The Baltimore Brigade (3-2) return to Atlantic City (2-3) this Saturday, June 1 at 3:30 pm for their second road game of the season. The Brigade are coming off a 45-30 victory from Week 5 where they defeated Philadelphia at home. Atlantic City had a 54-35 loss against the undefeated Albany Empire who crushed the Blackjacks’ undefeated record at home. The Empire kept the Blackjacks off the board for the entire third quarter, not allowing a score until the fourth. During Week 4, Baltimore lost by just seven points against the Blackjacks.
BRIGADE PLAYER TO WATCH:
QB Shane Boyd – Boyd is second in the league with passing touchdowns at 23, five more than Blackjacks quarterback Randy Hippeard. Boyd has only thrown three interceptions this season, two of which occurred at Atlantic City. Boyd completed 23 passes for 236 yards and four touchdowns against the Blackjacks during Week 4.
BLACKJACKS PLAYER TO WATCH:
QB Randy Hippeard – During the Week 4 matchup against the Brigade, Hippeard finished with 20 passes for 192 yards and four touchdowns. However, the Baltimore defense was able to pick off two interceptions and two sacks against the former Brigade quarterback and 2017 league MVP. Hippeard had 24 catches for 246 yards, four touchdowns, zero interceptions, and one sack in Week 5 against the Empire. Hippeard has thrown a league high 5 interceptions this season.
MATCHUP TO WATCH:
Brigade WR’s vs Blackjacks DB’s – The Brigade is adjusting to losing one of their leading wide receivers Brandon Thompkins due to an ACL injury in his right knee. However, Baltimore is stacked with a variety of wideouts that give Brigade quarterback Shane Boyd options. Combined, Baltimore wide receivers Joe Hills, Brandon Collins, and Milton Williams III have 69 catches, 885 yards, and 19 touchdowns. Hills leads Baltimore with eight touchdowns, Collins leads with 26 receptions, and Williams leads with 337 receiving yards. These three are up against the Blackjacks defensive backs, led by Arthur Hobbs. Last week Hobbs hauled in six total tackles (five solo) and leads the league in total tackles with 34 total (32 solo). The last time Baltimore was in Atlantic City, DB Kiante Northington picked up two interceptions from Boyd and has a season total of 26.5 tackles.
BROADCAST INFORMATION: All Brigade games will broadcast live on NBC Sports Washington and streamed on ESPN3 and the ESPN app.