PHILADELPHIA – Those flashy uniforms must have sparked the Philadelphia Soul to another victory.
On a night where the team honored military veterans, the Soul sported their home uniforms with an American flag pattern on the shoulders. What a nice way to honor America’s finest with a 64-46 victory over the Cleveland Gladiators.
The Soul (6-0) got off to a hot start with a 14-0 lead after the first quarter. That train did not stop rolling. The Soul took a 34-13 lead into halftime and the Gladiators (1-5) could never recover.
Head coach Clint Dolezel generally is never completely satisfied even with a victory. On this night, he changed his tone a bit. “I’m very happy with how the team played tonight,” Dolezel said. “Despite having some injured key players, we were able to adjust in order to defeat Cleveland for the second time this season.”
Philadelphia finds a new lead receiver every week and on this night, Darius “Money” Reynolds reestablished himself as the best receiver in the Arena Football League. Reynolds led the receiving core with seven catches for 85 yards and three touchdowns. Quarterback Dan Raudabaugh had no trouble finding him all night. He finished with 176 yards on 16 of 24 passing and eight touchdowns.
“Money is a great football player for us, Raudabaugh said. “He does some special things. When he’s hot, he gets other guys open and when other guys are hot, they do a great job getting him open.”
Ryan McDaniel added four receptions for 35 yards and one touchdown and Shaun Kauleinamoku tallied three receptions for 38 yards and three touchdowns. Linebacker Joe Goosby was the defensive star of the night. Goosby started the second half with an interception that set up a Soul touchdown. Then, with the Soul up by 16 after a Cleveland touchdown, Goosby recovered a fumble and returned it all the way back for a defensive two point conversion. The highlight play sealed the game for the Soul.
“My number was called today and I was able to make a play,” Goosby said. “It took a good bounce to me and I was able to take it away.”
Looking ahead, the Soul remain the only undefeated team in the league as they continue the quest for another championship. “I think we’ve taken a step closer to where we want to be,” Goosby said. “We still have our ups and downs but we are heading in the right direction.”