Predators Fall on the Road to Philadelphia Soul, 48-79.
The Predators opened up the first quarter with a touchdown on the first play of the game. The Preds were able to find the end zone on a 41-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Chris Leak to wide receiver T.T. Toliver. The Soul answered the score on their next drive with a touchdown pass from quarterback Dan Raudabaugh to wide receiver Anthony Jones. After an Orlando missed field goal, Philadelphia wide receiver Jeff Hughley fumbled the football, giving the Predators the ball on their own five-yard line. On the first play of the drive, Leak threw a pass that was intercepted by former Predator Rayshaun Kizer and returned for a touchdown. The score gave Philadelphia a 14-7 lead and brought an end to the first quarter.
After a defensive stop, Philadelphia opened up the second quarter with a score, a touchdown pass from Raudabaugh to wide receiver Donovan Morgan, giving the Soul a 21-7 lead. On the Predators next possession, Leak was sacked in their own end zone by Soul defensive lineman Dustin Barno. The safety awarded the Soul two points, extending their lead to 23-7, and gave Philadelphia possession of the football. The Soul were able to capitalize off of the safety with a rushing touchdown by fullback Derrick Ross. On the Predators next possession, Leak threw a pass that was intercepted by Soul defensive back LaRico Stevenson. Philadelphia took advantage of the turnover and scored on a touchdown pass from Raudabaugh to Jones. Orlando answered on their next possession with a touchdown pass from Leak to Toliver. On the following kickoff, the Predators recovered an onside kick and scored on the next play on a rushing touchdown by fullback Chris Jamison. With less than 30 seconds left to play, the Soul were able to tack on another touchdown, a pass from Raudabaugh to Jones. The score gave the Soul a 44-20 lead and brought an end to the first half.
The Predators opened up the second half with a failed onside kick attempt. Philadelphia was able to capitalize off of the good field position with a rushing touchdown by Ross, his 20th of the season. The score extended the Soul lead, 51-20. On the following kickoff, Orlando wide receiver Dwayne Eley, Jr fumbled the football on the return. Stevenson recovered for the Soul and Ross was able to punch in his third rushing touchdown of the game. On the Predators next possession, Leak threw his third interception of the game to Soul defensive back Kent Richardson. Philadelphia took advantage of the turnover and scored on another rushing touchdown by Ross. The score put the Soul up 65-20. Orlando answered the Philadelphia score with their first touchdown of the second half, a pass from Leak to wide receiver Jarvis Williams. The touchdown made the score 65-27 and brought an end to the third quarter.
The Soul opened up the fourth quarter with a rushing touchdown by Ross, extending their lead, 72-27. The Predators scored on their next possession on a touchdown pass from Leak to Williams. Backup quarterback Adam DiMichele took over for the Soul on their next possession and threw an interception to Predators defensive back Justin Hannah. Leak was able to find Williams in the back of end zone on the first play of the drive for his third touchdown reception of the game. Philadelphia responded with a touchdown, a pass from DiMichele to wide receiver Emery Sammons. The score extended the Soul lead 79-41. With less than one minute left to play, the Predators had a strong drive and added a touchdown, a pass from Leak to Williams. The score brought an end to the game, resulting in a 48-79 loss for the Predators.
The Predators were led statistically by quarterback Chris Leak. Leak was 21-32, threw for 265 yards, six touchdowns, and three interceptions.
Jarvis Williams and T.T. Toliver caught the bulk of the passes in the game. Williams had his most productive game this season catching 10 passes for 99 yards, and four touchdowns. Toliver totaled five receptions for 106 yards, and hauled in two touchdown passes.
The Predators were led on defense by linebacker Marlon Moye-Moore and defensive back Justin Hannah. Moye-Moore had six total tackles and Hannah had six tackles and an interception.
Up next the Predators will continue on the road with a matchup against the San Jose SaberCats on Friday, June 8. This is the first and only time the two teams will meet during the 2012 season. The game will broadcast live via Ustream at www.orlandopredators.com/live.