Courtesy: Philadelphia Soul Media Relations
Soul win last regular season home game for a three-way tie at the 1-seed
PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Philadelphia Soul (7-4) beat the Baltimore Brigade (7-4) at the Wells Fargo Center with a score of 49-48 in front of 8,432 fans. The Soul are now in a three-way tie for first place in the AFL with the Brigade and the Albany Empire. This back-and-forth thriller came down to the last seconds, as both teams were neck-and-neck in touchdowns throughout the game.
The Soul got off to a quick start when veteran QB Dan Raudabaugh, making his return to the field, connected with rookie WR Aaron Wascha in the end zone, giving them an early 7-0 lead. Raudabaugh has totaled 122 completions on 176 attempts for 1424 yards, 29 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions. Although Soul defensive backs Torez Jones and James Romain attempted to hold off the Brigade offense with pass break-ups, the Brigade still ended the first quarter with a touchdown by WR Brandon Thompkins, tying the game at 7.
Just when the Soul had a chance to answer, QB Raudabaugh was picked off by Brigade DB Josh Victorian, putting the Brigade back in possession, resulting in a touchdown by WR Quentin Sims. The Soul got back in scoring mode as Raudabaugh found WR Darius “Money” Reynolds in the end zone for a 21-yard touchdown, tying the score at 14. However, the Brigade would take back the lead quickly with another touchdown, making the score 21-14.
The Soul responded with a touchdown of their own by WR Wascha with under a minute to go in the first half, but handed the Brigade a golden scoring opportunity after a failed onside kick. The Brigade took advantage of this chance as WR Thompkins made his way into the end zone, taking the lead at 28-21. The Soul didn’t waste much time and tied the score again, this time at 28, after WR Reynolds’ second touchdown of the game. The half ended with a missed field goal attempt by Baltimore and the score tied at 28.
After two touchdowns by Brigade WR Demetres Stephens and one each for Soul WR Darius “Money” Reynolds and Aaron Wascha, the score was tied at 42. The Soul held Baltimore on 4th down after DB Dwayne Hollis batted down a pass intended for Brigade WR Thompkins which became a big turning point in the game for the Soul. On the ensuing Soul drive, Raudabaugh found Wascha for the fourth time in the end zone, making the score Soul 49 Brigade 42.
The Brigade answered with their next touchdown by QB Randy Hippeard, and the game became even more thrilling. Baltimore decided to go for two and take the lead. The arena roared and the crowd rose to their feet to cheer on the Soul defense in the last seconds of the game. The Soul defense stopped the Brigade with 10 seconds remaining in regulation. The Brigade had one last chance to take the win with a successful onside kick. However, Soul WR Lonnie Outlaw spoiled the Brigade’s chance with an onside kick recovery to seal the win for the Soul.
So where does this put us for playoffs? This win keeps the Soul’s chances at the 1-seed alive. We now sit and wait for Baltimore’s game next weekend in Washington. If the Brigade beat the Valor, we will take the 2-seed. However, if the Valor win, Week 13 against the Albany Empire will be a battle for the 1-seed.
Coming up in Week 13, the Soul head to Albany for the regular season finale against the Albany Empire on Saturday, July 7th. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m.
|June 30, 2018||4:00 pm||Arena Football League||2018||8,432|
|Wells Fargo Center|
|3601 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19148, USA|