Soul look for 3-0 Saturday against Washington

The Philly team is coming from a win over Baltimore.

Matt Leon
April 25, 2018 - 1:10 pm
Darius "Money" Reynolds, of the Philadelphia Soul

Courtesy of Vernon Ray, Creative Mind Productions


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The Philadelphia Soul will look to keep the train rolling on Saturday night when they welcome the Washington Valor to the Wells Fargo Center.

The Soul improved to 2-0 on the young Arena Football League season this past Saturday when they beat the Baltimore Brigade 54-49 in their 2018 home opener. 

"We didn't play well," Soul head coach Clint Dolezel told KYW Newsradio. "Special teams were not great. Whereas the week before we played great special teams. I think we gave up 15 points on special teams alone [against Baltimore], which basically was the difference in it being a close ball game or not. But we made the plays at the end.

"We're usually really strong in the fourth quarter. We make adjustments at halftime and we fixed the problems we had, and the guys did a good job of executing and making plays when they were put in front of them in the second half."

The win over Baltimore also extended the Soul's home winning streak to 19 straight games. They will go for 20 straight against a Valor team that is 0-1. Washington's home game this past weekend was postponed for logistical reasons with the Wizards and Capitals in the NBA and NHL playoffs, respectively.

Dolezel says Washington has an outstanding quarterback in veteran Nick Davilla.

"We've got to get pressure on him," Dolezel says. "If you don't, Davilla will pick you apart. In their first game, they lost by a score, and they didn't get stopped one time on offense. They had a bar ball go the wrong way for them, and that ended up costing them the game. We know we've got our hands full with him. 

"On the other side of it, they've got a few veterans in the secondary. Pass rush is not as good as Baltimore's but we have make sure we take care of the football."

Saturday night's game at the Center gets underway at 7:30 p.m.

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