Soul rout SaberCats in impressive road win

Soul rout SaberCats in impressive road win
July 21, 2013, 1:15 am
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The Soul may not have wrapped up home-field advantage, but they did send a message to the rest of the Arena League.

Behind another strong defensive performance, the Soul routed the SaberCats, 65-43, Saturday night.

The win advances the Soul to 12-5 and extends their season-long win streak to seven games. The SaberCats were the only team in the AFL nearly as hot as the Soul, having won four straight and five of their last six, but that streak was snapped Saturday, dropping San Jose to 12-5 overall.

The Soul jumped out to an early 21-0 lead and never gave it up. With the help of three forced turnovers, the No. 1 defense in the AFL held San Jose scoreless in the first quarter and again in the third quarter. The SaberCats scored 21 in the second and 22 in the fourth, but by then it was too late, as the Soul carried a 44-21 advantage into the final quarter.

It was the fifth time in the last six games the Soul managed to hold their opponent to fewer than 50 points. LaRico Stevenson led the unit with six tackles, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

On offense, quarterback Dan Raudabaugh completed 20 of 33 passes for 181 yards and five touchdowns. Raudabaugh hasn't thrown a single interception during the Soul's win streak, dating back to a June 1 loss to Arizona.

Saturday's win would have secured home-field advantage throughout the playoffs for the Soul, if not for Jacksonville's (11-6) 58-49 win over New Orleans. A Soul win over San Antonio (9-8) next week or a Jacksonville loss to Tampa Bay (7-10) will finally wrap up home-field.


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