TRENTON, NJ – With the Wells Fargo Center being closed for renovations for the Democratic National Convention, the atmosphere at Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, NJ as well as Philadelphia’s defensive effort, helped give the Soul (9-2) a 73-37 home win over the now 4-6 LA KISS.
“I love it, it is a great arena and a perfect size for Arena Football,” Philadelphia Soul head coach Clint Dolezel told reporters after the game on their home game being in a different venue than usual. “I definitely have no complaints.”
On the defensive side, Soul DB Tracy Belton caught an interception, DL Sean Daniels scored on a blocked extra point, and DL Richard Clebert recorded a sack.
“The pressure was great and that’s what it is going to take,” Soul head coach Clint Dolezel said on his defense only allowing 37 points. “Our secondary did a great job and it made the pass rush good and vice versa. It was a good combination.”
LA KISS rookie quarterback Pete Thomas, North Carolina State, struggled at times against Philadelphia as he missed throws and was knocked down several times by DE Jake Metz. Thomas only completed 22 out of 40 pass attempts, 259 yards, 5 touchdowns and one interception.
Soul QB Dan Raudabaugh received less of his usual workload after handing the ball off to FB Jeramie Richardson who had three touchdowns (1 receiving, 2 rushing). Raudabaugh kept the momentum going from last week’s win against Jacksonville by only throwing three incompletions (20/23), 261 yards and six touchdowns. The five year QB from Miami was relieved late in the game by backup QB Luke Collis who also threw for a touchdown.
“I thought we were a bit sluggish to start but we really picked it up in the second quarter,” Dolezel said on the offense.
Philadelphia’s WR Ryan McDaniel was ejected from the game early in the 4th quarter after a fight broke out between him and several other KISS players. McDaniel, Samford, will be under review by the league to determine if he will receive additional discipline.
Conversely for Los Angeles, this now marks their second straight loss and will face the currently (1-9) Tampa Bay Storm next Saturday, June 18th at 4:30pm ET.
With five games remaining in the season, playoffs are circling in the Soul’s minds right now but Dolezel is making sure to keep his unit focused on the task at hand when they face the Arizona Rattlers next Friday, June 17th, at 10:00pm ET in Phoenix. Arizona will look to get revenge on Philadelphia after their 65-58 loss four weeks ago at the Wells Fargo Center.
“Everybody will be locked in and focus for Arizona next week,” Dolezel said. “[Rattlers] are the cream of the crop in this league and we both have short weeks so it will be another tough battle.”