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Soul defeat the SaberCats to move an inch closer to the postseason

PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Soul (9-8) pull an upset on the San Jose SaberCats (12-5) 42-20 in their final home game of the season in front of 10,471 fans at the Wells Fargo Center.

After a scoreless first quarter for the Soul, things started to heat up for the offense. FB Derrick Ross made an amazing 32-yard touchdown reception from QB Dan Raudabaugh as he dragged several defenders the entire possession. Later on, Raudabaugh and company connected on two touchdowns to put the Soul up 21-13 at the half.

Derrick Ross, Russell Athletic offensive player of the game, spoke about his catch to reporters after the game. Ross finished the game with 63 yards and 3 touchdowns off of 14 carries.

"I came into the game saying to myself that I wasn't going to let my team lose," Ross said after the game to reporters at the Wells Fargo Center. "I put it all out there tonight."

QB Dan Raudabaugh's game fluctuated throughout the day. There were times where he connected receivers deep and times where he threw the ball out of bounds. However, Raudabaugh was more happy to get the team win to increase their chances in clinching the postseason to face the Cleveland Gladiators. The 5th year man from Miami ended the night by going 21-36, throwing 240 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception.

"Coach Dolezel put in a great game plan and our guys executed," Raudabaugh said after the game. "We need to punch it in a little bit more on our side but if the defense keeps playing like that we're going to be tough."

As for the SaberCats, a questionable coaching plan was put in before kickoff as they started QB Nathan Stanley the entire game. San Jose already has their #2 seed locked for the first round of the playoffs home against Spokane so it was a assumption that San Jose would start backup QB Dennis Havrilla. As a result, Stanley had a lot of overthrown passes in which a few resulted in turnovers and poor stats. Crediting the Soul's defense for their tremendous effort, Stanley finished the game by going 17-40, 192 yards, 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions.

Additionally for the SaberCats, they scored a season low (Soul fewest points allowed this season) 20 points. Coach Dolezel knew coming into the game that it was a going to be a tough game and had to get payback on the SaberCats after they were blown out by them earlier in the season 33-70.

"(SaberCats) scored 70 on us about 3 months ago and they were on their a-game then, but not tonight," Dolezel said. "We had great defense and special teams were solid."

The Soul will be tuning in to the Tampa Bay Storm and Spokane Shock game on Monday 7/27 at 8:00pm ET. If the Storm lose, then Philadelphia will move into the #4 seed temporarily but can clinch that seed with a win against Pittsburgh next Saturday July 26th at 5:00pmET.

The Pittsburgh Power (14-3) will play their final game of the season at home against the Soul next week. The game is catchable on The Comcast Network and ESPN 3.

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