Valor defeat Soul, 48-41, in Philadelphia
The Valor (4-3) topped the Philadelphia Soul (3-4), 48-41, Sunday afternoon at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The Valor scored three times in the fourth quarter, including a one-yard rushing touchdown by quarterback Arvell Nelson with 20 seconds remaining to seal the victory. With the win, Washington is now tied with Baltimore for the second-best record in the league.
"Being able to score on all three possessions in the fourth quarter is what made the difference," Valor Head Coach Benji McDowell said after the game. "We managed to run down the clock and find the end zone when we needed to. We have to continue to be consistent on offense."
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER OFF. PLAYER OF THE GAME DEF. PLAYER OF THE GAME
Valor QB Arvell Nelson Valor WR Douglas McNeil III Soul DB James Romain
18-28 passing, 239 passing yards and seven total TDs Four receptions for 27 yards and three TDs Nine total tackles (all solo) and one interception
Valor offense among league's best through seven weeks
Through seven games, the Valor offense leads the AFL in offensive yards per game (277.6) and ranks second in points per game (42.4), trailing only Albany (48.1). The Valor have scored 40+ points in five of their seven games this season.
McNeil III continues to score at league-leading pace
Against Philadelphia, Valor wide receiver Douglas McNeil III caught four passes for 27 yards and three touchdowns, his third consecutive game with multiple receiving touchdowns. McNeil III averages 2.5 receiving touchdowns per game, the best mark in the league.
Valor host Empire in first home game since May 18
This weekend, the Valor return to Capital One Arena for their first home game in nearly a month, hosting the Albany Empire on Saturday, June 15 at 7 p.m. Saturday will be the teams' first meeting in Washington, D.C. this season. The game will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Washington and ESPN3.
POSITION SPOTLIGHT: SPECIAL TEAMS
Dezmon Epps - #13 - Kick returner
Epps, playing in his first AFL season, has proven to be a threat on both offense and special teams. In addition to leading the team in receiving, Epps has served as the team's primary kick returner and currently ranks third in the league with 127.3 all-purpose yards per game.
Pat Clarke - #7 - Kicker
Clarke, who was named Second Team All-Arena in 2017, is playing in his second season with Washington. Last season, Clarke set career highs in extra points made (9) and extra points attempted (10) in ArenaBowl XXXI against Baltimore. Clarke has hit 30-39 (.769) of his extra point attempts and 1-2 (.500) field goals in 2019.
Jared Dangerfield - #9 - Holder
Dangerfield split time as the team's holder last year before taking over full-time in 2019. Dangerfield, a second-year wide receiver who leads the team in receptions, has served at the team's holder in all seven games this season.
Jimmy Gordon - #50 - Long snapper
Gordon, who has started at linebacker in each of his three seasons with the Valor, has also served as the team's primary long snapper since 2017.
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