By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer
Photos by Photographer Christopher Matthews
The Philadelphia Soul put up the most points ever allowed by the Tampa Bay Storm.
The Storm previously gave up 76 points to the New Orleans VooDoo. The Storm lost 76-55 to the VooDoo in New Orleans, Louisiana in the 2008 season.
The Soul scored 83 points in a 83-48 win over the Storm at the Wells Fargo Center Saturday night in front of 9,371 fans. This is the third time this season the Soul have scored 80 or more points.
“I think that’s a statement about our offense,” said Soul head coach Doug Plank. “Without our defense stopping their team and getting the ball back, we would have never been able to score 83 points. The important thing about that is, not only did we score 83 points, we allowed them to score 48. That’s important and a lot of games out there, both teams are scoring in the 70’s. It’s a challenge to play any sport and to continue to give it all that I got from the beginning of the game to the end of the game, regardless of whether you are winning the game or not.”
Besides this 83-point output, the Soul have put up 84 and 92 points respectively. The 92-points came against the Georgia Force and was the most points by the Soul in a game in franchise history.
Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh led the explosion with 16-for-21 for 270 yards and eight touchdowns. He connected with three different wide receivers for those eight touchdowns.
“Our receivers did a good job of getting open,” said Raudabaugh. “The line did a good job blocking and the defense made a lot of stops. That makes my job a lot easier. Our guys capitalized and we put a lot of points on the board. We had a lot of fun.”
Tiger Jones lead with 6 receptions for 123 yards and 4 touchdowns. Jeff Hughley had 3 receptions for 59 yards and three touchdowns. Emery Sammons had 6 receptions for 86 yards and a touchdown.
“Tiger Jones is one of the best receivers in the game today,” said Raudabaugh. “He’s really smart and plays angles really well. He was a little banged up and his foot was bothering him earlier this week. You couldn’t tell, could you? He was out there making plays, like Tiger always does.”
The Soul scored 22 points in the fourth quarter, while the Storm scored only 13 points. In the final six minutes, Raudabaugh was taken out and replaced by Adam DiMichele.
DiMichele went 3-for-7 for 41 yards. Alfonso Hoggard, another back up that came in late, had 6 yards and scored the last touchdown of the game with a 6-yard rushing touchdown.
“Adam prepares like a champion every day,” said Raudabaugh of DiMichele. “He treats every game, as if he’s starting. If something were to happen to me, Adam would step in to be our starting quarterback. He played great and is a great kid.”
Jones and Sammons caught a touchdown pass by Raudabaugh in the fourth. Jones caught a 5-yard touchdown pass, while Sammons caught a 37-yard pass.
The Storm had only one passing touchdown in the fourth. Matt Grothe, the Storm’s backup quarterback, went 2-for-2 for 46 yards and threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Chandler Williams. On the extra point attempt, the Soul defenders blocked it before Kent Richardson picked up the ball and took it to the end zone for two points.
“I think the one thing about our defense was that we had a great pass rush,” said Plank. “When you have a pass rush, it forces the opposing quarterback to make quick decisions. We lost a few balls and got a little rattled when they could have made some plays on the ball that lead to touchdowns for them. Our secondary played pretty well, but there’s room for improvement. I give most of the credit to our pass rush. It was outstanding.”
Storm offensive lineman Tom Kaleita added a 1-yard touchdown in the fourth. He scored his first ever touchdown late in the third quarter when he scored a 2-yard touchdown with a minute and 18 seconds left in the third.
Storm quarterback Stephen Wasil, who went 21-for-35 for 225 passing yards, had a 1-yard rushing touchdown in the third. Wasil had 6 rushes for 12 yards. He also threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Chandler Williams to open the third quarter.
Williams had 7 receptions for 127 yards and two touchdowns.
Jones and Hughley caught touchdowns in the third. Both had 21-yard receptions from Raudabaugh.
At the half, the Storm were trailing 48-14.
Soul fullback Derrick Ross had 7 rushes for 20 yards, including two second quarter touchdowns. Ross had a 2-yard and a 1-yard rushing touchdown.
Hughley caught a 17-yard touchdown from Raudabaugh. Sammons added a 4-yard rushing touchdown.
Wasil threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Prechae Rodriguez. Rodriguez had 9 receptions for 90 yards and two touchdowns. He also had a 10-yard touchdown pass from Wasil in the first quarter.
Jones caught two touchdowns in the first, while Hughley caught one. Jones caught a 10-yard pass and a 30-yard pass. Hughley caught a 21-yard pass.
“These wins are only important if you continue to do it over and over again,” said Plank. “And it was humbling to be named the No. 1 team in the league by the coaches, but it’s early in the season. We really want to get better each week and I was pleased with the performance. We came out and started the game really fast with a sense of urgency. We lost the momentum in the second half a little bit, even when our offense continued to score. We were able to maintain the same margin. I truly believe this team could get better. There are still things that we can work on despite some of our players being out that started the season.”
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