Monday, June 25, 2012

Soul shuts off Power

PHILADELPHIA (June 24, 2012) – The Eastern Division Champion, Philadelphia Soul (12-3), led by  record-breaking performances from quarterback Dan Raudabaugh and defensive lineman Bryan Robinson, shut down the Pittsburgh Power, 69-34, in front of 9,760 fans at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night.

Raudabaugh tallied his 94th touchdown pass this season, breaking the franchise record for most passing touchdowns in a season (90).  He finished by connecting on 22-of-31 passes for 268 yards, seven touchdowns and one interception.  Raudabaugh earned National Guard MVP honors for his performance.

Robinson, who recorded a sack and 1.5 total tackles, recorded his League record-setting seventh blocked kick of the season and earned AFL Playmaker of the Game.

“It was a slow start, but we rallied and got re-focused by the second quarter,” said Soul head coach Doug Plank.  “Defensively, we got a lot of stops early and our offense came together in the second half.  It was the type of team effort that helps us build character as we head toward the playoffs.”

Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Game, Tiger Jones, had nine receptions for 127 yards and three touchdowns.  Donovan Morgan added six receptions for 53 yards and a touchdown, while Jeff Hughley finished with four receptions for 58 yards and a touchdown.  Larry Brackins and Greg Ryan also added touchdown catches in the victory.

Defensively, Rayshaun Kizer had two interceptions and 5.0 tackles while Joe Goosby added 8.5 tackles.  Brandon Perkins and T.J. Langley each recorded a sack in the win.

Pittsburgh’s QB Bryan Randall connected 27-of-43 passes for 333 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions.  WR Oderick Turner had nine receptions for 116 yards and three touchdowns and Michael Washington had seven receptions for 107 yards.

Turner scored the first touchdown of the game after Chris LeFlore intercepted Raudabaugh’s would-be-touchdown pass to Ross.  Soul responded shortly after when Jones scored a 28-yard touchdown.  After impressive defense from both teams, including Pittsburgh’s interception and two sacks by the Soul, the first quarter ended with the score tied 7-7.

Second quarter scoring began with Randall’s 7-yard touchdown pass to Jackson.  Philadelphia fought back, scoring on a 6-yard touchdown pass from Raudabaugh to Brackins followed by a 9-yard touchdown run by Morgan.  With less than a minute left in the second quarter, Kizer intercepted Randall’s pass to Moqut Ruffins and ran for 41-yards leaving the Soul just four yards short of a touchdown.  Raudabaugh’s 4-yard pass to Morgan ended the first half with the Soul leading 27-13.

Soul maintained the lead throughout the third quarter with a touchdown by offensive lineman Greg Ryan, a 19-yard touchdown reception by Jones, and a 33-yard over-the-wall touchdown reception by Hughley. Randall’s 7-yard touchdown pass to Turner gave Pittsburgh their only points of the third and it came to an end with Philadelphia leading 48-20.

Soul outscored the Power 21-14 in the fourth quarter, sealing the Philadelphia victory and ending the game with a final score of 69-34.

The Soul will face the Tampa Bay Storm next Friday night at 7:30 p.m. ET at the Tampa Bay Times Forum Arena.  The game is scheduled to be broadcast on UStream at www.ustream.tv/philadelphiasoul.
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