Soul stay undefeated with win over Portland

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Shaun Kauleinamoku sprinted away from a defensive back and leapt into the end zone.

By the time the Philadelphia Soul wide receiver landed, he came down with a 27-yard touchdown, his third score of the game, but he fell into the back wall of the end zone with enough force to knock the padding off the boards.

That might have been the most resistance the Soul met Saturday, as Philadelphia improved to 6-0 with a 52-35 win over the Portland Thunder at the Wells Fargo Center.

Kauleinamoku finished with seven catches for 122 yards and four touchdowns.

“It was my number this week,” Kauleinamoku said. “If they’re going to double some guys, like the doubled [Ryan McDaniel] today, it comes down on the other two receivers to make big plays.”

Dan Raudabaugh, who came into the game as the Arena League’s second-leading passer, completed 22-of-38 passes for 274 yards and six touchdowns.

The Soul’s defense held Portland to 168 yards. Portland only converted three-of-seven third downs and one-of-three fourth downs. James Romain had an interception and forced a fumble.

“[Romain’s] another guy who shouldn’t be in this league,” Soul coach Clint Dolezel said. “Why somebody hasn’t taken a chance on him in the league as a nickel cornerback … You cover that guy right there, and I guarantee he’ll cover him nine out of 10 times.”

The game featured 22 penalties between the two teams. Late in the third quarter, Soul wide receiver Marco Thomas, who finished with eight catches for 81 yards, and Portland (2-4) defensive back Quincy Butler were ejected for throwing punches in a fight after the whistle.

Butler, on his way back to his team’s bench, threw his helmet and it struck a woman in the first row. Soul representative Tom Goodhines issued a statement on the matter: "A fan was hit with a helmet thrown by a Portland player. The League Office will gather information, investigate the matter and handle any discipline of this event."

Goodhines referred further inquiries to the Arena Football League, which did not respond to a request for comment. Carmen Mangini, the Event Supervisor of Security at the Wells Fargo Center, said security could not comment.

“It’s unfortunate,” Raudabaugh said. “We want to hold each other as players, we’re in a fraternity, and we have to hold each other accountable.”

The Soul host Orlando on Friday at 7:30. Philadelphia beat the Predators, 70-63, in its season opener in Orlando.