Soul Dominate Rush
Author: Matt Gabrielson
Rosemont IL-The Philadelphia Soul dominated the Chicago Rush by a final score of 72-41 at the Allstate Arena on Saturday May 4, 2013. It was a very unusual night at the Allstate Arena with no cameramen which meant no video boards, no replays, and no challenges. There was also no internet to feed the game through to the fans not at the arena. On the field this was game that the Rush were never really in nearly from the opening kick. “First series of the game, we get a chance to make a pic we don’t make it we could have made it, not blaming JC (Jorrick Calvin) but for us to be a good football team we have to make those plays” explained Chicago head coach Bob McMillen about the bad start for the Rush. The Soul came in with a purpose and never let up until the game was well in hand late in the fourth quarter.
Soul quarterback Dan Radabugh was deadly accurate Saturday night completing 22 of 34 passes for 240 yards, 6 touchdowns and no interceptions. When asked what allowed him to have such a strong night behind center Radabaugh said “They have a good pass rush so we wanted to get the ball out on time and I give a lot of credit to my three o-linemen and my fullback for blocking their tails off”. Speaking of fullbacks Derrick Ross also had a tremendous night with 8 carries for 44 yards and 2 touchdowns on the night.
Nether Rush QB that played in this game looked good at all. Carson Coffman never really seemed to get in a rhythm and struggled mightily before being replaced in the fourth quarter. For the night Coffman completed 14 of 22 passes for 174 yards, 5 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Coffman was under pressure all night long though he was sacked one time. Though backup quarterback Danny Southwick came in late, he did not play well ether. In his short time on the field Southwick completed 4 of 9 passes for 68 yards, 1 touchdown and he was sacked twice during that time.
Chicago wide receivers Jared Jenkins and Reggie Gray were the lone bright spots in a bad night for the Rush. Jenkins was the leading receiver for the Rush with 8 catches for 121 yards and 4 touchdowns. Gray was solid as always with 7 catches for 79 yards and 2 touchdowns. If the Rush could get more consistent play out of the quarterback position with receivers like these, this could be a downright dangerous offense in the windy city.
The Soul showed a big reason for what makes them so dangerous offensively with the play of wide receivers Tiger Jones and Ryan McDaniel. Tiger Jones was dominant catching 13 passes for 135 yards and 2 touchdowns. McDaniel also was very dangerous catching 6 passes for 67 yards and 4 touchdowns. McDaniel is a relative unknown at this point, but is proving to be the perfect complement to Tiger Jones and solid target for Radabugh.
The Soul defense did a great job of holding the Rush offense down for a good portion of the game. The Soul pass rush was very strong all night applying constant pressure on the Rush quarterbacks. This pressure never allowed the Rush offense to get in any sort of consistent flow on the field. The talented Soul secondary showed why they are arguably the best unit in the league in this game. La Ri Stevenson and Rayshaun Kizer each recorded interceptions in the victory.
The Rush defense had their worst performance since a week two defeat to the Spokane Shock at home. The pass rush that had been so solid during their four game winning streak, completely disappeared on Saturday night. The Rush secondary struggled against the Soul receivers and was not able to intercept Radabaugh in the loss. “We made a lot of mistakes on defense, the good thing is we play them again” explained Rush defensive back Joe Phinisee on the defenseive struggles.
This game was a complete disaster for the Chicago Rush and a great success for the Philadelphia Soul. The Soul were able to get off of their two game losing streak with the loss and will be looking to build on this victory. If the Soul continue to play like this, they will again be a favorite to represent the American Conference in the ArenaBowl. For the Rush the best news is this game is over and they will get a chance for revenge against the Soul in July. Next week the Soul return home to face the Pittsburgh Power, and the Rush will travel to Cleveland to play the Gladiators.