The Baltimore Brigade (3-3) take on the undefeated Albany Empire (6-0) this Saturday, June 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Times Union Center in Albany, NY for their second consecutive road game. The Brigade is coming off a one-point loss against Atlantic City where a last second blocked field goal sealed the loss for Baltimore. The Empire enter this matchup as the only remaining team with a perfect record, however this will be the first time Albany has competed against Baltimore this season.
“This is a huge challenge in front of us,” Brigade Head Coach Omarr Smith said. “We are going up against one of the best teams in the league. This week was about preparing for the adversity we will face as a team.”
BRIGADE PLAYER TO WATCH:
WR Joe Hills –
Hills leads the Brigade in touchdowns with nine and is second in receptions with 31. He enters Week 7, with three scores from Week 6 against Atlantic City. He caught a 11-yard pass for a touchdown while also rushing in a total of 3 yards for two more scores. Additionally, Joe has caught a receiving touchdown in 98 consecutive games, an AFL record and an active streak.
EMPIRE PLAYER TO WATCH:
WR Malachi Jones –
Jones, the reigning 2018 AFL Rookie of the Year and Wide Receiver of the Year, has been performing at a phenomenal rate yet again this season. Jones leads the league in receptions (52), receiving yards (759) and receiving touchdowns (13). For the third consecutive week, Jones tallied three touchdowns. In Week 6, he scored two receiving touchdowns and one rushing. During Week 5, Jones recorded 12 receptions for 106 yards and three touchdown and in Week 4, he hauled in 10 receptions for 179 yards and three touchdowns.
MATCHUP TO WATCH:
Brigade DB’s vs Empire QB Tommy Grady –
Veteran quarterback Grady leads the league in passing touchdowns (35) and passing percentage (71.1%) and is second in passing yards (1529). This past week, Grady completed 19 passes for 249 yards and seven touchdowns. Brigade DB’s are tasked with stopping Grady and his offense, including wideout weapons Quentin Sims and Malachi Jones. The DB’s are led by Joe Powell, who is the league leader in interceptions with three and powerhouse Josh Victorian who leads the Brigade and fourth in the league in total tackles with 32. Jamal Robinson, who made his second appearance with the Brigade last week, tallied six solo tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery against the Blackjacks in Week 6.
Saturday night’s game will broadcast live on NBC Sports Washington and streamed on ESPN3 and the ESPN app.