ALLENTOWN, PA – The Soul will host the Jacksonville Sharks next week in an American Conference finals rematch, after eliminating the Tampa Bay Storm 63-41 behind a strong defensive effort led by DB Dwayne Hollis.
“Our D-line brought great pressure in getting to the quarterback,” Soul head coach Clint Dolezel said on his team’s defensive pressure on Tampa Bay Storm QB Jason Boltus. “[Tampa] mostly held on to the ball for a long time because we had tremendous coverage in the secondary so we were able to get to him.”
Philadelphia forced Boltus to throw off balance passes and several overthrown ones. The veteran quarterback from Hartwick College, threw five touchdowns but had 20 incomplete passes in the game along with a pick six in the first half.
Tampa Bay WR Kendrick Ings was the go to guy for Boltus as he finished the game two touchdowns and 115 yards receiving off of six receptions.
The Storm only tied the game up once but never took the lead.
Coach Dolezel got his unit started early when the Soul opened up the game with a successful onside kick and scored first. Leading the offense for Philadelphia was QB Dan Raudabaugh who connected on 22 out of 33 attempts, threw for 224 yards, eight touchdowns and two interceptions.
“[Storm] got pretty physical with us and they got a decent pass rush with two really great linebackers,” Raudabaugh said. “I got to give Tampa credit for being well coached and being very prepared and I am just proud of our guys for going out and getting it done.”
As it was aforementioned, the Soul will host the Jacksonville Sharks next week in the American Conference finals where memories of last season’s playoff loss to Jacksonville will circle in the Soul’s minds all week. Raudabaugh, Miami, made sure he reminded his team what’s at stake against the 7-9 Sharks who are coming in fresh after eliminating Orlando in the first round of the AFL playoffs.
“We got revenge against [Jacksonville] and it’s time to grind it out,” Raudabaugh said. “We are looking forward to a big one against a really good team.”
“They are going to be fired up, and so are we.”