Tossing a pick 6 on the first offensive series isn’t quite the way to start a game in front of the home crowd, but that’s exactly what Georgia Force QB RJ Archer did Saturday night. It was just one of three touchdowns scored by the Philadelphia Soul defense in a 92-42 rout.
The interception gave the Soul an early 14-0. Philadelphia drew first blood when it scored on the first possession of the game a pass from Dan Raudabaugh to Emery Sammons in the back of the endzone. The blood it drew was from the bridge of the nose of Georgia Force fan Sean Huckleby. The Cartersville resident was standing behind the endzone padding with two of his friends when he found out just how fan interactive the game of Arena Football can be. As GAF DB Robert Durham cracked Sammons in an attempt to dislodge the TD pass, the Soul WR crashed into the padded wall and Huckleby’s face. “Taking a helmet to the face is a little different but its worth it” claimed Huckleby while still attempting to stem the trickle of blood down his nose. From the grin on his face the on-field contact was worth the price of the $10 admission.
By the end of the first quarter it was clear the Soul was doing its best to ensure the Force had a bad time. Philadelphia allowed just one touchdown in the first quarter. In the second, Archer put the Force on the board early with a second touchdown pass to C. J. Johnson from five yards out. Georgia had its best quarter of the game scoring 21 points. Sadly, even its best was not enough. Philadelphia outscored Georgia 35-21 in the quarter.
Georgia scored just two touchdowns in the entire second half as the Soul continued to drum up points from everywhere. Joe Goosby returned his second interception for a touchdown. Anthony ‘Tiger’ Jones continued to eat up the Force secondary on the way to a 3 touchdown, 180 yard game.
The loss drops the Force to 2-2 and a three-way tie for first place in the American Conference South Division. Philadelphia improves to 3-1 maintaining its 1 game lead in the AC East Division.
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