The Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team took down a squad of former Eagles Monday evening in a charity flag football event at the Wells Fargo Center, drawing a final score of 63-35.
Brian Westbrook, Ike Reese, A.J. Feeley and more took part in the “Tribute to Heroes” Flag Football Challenge, sponsored by the Military Benefit Association and Zimmer Tri-Skate, alongside the Soul as a part of their Military Appreciation Night.
Over 25 former Eagles and NFL players participated in the charity game, including Vince Papale and Mike Mayock.
Coaching the Eagles and NFL Alumni team was Soul owner and former Eagles quarterback, Ron Jaworski.
The Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team is a group set out to raise awareness and support for wounded warriors and their families. The team includes service members that now use a prosthetic device in their everyday lives, showing the perseverance of our service men and women, both active and former, that continue to face life’s challenges without excuses.
With the win against the Eagles Alumni, the Wounded Warriors record against NFL alumni teams stands at 8-0.
ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- Dan Raudabaugh threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Darius Reynolds with four seconds left to give the Soul a 55-50 victory over the Jacksonville Sharks on Sunday night in the Arena Football League's American Conference championship game.
The Soul advanced to the ArenaBowl against the Arizona Rattlers on Aug. 26 in Phoenix. Arizona beat visiting Cleveland 82-41 on Saturday night in the National Conference title game.
“I could not be prouder of this group of guys,” said Soul head coach Clint Dolezel. “We worked hard for five months to get to this point, but we aren’t finished yet. We had some sloppy plays that we need to clean up if we want to reach the championship title.”
Philadelphia rallied after Jacksonville took a 50-49 lead on Tommy Grady's 12-yard touchdown pass to Joe Hills with 55 seconds left.
Raudabaugh was 26 of 38 for 317 yards and six touchdowns to help the Soul avenge a 61-56 loss to the Sharks last year in the conference championship. Shaun Kauleinamoku had 10 catches for 128 yards and two touchdowns, and Reynolds added nine receptions for 124 yards and two scores.
Grady was 21 of 31 for 245 yards and six touchdowns. Hills had 13 catches for 142 yards and five touchdowns.
The Soul advance to the ArenaBowl for the fourth time and will be looking for their second title. They beat San Jose in 2008 and lost to Arizona in 2012 and 2013. The Rattlers will be their opponent again on Friday August 26, at 7 p.m..
The first step in the Soul's playoff journey is complete.
Dan Raudabaugh went 22 of 23 for 224 yards and eight touchdowns as the Soul topped the Tampa Bay Storm, 63-41, at Allentown's PPL Center to advance to the American Conference title game next week. The Soul will host the Jacksonville Sharks next Sunday at PPL Center for the right to advance to ArenaBowl.
"I am excited to move on to the American Conference Championship" Soul head coach Clint Dolezel said following Sunday's win over Tampa. "This is a great chance at redemption as we take on the Jacksonville Sharks once again. I thought we played tough in all four quarters tonight and our focus continues to stay on making it all the way to ArenaBowl."
Jacksonville handed the Soul one of their three defeats this season when the Sharks came away with a 59-41 win all the way back in Week 2.
The Soul (13-3) defeated the Orlando Predators (12-4) 67-59 at the Amway Center in Orlando on Saturday night.
With the win, the Soul will have home field advantage throughout the American Conference Championship game.
Reigning league MVP Dan Raudabaugh completed 21 of 29 passes for 335 yards and 10 touchdowns. Four of those scores were to receiver Chris Duvalt, who led all receivers with nine receptions and 155 yards.
The Soul will host the Tampa Bay Storm (2-14) next Sunday, August 7 at 6 p.m. With a win, the Soul will return to PPL Center for the conference championship on August 14.