Soul hold off Gladiators

June 14, 2008 7:48:10 PM PDT
Matt D'Orazio threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Chris Jackson with 37 seconds left to help the Philadelphia Soul beat the Cleveland Gladiators 62-61 on Saturday night in the Arena Football League. Cleveland pulled within one on Raymond Philyaw's 9-yard touchdown pass to Otis Amey with 5 seconds to go, but Philyaw's 2-point conversion attempt was intercepted.

With the victory, the Soul (12-3) moved within a Dallas loss later Saturday night of wrapping up the Eastern Division title and home-field advantage throughout the National Conference playoffs.

D'Orazio was 25-of-39 for 283 yards and six touchdowns and also ran for two scores. Brent Holmes had 11 catches for 125 yards and two touchdowns, and Jackson finished with nine receptions for 104 yards and three scores.

Philyaw was 26-of-38 for 319 yards and six touchdowns for the Gladiators (8-7).