PHILADELPHIA – After Philadelphia Soul quarterback Shane Austin connected with wide receiver Darius Reynolds for a 37-yard touchdown, kicker Adrian Trevino’s extra point attempt was blocked by defensive lineman Roder Henderson, that kept the Washington Valor in the lead by one with 1:53 left in the game. That block would essentially seal the Valor’s first win of the season.
“[Washington] did a really good job. They were physical with us and made us work for everything we got,” Soul head coach Clint Dolezel said on the difference in the second half. “Offensively they made the plays that they needed to – so hats off to them, they came in and brought it to us.”
Philadelphia (4-4) was given a final opportunity with 35 seconds remaining, after DB LaRico Stevenson forced and recovered a fumble from Valor WR Reggie Gray. Two completions later in Washington’s territory, Austin’s pass was intercepted by Fred Obi and hope would then be taken out of 9,636 fans at the Wells Fargo Center.
“We were just a couple of plays away,” Austin, who played in his first game as a member of the Soul organization, said after the game. “I got to make some better throws. I was inaccurate on a few balls that were either short or high. I just gotta be able to make those throws because that’s what this league is about.”
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Austin is in his fifth year in the Arena Football League, and was brought to the team from the Washington Valor a week before. With QB Dan Raudabaugh being placed on injured reserve, the team knew that they needed a veteran signal caller to help keep the ship afloat. The 28-year old QB from Hawai’i, threw for 302 yards off of 18 completions, six touchdowns, and two interceptions.
WR Darius Prince was Austin’s go-to target throughout the night. Prince caught four touchdowns off of eight receptions for 146 yards.
“Shane is a veteran QB in this league so he was able to do what he does best,” Prince said. “He’s a good quarterback… I like him.”
As for Washington, QB Arvell Nelson went 17-27 for 214 yards, six touchdowns (two rushing) and one interception. Nelson’s second rushing touchdown kept the Valor in control to victory with a 49-42 lead with two minutes left.
Valor (1-7) will look to use the win over Philadelphia as momentum for next week when they visit the first place Baltimore Brigade (6-2). The game is scheduled for Friday June 15th, at 7:00pm ET.
Philadelphia knows that they have several issues to fix as they will travel 234 miles to Albany, NY to face the Empire (5-3). The game will kickoff on Saturday June 16th, at 6:00pm ET.
“We got to get back to the basics,” Dolezel said. “Were in position to make plays, we just got to make them.
No one cares what we done in the past. It’s all about now.”