Philadelphia Soul stay alive in playoff picture

The Philadelphia Soul knew what their task was a month ago.

They had to run the table and win four straight games to stay alive in the playoff picture. They have done what they needed to do in terms of winning three of the four games.

The Soul defeated the San Jose SaberCats, 42-20, in front of 10,471 fans at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Soul improved to 9-8 on the season, as the SaberCats dropped to 12-5. Philadelphia needs the Tampa Bay Storm to lose the final two games in order to get into the playoffs.

“We want to worry about things we can control,” said Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh. “We’ll have our eyes on it but our heart and soul on Pittsburgh.”

The Soul scored twice in the final fourth quarter at home. Raudabaugh hit Markee White for a 10-yard touchdown, then Derrick Ross followed that up with a 4-yard touchdown to make it 42-20.

Both teams traded rushing touchdowns in the third quarter. Odie Armstrong scored a 1-yard rushing touchdown to make it 21-20, before Ross scored on a 7-yard rushing touchdown.

The Soul dominated the second quarter. Ross scored on a 4-yard touchdown, before adding a 32-yard touchdown dragging defenders into the end zone.

“He may have two plays on ESPN,” said Soul head coach Clint Dolezel. “That was unbelievable. He was definitely our strong point on the offensive side tonight and he carried us through it.”

Raudabaugh hit White for a 27-yard touchdown, as the Soul went up 21-6. The SaberCats would add a late touchdown when Nathan Stanley hit Dominique Curry for a 6-yard touchdown to make it 21-13.

Armstrong had a 2-yard rushing touchdown late in the first quarter, as San Jose went up 6-0.

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