Courtesy: Philadelphia Soul Media Relations
PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Philadelphia Soul (3-4) fell to the Washington Valor (4-3) 48-41 at the Wells Fargo Center Sunday night, dropping into a tie with Atlantic City for the fourth and final playoff spot. Like the teams’ first meeting of the season, the game came down to the wire but Philadelphia was ultimately unable to contain Valor quarterback Arvell Nelson, who finished with seven total touchdowns (6 passing and 1 rushing).
The Soul stumbled out of the gate, as receiver BJ Bunn fumbled on the team’s opening possession. However, James Romain picked off his fourth pass of the season on the very next play. Four plays later, Soul fullback Adrian Ferns punched it into the end zone to give the team a 7-0 lead.
After trading scores, the Valor, down 14-13, attempted a poorly executed onside kick that traveled 25 yards. Upon recovering, the Soul appeared poised to add to their lead when quarterback Dan Raudabaugh found receiver BJ Bunn for a 21-yard completion to the Valor one-yard line. Instead, Washington recovered a fumbled snap on the next play, setting up a 47-yard drive that culminated in a Reggie Gray touchdown to put the Valor up 20-14 going into the half.
It ultimately came down to the fourth quarter, just as it had in the teams’ Week 4 meeting. After Darius Prince hauled in his second score of the game to tie it at 41, the Soul attempted an onside kick.
Philadelphia appeared to recover but upon review, the officials ruled that the ball was touched before traveling 10 yards. With the ball on the Soul nine-yard line, Washington milked the clock before Nelson ran it in for a two-yard score. The AFL’s top fantasy performer finished with 239 passing yards and seven total touchdowns.
With 20 seconds on the clock, the Soul started at their own 13-yard line. Facing a daunting Valor pass rush, Raudabaugh threw an incompletion on first down and was flushed from the pocket on second. After another incompletion, he threw it downfield in a last-ditch effort to find the end zone but was ultimately picked off. The quarterback finished 21-42 for 296 yards and five touchdowns in the loss.
The Soul finish a three-game homestand next Sunday, June 16th at 4 pm against the Atlantic City Blackjacks.