ANAHEIM – The Soul defense stiffened late and quarterback Dan Raudabaugh continued his MVP-type season as Philadelphia outlasted the Los Angeles KISS, 56-48, in front of 6,122 fans at Honda Center on Saturday night.
The Soul moved to 11-2 on the season and lead the American Conference, while also holding a four-game advantage over the Cleveland Gladiators in the East Division.
“We’re just happy to get a win,” Soul head coach Clint Dolezel said. “Any time you come out from the east coast to the west coast, it’s hard. We’re starting the game at 11 p.m. our time and finishing up past 1:30 a.m. I’m proud of our guys though. They fought hard. L.A.’s a good football team. They’re going to give them a good run out here.”
Marco Thomas led the Soul receivers with eight catches for 100 yards and three touchdowns. Ryan McDaniel had five receptions for 67 yards and one touchdown, while Harvey Binford had three receptions for 59 yards and one touchdown. Lonnie Outlaw chipped in with two catches for 34 yards and one touchdown. Tommy Taggart added 39 rushing on eight carries and one rushing touchdown for the Soul on offense.
Raudabaugh finished the night completing 19-of-30 passes for 268 yards, six touchdowns and one interception.
Mike Goosby led the defense with 5.0 total tackles and recovered an onsides kick, while Kent Richardson had 5.0 total tackles and had a 46-yard interception return for a touchdown. James Romain had 3.0 total tackles and two pass breakups and Teddy Jennings had two sacks in his season debut with the Soul, while Bryan Robinson added one sack for the night.
Next week, the Soul return home to face the Tampa Bay Storm at 7:30 p.m. at Wells Fargo Center on Friday, June 26. The game will be televised on The Comcast Network.