INSIDER: Reynolds’ Five Touchdowns Helps Soul Clinch Home Playoff Game
PHILADELPHIA – WR Darius Reynolds and the Soul’s offensive attack, kept Philadelphia undefeated at 9-0, and guaranteed them a home playoff game.
After scoring for 11 yards on their opening possession, Reynolds would follow-up with a breakaway touchdown for 43 yards. The receiver from Iowa State, finished the game with 115 yards and five touchdowns.
“Darius is a great player. He’s electric and he might be the fastest guy in the league,” Soul QB Dan Raudabaugh, whose five touchdown passes all went to Reynolds, said after the game. “We’ve got such an unselfish group, so he responded well and made some great plays.”
Philadelphia’s offense was also led by FB Mykel Benson who recorded his 100th career touchdown in the third quarter. Benson rushed for four touchdowns against Tampa’s tough defensive line.
Despite struggling throughout most of the game, Tampa Bay Storm QB Randy Hippeard recorded his 300th career touchdown in the fourth quarter. Hippeard completed 28/45 passes for 324 yards and six touchdowns.
Philadelphia’s defense came up with five sacks, one interception, and three turnover on downs possessions against the 5th year veteran.
“All three phases were on tonight and we were able to get to Hippeard.” Soul head coach Clint Dolezel said. “We were solid on coverage and that’s the difference in football games as far as getting stops.”
The Storm will be back in front of their home crowd next week (week 12) when they face the Washington Valor. Last time both teams faced each other was two weeks ago in a close 58-57 victory in the nation’s capital.
Philadelphia will be on the road next week against the Cleveland Gladiators. The Soul are 2-0 this season against the Gladiators, but Raudabaugh is still treating the matchup as a must win game.
“It’s rivalry week. We don’t like them, and they don’t like us and were ok with that,”
“We’re going to prepare like it’s a championship week.”