By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: April 28th, 2014 at 11:14 am EST
Last season, it took some time for the Philadelphia Soul to get the right chemistry going.
Much like a year ago, the team struggled out of the gates. In fact, the team started out with a 5-5 record, before getting their act together with a long win streak.
The Soul would lose three straight games to kick off their 2014 season. But since that time, the team has won three straight games, including last night’s 60-55 win over the Iowa Barnstormers on ESPN2.
“It’s huge,” said Soul wide receiver Tiger Jones. “We want to take care of our home games. We’ve started off slow, not we’re trying to dig ourselves out of the hole. This was an all means necessary win. We wanted to have the momentum going into Pittsburgh.”
The Soul will look to make it four in a row on Saturday night at the CONSOL Energy Arena in Pittsburgh, as they face the Power for the first time this season.
“There’s a chance we can do it again,” said Jones of another potential win streak. “We’re going to take it one game at a time. Unfortunately, we’ve started 0-3, so we all had to take a look in the mirror and regroup. We’ve all done that, and this is a good win.”
Jones caught the game-winning touchdown with 0.3 seconds left on a game-winning drive. His 6-yard touchdown came on a critical 4th down and goal to give the Soul a 60-55 lead.
“That’s how Arena Football goes,” Dan Raudabaugh said. “In Arena Football, you want the ball last. Our guys did a good job, and we got out of bounce at the right times. They had the front-side D in, so we knew we had to get it over him. That’s what Tiger Jones does.”
The Carlos Martinez extra point was blocked, and the Barnstormers were unable to score on the following kickoff.
Ross Garnell kicked a 19-yard field goal to give the Barnstormers a 55-54 lead with 43 seconds left. At 2:04, Raudabaugh also connected with Jones for a 9-yard touchdown pass to make it 54-52 Soul.
Each team also traded touchdowns to start the fourth quarter.
The Barnstormers had a 45-41 lead after the third quarter, as the Soul only scored once in the quarter. Jones caught a 1-yard touchdown pass, while the Barnstormers added a touchdown on a Carson Coffman to Reynolds 12-yard touchdown and a Coffman 1-yard run.
The Soul had a 34-31 lead into halftime, as V’Keon Lacey scored two second quarter touchdowns.
“He’s been harping on me to look his way,” Raudabaugh said. “Sometimes, I do look Ryan [McDaniel] and Tiger [Jones] a little more than other guys, but hey, he got open three times – and probably was open some other times – and when his number was called, he made the play. He made two tremendous plays for touchdowns. “
The Barnstormers led the Soul 21-20, with the highlight being a Wayne Tribune 9-yard touchdown reception from Raudabaugh.