Soul Will Look To Weather The Storm Saturday In Tampa
By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia Soul are getting ready to head down to Florida for a Saturday match-up with the Tampa Bay Storm.
Philadelphia is 6-5 after beating up San Antonio last weekend, 76-40. While the Talons are just 1-10, the win for the Soul was especially encouraging because they bounced back from an absolutely heartbreaking loss against Cleveland where they blew a 17 point lead in the final minute.
“We had all three phases, right off the bat, score touchdowns for us,” Soul head coach Clint Dolezel tells KYW Newsradio. “Offense easy touchdown, interception for a touchdown and special teams off the net. So we jumped on them early, they had one win under their belt, we got the old adage of ‘here we go again’ in their minds early and that’s how it rolled all night for us.”
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This will be the third meeting between the Soul and the Storm this season. Tampa won 63-49 back on April 4th. Philadelphia then picked up a 62-34 win on May 17th at the Center. Tampa was really struggling heading into that last meeting and Dolezel says they are playing better these days.
“They got their quarterback back,” Dolezel says. “Which, obviously in this game, you’ve got to have a good quarterback that knows what’s going on. They are all big games from here on out. But up to this point, this is the biggest game of our season going on, just because we have split with them. You want to have that tie-breaker over them, if some reason we’re kind of close at the end and tie-breakers go to that team that makes the playoffs.”
Philadelphia is just 1-5 on the road this season and Dolezel says they will be heading into a tough environment on Sunday.
“If you play arena football, you coach arena football, you like going into places with good crowds,” Dolezel says. “They’re into it. Our biggest thing going into there is take them out of it early. When we come out fast, we put a lot of pressure on the other teams to match us, because we’re going to score a lot of points.”
The Soul and the Storm will get underway at 5:00pm on Saturday.
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