Sunday, April 15, 2012

Soul edge SaberCats

PHILADELPHIA (April 14, 2012) – A second-half comeback sparked the Philadelphia Soul (4-1) as they defeated league powerhouse, San Jose SaberCats (3-2), 61-55, in front of 9,303 fans at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night. 

Philadelphia quarterback Dan Raudabaugh finished by connecting on 18-of-41 passes for 239 yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions.  Tiger Jones had seven receptions for 89 yards and four touchdowns, while Derrick Ross had three touchdowns, rushing for 23 yards and receiving for 39 yards.  Emery Sammons added five receptions for 53 yards and two touchdowns.  Jeff Hughley had four kickoff returns for 59 yards and two receptions for 40 yards. 

Leading the way defensively was Kent Richardson with 4.0 total tackles and three interceptions for 37 yards.  Rayshaun Kizer had 9.0 tackles while Bryan Robinson added 5.0 tackles, 2.0 sacks and two forced fumbles – one on the last play of the game.

San Jose’s Mark Grieb led the SaberCats by connecting 25-of-47 passes for 333 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions.  WR Samora Goodson had six receptions for 118 yards and two touchdowns.  DB Ruschard Dodd-Masters had four kickoff returns for 114 yards and one touchdown and Ben Nelson added eight receptions for 96 yards.

San Jose opened the scoring when Grieb completed a 7-yard pass to James Roe for the first and only touchdown of the first quarter during San Jose’s second possession.  Nick Pertuit kick for the extra point was good and the quarter ended with the SaberCats leading 7-0.

The second quarter, Jones began the second quarter scoring with a 8-yard catch as he fell over the endzone wall followed by a successful kick by Phil Marfuggi.  San Jose rebutted with a 57-yard kickoff return by Ruschard Dodd-Masters for a touchdown.  Later in the quarter, Robinson sacked Grieb for a loss of seven yards and fumble recovered by Dustin Barno.  Following this recovery, Raudabaugh completed an 18-yard pass to Sammons bringing the ball to the 3-yard line where Ross was able to run it for the touchdown. 

San Jose’s Tommy Taggart ran one yard for a touchdown followed by a 2-yard touchdown reception by Sammons.  Mark Lewis ran a yard for a touchdown giving San Jose a 28-19 lead.  With five seconds on the clock, Ross caught a short pass from Raudabaugh and ran 39 yards for a touchdown.  The successful kick by Marfuggi ended the first half with San Jose leading 28-26.

San Jose began the second half with a 16-yard pass to Mark Grieb and a failed kick by Pertuit.  After being stopped at the line of scrimmage, second effort allowed Ross into the endzone for a 3-yard touchdown.  The quarter ended with San Jose leading 34-33.

Jones’ three touchdowns in the final quarter gave Philadelphia their first lead of the game.  The Soul outscored the SaberCats 28-21 in the fourth quarter for a 61-55 win.  The victory, coupled with a Chicago loss, gives the Soul a League-best 4-1 record.

The Soul will face the Tampa Bay Storm next Friday night at 8 p.m. in another home game at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.  The game will be broadcast on “NET10 Arena Football Friday” on the NFL Network.
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