will host the winner out of the Jacksonville Sharks @ Orlando Predators game next Sunday August 23rd at 5:00pm ET. TV coverage of the game has yet to be determined but the matchup will be radio broadcasted on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia.