By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Philadelphia – The Philadelphia Soul closed out another season.
The Soul did not have the season they had hoped for when they decided to return to the Arena Football League this season. The 2008 ArenaBowl Champions ended the season with a 6-12 record.
The Soul lost 61-48 to the Pittsburgh Power last night at the Wells Fargo Center. The two teams split the two-game series.
The Soul was able to defeat the Power, Iowa Barnstormers, New Orleans VooDoo, Milwaukee Mustangs, and the Cleveland Gladiators. But the Soul’s biggest win of the season came when Donovan Morgan decided to return to the team.
Morgan signed with Virginia Destroyers of the United Football League and left for their camp on July 9th. But a few days later, he decided to come back to Philadelphia.
Morgan, the Soul’s team captain, returned to action after missing the July 8th game. But in the fourth quarter, Morgan had a scary moment.
He was going into the end zone for the ball and hurt his leg. He was down for minutes, and it looked like it could have been an ACL injury. But Soul head coach Mike Hohensee thinks differently.
“Right now, I think it is a high ankle sprain,” said Hohensee. “No (he didn’t go to the hospital), he was in the locker room after the game.”
Prior to his injury, Morgan helped the Soul stay in the game for a while. But at the end of the first half into the second half, the Power increased their lead and never looked back.
The Power was able to increase their lead thanks to Bill Stull. Stull, the former University of Pittsburgh quarterback, was making his first start with the Power.
Stull signed with the Power recently after playing for the Spokane Shock earlier this season.
“It was a great opportunity to get a fresh start,” said Stull. “We had a good week of practice and I felt good all week. It was really good to get a full start under my belt. I am happy playing back home, obviously it was an away game, but I’m with my home team.”
Stull replaced Bernard Morris as the starting quarterback for the game. Morris moved to wide receiver, and the two connected for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
“He (Bernard) knows that this is a business,” said Stull. “I also know that this is a business. I have been benched before, like I’m sure he has been in the past. I’ve been through it before in this game. We’re teammates, but at the end of the day, we want what’s best for the team. And that’s obviously to win the game.”
This was one of six touchdown passes by Stull in the game. Mike Washington had four of those touchdowns, and Lonnell DeWalt had one, as well.
“I’ve known Mike for a while,” said Stull. “We played against each other in high school. I have known what type of player this guy has been for a long time now. In the fourth quarter, I told Mike that he’s a beast. Hopefully, we’ll both be back (in Pittsburgh) next year.”
Charleston Gray and Eddie Thompson added rushing touchdowns for the Power. Jason Willis had a kick return for a touchdown, as well.
The Soul also had two rushing touchdowns in the game. Both touchdowns came by Darnell Whitley.
Ryan Vena had four touchdown passes. He hit Morgan, Larry Brackins, Syvelle Newton, and Ty Nsekhe, an offensive lineman with a shuttle pass, for touchdowns.
Morgan could have had a second touchdown, but fumbled the ball at the one-yard line. Newton and a Power defender dove for the ball in the end zone. Newton recovered the Morgan fumble.
“I am proud of the way our guy’s battled (last night) with all of the injuries that occurred throughout the game,” Hohensee. “We are a high character team, and our player’s left everything out on the field (last night). We competed at a high level all year, and I am looking forward to the 2012 season. It was an honor to be their coach. We understand that not all of us are going to be back next season.”