The odds were against the Philadelphia Soul in ArenaBowl XXIX against the Arizona Rattlers.
They were playing in Arizona. They had lost their last two ArenaBowl appearances to the Rattlers.
None of it rattled the Soul.
Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh was 20 for 36 for 278 yards and six touchdowns to lead the Soul to their first ArenaBowl title since 2008 beating the Rattlers, 56-42.
The Soul jumped out to a 21-0 lead when Raudabaugh connected with Darius Reynolds for a 16-yard touchdown pass. Dwayne Hollis returned a fumble 49 yards for a score and Tracy Belton recovered a kickoff in the end zone for another.
In a game where possessions are vital, Arizona had a chance to get back into the game and possibly cut the lead to seven points, but Rattlers’ quarterback Nick Davila’s pass was intercepted in the end zone by James Romain with 48 seconds left.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney has declared today to be “Philadelphia Soul World Champions Day” in Philadelphia with a celebration rally at the City Hall Courtyard.
The Soul are the winningest professional sports team in Philadelphia since 2004.