Arena Football League Arizona Rattlers Philadelphia Soul

Soul Beat Rattlers to Win ArenaBowl XXIX

There will be no parade.

The Arizona Rattlers entered as the obvious favorite in ArenaBowl XXIX, but they could not overcome six turnovers and two 21 point deficits on Friday night as they fell at home to the Philadelphia Soul 56-42.

The Rattlers put themselves in the eight ball by turning the ball over on the goal line, which Dwayne Hollis returned all the way back for a Soul touchdown. The Rattlers then failed to cover the ensuing kickoff and the Soul recovered the ball in the end zone to give them a 21-0 lead.

Before a crowd of 13,390 had settled in, the Soul were up 35-14.

The Rattlers have the heart of champions, and they were able to tie the game at 42 early in the fourth quarter. This is where in past Rattlers-Soul ArenaBowls, the Soul, and Dan Radabaugh particularly, would fall apart.

Long proclaimed the Tony Romo of arena football, Radabaugh led the Soul down the field for a touchdown, and after a huge strip sack of Nick Davila, Philly took the ball and scored again to go up 14. The soul sealed it with an endzone interception by James Romain.

For the Rattlers, this makes them 1-3 in ArenaBowls at home. Despite having won three of the past five titles, Arizona now faces more adversity heading into 2017. But the last time they lost in the ArenaBowl, they went on to win three straight titles.

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