PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Soul slim their playoff clinching difficulties as they defeat the Orlando Predators 35-28 in front 7,069 fans at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Soul’s defense continued to improve and were able to keep Predators QB Jason Boltus off of his heels the entire game. Boltus was constantly rushed by DB Teddy Jennings, whom on the night recorded 2 tackles and 1 sack. The three-year quarterback from Hartwick college went 22-48, threw 308 yards and two touchdowns.
“It was our work in practice and I’ve been doing the same thing all year,” Jennings told reporters after the game inside the Wells Fargo Center. “I’m learning the game a little bit more and it’s a win or go home type situation.”
In addition to the pressure from the d-line, DB Rayshaun Kizer improved his game from the first half to the second half. Kizer was deflecting passes and applying more pressure on the Predators to scoring 7 points in the second half which is something that coach Dolezel commends.
“He played a heck of the game in the second half, no question,” Dolezel said. “It’s not an easy job, he plays a lot of man to man coverage and that’s probably as good as I’ve seen him play in the second half.”
On the offensive side, the Soul opened up the game strong when DB LaRico Stevenson ran back a 57 yard kickoff return. With a little help from the defense, the Soul were able to quickly jump on the board for a 14-0 lead after a Raudabaugh to Markee White touchdown for 19 yards.
Since coming to the Soul, WR Markee White, Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the game, arguably had his best game this season. White finished the game by racking up 65 yards and 3 touchdowns including, a beautiful one handed touchdown catch that put the Soul up 28-14.
“It was a playoff mode game with our backs against the wall so it was a must win for us,” White said after the game. “I just played to the best of my ability when my number was called.”
Conversely, QB Dan Raudabaugh seemed out of the zone despite the team win. Raudabaugh went 14-25, 193 yards and 4 touchdowns including several overthrown balls.
“I don’t think I played particularly very well tonight,” Raudabaugh said. “They played a lot more man coverage than we expected, I missed a lot of throws but hey that’s ok. Our defense picked us up and [Predators defense] did a good job.”
Since the Soul won, they will need to pay attention to the Tampa Bay Storm and the San Jose SaberCats game because if San Jose wins, then the Soul will be a half game behind the Storm for the final wild card spot in the playoff picture.
The Soul will rest up next week with their bye and will then return to the Wells Fargo Center for their final home game to face the San Jose SaberCats on July 20th at 4:00pm ET.