Soul head to Baltimore to battle Brigade

Matt Leon
May 02, 2019 - 2:50 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The Philadelphia Soul will play their first road game of the 2019 season on Friday night as they travel down to Baltimore to meet up with the Brigade.

The Soul opened the season with a 48-41 home win over Atlantic City on Saturday. Philadelphia trailed by as many as 14 points against the Blackjacks, but rallied to grab the win thanks in large part to big plays from defensive back James Romain. He intercepted two passes and returned both for touchdowns.

"James, that's probably the best game I've ever seen him play, overall," Soul head coach Clint Dolezel told KYW Newsradio. "And he's had a lot of good ones for us. He became the all-time leading (interceptor) in Soul history (now has 34). He caught two unbelievable interceptions, they were tough catches."

There was some bad news coming out of the win over Atlantic City, as the Soul lost star wide receiver Darius Reynolds to injury.

"He's out for at least four weeks," Dolezel said. "He went on IR, he got hit in the knee and he was kind of having a little bit of a knee problem anyway. So we put him on IR (Tuesday) and, next man up."

Baltimore is also 1-0 on the young season. The Brigade opened with a 59-51 home win over Washington.

"They're a good football team," Dolezel says. "They're well-coached."

The Soul split four regular season meetings with Baltimore last year, but then the Brigade knocked the Soul out of the playoffs in the semifinals.

"We know we're going to have our hands full," Dolezel said. "They've got a solid defense, their offense is very improved over last year as well with the addition of (wide receiver) Joe Hills."

Friday night's game in Baltimore gets underway at 7:00 p.m.

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