By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: June 23rd, 2013 at 12:30 AM EST
Philadelphia, PA – Iowa Barnstormers head coach Mike Hohensee was once the Philadelphia Soul head coach for just one season.
Hohensee guided the Soul to a 6-12 season during the 2011 Arena Football League, before resigning at the end of the season. Yet, he is 0-2 in his last two games at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Soul (8-5) defeated the Barnstormers (6-8), 54-30, last night at the Wells Fargo Center. The Soul are a perfect 3-0 all-time against the Barnstormers.
“We’re taking it one game at a time,” said Soul head coach Clint Dolezel “We’re playing well in all three phases of the game, which is a big part of our consistency over the past couple weeks. When you perform well in the three phases, you get big wins, which is what happened last week and tonight. We’re getting into a groove as a team and our performance is starting to show that.”
Hohensee lost his final game at the Wells Fargo Center to the Pittsburgh Power in July 2011. And last night was the first time that he returned to the arena that he used to call home for 6 months.
The Soul are now on a 3-game win streak with this win and are now 3-4 at home this year. This is the Barnstormers first loss since June 1st, as they lost to the Tampa Bay Storm that night, and are 4-4 on the road this year.
Dan Raudabaugh went 12-for-15 for 142 yards and four touchdowns. Two of those touchdowns went to Ryan McDaniel, who had five receptions for 47 yards and those touchdowns. Tiger Jones also had two touchdowns and had four receptions for 57 yards.
The Arena Football League’s all-time leader rusher, Derrick Ross, was able to add 54 yards to his 1,618 rushing yards that he had coming into the game. Ross also added two touchdowns.
Soul defensive back David Richardson had 9.5 tackles. And defensive lineman Bryan Robinson had five tackles and a sack.
With Iowa, J.J. Raterink went 15-for-27 for 145 yards and a touchdown, before throwing three interceptions in the first half and being relegated to the bench in the second half. His back up Brian Reader came in for the rest of the game, going 13 for 20 for 124 yards and two touchdowns.
Barnstormers’ wide receivers Marco Thomas had 10 receptions for 97 yards and a touchdown. Darius Reynolds chipped in with 7 receptions for 74 yards. Jesse Schmidt caught two touchdowns on 4 receptions for 39 yards.
John Mohring led the Barnstormers defense with 8 tackles. Jason Simpson and Mike Lewis each forced a fumble for the Iowa defense.
With 11 seconds left, Calvin Fance picked up a fumble and rushed 18 yards for a touchdown. The Carlos Martinez extra point failed, making the final score 54-30.
The Soul scored their first touchdown since early in the third quarter, as Raudabaugh connected with McDaniel for a 23-yard touchdown. This touchdown made the score 48-30.
The Barnstormers also added another touchdown when Marco Thomas scored on a 9-yard reverse rushing touchdown. His touchdown made the score 41-30, as the Barnstormers made yet another two point conversion.
Reader scored to open the fourth quarter with a 6-yard rushing touchdown. After his touchdown, the Barnstormers completed a two-point conversion to make it 41-22.
Raudabaugh hit McDaniel for a 6-yard touchdown to increase their lead. The Soul went up 41-14 with this touchdown.
Reader came in and immediately threw a touchdown on the Barnstormers possession. Reader hit Jesse Schmidt for a 5-yard touchdown to make it 34-14, as the Barnstormers converted a two-point conversion after Schmidt’s touchdown.
In the third quarter, the Barnstormers changed quarterbacks. J.J. Raterink was benched and was replaced by Brian Reader.
“We talked about it,” Dolezel said. “We said, ‘same game plan.’ We tried to get after him, push some pressure, had some things not go our way and they made some plays. Overall, I thought we played great defensively.”
Much like the first quarter, the Soul also scored two touchdowns in the second quarter. McDaniel scored on a 3-yard rushing touchdown, which was followed by a Ross 3-yard rushing touchdown to make it 27-6 at the half.
“We’re one of the few teams that actually utilizes the running game,” Raudabaugh said. “Every game, we try to get him (Ross) involved, because if we get him involved it takes a little off the pass rush, a little more off the receivers, a little off me.”
The Barnstormers got on the board first to open the second quarter. However, they missed the extra point after J.J. Raterink hit Jesse Schmidt for a 13-yard touchdown to make it 14-6.
Larry Brackins, who came in for James Romain, as a corner back, had an interception. He ended the game with two interceptions and seven tackles.
“Brackins is an old vet,” Dolezel said. “He’s our backup Jack in case something happens with [Joe] Goosby or just like tonight, a DB goes down right away. You [can] put him in five or six different positions, he’s going to excel.”
The Soul lead 14-0 after the first quarter. Raudabaugh connected with Jones for two touchdowns. The second touchdown was for 7-yards, while the first touchdown was for 23 yards.