SOUL FALL TO EMPIRE IN ARENABOWL 32
Courtesy: Philadelphia Soul Media Relations
ALBANY, NY – The Philadelphia Soul fell to the Albany Empire 45-27 in ArenaBowl 32 on Sunday night in front of a crowd of 12,042 at the Times Union Center. After trading scores through the first quarter, Philadelphia allowed 21 unanswered points and was unable to recover late in the game.
Soul wide receiver Darius Prince opened the scoring with a 34-yard touchdown from Dan Raudabaugh and the team looked poised to go up two scores after Defensive Player of the Year James Romain forced a fumble on the Empire’s opening drive. However, Albany defensive back Maurice Leggett picked off a Raudabaugh pass three plays later and returned it for a touchdown to tie the game at seven.
While the teams traded scores early in the half, the turning point appeared to come midway through the second quarter. After Prince’s second touchdown of the night tied it at 21 all, Philadelphia recovered an onside kick. However, a fumble on the first play of the drive gave the ball back to Albany at midfield. Empire quarterback and league MVP Tommy Grady then connected with Quentin Sims for the receiver’s third of four first-half touchdowns.
The First Team All-Arena wideout scored his fourth of the half just minutes later after the Empire attempted and recovered an onside kick, setting up a four-play, 39-yard scoring drive. Down 14 at halftime, the Soul never recovered, falling to 3-3 in ArenaBowls.
Raudabaugh finished 26-of-39 for 300 yards and four touchdowns, moving him past Nick Davila for most career completions in ArenaBowl history. Meanwhile, rookie receiver BJ Bunn had a game-high 10 catches for 129 yards and a score.
The Soul finish the season 9-6.