The Philadelphia Soul defeated the Arizona Rattlers to win ArenaBowl XXIX last night. A big part of their victory was defense. The Soul defense forced six Rattlers turnovers in the game.
The first big turnover was at the goal line. The defense forced Rattlers running back Mychael Benson to fumble. Dwayne Hollis picked up the ball and returned it 49 yards for a touchdown.
The biggest playmaker on defense for the Soul was James Romain. He recorded not just one, but two interceptions in the end zone. He forced three turnovers overall. One was at the end of the first half and the other was at the end of the game to clinch the the win for the Soul.
Jake Metz, the Arena Football League leader in sacks, strip sacked Rattlers quarterback Nick Davila. It was the fourth turnover the Soul defense forced in the game at that point.
The Soul proved one of the biggest debates in football; defense wins championships. Had the defense not performed the way it did, the Soul may not have left Glendale, AZ with a win in ArenaBowl XXIX.