The Philadelphia Soul hosted the Tampa Bay Storm at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Saturday night. This game was the last one of the 2017 regular season.
Philadelphia scored first when quarterback Dan Raudabaugh handed off to running back Mykel Benson, who took it in for a touchdown. That would prove to be the lone score of the first quarter.
Raudabaugh found Shaun Kauleinamoku for a deep touchdown to make the score 14-0 Soul early in the second quarter. That would be the end of the night for Randy Hippeard as Chris Bonner took over. On his first throw, he threw a long touchdown pass to Justin Hilton to make the score 14-7.
Benson scored his second of the night to make it 20-7. Joe Hills‘ 81st consecutive game with a touchdown closed the gap to 20-14. The Soul would score as the half expired when Raudabaugh would run in for a one yard touchdown. That would would make it a 27-14 lead at halftime for Philadelphia.
Following a Kent Richardson interception on a tipped pass from Kendrick Ings, Soul backup quarterback Luke Collis‘ first pass of the night went to Darius Reynolds for a touchdown to give Philadelphia a 34-14 lead.
For a brief period of time, the Storm looked as if they could be making a comeback. After another Hilton touchdown, the Soul turned the ball over on downs. Unfortunately, Tampa turned the ball right back over to Philadelphia.
Trying to ice the game, a Ryan McDaniel fumble at the goal line was recovered by Tampa in the end zone and they were back in it. Once again, however, the Storm turned the ball over.
The icing on the cake would be when Collis threw a 40 yard touchdown to Reynolds. Philadelphia would go on to win by a final score of 41-28.
They finish their season with a 13-1 record and Tampa finishes at 10-4. The Soul will host the Baltimore Brigade in the first semifinal next Saturday. The Storm will host the Cleveland Gladiators in the second semifinal on Monday, Aug. 14.