Saturday Visit To Pittsburgh For Philadelphia Soul
By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia Soul are back at .500.
After starting off 0-3, Philadelphia has won three straight and they will bring that 3-3 record into Pittsburgh on Saturday for a match-up with the Power.
Last time out on Sunday, Philadelphia beat Iowa at the Center 60-55 as Dan Raudabaugh threw the game winning touchdown – his ninth touchdown pass of the game – with just three seconds left.
“Just one of those games, it was an Arena Football game, like an old-school one when I played,” Soul head coach Clint Dolezel tells KYW Newsradio. “They did a good job of scoring, their quarterback threw some great balls. We took advantage of the few opportunities we had to make sure when we did get a turnover, we scored off of them. It came down to the end. An old-fashioned Arena Football game.”
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Raudabaugh’s nine touchdown pass performance earned him AFL Offensive Player of the Week honors.
“He’s notorious for starting slow and he did the first couple games, but he is starting to come along now,” Dolezel says. “The receivers are starting to get as one, get into a rhythm, and that’s key. You’ve got to get into a rhythm in a football game as a quarterback and it helps putting a steady group of receivers out there and we’re starting to get that done.”
Pittsburgh started the season 3-1, but they have lost two straight to fall back to .500.
“Pittsburgh’s a good football team,” Dolezel says. “They definitely blossomed their roster over the off-season. They’ve got a good quarterback, good, experienced quarterback. They’ve got a great veteran secondary.”
This is a key game for both these teams as they try to make up ground on first place Cleveland.
“Three of us (Soul, Pittsburgh and Iowa) are 3-3 and we’re trying to keep (pace) with Cleveland right now,” Dolezel says. “They are undefeated (6-0) and they’ve got a bye week, so we can gain half-a-game on them this week.”
Philadelphia and Pittsburgh will kick-off at 7:00pm on Saturday.
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