AFL Valor 

Valor fall to Soul, lose Davila for season

The Philadelphia Soul came out hot at the start when starting quarterback Dan Raudabaugh connected with wideout Darius Reynolds for a 20-yard touchdown on the first drive of the game. The Valor responded quickly on the ensuing drive as quarterback Nick Davila found wide receiver Josh Reese to tie the score at 7 a piece. The Soul scored consecutive touchdowns to take a 20-7 lead, but the Valor returned a blocked extra point attempt to shave the lead down to 20-9 to end the first quarter. Davila found wideout Rod Windsor for a score on the ensuing possession, setting the score at 20-16. After another possession resulting in a philadelphia touchdown pass, Valor wide receiver Chris Duvalt returned the ensuing kickoff 56 yards for a
touchdown, his first of the season.

The Soul scored consecutive touchdowns to take a 41-23 lead. With just over a minute remaining in the first half, Davila ran in a touchdown from 1 yard out  his rushing touchdown of the season. Soul kicker Adrian Trevino added on a field goal as time expired in the first half to give Philadelphia a 44-30 lead at the half. The Soul forced the Valor into a safety on the opening kickoff of the second half, then added a touchdown on the following possession to take a 53-30 lead. Davila found Reese for an 11-yard pass to snap the Valor scoring drought and cut the Philadelphia lead to 53-37. Philadelphia and Washington traded touchdowns for the remainder of the game ending with a final score of 67-51 dropping the valor to 0-2 on the season

Nick Davila  left the game late in the fourth quarter after suffering a neck injury and being carried off  the field on a stretcher. He was replaced with backup   quarterback Warren Smith who ended up throwing a late touchdown in the game. Davila underwent successful surgery to stabilize the neck injury sustained in Saturday night’s game and is expected to make a full recovery as he sustained no neurological damage and has full movement in all extremities. Davila will begin rehabilitation immediately and will miss the remainder of the 2018  season, he released a statement. “I am incredibly grateful to the Washington Valor organization, the Arena Football League, the union and the players,” Davila said. “This league is a family and holds a special place in my heart. I am excited for whatever comes next because of the togetherness and support I have experienced since joining the AFL eight years ago. We are all in this together.”

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