By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer
Photos by Christopher Matthews coming soon
Philadelphia, PA – The Philadelphia Soul had the game right where they wanted it.
They had the lead after halftime in front of the home crowd. Then, things started to take a turn for the worse.
The Soul (3-4) could not recover when the momentum went into the Pittsburgh Power’s direction. And, as the final minutes came off the scoreboard, the Soul’s chances of coming back drastically decreased.
The Soul lost another home game in this young season when the scoreboard hit 0:00. The Power were able to electrify the Soul, 53-48, at the Wells Fargo Center last night.
The Soul are now 0-3 at home this season. And they look to get their first win of the season at home next week, which they are going to have added pressure to win.
See, former Soul head coach Doug Plank is going to lead his Orlando Predators into town. Plank, who left shortly after the ArenaBowl loss to the Arizona Rattlers, decided to take the Predators job, and has the Preds at 1-5.
The Power (2-5) had one win coming into the game last night, and the Soul gave the game away.
The Soul had an opportunity late in the game. That’s when Dan Raudabaugh, who went 23-of-41 for 288 yards and four touchdowns, guided the Soul down the field in the final 31 seconds. Then, as the Soul got within 15 yards, Raudabaugh threw the ball into the end zone, which Power defensive back Sergio Gilliam picked off.
“I wanted to win this game,” said Soul head coach Clint Dolezel. “I’m kind of disappointed. We executed well the whole game, and then we fell apart at the end. I want to improve on everything. It’s a lot of simple things that we need to work on. Things don’t always go your way in these games, but it doesn’t matter, sometimes we need to win, and that’s all.”
The Power scored 14 points in the fourth quarter. This included a 3-yard run by Mike Washington and an 8-yard touchdown reception from Steven Sheffield to James Robinson. Sheffield went 19-of-35 for 272 yards and six touchdowns.
Also, the Power defense came up home with less than 3 minutes remaining, as Raudabaugh was stopped on a 4th and 1 play with goal to go.
The Soul were able to stop the Power from marching down the field, resulting in the Power turning the ball over on downs. But as mentioned before, the Soul squandered an opportunity to win the game, as Raudabaugh was picked off in the end zone with 12 seconds left.
Each team scored twice in the third quarter. For the Power, Robinson caught a 15-yard touchdown from Sheffield. On the following kick off, the Power gave up a 55-yard kickoff for a touchdown by James Romain.
Also, in the third quarter, the Power’s second touchdown came from a 38-yard touchdown from Sheffield to Washington. The Soul scored again as Raudabaugh connected with Ryan McDaniel for an 8-yard touchdown.
The Soul led 35-27 at halftime.
The Soul could only score twice in the second quarter. Raudabaugh threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Tiger Jones, who had eight receptions and 124 yards along with the touchdown. His touchdown was followed up by a 5-yard rushing touchdown by Derrick Ross.
In the second quarter, much like the fourth quarter, the Power outscored the Soul. The Power outscored the Soul 20-14 in this quarter.
The Power used two Sheffield touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown to outscore the Soul in this quarter, as Sheffield connected with Robinson twice. Robinson caught a 7-yard touchdown and a 14-yard touchdown from Sheffield in this quarter, while Washington rushed into the end zone for 5-yards.
The game was 7-7 when the Soul took a two touchdown lead. Raudabaugh threw two touchdowns to McDaniel, who added five receptions for 49 yards and two touchdowns, and Larry Brackins, who contributed two receptions for 21 yards and a touchdown.
With Brackins’ touchdown, he became second all-time with 2,977 yards, and has had a touchdown in 25 of the last 27 Soul games.
The Power scored their lone first quarter touchdown when Sheffield connected with Mike Washington. As the time was expiring, Ross added a 9-yard rushing touchdown to increase the Soul lead.
Ross had just 21 rushing yards in the game.
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