Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Soul's Moten wins AFL Defensive Player of the Week honors

Eddie Moten (5-10, 185, Texas A&M Kingsville) registered a game-high 9 1/2 tackles along with a Week 9-high three interceptions as the Philadelphia Soul (9-0) defeated the Dallas Desperados (7-1), 57-28, at the Wachovia Spectrum Monday night in a game between two unbeaten teams.

During the fifth play of Dallas’ first possession of the second quarter, Moten made a touchdown-saving tackle on Desperados WR/DB WILL PETTIS at the Soul one-yard line. On the next play, Moten intercepted Dallas QB CLINT DOLEZEL in the end zone for a touchback.

On the Desperados’ second possession of the third quarter, Moten intercepted Dolezel again on Philadelphia’s one-yard line, ending the Desperados scoring drive and keeping the Soul’s lead at 23 points. With 6:18 remaining in the game, Moten corralled his third interception off Dolezel at Philadelphia’s seven-yard line with his momentum carrying him into the end zone for a touchback.

The Soul’s defense held Dallas to under 30 points for the first time since May 1, 2004, and only the second time in team history. Philadelphia travels to Quicken Loans Arena to face Mitsubishi Motors Eastern Division rival Cleveland (4-4) on Friday, May 2 at 7 p.m. ET.

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