Backup QB McGhee will lead Soul in Baltimore

Matt Leon
May 24, 2018 - 4:53 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — When the Philadelphia Soul visit the Baltimore Brigade on Friday night, they will try to do something they haven't had to do since 2014: rebound from back-to-back losses.

The 3-2 Soul's second straight defeat came this past Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center as they fell to the Albany Empire, 41-36. The defeat snapped the Soul's 20-game home winning streak.

"It was a bad combination for us," Soul head coach Clint Dolezel said. "We didn't play well. We didn't execute well. We were not disciplined. We let the referees be too much involved in the game. Losing by five was actually being very gentle. We fought back at the end with our backup quarterback. (Starting quarterback Dan Raudabaugh) kind of got dinged up, so we were pleased to see that out of him, though."

That backup quarterback is 25-year-old Greg McGhee, and he will get his first career AFL start in Friday night's game against Baltimore as Raudabaugh will remain sidelined because of an injury.

"Greg's got a different dynamic than Dan does, obviously," Dolezel said. "So we'll do some different things with him. The offense is going to stay similar for the most part. We can't change it overnight for one player. We've got the other seven players out there on the field with him that have to do their jobs as well. I'm expecting good things from him. He came in and did well, scored two out of two times when he was in the game this past weekend. Greg's got a lot of potential."

In his limited work this season, McGhee, a Howard product, is 6 of 9 throwing the football for 48 yards and two touchdowns. He has not thrown an interception.

Philadelphia is 1-1 against Baltimore this season. Dolezel is confident his team is ready to turn things around against the 4-1 Brigade.

"Our guys are hungry," he said.

Friday night's game in Baltimore gets underway at 7 p.m.

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