The Philadelphia Soul defeated the Cleveland Gladiators last Friday night in what was probably the team's most complete game of the season, if not one of the most complete games in the history of Philadelphia Soul football.
Against the first place Gladiators, the Soul defense notched seven sacks, two interceptions, a safety, and more than a dozen quarterback hurries. The Gladiators scored just seven points in the first half, the lowest total ever allowed by the Philadelphia club in the game's first two quarters. They scored just 21 points in the whole game, the lowest ever allowed by the Soul.
The five best players from the game are as follows:
5) Keith Stokes: Stokes caught 10 passes for 92 yards against the first place Gladiators. His performance was even more valuable because of the absence of wide receiver Donovan Morgan, who left the team for the United Football League.
4) Dustin Barno & Darrell Campbell: Barno and Campbell split the Defensive Playmaker of the Game honors, adding two sacks and a safety, while limiting the Gladiators to just 21 points on offense.
3) Larry Brackins: The big receiver for the Soul earned National Guard Most Valuable Player honors, recording nine receptions for 133 yards and three scores.
2) Ryan Vena: The Soul quarterback turned a great game, completing 21 of 31 passes for 245 yards and three touchdowns, plus 30 yards and two scores on the ground. He did not commit a single turnover in the victory.
1) Brandon Perkins: The Soul linebacker was the most important player on the dominating defense. He collected five tackles and a Soul-record three sacks.