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Gladiators outdueled by Soul, 59-28

Saturday June 24, 2017

 Cleveland DB Kenny Veal posts team-high six tackles, two interceptions in defeat.

CLEVELAND – The Arena Football League’s Cleveland Gladiators, proudly presented by Unique Home Solutions, were defeated by the Philadelphia Soul on Saturday at The Q in Week 12 of the 2017 AFL season by a final score of 59-28. With the loss, Cleveland fell to 3-8 overall this season and currently remain alone in fourth place in the AFL standings.

Philadelphia grabbed a 7-0 lead with a ten-yard touchdown pass from QB Dan Raudabaugh to WR Ryan McDaniel and, after a Cleveland turnover on downs, the Soul made it 14-0 by virtue of a one-yard Mykel Benson touchdown run. After the Soul pushed their edge to 21-0 with a nine-yard scoring strike from Raudabaugh to Soul WR Darius Reynolds, the Gladiators answered with a five-yard touchdown run from FB Jeramie Richardson that made it 21-7 at the end of the opening quarter of play.

In the second, the Soul extended their lead to 28-7 with a 35-yard hookup from Raudabaugh to WR Shaun Kauleinamoku before Kauleinamoku reeled in a 28-yard toss from Raudabuagh shortly thereafter to make it 35-7 Philadelphia. Cleveland generated some momentum on their next drive, connecting on a 17-yard touchdown throw from QB Arvell Nelson to WR Michael Preston to make it 35-14 with 2:16 to go in the first half. Philadelphia answered back, however, with a 15-yard Raudabaugh-to-McDaniel touchdown throw to push their edge to 42-14 at the half.

The third quarter began with the two teams trading interceptions before Cleveland’s Preston caught a six-yard touchdown pass from Nelson to make it 42-20. Then, Gladiators DB Kenny Veal notched his second pick of the quarter, and returned it 13 yards to the end zone to cut the Soul lead to 42-28 with under nine minutes to go in the third. In the final quarter, the Soul pushed their lead to 45-28 with a 25-yard field goal from former Gladiator K Adrian Trevino and sealed a 59-28 win with a 21-yard Raudabaugh-to-Kauleinamoku touchdown pass and a six-yard fumble return for a score from DL Justin Lawrence.

Next up for the Gladiators, it’s a Week 13 bye, followed by the team’s final home game of the regular season, a 7 pm kickoff on Saturday, July 8th at The Q vs. the Tampa Bay Storm will full coverage on 92.3 The Fan, The Word 1440 WHKZ-AM and Spectrum Sports.

NOTES: Cleveland QB Arvell Nelson finished with 175 yards through the air on 18/36 passing with two touchdowns and four interceptions…Gladiators WR Michael Preston led all Cleveland receivers with 68 receiving yards and two touchdowns...Cleveland DB Kenny Veal notched a team-high six tackles (three solo) and two interceptions in defeat…Saturday marked K Drew Basil’s return to the Cleveland lineup following several weeks on injured reserve.

POST-GAME AWARDS:

Offensive Player of the Game: PHI WR Shaun Kauleinamoku – six rec., 143 rec. yards, three touchdowns

Defensive Player of the Game: PHI DB James Romain – six tackles, one interception

MVP of the Game: PHI QB Dan Raudabaugh – 18/33 passing, 256 yards, six touchdowns, two interceptions

Tickets for every Gladiators home game start at just $10 and are on sale now! Full and partial season ticket memberships are also available and provide you with the best seat locations, custom member benefits and the lowest ticket prices. All tickets can be purchased by visiting ClevelandGladiators.com, calling (216) 420-0000, visiting The Q Box Office or any Northern Ohio Discount Drug Mart. Be sure to follow the Gladiators on Twitter @clegladiators, or on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/clevelandgladiators.

There is one more opportunity for fans to experience the Gladiators Tailgate Zone during the final home game of the 2017 regular season as the team hosts “Fan Salute Night,” presented by the Brew Kettle, on Saturday, July 8th. Fans can purchase all-inclusive Tailgate Zone tickets for only $49 by visiting www.clevelandgladiators.com/tailgatezone or by calling (216) 420-2550.

The Cleveland Gladiators are part of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena organization and also owned by a group led by Cavaliers Majority Owner and Quicken Loans Founder and Chairman Dan Gilbert. The group also owns and operates the Cleveland Monsters of the American Hockey League playing at Quicken Loans Arena and the Canton Charge of the NBA G League playing in nearby Canton, Ohio at the Canton Civic Center.