Soul Clinch Playoff Spot
Philadpehia, PA – The Philadelphia Soul (6-4) hosted the Albany Empire (8-2) for their last home game of the regular season and for a chance to make the playoffs. The Soul came into the game on a two-game winning streak. Meanwhile the Empire came into the game with a two-game winning streak themselves.
The first half was filled with a lot of problems for the Soul, especially on their opening drive. On the first play of the game, Dan Raudabaugh missed a key touchdown pass to Darius Prince, only to be intercepted a few plays later in the drive. The Soul would be fortunate enough to keep up with the Empire’s attack throughout the first half via connecting on key touchdown passes to BJ Bunn and twice to Darius Prince. The Soul would be only down 21-20 upon the conclusion of the first half.
A totally different Soul team would make their appearance in the second half. The Soul would force a big stop with help from Sean Daniels who would be the first player to sack Tommy Grady. On the ensuing play, Torez Jones would get an interception. The Soul’s offense would then respond with a beautiful touchdown pass from Raudabaugh to Darius Prince. The next Empire possession, the Soul’s defense would force a 4 and out with great pressure from Sean Daniels and the defensive line. The Soul would then drive down the field and finish the drive with an Adrian Ferns rushing touchdown. The Empire would fight back with another touchdown to Malachi Jones, only to be countered by Dan Raudabaugh who would follow with a touchdown pass to a leaping Lonnie Outlaw who’d end up over the wall.
The interceptions would continue to be a problem for Grady as James Romain would record his league leading 7th interception. Finally closing out the game 54-43, Raudabaugh would continue connecting with BJ Bunn and Lonnie Outlaw with touchdown receptions.
Statistically, Dan Raudabaugh would finish the game with 21/32 completions with 1 interception and 7 touchdowns. His favorite target was Darius Prince who had 7 catches with 91 yards and 3 touchdowns. BJ Bunn also contributed with 7 catches for 71 yards and 2 touchdowns. Not to be left out, Lonnie Outlaw would also catch 2 touchdowns himself.
The Soul would clinch a 8th consecutive playoff appearance in the 2019 season. The Soul will travel just over an hour away to Atlantic City next week to face their new rivals, the Blackjacks who look to get a win and secure a playoff spot for themselves. The Empire will be on a bye week.