By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Philadelphia — The Philadelphia Soul showed why they are the Eastern Division Champions in their first game back at home since clinching the Division last week.
The Soul were able to take the electrical zap out of the Power early on. And they were able to roll to their 12th victory of this season.
The Soul were able to defeat the Pittsburgh Power, 69-34, on Sunday night at the Wells Fargo Center. There were 9,760 fans in attendance to see the game.
The Soul were able to take a 3-1 all-time lead against their cross-town rivals. The two teams have only played against each other for the past two years, and the Power lost both games this season to the Soul.
In addition, Soul head coach Doug Plank is just one win away from his 60th overall in his Arena Football coaching career. He came to the Soul before the start of this season.
While Plank has to wait until next week for his record, Dan Raudabaugh was able to break a seven-year-old franchise record. He was able to break a record that was put in place by Tony Graziani in 2005.
Raudabaugh threw his 94th touchdown of the season. Graziani’s record was for 90 touchdowns in a season.
He was also named the National Guard MVP of the game for his performance. He threw seven touchdowns and completed 22-of-31 passes for 268 yards.
Raudabaugh was not the only record-setting player in the game. Jeff Hughley set a kick returning record with 1,426 yards in a season. And Bryan Robinson recorded his seventh blocked kick of the season.
Hughley had four receptions for 58 yards and a touchdown. Tiger Jones, who was named the Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Game, had nine receptions for 127 yards and three touchdowns.
Donovan Morgan had six receptions for 53 yards and a touchdown. Larry Brackins and the newly-signed Greg Ryan also had touchdowns.
Raudabaugh’s counterpart, Bryan Randall, had a tough go-at-it. He was hurried throughout the game by the Soul defense.
He was sacked by Soul defensive ends Brandon Perkins and T.J. Langley. Linebacker Rayshaun Kizer added two interceptions and 5 tackles. Fellow linebacker Joe Goosby had 8.5 tackles.
Randall did, however, have five touchdown passes and two interceptions. He threw for 27-of-43 passes for 333 yards.
Oderick Turner, who is in his first year with the Power after playing for the Trenton Steel last season, had nine receptions for 116 yards. He had three touchdowns. Michael Washington added seven receptions for 107 yards.
Randall threw two fourth quarter touchdowns. He threw a 29-yard pass to A.J. Jackson and a 32-yard pass to Oderick Turner.
Raudabaugh had one touchdown pass in the fourth when he hit Tiger Jones for a 9-yard touchdown. He then saw Derrick Ross score a 5-yard rushing touchdown and Justin Warren score on a 36-yard fumble recovery.
Raudabaugh added three touchdowns in the third quarter. He threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Greg Ryan, a 19-yard touchdown pass to Tiger Jones, and a 33-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Hughley.
Randall threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Oderick Turner.
He threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Jackson in the second. However, Geoff Boyer missed an extra point.
Morgan added two touchdowns in the quarter. He had a 9-yard rushing touchdown, then a 4-yard touchdown reception from Raudabaugh less than two minutes apart.
Raudabaugh also hit Brackins for a 6-yard touchdown pass. Connor Hughes missed the extra point.
Raudabaugh hit Tiger Jones for a 28-yard touchdown in the first. Turner added a 3-yard touchdown reception for the Power in the first, as well.