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AI: Defense Shines As Soul Defeat Winless Storm

SOUTH PHILADELPHIA – Pick sixes by Soul defensive backs James Romain and Dwayne Hollis helped force the lowest scoring game for Tampa Bay this season after a 47-17  win in front of 8,712 fans at Wells Fargo Center.

“I needed that today,” DB James Romain said on his interception. “It was a huge confidence boost and our secondary really stepped up tonight.”

Despite trailing 10-0 to start the first quarter, the Soul scored 26 unanswered points to end the first half leading 26-10. Since then, Tampa Bay only scored seven points in the second half and Philadelphia added 21 points to their lead.

“I’m pleased by the margin we won by but there is still a lot of things we need to clean up,” Soul head coach Clint Dolezel who is in his fourth year with the Soul said after the game. “We were not in sync tonight and we need to work on it, especially playing against good teams. ”

Philadelphia Soul’s QB Dan Raudabaugh, 29, agreed that the offense did not play well to the level that they believe they are accustomed to playing as he threw for 186 yards, four touchdowns and one interception.

“We stumbled over ourselves ,” Raudabaugh said on the offensive struggles in the game. “I gotta be better with the ball and I’m proud of my guys for grinding it out.”

As for Tampa Bay, QB Jonathan Bane struggled throughout the game, only completing 13 of his 34 throws, and had two touchdowns as well as the aforementioned two interceptions. With the Storm starting at 0-5 this season, their next game is away at the currently undefeated Orlando Predators in a game that will be difficult for Tampa Bay to flip their season around.

The Soul remain at home this Saturday when they face the 5-1 Arizona Rattlers who will be looking to get back on track after suffering their first loss of the season last week against Orlando. The game is set to kickoff at 6:30pm ET.

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