By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Philadelphia – The Philadelphia Soul are the best team in the Arena Football League.
The Soul clinched that mark with the win over the Utah Blaze. It was made available when the San Antonio Talons lost to the Iowa Barnstormers on Saturday night.
The Soul defeated the Blaze 69-34 last night at the Wells Fargo Center. There were 12,765 fans in attendance.
The Soul play next in six games at home in the first round of the AFL playoffs. The New Orleans VooDoo will come to town to play that game.
The two teams played back on March 18th in New Orleans. The Soul barely escaped with a 1-point win at 63-62.
The playoff game will take place at 7:05 pm on Saturday night. It will be the Soul’s first playoff game since winning the 2008 ArenaBowl Championship in New Orleans.
The Blaze also made the playoffs. However, they will be on the road facing the Talons in the NFL Network’s Game of the Week this Friday night at 8 pm.
Blaze’s Tommy Grady threw 42 passes and completed 24 passes for 291 yards and five touchdowns. He also had one interception.
Tysson Poots had 10 receptions for 95 yards and two touchdowns. Aaron Lesue had six receptions for 85 yards and three touchdowns.
It was not one of Dan Raudabaugh’s best nights. He threw 15 passes and completed 10 passes for 112 yards and five touchdowns.
Larry Brackins caught four touchdowns, which three were from Raudabaugh. He had five receptions for 33-yards. Donovan Morgan had two touchdowns and six receptions for 92 yards.
Jeff Hughley had 48 yards on four receptions and a touchdown.
The Soul tried a trick play on their final touchdown possession of the game. Two-way player Melik Brown threw a pass to Hughley for a 1-yard touchdown.
Back up quarterback Adam DiMichele threw a 10-yard touchdown to Larry Brackins. It was DiMichele’s third touchdown this season.
Brackins also caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from starter Dan Raudabaugh seconds into the fourth quarter.
Brown also recovered a Blaze fumble on a kick off in the end zone for a touchdown.
The Blaze’s scored in the fourth when quarterback Tommy Grady threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Tyson Poots.
Their touchdown in the third came when Grady hit Aaron Lesue for an 8-yard touchdown.
With 7:22 left in the third, Derrick Ross scored a 1-yard touchdown. On the play, he set a single-season Arena Football League record with 645 yards.
Last season, he set the record, as a member of the Dallas Vigilantes. He had 622 yards when he set it last year.
Raudabaugh had a 4-yard touchdown pass to Morgan a few minutes into the third.
Brackins was the entire Philadelphia offense in the second half.
He scored a 2-yard touchdown to put the Soul up 27-20, then a few minutes prior, he scored an 8-yard touchdown to give the Soul a 21-20 lead.
The Blaze scored three times in the first. Grady hit wide receiver Aaron Lesue for two touchdowns and wide receiver Tyson Potts for the other.
Lesue caught a 12-yard touchdown then added a 10-yard touchdown on the opening drive. Potts added a 13-yard touchdown after breaking through Soul defenders.
Soul scored twice in the first. Fullback Derrick Ross scored on a 1-yard rushing touchdown. Then after the Blaze’s Opening strike, Raudabaugh struck immediately to Morgan for a 36-yard touchdown.