Soul Use Big Third Quarter to Pull Away From VooDoo
Saturday June 6, 2015
PHILADELPHIA - Another scoreless third quarter for New Orleans (2-9) allowed the Philadelphia Soul (10-1) to pull away from the VooDoo (2-9) by a score of 63-41 evening at the Wells Fargo Center.
Following a 27-yard strike from Dan Raudabaugh to Ryan McDaniel the VooDoo secondary almost had an interception when Soul wide-out Lonnie Outlaw knocked the ball away from Tracy Belton at the last second. Two plays later Raudabaugh connected with McDaniel for the pair's third touchdown connection of the evening, giving the Soul a 34-27 lead with just under 10 minutes to play in the third quarter.
Defensive back James Romain would collect his first interception of the night, and ninth of the season a few plays later, winning a jump ball tussle with Chris Duvalt in the endzone. Two plays later Raudabaugh found a wide open Shaun Kauleinamoku for a ten yard touchdown giving the Soul a 14 point lead they would never relinquish - 41-27 - with left to play in the third quarter.
Still fighting, New Orleans would cut the lead to seven as Adam Kennedy threw a perfect 35 yard strike on the first play of the fourth quarter to Charles McClain cutting the Soul lead to 41-34. Playing his first game in his Arena Football career, McClain finished with seven catches for a team high 73 yards and two touchdowns.
Following another Soul touchdown McClain would add the first rushing touchdown of his career on an end-around from two yards out with remaining in the game once again cutting the lead to seven, 48-41.
Raudabaugh finished his evening 20-of-26 for 323 yards and nine touchdowns. His nine touchdown passes tie second place for the most ever by VooDoo opponent, a record currently held by Soul head coach Clint Dolezel (11). Dolezel set the record playing for Dallas in 2007.
A back and forth first half of explosive plays saw the VooDoo strike first. Making his first start since Spokane Shock, Kennedy led the VooDoo 44 yards on nine plays on the opening drive. A 22-yard catch and run by Chris Duvalt on fourth down set up Adam Kennedy's quarterback sneak for the opening score of the contest. against the
The Soul responded quickly with a 44 yard drive lasting just three plays when Raudabaugh found Marco Thomas for a 39 yard catch and run aided by a key block by Ryan McDaniel on Cortez Stubbs evening the score at 7.
On the next drive Kennedy escaped pressure from the Soul defensive line and while rolling to his left found a streaking Roger Jackson who beat James Romain for the 42 yard score. Jackson was penalized for celebration, and a bad snap allowed Bryan Jackson to rush up the middle and block the extra point.
Again Philadelphia would answer quickly, as James Romain would return the ensuing kickoff 40 yards, before Dan Raudabaugh hit Lonnie Outlaw for an eight yard touchdown pass with just over a minute to play in the first quarter giving the Soul their first lead at 14-13.
Kennedy finished 27-of-42 for 270 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions. Roger Jackson led the New Orleans receivers with eight catches for 66 yards and a touchdown.
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Russell Athletic Offensive Player: QB (PHI) Dan Raudabaugh - 20-of-26, 323 yards, nine touchdowns.
Riddell Defensive Player: DB (PHI) James Romain - Eight tackles, two pass break ups, two interceptions.
J. Lewis Small AFL Playmaker: WR (PHI) Ryan McDaniel - Nine catches, 127 yards, two touchdowns.
Cutter's Catch of the Game: Romain's third quarter jump ball interception in the endzone.
AFL Highlight of the Game: WR (PHI) Shaun Kauleinamoku second quarter 39-yard touchdown.