The Baltimore Brigade will have their chance at a rematch of the ArenaBowl XXXI championship game this Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m. at Royal Farms Arena as they host the defending champions and interstate rivals Washington Valor. This matchup kicks off the 2019 Arena Football League season.
“I am excited for the players to start the season,” Brigade Head Coach Omarr Smith. “I think we are in good spot and I’m looking forward to see what this 2019 Baltimore Brigade team can do here early in the first game. If our players continue buying into our process, we should be successful. “
BRIGADE PLAYER TO WATCH:
WR Joe Hills
– Hills, the 2017 Arena Football League Wide Receiver of the Year, will make his debut in Baltimore on Friday. Hills has had 92 consecutive games with a reception touchdown, which is an AFL record and an active streak. The seven-year veteran has earned All-Arena honors five times and led the AFL in touchdowns, receptions, and receiving yards for the past three years.
VALOR PLAYER TO WATCH:
QB Arvell Nelson
– In the last two matchups, Nelson threw a combined 48 passes for 470 yards and eight touchdowns. Nelson had 15 rushes for 42 yards and five touchdowns in the ArenaBowl Championship. Despite only playing in nine games in 2018, Nelson led the league in passing yards per game (246.6) and rushing yards per game (24.8).
MATCHUP TO WATCH:
Brigade WRs vs Valor DBs
– Baltimore is stacked offensively with multiple wide receivers for quarterback Shane Boyd to choose from. In addition to Hills, Baltimore has six-time All-Arena Brandon Thompkins, Brandon Collins, and Milton Williams III, who have all played together for the past two years. They must take on Washington’s defensive backs such as Marrio Norman, who earned First Team All-Arena honors last season. In 2015, Norman tallied 67.5 total tackles (58 solo) and eight pass break-ups with Albany Empire.
All Valor games will be broadcast on
Monumental Sports Network