PHILADELPHIA – After a slow first half for both teams, Clint Dolezel and his unit outscored Cleveland 36-21 in the second half, to keep Philadelphia undefeated at 8-0.
“We didn’t make any adjustments in the second half, we just played.” Dolezel said after the game. “Defense came out and got after Arvell (Nelson), and special teams got two P.A.T ‘s blocked and returned for a touchdown so it was definitely a momentum shift.”
Soul QB Dan Raudabaugh became the youngest and the tenth player in Arena Football history to throw for 30,000 career passing yards. The QB from Miami who threw for seven touchdowns and 303 yards against Cleveland, knows that it is a great honor, but getting wins are their number one priority.
“It feels alright,” A smiling Raudabaugh said in front of reporters. “I’m happy for it but it’s definitely a tribute to my team.”
The Gladiators got off to a fast start with a 24 yard kickoff return by WR Collin Taylor. QB Arvell Nelson would eventually respond with a QB sneak, to put the Gladiators on the board first. Philadelphia quickly responded on their first play from scrimmage, with Raudabaugh finding WR Shaun Kauleinamoku for a 34 yard touchdown to tie the game at 7.
After WR Quentin Sims’ nine yard touchdown in the second quarter to put Cleveland up 13-7, the Gladiators controlled the lead throughout the first half by forcing Philadelphia to two turnover on downs possessions. Nelson threw for five touchdowns and 305 yards off of 25/36 completions.
The Gladiators (2-7) will look to bounce back on the road against the struggling Baltimore Brigade (2-5) who are coming off of a bye.
Philadelphia will attempt to keep first place next week (wk 11), when they host the Tampa Bay Storm (7-1), who are currently on a six game win streak. The last time both teams faced each other was on April 15th, where the Soul came out victorious 56-52. Dolezel knows that they will have to clean up the mistakes from this game, with a strong team like Tampa coming into the Wells Fargo Center looking for revenge.
“We just got to fix the mistakes,” Dolezel said. “Were going to have our hands full. Tampa’s playing really well and we’ll be ready for them.”