Gladiators win on the last play, again
Bryant Kizer | 6/25/2014, 3:17 p.m.
Something about the last play of the game that keeps biting the Soul of Philadelphia. For the second time this season, the Cleveland Gladiators beat the Philadelphia Soul on the last play of the game.
The Gladiators trailed 68-63 with two seconds left, but a 47-yard “Hail Mary” got to the hands of Dominick Goodman for a game clinching 69-68 victory in Philly.
On May 23 at the Q, they beat the Soul on the last play for a 54-52 victory.
The Gladiators victory clinched a playoff berth in the American Conference.
Shane Austin threw for 409 yards and 11 touchdowns. Wide receiver Thyron Lewis led the Gladiators (12-1) with 172 yards and four touchdowns. Goodman, from the University of Cincinnati, had 168 yards for three touchdowns and Collin Taylor had three touchdowns too.
The Soul (6-8) thought they had this game won by taking a 68-63 lead on a three-yard touchdown pass from Dan Raudabaugh to Markee White, but the two-point conversion failed.
The Gladiators downed the kick-off. Then Austin heaved a pass towards the end zone that was batted by Soul defenders, but into the hands of Goodman and he strolled in the end zone for the game-clinching six points.
The Gladiators have won three games on last-second touchdowns this season, and another on a last-second field-goal.
Unlike, the last game against the Soul,when the Gladiators trailed the whole game, this game was punch-for-punch. The Gladiators got on the scoreboard first on their opening drive with a 23-yard touchdown pass to Jason Jones, but the extra point failed.
The Soul led 20-12 after one and 41-31 at the half.
Next for Gladiators…At the Quicken Loans Arena against Tampa Bay Storm, this Friday. The Storm is 8-6 but they have won five in a row.