Soul Capture First Place After Giving Orlando First Loss Of Season
PHILADELPHIA – In a back and forth game in the first half, the Philadelphia Soul (7-1) shutout the Predators 21-0 in the 3rd quarter to give themselves the 62-54 win and hand the Orlando Predators (7-1) their first loss of the season.
Despite the fact that the Soul upset two of the league’s top teams in Arizona last week and now Orlando, Coach Dolezel said the locker room was still not pleased with how close the game ended up in the final minutes against the Predators. Orlando outscored the Soul 27-7 in the fourth quarter.
“We were a little mad that it got that close,” Dolezel told reporters after the game. “There were calls that did not go our way so our guys were mad because they felt like they got cheated.”
Soul QB Dan Raudabaugh continued his hot streak as he completed 20 out of 27 passes, 187 yards and four touchdowns.
“We were in sync all game but then we kind of fell off,” Raudabaugh noted on the lack of production in the fourth quarter from the Soul. “But I am proud of our guys in holding them off at the end and playing really tough with [Orlando].”
As for Orlando, QB Randy Hippeard had one of his best games this season by tossing 8 touchdowns and throwing for 257 yards. WR Brandon Thompkins caught 5 of Hippeard’s touchdowns, including a wide open 15-yard touchdown to make it a one score game and earned him the J. Lewis Small Playmaker of the Game award.
The Predators will be at home next week against the currently 3-4 Jacksonville Sharks who are fresh off a dominating 65-34 win against the winless Portland Steel.
Philadelphia will start their two game road trip next week when they face the currently 3-4 Cleveland Gladiators. Philadelphia opened up the season with a win at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, 69-41. The game will be available on ESPN 3.