Derrick Ross scored the game-winning TD to beat VooDoo

Philadelphia, PA – The Philadelphia Soul have played down to bad teams this season.

It looked like that would be the case again last night, until the final seconds.
The Soul struggled against the Cleveland Gladiators, Pittsburgh Power, and the New Orleans VooDoo.

The Soul escaped in come from behind fashion to defeat the VooDoo, 65-56, last night at the Wells Fargo Center. The Soul are 4-2 all-time against the VooDoo with four straight wins after losses in 2004 and 2005.

The Soul (6-5), when they have played down to lesser competition, gave the Gladiators their first win of the season after losing their first three games. Then, they gave the Power their second win of the season after coming in with a 1-5 mark.

The VooDoo came into the game with a 2-8 record. But now they are going back to New Orleans with a 2-9 record, as the Soul may have figured out their struggles.

With 6 seconds left, Derrick Ross scored the game-winning touchdown, as he rushed a yard into the end zone. His touchdown made it 63-56, before Ryan McDaniel ended the game with a safety to make it 65-56.

The Soul, with less than 7 minutes left, got within a point at 56-55. Dan Raudabaugh connected with Jason Jones on a 9-yard touchdown.

The VooDoo would increase their lead to 8 points at 56-48 after Kurt Rocco connected with L.J. Castille on a 28-yard touchdown.

The Soul nearly tied the game in the third quarter. If it wasn’t for a batched Dustin Almond two point conversion, the game would have been tied going into the fourth quarter.

Bryan Robinson record his 19th sack in franchise history, which led to Rocco fumbling the ball. Brandon Perkins had the ball fall into his arms, before returning it 35 yards into the end zone to make it 49-48.

Ross scored a 3-yard touchdown, his third of the game, to make it 49-42. This was his 95th rushing touchdown in his career.

The VooDoo scored early in the third quarter, as Rocco hit Courtney Smith for a 3-yard touchdown. This touchdown made it 49-35.

The Soul got within 7 points at the end of the first half, as Raudabaugh connected with McDaniel. The 3-yard touchdown reception make it 42-35.

VooDoo made it 42-28 after Rocco connected with Smith on a 4-yard touchdown. Raudabaugh hit McDaniel for a 4-yard touchdown to make it 35-28.

After a McDaniel fumble and VooDoo recovery, New Orleans used a quick strike from Rocco to Donovan Morgan for 23 yards to make it 35-21. Rocco also connected with Castille for a 23 yard touchdown in the second to make it 28-21.

Ross tied the game at 21-21 with his 9-yard rushing touchdown. Rocco also added a 1-yard rushing touchdown to make it 21-14.

The Soul opened the second quarter scoring with Raudabaugh to Anthony “Tiger” Jones for a 35-yard touchdown reception to make it 14-14.

The VooDoo led 14-7 after the first quarter. Rocco hit Smith for a 13 yard touchdown to make it 14-7. Soul’s Ross scored a 1-yard touchdown to make it 7-7. Rocco also hit Morgan for a 39-yard touchdown to make it 7-0.

The Ross touchdown was his first touchdown since May 25th against the Tampa Bay Storm. This touchdown also moved him into second place all-time in AFL history with 93 rushing touchdowns.

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