Road to Repeat Begins with a 56-52 Victory
Saturday April 15, 2017
Soul Start 2017 Season with a Win on the Road
“Tonight was not one of our strongest performances,” said Soul head coach Clint Dolezel. “We need to dust off the cobwebs and correct some mistakes before we head into the rest of the season but I am happy with the win.”
Soul WR Darius Reynolds led the receivers with five receptions for 78 yards and three touchdowns. WR Ryan McDaniel added nine receptions for 87 yards and one touchdown and WR Shaun Kauleinamoku tallied five receptions for 49 yards. Tampa Bay WR Kendrick Ings led the Storm receivers with seven receptions for 137 yards and two touchdowns.
Philadelphia QB Dan Raudabaugh completed 22-of-31 passes for 257 yards and five touchdowns. Tampa Bay QB Randy Hippeard completed 20-of-33 passes for 292 yards and six touchdowns.
The Soul won the coin toss and elected to kick off to the Storm. During the Storm’s first drive, Hippeard’s pass was intercepted by DB James Romain. The Soul took over and quickly reacted with a 19-yard pass from Raudabaugh to WR Ryan McDaniel for a touchdown. Trevino’s kick was no good and with 9:40 to play in the first quarter, the Soul led 6-0. The Storm responded with a 6-yard touchdown pass from Hippeard to WR LaMark Brown. Extra point was good and with 6:00 to play, the Soul trailed 7-6. The Soul did not hesitate and Raudabaugh found WR Chris Duvalt for a 27-yard touchdown. The extra point was good and the Soul regained the lead 13-7. On the kick-off, Storm WR Kendrick Ings returned the kick for a touchdown. With the missed extra point and 3:10 to go, the Soul were tied 13-13. Raudabaugh connected with WR Darius Reynolds for his first touchdown of the night on a 35-yard pass. Kick was good and the Soul took the lead, 20-13 at the end of the first quarter.
The Storm started off the second quarter with a 39-yard touchdown pass from Hippeard to WR Justin Hilton. The kick was no good and the Soul remained in the lead 20-19. On the next drive, Raudabaugh was sacked by DL Jordan Miller and fumbled, also recovered by Miller. The Storm took advantage and Hippeard found Brown for a 9-yard touchdown. A bad snap caused K Mark Lewis to throw for the two-point conversion and his pass was intercepted by Soul DB Torez Jones for a two-point defensive touchdown, decreasing the Storm lead 25-22. In the final minute of play, Raudabaugh handed off to FB Mykel Benson for a 1-yard touchdown and at the end of the first half, the Soul led 29-25.
The Soul slowly started off the third quarter with a 2-yard touchdown run by Benson. Trevino’s kick was good and with 6:44to play in the third quarter, the Soul led 36-25. The Storm responded with a 6-yard touchdown run by Hippeard and with a failed two-point conversion, the Soul kept their lead 36-31 for the end of the quarter.
To kick off the final quarter, Raudabaugh passed to Reynolds for his second touchdown of the night. With the made extra point and 10:13 to play, the Soul widened the lead 43-31. Hippeard connected with Ings for 45 yards and even with the extra point, the Soul remained in the lead, 43-38. Reynolds caught his third touchdown of the night on a 2-yard pass. Kick was no good and with 2:55 left in the game, the Soul were leading 49-38. The battle continued as Hippeard found Ings for another Storm touchdown and a successful two-point conversion closed the gap 49-46. Lewis attempted the onside kick but was recovered by Reynolds for a Soul touchdown. With 57 seconds to play, the Soul led 56-46. The Storm would not give up as Hippeard found Hills for two yards and the team’s final touchdown of the night. The two-point conversion was good but at the end of the game, the Soul took the win 56-52.
Next week, the Soul will travel to take on the Washington Valor on Saturday, April 22 at 7:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast on TCN and 97.5 The Fanatic.
Offensive Player of the Game: Tampa Bay WR Kendrick Ings
Defensive Player of the Game: Tampa Bay DB Cortez Stubbs
MVP of the Game: Philadelphia WR Darius Reynolds
ABOUT PHILADELPHIA SOUL
The 2016 World Champion Philadelphia Soul are entering their 12th season in the Arena Football League. In the first 11 seasons, the Soul have won four Division Championships, four Conference Championships and two World Championships. Since the inaugural season in 2004, the Soul are the winningest professional sports team in Philadelphia. Season memberships and Group tickets for the Soul’s upcoming 2017 season are on sale now. For tickets, contact the Soul sales department at (215) 253-4900 ext. 3, or request contact from a Soul representative by filling out the form on www.philadelphiasoul.com. Follow the Soul on Facebook at facebook.com/soul and Twitter at twitter.com/soulfootball.