PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Soul (3-3) powered their way to a victory against the Columbus Destroyers (0-6) on Saturday night with 8,672 fans in attendance at the Wells Fargo Center. The Soul’s defense came to play and helped the team snap a three-game losing streak going into the game.
Starting the game off, James Romain caught an interception and ran it back for a touchdown. This was the beginning of a turnover friendly night for the Soul’s defense. Torez Jones would himself receive the second interception of the night; while also recording 8.5 tackles and a fumble recovery that teammate Darius Reynolds had caused. Jake Metz would also be included on the Soul’s defensive attack by fighting his way for the only sack of the game.
Certainly, the defense weren’t the only stars for the Soul tonight. Offensively, QB Dan Raudabaugh would throw for 260 yards and 6 touchdowns. His three main targets were Darrius Prince, BJ Bunn, and Lonnie Outlaw. Of the three, BJ Bunn, for his first ever start, had a great game with 5 catches for 94 yards with 2 touchdowns. Midway through the fourth quarter, QB Dan Raudabaugh found offensive lineman Keith Newell, who claimed eligible as the tight end, for a touchdown to put the nail in the coffin.
Even though it was on a losing effort, the Destroyers had a few marquee players that contributed to their offensive attack. Rookie QB, Grant Russell found the end-zone 4 different times, including rushing one in himself for a touchdown. He also had two receivers who he targeted throughout the game, Tony Stevens and Fabian Guerra. Tony Stevens was the main highlight for the Destroyers. He caught 5 passes for 98 yards and 2 touchdowns. Fabian Guerra also pitched in with 4 catches for 74 yards.
However, once the Soul were able to get the lead in the first quarter 13-7, they were able to hold off any possible attack the Destroyers’ would put on throughout the remainder of the game. The Soul’s defensive stops came in key at this point. The Soul would lead going into the locker room at halftime 19-14. While keeping the Destroyers’ offensive from scoring in the third quarter, the Soul would add 14 points to their lead. They would then end the game with another 14 points in the 4th. However, the Destroyers would this time be able to add 21 themselves, but ultimately fall up short by a score of 47-35.
Next week the Philadelphia Soul look to create a winning streak as they take on the defending ArenaBowl Champion, Washington Valor as game 2 of a three-game home stand at the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday, June 9th at 4:00pm EDT. For the Columbus Destroyers, they return to their friendly combines, Nationwide Arena, to face off against the expansion Atlantic City Blackjacks on Friday, June 7th at 7pm EDT.