The Baltimore Brigade (1-4) dropped a 61-56 decision to the Philadelphia Soul (5-0) in a back-and-forth affair at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Saturday night.
Brigade QB Shane Carden threw five touchdowns while WR Julian Talley notched his third-straight game with at least 100 yards receiving and two touchdowns. The game’s MVP, Soul QB Dan Raudabaugh finished with 268 yards passing and eight touchdowns.
Talley gathered a 14-yard touchdown pass from Carden on the Brigade’s first possession of the game, marking the third consecutive game he has found the end zone. After taking a touchdown lead on their opening possession, DB Josh Victorian intercepted Soul QB Dan Raudabaugh and returned it 20 yards for the touchdown, giving the Brigade a 14-0 lead. The score marked the first interception of Victorian’s season and the fourth defensive touchdown of his career. Baltimore led 14-0 after the first quarter, becoming the first team to shut out the Soul in a quarter since 2014.
With just over 11 minutes remaining in the second quarter, Carden scrambled and found newly-signed WR Kendal Thompkins for 43-yard touchdown to give the Brigade a 21-7 lead. The Soul scored consecutive touchdowns to knot the game at 21 with just over three minutes remaining in the half. At no point past the 8:06 mark of the second quarter did either team hold a lead greater than one touchdown.
The teams traded scores into the fourth quarter, which was highlighted by a 49-yard strike from Carden to Thompkins to give the Brigade a 49-42 lead with 7:33 remaining in the game. Trailing 56-55 with under a minute remaining, Soul DL Sean Daniels recovered and returned a Brigade fumble for a touchdown, giving Philadelphia a 61-56 lead that would stand as the final score.
MVP: Soul QB Dan Raudabuagh – 22-32 passing for 268 yards and eight touchdowns
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: Soul WR Dairus Reynolds – eight receptions for 105 yards and three touchdowns
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: Soul DL Sean Daniels – three solo tackles and the game-sealing 39-yard fumble recovery returned for a touchdown
The Brigade have their second bye week of the season next week, but return to action Sat., May 27 for a Week-8 matchup with the Cleveland Gladiators at 7 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.