There's revenge and then there's what the Soul dished out on Saturday afternoon.
Three weeks after the Baltimore Brigade ended the Soul's unbeaten streak, the Soul laid a whooping on the Brigade in a 70-21 rout in Baltimore, leading wire-to-wire.
With the win, the Soul improved to 12-1 with just one week left in the regular season.
“This was our best performance all season,” Soul head coach Clint Dolezel told PhiladelphiaSoul.com. “Both sides of the ball played lights out and we did what needed to be done to get the win.”
Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh threw for 137 yards and five touchdowns while completing 10 for his 14 attempts. Backup QB Luke Collis went 4 for 9 with 60 yards and a touchdown.
Ryan McDaniel led the way with two touchdowns and 66 yards on five receptions while Darius Reynolds had three catches for 79 yards and a TD.
The Soul play the Tampa Bay Storm (10-3) at home next Saturday. They have already clinched homefield advantage for the postseason and are 2-0 against the Storm this year.
All good things must come to an end.
And the Soul's perfect season came to a halt Saturday night with a 49-42 loss to the Brigade in Baltimore.
“Tonight was not one of our best performances,” Soul head coach Clint Dolezel said. “We will need to shake off this loss, correct our mistakes and prepare for next week.”
Soul QB Dan Raudabaugh completed 18 of 28 passes for 247 yards and five touchdowns, but was outdueled by Brigade QB Shane Carden, who completed 20 of 32 passes for 271 yards and five touchdowns, including this gem as time expired in the first half.
After leading by two touchdowns early, the Brigade battled back to tie the game at 35 late in the third quarter. But a Raudabaugh interception allowed the Brigade to take the lead as the fourth quarter began. The Soul would tie it, but quickly saw their lead disappear again as the Soul failed to tie the game with under a minute to go.
The Soul (10-1) return home on Saturday, July 15 to face the Washington Valor (1-9).
For the second straight week, the defending Arena Football champion Soul were tested.
And for the second straight week, the Soul passed by the skin of their teeth.
The Soul on Saturday night scored two touchdowns in the final minute to beat the Baltimore Brigade, 61-56, at the Wells Fargo Center. They are now 5-0 on the season.
“Tonight was a tough one. Baltimore brought their game,” Soul head coach Clint Dolezel told ArenaFootball.com. “While we did end up with the victory, it was a messy game. I was proud of the guys for how they came back in the forth. We have a lot to work on this week before we take on Cleveland.”
Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh hooked up with wide receiver Ryan McDaniel for a touchdown with 42 seconds left to make it a 56-55 game. The Soul missed the extra point, but Sean Daniels recovered a Baltimore fumble and returned it to the house of a touchdown.
After a failed two-point conversion, the Soul held off the Brigade for the win.
Raudabaugh finished with 268 yards and eight touchdowns. McDaniel had seven catches for 86 yards and three touchdowns.
Next up for the Soul is a date with the Cleveland Gladiators at the Wells Fargo Center.