By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Philadelphia – Mike Brown showed why he’s a fan favorite with the Philadelphia Soul.
Brown has been a fan favorite since the 2006 season. He returned to the Soul for this season after being away for the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
Brown gave it his all, but saw the Soul lose to the Arizona Rattlers in heart-breaking fashion. The Rattlers beat the Soul, 55-54, Saturday night at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
Brown had two interceptions in the game. He nearly had a third interception, but couldn’t come up with it.
“I had a good read on them all week,” Brown said. “It’s just like school, when you study hard, you perform well.”
He last had a two-interception game with the Soul was in the 2008 season. He had two interceptions against the Chicago Rush on March 9th, 2008.
“It’s always good,” Brown said. “When you get an interception, it helps your team out.”
On the season, Brown now has 6 interceptions. With the two interceptions, he surpassed injured Tanner Varner for the team lead in interceptions.
Varner had 5 interceptions before getting injured. He has been out since injuring his pec muscle in Week 8.
Even with Brown’s heroics, the Soul had a last chance to win the game. Jon Streifsky, a rookie kicker, who has only been with the team for a few games, was called on, instead of their veteran quarterback.
Streifsky kicks the ball, but the ball goes wild left. The missed field goal causes the Soul to lose back-to-back games in difficult fashion.
“It should be a lot easier to make that field goal than throw a ‘Hail Mary’,” Soul head coach Mike Hohensee said. “We practice field goals a lot, and we don’t get to practice it in a regular area. We had to take our shot and try and make one.”
The past two weeks, the Soul has lost both games by a combined seven points. Last week, the Soul lost to the Tulsa Talons by 6 points.
The Rattlers took the lead when Nick Davila hit offensive lineman John Booker for a wide-open touchdown. The Rattlers left just five seconds left on the clock after the touchdown.
Davila had 7 touchdowns in the game. Besides the Booker touchdown, Jason Geathers had four touchdowns on the night.
Geathers had three receiving touchdowns and one rushing touchdown. Rod Windsor collected the other three touchdowns from Davila.
In contrast, Soul quarterback Ryan Vena had only two passing touchdowns. Donovan Morgan and Larry Brackins each caught a touchdown pass from Vena.
Morgan returned on Saturday night after missing last Friday’s game.
“We thought he (Morgan) was going to play last week,” Hohensee said. “It was a doctor’s call than an organizational call. He practiced last week and practiced this week. We thought we was going to have a good game.”
Vena had four rushing touchdowns in the game. Darnell Whitley also added two rushing touchdowns for the Soul.