PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Soul have locked up home field advantage throughout the 2017 AFL playoffs, after their 68-41 victory over the Washington Valor in front of 10,149 fans.
“That’s why you play, we would love to host [Arena Bowl] here,” Soul head coach Clint Dolezel said on the possibilities of Arena Bowl 30 being hosted in the Wells Fargo Center for the first time. “We know how loud it can get in here so it would be great.”
Philadelphia’s defense forced five turnovers against Washington. In addition to three fumble recoveries, Soul DBs James Romain and Kent Richardson would each pick off Valor QB Sean Brackett – who would also throw for six touchdowns.
“At halftime, I asked our guys to prevent them from scoring and be up by 20 and that’s exactly what we did in the third quarter,” Dolezel said. “”When we’re playing at a high level like that, we’re tough to beat.”
Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh threw for a season high nine touchdowns, 26-30 completions and 330 yards. The veteran QB from Miami noted that it’s important for the team to keep the momentum going towards the final two games of the season, so they could go into the postseason on a good note.
“You want to be playing your best ball in the playoffs so it’s all about getting better and cleaning up the mistakes,” Raudabaugh said. “We’re going to keep it going and take it one day at a time.”
The Valor will be playing for their playoff fate next week against the Baltimore Brigade. If Washington loses, they will be eliminated from playoff contention.
Philadelphia will enter the bye week at 11-1. Their remaining games is an away game against Baltimore on the 29th, and a home game against Tampa Bay on August 5th.