Final Score: Soul: 47 – Destroyers: 35 Photo: Anthony Carter

PHILADELPHIA – Although a victory is expected for the Philadelphia Soul (3-3) against the winless Columbus Destroyers (0-6), getting back to .500 after a three game losing streak is a start to a turnaround at a critical point in the season.

“We played really good,” Soul head coach Clint Dolezel said on the team’s overall performance. “We made plays when we needed to and I was pleased.”

Soul’s defense set the tone early when defensive back James Romain recorded a pick six on the Destroyers opening possession. DB Torez Jones also picked of Columbus quarterback Brandon Russell in the second quarter that would later help the Soul extend their lead by 12.

For the second straight week, Philadelphia wide receiver Darius Reynolds was the jack linebacker on the defensive side. Nevertheless, the offense continued to make plays behind QB Dan Raudabaugh. The veteran from Miami went 15-26, threw for 260 yards and six touchdowns. Making big plays for Raudabaugh were wide receivers Darius Prince, Lonnie Outlaw and rookie BJ Bunn who all recorded touchdowns.

“We were ready and it’s always good to get that from our young guys,” Raudabaugh said on his receivers. “They came out and hit it running full speed.”

The Soul’s next game is a rematch at home against the Washington Valor. The Soul lost to the Valor back in week four and DB Torez Jones says that they will be ready to return the favor.

“We just have to try and go out and do what we’re capable of,” Jones said. “We know we’re the best defense in the league. We just have to keep playing like it.

We feel like we’re the sleeping bear and we’re just now waking up.”