ALLENTOWN, PA – Despite the change of venues, the Philadelphia Soul (11-3) capped off a 6-1 home record this regular season after defeating the Cleveland Gladiators (7-7) 83-62 behind a nearly perfect game from QB Dan Raudabaugh.
Soul’s reigning and now current MVP candidate, Dan Raudabaugh threw his 600th career touchdown pass after his seven touchdown and 309 yard night. The QB from Miami told reporters after the game that while the accomplishment is nice, he understands that there is a much bigger goal that he hopes him and his team can achieve in August.
“Hats off to my teammates, I have been able to play with some really good players that keep me healthy,” Raudabaugh said on his milestone achievement. “It’s hard to pick up this offense every week, and our guys come in and make great plays.”
“Hopefully I can throw 600 more. I’m having a blast.”
Gladiators QB Arvell Nelson continued his hot streak coming off of the league wide bye last week. The QB from Texas Southern completed 26 passes for 338 yards, seven touchdowns and one interception. His main target throughout the night was WR Quentin Sims who caught two of Nelson’s TD passes along with 112 yards receiving.
“[Cleveland] done a really good job, not just with [Nelson] but they brought in a bunch of key receivers that are faster and quicker,” Soul head coach Clint Dolezel said. “Coach Thonn has really done a great job with this team and if you make mistakes against them, they’ll make you pay.”
In their week 13 win against the Portland Steel, the Philadelphia Soul locked up a top four seed in the 2016 AFL playoffs and will be home for the first round at the PPL Center.
“The atmosphere here was great tonight,” Dolezel said on the crowd of 5,593 fans at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA. “If you add maybe one or two thousand more fans here, it will be a really tough place to play in for opposing teams.
As for Cleveland, they will be away next week against the currently 5-7 LA KISS. Philadelphia on the other hand will also be on the road against the 1-11 Tampa Bay Storm on July 16th, 2016.