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Wednesday, Oct 01, 2014
Visiting Soul drop Storm under .500

The Storm were so good at home in 2012.

It has been the exact opposite in 2013, as the Storm dropped to 2-3 at The Forum with a 73-55 loss to the Philadelphia Soul on Saturday night in front of an announced crowd of 11,804.

"This is one you don't want to have at home, and we had this game a couple of times," Storm coach Dave Ewart said. "We can't let mistakes like that take control of the game and not let us win."

The Storm, who went 7-2 at home in 2012, took a 34-28 lead into halftime, but were outscored 21-7 by the Soul (5-4) in the third quarter thanks in part to a 44-yard touchdown pass from Dan Raudabaugh to Ryan McDaniel after a controversial call on an onside kick that Philadelphia recovered.

"Just went over it with the guys, and it seemed like a lot of guys were just sitting back and not doing anything in the third (quarter)," Ewart said. "There was too much relaxing and thinking it was going to go our way. There's no excuse for it and it was a lot of mistakes on a lot of parts. … We've all got to own up to it."

The Storm (6-4) were, once again, led by quarterback Adrian McPherson, who threw for five scores and 285 yards. McPherson also rushed for two touchdowns, giving him 26 on the season, which continues to build on the Arena Football rushing record for a quarterback.

"There might be a few he might not want to hold as long and not throw away," Ewart said. "But Adrian did what he always does for a player in the spotlight: He played 'til the end and stepped up when we needed it."

Storm receiver Joe Hills had nine catches for 131 yards and three touchdowns, and teammate Greg Ellingson had nine catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns.