In a game that maybe was not quite a must win, given that the Cleveland Gladiators did take care of business last week being the Washington Valor, they hosted the Philadelphia Soul Saturday night. Still, a nice upset win and a having a playoff spot in their hands early in the season if the Baltimore Brigade would lose in their home opener tomorrow would be nice.
The game started with scoring once again, which now does not seem like a shock now that Arvell Nelson has his feet wet. Nelson finished the game with 60 yards on seven carries and there scores on the ground. Nelson went for 223 yards in the air six passing touchdowns.
The game was going back and fourth. The game was 14-13 Soul, when Nelson hit Quentin Sims for 33 yards right down the middle of the end zone to make 20-14 Glads with 2:08 left in the first quarter.
The would strike in similar fashion and earn an extra possession from a perfect “bar ball” from Adrian Trevino that lead to another touchdowns making it 34-20 Soul.
Nelson would use his legs on back to back drives for Cleveland to end the half. Going into the locker room, it was 41-34 Soul.
After a 14 yard bomb from Dan Raudabaugh to Shaun Kauleinamoku, Nelson would score again with his legs with 8:58 left to go in the third. Three minutes later, Raudabaugh would hit Darius Reynolds from three yards out to make it 55-40 Soul.
Collin Taylor would add a reviving score from 23 yards out, his sitch touchdown of the season.
Reynolds would strike again on a simple pitch and catch to make it 69-54 with 6:45 left in the game and Cleveland would not be able to make a comeback despite a Brandon Thompkins 53 kick-off return off a high bounce touchdown return and a successful onside kick by Josiah Yazdani. The final would be 69-67 Philadelphia.