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Soul Win On Father’s Day

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Philadelphia Soul dominated the Atlantic City Blackjacks in a Father’s Day blowout 54-29.  The Soul, with this win, improve their record to 4-4 for the season and they also clinch the tiebreaker over A.C. for the season.

Today was the day that the Soul defense shined.  On Atlantic City’s first possession the Soul’s defense forced a four and out with Thomas Dover leading the way with a sack.  They would then come back with the same intensity on Atlantic City’s second possession of the game, stopping the Blackjacks on a four and out again.  However, this time was in the Soul’s red zone.  It wouldn’t be until midway through the second quarter until they would give up a score to A.C.  But by that point it was 20-7 with the Soul leading.

In the third quarter the defense stepped up again on the Blackjack’s first drive of the second half. This time the Soul would get another sack from Thomas Dover resulting in another redzone opportunity. Any offensive attack to be had by the Blackjacks was stopped.  Dwayne Hollis would make a key contribution to the Soul’s defense by picking off a Warren Smith pass.

The Soul would yet again stop A.C. again on their second drive of the half via James Romain with strong coverage and the defensive line applying pressure like they were all night.  The Soul would put the nail in the coffin on the final possession for Atlantic City when Sean Daniels makes the final sack of the game.

The Soul’s defense gave up a season low 29 points in today’s game.

The offense was also shinning in today’s contest. They would score on every drive when they had the ball. First it was Adrian Ferns leading the way with rushing touchdowns on the very first two scores of the game and he would eventually get his third rushing touchdown in the middle of the second quarter.  Dan Raughdabaugh also had a strong showing today throwing 15/18 for 138 yards and 3 touchdowns. He would spread the ball around, a touchdown pass to each BJ Bunn, Lonnie Outlaw, and Darius Prince. Darius Prince would be the receiver with the best stats with 6 catches for 65 yards and 1 touchdown. He would also end up in the crowd on a very fantastic catch.

The starters weren’t the only ones shinning though. By the fourth quarter coach Dozel decided to pull the starters. This was when back up quarterback Danny Southwick would throw a touchdown pass to Jordan Williams. But also, the backup fullback Brandon Cottom would get a rushing touchdown at the end of the game.

Even though there were some special teams’ mistakes, there were very positive moments too. The mistakes weren’t costly. Kicker Kenny Spencer missed the first extra point in the game. Long snapper Sean Daniels would snap it too high on a extra point attempt late in the game. They would give up one onside kick at the end of the game (as  at this point the game was far out of reach). The positives did help them greatly. Besides on an excellent recovery of a couple of onsides kick, Torez Jones would recover the football on the A.C. 1-yard line after the ball bounced awkwardly off the net thus making the ball live in play.

On a losing effort, the A.C. Blackjacks did show resilience in not giving up. They did constantly try to keep scoring but there were just too many mistakes and a costly turnover. The game really turned when Randy Hippeard went down in the second quarter and didn’t come back to the game. This was also Ron James’ 8th straight loss to the Soul and the 2nd straight loss that A.C. had to the Soul.

The Soul will look to continue with this kind of energy when they travel to Columbus next week to take on the last place Destroyers on Saturday June 22 at 7pm.

(2004) - Caught the expansion of Philadelphia Soul (2008) - Watched ArenaBowl XXII (2017) - Returned to following the Philadelphia Soul (2018) - Attended Philadelphia Soul games (2019) - Started Contributing to 9th Man Nation covering the Philadelphia Soul

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