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PHILADELPHIA— The Philadelphia Soul (3-0) defeated the Baltimore Brigade (1-2), with the final score 69-34 in front of 11,833 fans at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night.
“I am very pleased with our performance tonight but there is still room for improvement,” said Soul head coach Clint Dolezel. “Cleveland is also coming off of a win this week so we need to make sure we are focused and ready for four full quarters of football.”
Soul WR and MVP of the Game, Ryan McDaniel led the receivers with eight receptions for 123 yards and five touchdowns. WR Darius Reynolds added five receptions for 42 yards and WR Chris Duvalt tallied two receptions for 28 yards. Baltimore WR Julian Talley led the Brigade receivers with seven receptions for 123 yards and two touchdowns.
Philadelphia QB Dan Raudabaugh completed 17-of-28 passes for 207 yards and five touchdowns. Baltimore QB Shane Carden completed 21-of-32 passes for 258 yards and two touchdowns.
The Soul won the coin toss and elected to kick off to the Brigade. On the Brigade’s first drive, the ball was turned over on downs. The Soul took over and quickly reacted with a 13-yard rush from FB Mykel Benson for a touchdown. Trevino’s kick was good and with 11:19 to play in the first quarter, the Soul led 7-0. The Brigade turned the ball over on downs on the next drive. The Soul added to their lead with a 15-yard pass from Raudabaugh to McDaniel. Extra point was good and with 3:47 led Soul led 14-0. On the Brigade’s next punt, “Money” Reynolds scooped the ball up in the end zone, adding six more points to the board. The extra point was good and the Soul maintained their lead, 21-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The Brigade started off the second quarter with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Carden to WR LaQuan Williams. The kick was good, making the score 21-7. On the next drive, McDaniel found the ball in the end zone for the second time of the night. The kick was good, and the Soul led 28-7 with 9:40 left in the half. On the Brigade’s next drive, Soul rookie John Sheehy sacked Shane Carden. Shortly after, Carden threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to WR Julian Talley. Kick was good and with 7:07 left in the game, the Soul led 28-14. The Soul were unable to score on the next drive. The Brigade tried to close the gap by adding another 6 points to the board with a 00-yard pass from Carden to WR Rory Nixon. The kick was good, and the Soul remained in the lead with :49 seconds left in the half. The Soul answered back with another 2-yard rush by Benson. The kick was good and the Soul led 35-21 at the end of the half.
The Soul were to first to score in the second half of the game as McDaniel caught his third touchdown of the night. The kick was good and with 10:13 left in the third quarter, the Soul led 42-21. The Soul were unsuccessful in their onside kick, and the Brigade capitalized with a 12-yard TD pass from Carden to Talley for his second of the night. The kick was good, and with 9:43 left in the game, the Soul led 42-28. Raudabaugh found McDaniel in the end zone for a fourth time of the night on the next drive. The kick was no good, and the Soul led 48-28. Justin Lawrence sacked Shane Carden on the Brigade on their next drive. Shortly after, Carden was sacked again, and the ball was recovered by Soul MLB Beau Bell on the Brigade’s 10 yard line.
To start the fourth quarter, Raudabaugh passed to McDaniel for a 10-yard touchdown, his fifth of the game. The kick was good and the score was 55-28 with 14:12 left in the fourth quarter. Soul DB Dwayne “Shutdown” Hollis intercepted Carden and the Soul took advantage. Benson ran the ball in again for his third touchdown of the night. The kick was good and with 7:32 left in the game, the Soul led 62-28. Hollis struck again with a 40-yard interception run for a touchdown with 5:12 to play. In a final attempt to close the gap, Carden connected with Browning for a 29-yard touchdown, but it wasn’t enough as the game ended with the Soul winning 69-34.
Next week, the Soul will travel to Cleveland to take on the Gladiators on Saturday, May 6. The game will be broadcast on TCN and 97.5 The Fanatic.
Offensive Player of the Game: Philadelphia QB Dan Raudabaugh
Defensive Player of the Game: Philadelphia DB Dwayne Hollis
MVP of the Game: Philadelphia WR Ryan McDaniel