Soul look to stop the bleeding Thursday in DC 

Matt Leon
May 30, 2018 - 2:34 pm
Greg McGhee

Vernon Ray


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Philadelphia Soul will look to snap a three-game losing streak on Thursday night when they visit the winless Washington Valor.

The Soul's latest loss came this past Friday night in Baltimore as they lost 54-35 to fall to 3-3. Philadelphia fell behind 33-7 in the first half and while they battled back, they weren't able to make up the deficit.

"We did some good things," Soul head coach Clint Dolezel said. "What the problem has been for us in the last three weeks or month, however you want to look at it, we're shooting ourselves in the foot. Had the chance to get off the field (on defense) two or three times in the second half and penalties bailed them out and that's not our style. I say that, but it's been our style lately, so we've got to get out of that rut of penalties at bad times."

Greg McGhee made his first AFL start at quarterback for the Soul in the loss, stepping in for the injured Dan Raudabaugh. He completed 14 of 26 throws for 164 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions. He added an interesting dimension to the offense with his ability to run the ball as he finished with 67 yards on the ground and two scores, including a 45-yard jaunt.

"It's definitely his strong suit," Dolezel said of his rushing ability. "We knew that going into the season, bringing him in. I kind of wanted that for a back-up to give us a different dimension for teams to have to prepare for."

McGhee will lead the offense again on Thursday night as Raudabaugh remains sidelined. He will face a Valor team that is 0-6 and coming off a 48-21 road loss to Albany last time out.

"A lot of veterans in the secondary over there," Dolezel says. "They mix up coverages (a lot), which is good for them against a first-year starter in Greg. Their pass rush is not quite as good as Baltimore's, but they can bring it. So we know we're going to have our hands full as far as taking care of Greg and getting the ball out of our hands."

Philadelphia beat Washington in the first meeting between the two teams at the Wells Fargo Center back on April 28, 67-51.

This game was originally scheduled for Saturday night, but had to be moved for logistical reasons to accommodate the Washington Capitals home game in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Thursday night's game will get underway at 7 p.m.

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