Sunday, June 03, 2012

Soul destroy Orlando

 PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Soul (9-3), led by a record-breaking performance by Derrick Ross, dominated the Orlando Predators, 79-48, in front of 9,871 fans at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night.
       
“This game didn’t mean much as a statement,” said Soul head coach Doug Plank. “But the team performed well and these consecutive wins are what we need to start building momentum as we head toward the playoffs.”
         
Ross set a franchise mark finishing with 84 rushing yards, the League’s best this season.  His five rushing touchdowns, also the League’s best this season, set the franchise record.  This is the third time he’s broke 60 rushing yards in a game this season and the seventh time he’s scored more than two rushing touchdowns in a game this season.
         
Philadelphia’s QB Dan Raudabaugh finished by connecting on 17-of-24 passes for 229 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.  AFL Playmaker of the Game, Tiger Jones, contributed nine receptions for 127 yards and three touchdowns.  Donovan Morgan added four receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown, while Jeff Hughley finished with seven receptions for 65 yards.        
         
Orlando’s QB Chris Leek connected 21-of-32 passes for 265 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions. WR T.T. Toliver had five receptions for 106 yards and two touchdowns and William Jarvis had 10 receptions for 99 yards and four touchdowns.
                   
Orlando (1-10) quickly scored the first touchdown of the game just 44 seconds after kick-off when Leek completed a 41-yard touchdown pass to Toliver.  Philadelphia responded with two touchdowns, including 16-yard interception return by Rayshaun Kizer, giving the Soul a 14-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.
                  
The second quarter scoring began with Raudabaugh’s 24-yard touchdown pass to Morgan followed by a safety by Russell Athletic Defensive Player of the Game, Dustin Barno.  The Soul continued to score with a 1-yard rushing touchdown by Ross and a 5-yard touchdown reception by Jones.  With 43 seconds remaining in the first half, Orlando scored their second touchdown since the beginning of the game with a 21-yard pass to Toliver.  After a 42-yard touchdown pass to Jones, the first half ended with the Soul leading 44-20.
                  
Ross dominated the third quarter with back-to-back-to-back touchdown runs.  Orlando was able to score once with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Jarvis.  The third quarter ended with the Soul leading 65-27.
                 
Ross scored his fifth rushing touchdown of the game at the beginning of the fourth quarter.  Jarvis scored three touchdowns in the fourth and Philadelphia’s Emery Sammons added a 33-yard touchdown reception.  The game came to an end with the final score 79-48.
         
 The Soul will face the Milwaukee Mustangs next Friday night at 8 p.m. ET at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee.  The game is schedule to be broadcast on TCN with Lou Tilley and Tom Goodhines calling the action.
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