Soul open playoffs Sunday night at home against Baltimore

The Soul are the two-time defending Arena Bowl champions.

Matt Leon
July 13, 2018 - 4:57 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The Philadelphia Soul open their playoff run on Sunday night as they host the Baltimore Brigade.

Philadelphia wrapped up a 7-5 regular season with a 71-57 road loss to Albany this past Saturday. Philadelphia trailed 30-14 at the half and couldn't quite dig out of that hole.

"My guys fought all the way to the end," Soul head coach Clint Dolezel tells KYW Newsradio. "I felt like any other team would've probably been blown out of that game by 35, 40 points, but yet my guys fought and we actually had a chance to win it at the end."

The Arena Football League is utilizing a new playoff format this year. The first round will feature teams playing a home-and-home series. If one team wins both, that team advances to the Arena Bowl. But if the teams split, then it comes down to which team wins the point differential.

Dolezel talks about starting things off at home.

"You try to win and win big this first game so you have some separation between the two going into that second game," he says. "Strategies will definitely change. It will be more so at the end of the game I think in this first game on how you deal with onside kicks based on if you're up or down."

Philadelphia and Baltimore split their four regular season meetings. Dolezel is counting on the Soul's pass rush to play a big role on Sunday night.

"We definitely have got to put some pressure on (Brigade quarterback Randy Hippeard)" Dolezel says. "He has played at a high level all year long. His three receivers are very tough. They're quick, they're fast. They've got a little size too they can bring in so they are very difficult to match up with."

The Soul are the two-time defending Arena Bowl champions.

Sunday's game will get underway at 6:00pm.

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