PHILADELPHIA – With the help of a strong defensive pressure brought by DB Ted Jennings and Beau Bell, the Philadelphia Soul (14-3) prevailed and remained undefeated in their final regular season home game for the first time in franchise history.
“It feels good but we’re not done yet,” Soul QB Dan Raudabaugh said on remaining perfect at home this season. “We’re going to grind hard all week, were going to trust in the coaches and we’re going to work hard all week.”
Raudabaugh, Miami, threw for 144 yards and 5 touchdowns and credited his performance to the offensive line that was missing OL Shannon Breen.
“Our line did a good job and I’m proud of them,” Dan said. “It only made us more dangerous to run the ball.”
As it was aforementioned, Defensive Player Of Game, Beau Bell arguably had his best game of the season by recording 2 sacks and 3 tackles. The 5th year linebacker from Las Vegas missed a lot of games this season due to back injuries but coach Dolezel couldn’t have praised him even more after seeing his plays made on the field.
“There’s no question that was his best performance,” Dolezel said on DL Beau Bell. “We expect that from him, he’s tough and he deserves it. He’s the best defensive lineman in the league when healthy.”
The Soul will likely play Cleveland in the first round of the playoffs in what would be a rematch from last year’s buzzer beating win for Steve Thonn’s Gladiators.
Coach Dolezel denied the fact that even though the Soul won twice this season against Cleveland, they’re basically the same team that swept Philadelphia 3 times last year on game winners.
“They’re not much different from the team that beat us three times last year to be honest with you,” Dolezel said. “I knew Steve Thonn since 97 so I know the offense he runs, he’s a good coach and we’ll have our guys ready to play them.”
The Soul will in fact finish off their regular season on the road at the Quicken Loans Arena against the Gladiators. If the Soul are victorious, then they will have swept their entire division.