Soul win fourth straight, clinch East Division

Soul win fourth straight, clinch East Division
June 29, 2013, 11:15 pm
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The Soul won their fourth straight game and clinched the East Division Saturday night in a 66-57 victory over the Cleveland Gladiators.

With the win, the Soul improved to 9-5 and are guaranteed a home playoff game.

"This was a collective effort from top to bottom," Soul head coach Clint Dolezel said.

The Soul raced out to a 21-7 lead after the first quarter and entered halftime up, 42-30. From there, it was smooth sailing for the Soul, who limited the Gladiators to seven third-quarter points.own.

Quarterback Dan Raudabaugh put together an efficient performance, completing 25 of 28 passes and connecting on his first 17 attempts. He finished with 285 yards and six touchdowns with no interceptions.

“Dan had an outstanding game," Dolezel said, "but there were many guys that stepped up when we had injuries during the game.  Collectively, we stayed focused and played a complete game.  It’s a divisional title and the entire team deserves to be proud of this victory."

Andrae Thurman scored three touchdowns on seven receptions and 113 yards, while Tiger Jones hauled in a team-high nine balls for 99 yards and a touchdown.

Soul fullback Derrick Ross rushed for 37 yards on eight carries, scoring his 100th career touchdown in the win. Ross recorded the Soul's first touchdown on a 3-yard plunge into the end zone in the first quarter.

On the other side of the ball, LaRico Stevenson made his presence felt with 7.5 tackles and the Soul's only interception.

The Soul host the Chicago Rush next Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center. Earlier in the season, the Soul crushed the Rush, who lead the Central Division, 72-41.