PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Soul extended their win streak to three games after defeating the Iowa Barnstormers, 54-30, in front of 8,048 fans at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday.
The Soul (8-5) took control of the lead early in the first quarter and never looked back in their routing of the Barnstormers (6-8).
“We’re taking it one game at a time,” explained Soul head coach Clint Dolezel after the win. “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.”
Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the Game Ryan McDaniel had five catches for 47 yards with two receiving touchdowns and one rushing touchdown. Tiger Jones led all Philadelphia receivers with 57 yards on four receptions and two touchdowns. Andrae Thurman had three catches for 38 yards.
Soul QB Dan Raudabaugh was efficient leading the offense on 12-of-15 passes for 142 yards and four touchdowns.
On the ground, FB Derrick Ross rushed for 54 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensive Player of the Game and J. Lewis Small Playmaker of the Game Larry Brackins led the defense with two interceptions and seven tackles. DB David Richardson recorded 9.5 tackles while DL Bryan Robinson had five tackles and a sack on the night.
Iowa’s QB J.J. Raterink connected on 15-of-27 passes for 145 yards along with a touchdown and three interceptions in the first half before being benched for QB Brian Reader, who finished 13 of 20 for 124 yards and two touchdowns. WR Marco Thomas led the Barnstormers’ receivers with 10 catches for 97 yards and a touchdown. LB John Mohring led the Iowa defense with 6.5 tackles.
The Soul forced a turnover on the opening drive of the game with an interception by Larry Brackins. The turnover led to a touchdown on the next play and the Cutters Catch of the Game, with a 23-yard touchdown catch by WR Tiger Jones. After stopping the Iowa offense on the ensuing drive, Jones scored again on a 7-yard catch to close out the first quarter, 14-0.
The Barnstormers put their first points on the board on a 13-yard touchdown catch by WR Jesse Schmidt. After the score, Iowa tried for the two-point conversion and failed. Philadelphia added to their lead, scoring on a 3-yard rush by WR Ryan McDaniel. After another interception by Brackins, FB Derrick Ross punched it in on a 3-yard run, keeping the Soul in the lead, 27-6.
The Soul opened up the third quarter with a 6-yard touchdown run by Ross for his second of the night. . On Iowa QB Brian Reader’s first drive of the night, he marched them downfield to score on a 5-yard pass to Schmidt. The Soul capped the scoring in the third quarter with a 6-yard catch by McDaniel, extending the Soul lead to 41-14.
The Barnstormers scored on their opening drive in the fourth quarter on a 4-yard run by Reader. After recovering a fumble, Iowa then cut the deficit to 11 on a 9-yard catch by WR Marco Thomas. Philadelphia answered back to extend on another McDaniel score on a 23-yard catch. With Iowa driving, DL Calvin Fance recovered a fumble and ran it in for an 18-yard touchdown return, earning him AFL Highlight of the Game. The game ended with Philadelphia winning, 54-30.
The Soul will travel to Cleveland next week to face the Gladiators on Saturday, June 29 at 7 p.m. ET.
Russell Athletic Offensive Player: Philadelphia WR Ryan McDaniel
Riddell Defensive Player: Philadelphia WR Larry Brackins
J Lewis Small AFL Playmaker: Philadelphia WR Larry Brackins
Cutter’s Catch of the Game: Philadelphia WR Tiger Jones 23-yard TD catch
Spalding Highlight of the Game: Philadelphia DL Calvin Fance Fumble Recovery for TD