By Maximillian C. Burgos | Contributing Writer
PHILADELPHIA, PA — The Philadelphia Soul beat the Tampa Bay Storm, 41-28, in a strong performance on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center. The Soul finished the season 13-1.
The Soul will play the Baltimore Brigade next week in the first playoff round. The Brigade were the only team to hand the Soul a loss during the regular season in a tightly contested 49-42 game.
The Soul came out to an early lead and maintained it the whole game. There were some moments that it seemed like the Storm were coming back or could potentially take the momentum, but the Soul weathered the storm and kept themselves in position to win.
Darius “Money” Reynolds put on a show again in this game. He remains a dominant wide receiver and it shows. Every time he touches the ball, he electrifies the crowd.
With seven touches, Reynolds racked up 107 yards and two touchdowns. He made his presence felt the whole night and it showed.
Ryan McDaniel and Shaun Kauleinamoku also had solid days through the air. McDaniel caught six passes for 68 yards while Kauleinamoku caught four for 66 yards and a touchdown.
The Soul’s rushing attack was not spectacular, but it did come through when it need to. The game’s MVP Dan Raudabaugh had a rushing touchdown and the large presence of Mykel Benson had a pair of touchdowns in the game. Benson had 15 yards with 8 touches in addition to the touchdowns.
Though Chris Bonner, the Storm’s quarterback, had a good game, he felt the Soul’s defensive pressure the entire game. They were in his face all night, causing him to make mistakes and take the Storm out of the game.
Soul linebacker Beau Bell made his presence felt all night, earning him the Defensive Player of the Game award.
With this win the Soul continue their dominant season. The first round of the playoffs is next week. The Soul play the Brigade in Philadelphia on August 12th at 4pm. The Soul are seeking another Championship and next week is their first step.
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