The Philadelphia Soul saw their first two-game winning streak of the season come to an end, as they dropped a 75-54 battle to the defending Arena Football League champion Spokane Shock.
The game, which featured the last two Arena Bowl champions, saw the Shock climb out to an early 20-0 lead following a pair of successful onside kicks.
But the Soul rallied on a 56-yard kick return touchdown by Keith Stokes, and a big fumble return by Chris Morgan. At the half, they trailed 34-28.
Early in the second half, Soul quarterback Ryan Vena hit Larry Brackins for a 15-yard scoring strike to tie the game at 34, completing a comeback from 20 points down.
But the Shock shocked the Soul by scoring three quick touchdowns, two off interceptions by Vena, to take a seemingly insurmountable 55-34 lead early in the fourth quarter.
Although the Soul managed to score three touchdowns in the fourth quarter, their defense couldn't hold, and they fell to the Shock by a xcore of 75-54.
For the game, Vena completed 23 of 41 passes for 300 yards, and five touchdowns, but three costly interceptions. Donovan Morgan caught eight passes for 117 yards and a trio of touchdowns, while Syvelle Newton caught 10 balls for 131 yards and a score.
With the loss, the Soul dropped to 5-8, putting them three games behind the Pittsburgh Power (7-4) in the Eastern division of the American Conference.
Their next game is this coming Friday night at home against the Tulsa Talons (4-7). Game time is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.