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Philadelphia Soul Press Release
PHILADELPHIA— The Philadelphia Soul (7-0) defeated the Washington Valor (1-5), with the final score 48-47 in front of 9,873 fans at the Verizon Center on Saturday afternoon.
“It’s hard to win a game in arena football, but we’ll take them any way we can,” said Soul head coach Clint Dolezel. “We are definitely happy with 7-0 and looking forward to this bye week to get healed up and ready to finish the second half of the season.”
Soul WR Ryan McDaniel led the receivers with four receptions for 49 yards and two touchdowns. WR Darius Reynolds added three receptions for 54 yards and two touchdowns and WR Shaun Kauleinamoku tallied three receptions for 45 yards and one touchdown. Washington WR Greg Carr led the receivers with 12 receptions for 131 yards and four touchdowns.
Philadelphia QB Dan Raudabaugh completed 10-of-22 passes for 148 yards and five touchdowns. Washington QB Sean Brackett completed 26-of-44 passes for 231 yards and five touchdowns.
The Soul won the coin toss and elected to kick off to the Valor. Brackett connected with Greg Carr for 27 yards and the first Valor touchdown of the afternoon. Kick was good and with 9:52 to go in the first quarter, the Soul trailed 7-0. The Valor’s lead was short lived as Raudabaugh found McDaniel for a 5-yard touchdown and his 100th career touchdown. Trevino’s kick was good and the score was tied 7-7. The Valor were unable to complete the first down and the Soul took over possession. Raudabaugh completed a 14-yd pass to Kauleinamoku for another Soul touchdown and with the made extra point the Soul stretched the lead 14-7 to end the first quarter.
A turnover on downs by the Valor started off the second quarter. McDaniel caught his second touchdown on a 7-yard pass and the Soul remained in the lead 21-7. Brackett found Carr for a 7-yard Valor touchdown. Kick was good and with 4:49 to play in the half, the Soul led 21-14. Josh Reese recovered a bar ball kick and the Valor tied up the game 21-21. Carr caught his third touchdown of the night with an 18-yd pass from Brackett. Kick was good and with 19 seconds left in the half, the Soul trailed for the first time, 28-21. In the final 12 seconds of the first half, Chris Duvalt returned the kick-off for a 58-yd touchdown and the Soul tied the game, 28-28.
The Soul started off the second half with a 1-yd touchdown by Mykel Benson to put the Soul up 35-28. Another turnover on downs by the Valor gave the Soul possession once again and Raudabaugh passed to Reynolds for a 28-yd touchdown. Kick was good and at the end of the third quarter, the Soul kept the lead 42-28.
Carr caught his fourth touchdown for the Valor on a 9-yd pass from Brackett. Kick was good and with 10:51 to play in the game, the Valor closed the gap. 42-35. The Soul were unable to complete a first down and the Valor took over once again. Brackett took advantage and connected with Reese for a 13-yd touchdown and the Valor brought the game to one point, trailing 42-41. With a minute to go, Raudabaugh found Reynolds for an 11-yd touchdown, bringing the score to 48-41, after a missed two-point conversion. In a final attempt to win the game, McClain ran the ball in for a two-yard Valor touchdown but the extra point was fumbled, leaving the score 48-47 and giving the Soul their seventh win this season.
Offensive Player of the Game: Washington QB Sean Brackett
Defensive Player of the Game: Philadelphia LB Joe Goosby
MVP of the Game: Philadelphia QB Dan Raudabaugh