The Philadelphia Soul on Sunday rolled the San Jose SaberCats in a 42-20 victory at the Wells Fargo Center.
The game's biggest highlight came with 1:10 remaining in the first half, when Soul fullback Derrick Ross energized the crowd and his team with a thundering 32-yard touchdown catch that saw the 6-foot, 250-pounder carry several San Jose defenders more than 20 yards into the end zone.
“The momentum was huge after that,” Dolezel said. “The whole crowd. Our bench. It was definitely an up-lifter. It probably could have changed the game.”
The 30-year-old fullback turned in an astonishing effort. He had two first-half touchdowns -- a rushing TD and that 32-yard TD reception -- and added two more in the second half.
“He was definitely our strong point on the offensive side tonight and he carried us through it,” Dolezel said.
Ross finished with 16 touches (14 rushes, two receptions) for 109 total yards and four TDs.
“That’s what he does, man. He’s a bowling ball,” Raudabaugh said. “He’s ‘The Boss’ for a reason. You can’t come in there and not bring everything with you if you’re trying to get him down.
“Ross is a dynamic player. He does a lot for us, but I don’t want to take anything away from his blocking ability either. He’s done a heck of a job blocking all year.”