Written by Chris Mabry
For the first time since week 12 of the 2008 AFL season, the Columbus Destroyers and the Philadelphia Soul are going head to head. Soul head coach Clint Dolezel was playing for the Dallas Desperados and the Bears head coach Matt Nagy was the Destroyers quarterback.
After five weeks of intense play and unexpected rule changes to the 2019 season, both teams are looking for a well needed win. For the road team Columbus Destroyers, they are winless since returning to the AFL this season. Granted this is a young team on paper, there are a lot of veteran players on the team. At quarterback, Grant Russell is leading the charge putting up MVP numbers even though the team is 0-5.
As for the Philadelphia Soul, they are sitting at under .500 for the first time in a long time. With the new rules in place, the team is finding a grove to get back to their winning ways. They hope that hosting the Destroyers will give them that spark.
Early on in the game, the Soul were racking up points. In the first quarter, the Philadelphia Soul got a pair of touchdowns but missed both extra points. As for the Columbus Destroyers, they got a touchdown and then the Destroyers would get another touchdown in the second quarter. Soul would get a touchdown as well and would convert their extra point. At halftime, the Soul would lead the Destroyers 19-14.
In the second half, the second half, the Soul would score the next two touchdowns but would only make one extra point. Now the lead has grown to 31-14. In the fourth quarter, Columbus would score three touchdowns and missed an extra point of their own. Now the score is 34 Columbus 31 Philadelphia. Even though its a three point game, the Soul would quickly catch up scoring 14 points to close out the game. The final score Philadelphia 47, Columbus Destroyers 35.
Philadelphia Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh completed 56 percent of his passes, threw for 260 yards and also threw for 6 touchdowns. The Soul also only got 2 penalties throughout the entire game most likely being the lowest penalty total in AFL history.
Next week is week 7 and the Columbus Destroyers are heading back home on June 7 when they go up against the Atlantic City Blackjacks. For the Philadelphia Soul, they are also returning home. They will host the Washington Valor. That game is a early kickoff on June 9.
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