Soul look to close out Valor on Sunday

Matt Leon
August 01, 2019 - 11:40 am
Philadelphia Soul defensive back Dwayne Hollis.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Philadelphia Soul are in a great spot heading into Sunday.

After winning the first leg of their two-game aggregate playoff series with Washington 69-33, the Soul enjoy a 36-point advantage heading into the final leg on Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center. 

So the Soul will advance to the ArenaBowl with a win Sunday, or even with a loss, as long at it comes by 35 points or less.

The Soul defense really came to play in the first game against the Valor, finishing with three interceptions (all by James Romain), four forced turnovers overall and a pair of sacks.

"We really got after (Washington quarterback Arvell Nelson) early," Soul head coach Clint Dolezel told KYW Newsradio. "Secondary played great all night long. We changed a few coverages up against them and made him hold the ball a little bit longer and our pressure kept him in close and we made some sacks early and we caused some fumbles."

Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh was his usual stellar self as he threw six touchdowns in the win, and he had as many touchdown passes as he did incompletions. 

His favorite target was Darius Reynolds, who returned to the wide receiver position after spending much of the season at linebacker. The veteran finished with eight catches for 115 yards and three scores.

This is an unusual situation for the Soul, entering an elimination game with a such a commanding advantage. 

"They know they have a 36-point lead," Dolezel said about his team's approach to this game. "Now it's just a matter of what's going to drive them to go out and perform. We're at home, we're in front of our crowd, we're in front of a lot of their family and friends. Nobody wants to get embarrassed. Losing a 36-point lead, that would be very embarrassing. That being said, we want to win the game. I don't care what the deal is, that particular game, we want to win. Yes, it's a two-game thing with a 36-point (lead) but we want to win this game on Sunday."

Sunday's game will get underway at 4:00 pm.

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