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Philadelphia Soul Online Staff

The Philadelphia Soul began the 2006 season on Thursday night as they played a scrimmage against their divisional rival New York Dragons and dominated on the defensive side of the ball in an unofficial 59-20 victory at the Wachovia Spectrum.

The Soul began the game with WR/LB Sean Scott recovering a fumbled kickoff in the endzone with kicker Todd France converting his first extra point to go up 7-0. Philadelphia later continued to pile on the points as WR/DB Mike Brown returned a missed field goal for a score to increase the lead going into halftime up 23-6.

New York's only touchdown in the first half came from a returned interception late in the second quarter by WR/DB DeShane Dennis.

The second half started much like the first as the Soul's much improved defense slowed the explosive offense of the Dragons. New York scored their first offensive touchdown with 10:32 remaining in the game when WR/DB Will Holder made it into the endzone.

During the second half, the Soul outscored the Dragons 36-14 with most of the team's newcomers including WR/LB Aaron Boone. Boone scored on several occasions and exploited the New York secondary in the later part of the game.

Throughout the game, Philadelphia's defensive line, led by OL/DL Dwayne Missouri, continuously pressured Dragon's quarterback's Aaron Garcia, David Corley and Rocky Butler. France finished the game converting on 8-of-8 point after attempts and 1-of-1 on field goals.

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I thought it started badly when Milbury became the head of them. He knows nothing about the AFL. That's dangerous. Supposedly he is a hockey man and look what his knowledge did to the Islanders. Then again, maybe since he knows nothing about them, this is good.

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