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BALTIMORE RETURNS TO ROYAL FARMS ARENA TO TAKE ON COLUMBUS AFTER FOUR WEEKS ON THE ROAD

June 27, 2019
The Baltimore Brigade (5-4) are back at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, MD to take on the Columbus Destroyers (1-8) on Friday, June 28 at 7:00 p.m. The Brigade is coming off four weeks of road games and most recently was defeated by the Washington Valor during Week 9. The Destroyers are also coming off a loss from Week 9, falling 42-35 to the Philadelphia Soul. The Brigade have won the last two matchups against the Destroyers during Week 3 and Week 8.  

“We are honestly looking at one game at a time,” Brigade Quarterback Shane Boyd. “We won the last two games against Columbus, but they are real competitors. They have been competing very well and just dropped a few they probably should have won. There’s no doubt in my mind that they will come in here Friday and compete at a very high level.”

BRIGADE PLAYER TO WATCH: WR Joe Hills – The last time Hills played against Columbus he was closing on his 100 th consecutive game with a touchdown reception. He is now at 101 straight games with a receiving touchdown and has a combined 12 receptions for 147 yards and three touchdowns against Columbus this season. He currently leads the Brigade in both receptions (54) and receiving touchdowns (17) and is third in the league in receiving touchdowns.

DESTROYERS PLAYER TO WATCH: QB Grant Russell – Russell completed 23 passes for 237 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions in the Destroyers’ loss to the Soul. Russell is currently tied for the most interceptions in the league with 10. During the Week 8 matchup, the Brigade sacked Russell four times for a total loss of 17 yards. Russell was also sacked three times and threw one interception during the Week 3 matchup against the Brigade. Russell completed 19 passes for 235 yards and six touchdowns (five passing, one rushing) in his last matchup against the Brigade. 

MATCHUP TO WATCH: Brigade DBs vs Destroyers WRs – Baltimore has a tough set of defensive backs that will go against the Columbus wide receivers. DB Nias Martin is coming off an explosive week where he tallied 12.5 tackles (10 solo) a personal and team single-game career high. Defensive back Joe Powell leads Baltimore and is tied for second place in the league with five interceptions. Powell caught one interception against Columbus earlier this season and scored his first touchdown of the season off a kickoff return last week against Washington. Defensive back Josh Victorian leads the Brigade and is third in the league with total tackles (46). Columbus wideouts are led by Fabian Guerra, a rookie, who has collected 53 receptions for 656 yards and 14 touchdowns. Last week, Guerra scored three touchdowns. Wide receiver Paul Browning caught nine passes for 73 yards and two touchdowns during Week 9.

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


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