Arena Football: Avengers Fall to the Philadelphia Soul With Scoreless Fourth Quarter

Jeremy MeyerCorrespondent IMarch 27, 2008

The Philadelphia Soul held the Los Angeles Avengers scoreless in the fourth quarter and walked away with a 71-34 victory on Thursday night in front of 13,398 at the Staples Center.

The Soul (4-0) continued their dominance in the National Eastern Conference.


The player that the Avengers were not looking forward to seeing again was the current Soul star receiver Chris Jackson, who spent the 2000-2004 seasons with the Avengers before being let go in free agency. Jackson had six touchdowns for 167 in the Soul’s victory over the Avengers.

" I knew they would come out ready to roll, they struggled a week ago on the road, but I knew that the staff would have them ready to roll,” said Soul coach Brent Munsey.

Sonny Cumbie went 18-30 for 152 yards and three touchdowns, but he was also intercepted once and sacked four times by the hungry Soul defense.

Cumbie answered by connecting with his receiving corps. Kevin Ingram was ahead of the pack with 113 yards and two touchdowns, while LaShaun Ward had 10 yards and a score.

But Lonnie Ford was a big hit on the field on Thursday as he scored two touchdowns with only six yards.

Ford would be the last Avenger to score with 7:21 left in the third quarter, as the Soul defense would not give the Avengers another chance.

Soul quarterback Matt D’Orazio went 28-42 for 338 yards and 8 touchdowns. His target of choice was of course Mr. Jackson, who also shared the spotlight with Larry Brackins who had 95 yards and a touchdown. Cliff Dell got 63 yards and a touchdown to round out the scoring for the Soul.

The Avengers will hit the road again for a game in Michigan on Sunday March 20th against the Grand Rapids Rampage.