The Philadelphia Soul hosted the Jacksonville Sharks in the American Conference Championship Game at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA on Sunday evening. The winner would travel to Glendale, AZ to take on the Arizona Rattlers in ArenaBowl XXIX on Friday, Aug. 26.
On the first play of the game, a Dan Raudabaugh pass was intercepted by David Hyland and returned for a touchdown to put the Sharks on the board first. Jeramie Richardson ran in for a four-yard touchdown to tie the game up halfway through the first quarter.
After the Soul recovered a live ball on the kickoff, Raudabaugh found SK for a touchdown to give them the lead. After the two teams traded interceptions, the first quarter ended with the Soul leading 14-7.
The two teams went back and forth in the second quarter. At the end of the half, offensive lineman Adam Smith caught his fourth touchdown of the season. The Soul went into the locker room with a 35-27 lead.
The Soul forced two Sharks turnovers to start the third quarter, but were only able to score on one of those drives with a touchdown pass to a wide open Darius Reynolds. Tommy Frevert missed a field goal on the other drive. The Sharks scored on a Reggie Gray touchdown to close the gap.
On the next drive, Raudabaugh was sacked by Dexter Jackson for a safety to make it a 42-36 game. With a 49-43 lead, the Soul failed to convert a fourth down and the Sharks took over with 4:37 left in the game.
The Sharks would score a touchdown when Tommy Grady found Joe Hills with 55 seconds left. Raudabaugh threw a touchdown to Reynolds with just five seconds left to give the Soul a 55-50 lead after a failed two-point conversion.
The Sharks got the ball with just three seconds left. A failed lateral gave the Soul a 55-50 win. They will face the Rattlers in ArenaBowl XXIX.