By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Philadelphia Soul will look to get back over .500 on Saturday night as they welcome the New Orleans VooDoo to South Philadelphia.
The Soul dropped to 5-5 last week with a hard-fought 64-57 loss to the now 10-1 Arizona Wranglers.
“Overall, I thought we played well,” Soul head coach Clint Dolezel tells KYW Newsradio. “I think we’re on the verge of going ahead and making a run now. I think that was a good week for us last week, even though we didn’t win.”
The Soul’s 5-5 record has them at the top of the Arena Football League’s Eastern Division. New Orleans is just 2-8 on the season, but one of those two wins came last week over Cleveland, VooDoo winning 69-40.
“They’re up and down,” Dolezel says. “They’re not a bad football team, they do some things bad at times, kind of like us. When we make mistakes, you can keep teams around and lose football games that way. They played well last week, so we definitely can’t take them for granted. We’ve got to come off the high of getting up for Arizona and even though we’re playing a 2-8 team, we’ve got to not play to their level and go ahead and put them away.”
The Derrick Ross watch continues. The Soul fullback had ten yards on the ground last week against Arizona, so he now needs 45 yards to set the AFL’s all-time rushing mark.
The Soul and the VooDoo will kick-off at 7:05pm on Saturday night.
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