The Philadelphia Soul and the Cleveland Gladiators met for the fourth and final time on Saturday night. The game was held at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA.
After Tracy Belton intercepted an Arvell Nelson pass, the Soul got on the board first when Dan Raudabaugh found Adam Smith for a touchdown. The Soul led 6-0 when the extra point was missed.
The Gladiators took the lead when Nelson hooked up with Collin Taylor. The Soul would answer back with a Jeramie Richardson touchdown. The Soul led 13-7 after the first quarter.
On the Glads’ first drive of the second quarter, Nelson found his other receiver in Quentin Sims for a touchdown. The kick was no good and the game was tied at 13.
With the score Soul leading 34-27, they attempted an onside kick, which they recovered. They would score a touchdown on a 4th and 1 from the Glads’ one yard line. The Soul led 41-27 at halftime.
The Soul opened the second half with a Raudabaugh touchdown to Shaun Kauleinamoku for his second touchdown of the night. The Soul began to break the game wide open, leading 48-27.
The Gladiators turned the ball over on downs, trailing 55-34. The Soul took advantage and scored yet another touchdown when Raudabaugh found Ryan McDaniel. The Soul led 62-34 at the end of three.
After scoring to make the score 69-48, the Gladiators converted a successful onside kick. Nelson would find Sims for a touchdown and with 4:36 to play, it was just a two-score game.
The Soul would answer back to put the icing on the cake. The final touchdown was Raudabaugh’s 600th career touchdown pass. He became the ninth quarterback in Arena Football League history to throw for 600 touchdowns.
They would win the game by a final score of 83-62. They will travel to take on the Tampa Bay Storm next week while the Gladiators continue their road trip to end the season against the Los Angeles KISS.