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VooDoo Rally Falls Short, Soul Remain Undefeated

Sunday April 26, 2015

 NEW ORLEANS - The Philadelphia Soul (5-0) left Smoothie King Center undefeated, using a 34-point first half en route to a 55-42 victory over the New Orleans VooDoo (1-4) on Sunday afternoon.

New Orleans rallied in the second half outscoring Philadelphia by a touchdown but couldn’t overcome a 20-point halftime deficit.Three of the VooDoo’s four second half scores came in the fourth quarter as Adam Kennedy threw two touchdowns in the period - one a highlight reel diving catch by Chris Duvault and a 17-yard strike to Jeremy Grier.

Kennedy finished the day 24-42 for 271 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions. Receiver Marcus Smith led with 11 catches for 88 yards. Receiver Carlese Franklin found the end zone on a 5-yard run end around to start the fourth and grabbed a 12-yard TD reception from Kennedy in the third quarter.

Philadelphia scored quickly and often in the second quarter as Philadelphia fullback Tommy Taggart found the end zone for the third time in the first half, and Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh tossed two touchdown passes - a 25-yarder to Xavier Boyce and a 13-yarder to Ryan McDaniel. Roosevelt Falls scored the VooDoo’s lone touchdown in the second quarter - a 4-yard run to make it 34-14 at the half.

Raudabaugh was efficient in the passing game, completing 18-25 for 196 yards, five touchdowns, and an interception. Boyce led Soul receivers with 59 yards on four catches and two touchdowns.

The Soul capitalized on two defensive stops to start the game, a turnover on downs on the VooDoo’s first possession and an interception by Romain James on the VooDoo’s second possession. Taggart turned both defensive stops into touchdown runs. New Orleans answered with 4:05 to go in the period as Kennedy connected with Chris Duvault on 10-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to 14-7.

Coming up big on special teams at times, former Soul defensive back Rayshaun Kizer recovered a Philadelphia onside kick when the Soul were up 34-7, before the VooDoo answered with a touchdown run by Roosevelt Falls, the first of his career. Garrett Lindholm continued his strong season as well, pinging a line drive onside kick off a Soul upback that was recovered by Carlese Franklin, late in the second quarter. Bernard Smith also blocked Tommy Frevert’s extra point attempt late in the first half, leaving the score 34-14 at intermission.

The VooDoo return to action this Saturday night as they host the Spokane Shock at the Graveyard for a 7 p.m. kickoff. Fans can also watch a live stream of the game on ESPN3.com or on the WatchESPN Mobile App. Live audio is also available through Fox Sports Radio 1280 AM or on the iHeartRadio App.

Media Awards:
Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Game - QB Dan Raudabaugh (PHI): 18-25, 196 yds, 5 TDs, INT.
Riddell Defensive Player of the Game - DL Bryan Robinson (PHI): 4 tackles, 2 sacks (12 yards).
J. Lewis Small Playmaker of the Game - FB Tommy Taggart (PHI): 11 rushes, 50 yds, 3 TDs.
Cutters Catch of the Game - WR Chris Duvault (NO) 16-yard diving TD reception in the 4th quarter.
AFL Highlight of the Game - Garrett Lindhom’s (NO) line drive onside kick the 2nd quarter.

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