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BALTIMORE TAKE ON COLUMBUS FRIDAY IN FIRST EVER MATCHUP

May 8, 2019
The Baltimore Brigade (1-1) will host the Columbus Destroyers (0-2) this Friday, May 10 at 7 p.m. at Royal Farms Arena. Both teams are coming off losses from Week 2 with Baltimore falling 27-36 to Philadelphia and Columbus dropping 35-42 to Atlantic City. This Friday will be the first time Baltimore and Columbus face off in AFL history.  

“We have some corrections to make based on our performance last week,” Brigade Head Coach Omarr Smith said. “We’ve been studying the film and making adjustments to be ready to execute on Friday.”

BRIGADE PLAYER TO WATCH: Victorian was named Defensive Player of the Game during Week 2 and led the team in tackles with 7.5 (seven solo).  He also had an interception late in the fourth quarter and two pass breakups. 

DESTROYERS PLAYER TO WATCH: QB Grant Russell – Russell, a rookie quarterback, completed 21 of 36 passes for 211 yards and five touchdowns in his first career start against Atlantic City in Week 2.  He was sacked four times and had one interception. 

MATCHUP TO WATCH: Brigade DBs vs Destroyers WR’s – During Week 2, Baltimore’s defensive backs Joe Powell and Josh Victorian collected a total of 11.5 tackles (11 solo) together. Since the start of the season, Baltimore has stolen at least one interception in a game and a Brigade DB has been named defensive player of the game. Overall, DB’s Victorian and Powell have a combined 20.5 total tackles (19 solo), three interceptions, 9 pass breakups and one forced fumble in just two games. Brigade DB’s will be tasked with stopping the Destroyers wideouts. WR Fabian Guerra caught five passes for 44 yards and three touchdowns in his arena football league debut last week. WR Jenson Stoshak led the Destroyers in receiving yards with eight catches for 76 yards and one touchdown. WR Paul Revis also scored a touchdown and caught five receptions for 75 yards.

BROADCAST INFORMATION: All Brigade games will broadcast live on NBC Sports Washington and streamed on ESPN3 and the ESPN app.


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