Bring on the Brigade.
The Soul on Saturday night ended their regular season with a 41-28 win over the Tampa Bay Storm at the Wells Fargo Center. The Soul finished the regular season 13-1. Their only loss came to Baltimore on July 8.
Tampa Bay finishes the season 10-4.
"I'm happy we ended the regular season with a win," Soul head coach Clint Dolezel said. "We thank our fans for all of the support this season and look forward to the playoffs next weekend."
Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh threw for 145 yards and one touchdown and completed 12 of his 15 passes. Backup QB Luke Collis also threw for 145 yards and two scores, completing six of his 11 pass attempts.
Beginning next Saturday, the Soul's road to repeating as Arena Football League champions officially begins with the Brigade coming to South Philly.
Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. The Soul have home field advantage throughout the playoffs, and if they make it back to the ArenaBowl, they'll host the championship game at the Wells Fargo Center.
There's revenge and then there's what the Soul dished out on Saturday afternoon.
Three weeks after the Baltimore Brigade ended the Soul's unbeaten streak, the Soul laid a whooping on the Brigade in a 70-21 rout in Baltimore, leading wire-to-wire.
With the win, the Soul improved to 12-1 with just one week left in the regular season.
“This was our best performance all season,” Soul head coach Clint Dolezel told PhiladelphiaSoul.com. “Both sides of the ball played lights out and we did what needed to be done to get the win.”
Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh threw for 137 yards and five touchdowns while completing 10 for his 14 attempts. Backup QB Luke Collis went 4 for 9 with 60 yards and a touchdown.
Ryan McDaniel led the way with two touchdowns and 66 yards on five receptions while Darius Reynolds had three catches for 79 yards and a TD.
The Soul play the Tampa Bay Storm (10-3) at home next Saturday. They have already clinched homefield advantage for the postseason and are 2-0 against the Storm this year.
After seeing their 17-game winning streak come to an end last week in Baltimore, the Soul on Saturday night got themselves back in the win column with in convincing fashion.
The Soul downed the Washington Valor, 68-41, at the Wells Fargo Center to improve to 11-1. The Valor fall to 1-10. The Soul have swept the Valor in their season series.
With the win, the Soul have now won 15 straight contests at home and clinched home field throughout the playoffs. They'll host ArenaBowl XXX if they make it to the title game.
"Both sides of the ball playing strong tonight," Soul coach Clint Dolezel said. "Now, we can rest up during the bye week and prepare for the final stretch of the regular season."
Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh threw for 330 yards and nine touchdowns against the Valor on Saturday night, completing 26 of his 30 passes. Ten of those completions went to wide receiver Shaun Kauleinamoku, who had 126 yards and four TDs.
Ryan McDaniel pitched in with eight catches for 79 yards and a TD, while Darius Reynolds had six grabs for 111 yards and two TDs.
The Soul are off next week for their final bye of the season. They'll return to action on July 29 in Baltimore. They are 2-1 against the Brigade this season.