By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Philadelphia, Pa. — “Captain” Morgan celebrated a special accomplishment.
Donovan Morgan came into the game a few touchdowns shy of the century mark in touchdowns.
Morgan and the Philadelphia Soul rolled past the New Orleans VooDoo, 70-49, last night at the Wells Fargo Center. The win is the second at home this young season, going 2-2 at home so far.
The Soul improve to 4-7 on the season. Next up, the Soul face the Milwaukee Mustangs at the Wells Fargo Center on Friday, June 3rd. Milwaukee beat the Soul earlier this season.
On the other hand, the VooDoo dropped to 2-9 on the season. They have the worst record in the entire Arena Football League.
Morgan scored his 100th career touchdown on the VooDoo defense. He scored the 15-yard touchdown in the third quarter that put him over the century mark.
“It’s a great feeling,” said Morgan. “God has given me the ability to be a great athlete. I’m glad to do it here in Philadelphia. It’s a great feeling.”
Morgan had three touchdowns in the game. Morgan won the Most Valuable Player and Playmaker of the Game Awards for his performance.
Ryan Vena, who connected with Morgan on those three touchdowns, had 6 passing touchdowns overall. Besides hitting Morgan, he also connected with Larry Brackins and Syvelle Newton on the three additional touchdowns.
“He made some great throws,” said Soul head coach Mike Hohensee. “For us to be successful, he has to do better. That’s (two interceptions) is not acceptable anymore. We’re going to talk about those things. If you take those mistakes out – it’s been happening almost every single game – in almost every one of those, some one is almost always open, but he makes the wrong throw. If he can adjust, we’re going to be extremely successful.”
Newton was also involved in the rushing game. He scored a rushing touchdown in the second quarter. Vena also added a rushing touchdown.
Darnell Whitley, an offensive lineman and part-time fullback, scored two rushing touchdowns. Both of his touchdowns came in the first half.
Prior to last night, the last time the Soul scored four rushing touchdowns in a game was on March 15th, 2007 against the Grand Rapids Rampage. It ties a franchise record for the second most rushing touchdowns in a game.
The Soul defense added a 2-point safety late.
The VooDoo defense got out to an early start with a Matt Jackson interception return for a touchdown. In the third, Alvin Jackson did not want to be outdone, as he also intercepted a Vena pass and returned it to the end zone.
“We made it tough on ourselves at the beginning of the game and beginning of the (second) half,” said coach Hohensee. “We gave them points right away. We knew we had a great week of practice. These guys are tremendous. The record that we have, it would have taken a weaker team down. We had to move our practices to 6 am in the morning, and they’ve been productive. It showed out here on the game field.”
The VooDoo offense struggled at times. But they did have three touchdowns.
“No doubt,” said coach Hohensee. “We got a lot of heat on their quarterbacks. I don’t know how many pressures and sacks we had. I thought the defensive game plan was good. We have three DB’s (defensive backs) that didn’t start the season (starting for them now). I think they’re doing a tremendous job.”
VooDoo quarterback D. Bryant had three touchdown passes. Bryant connected with PJ Berry for two touchdowns, while connected with Hugh Gonzales for the other touchdown.
Berry also added a kick return for a touchdown. The VooDoo also added a late touchdown, but the game was already out of reach.
Jonathan Ruffin made a field goal. But missed several extra points.