The Baltimore Brigade (1-2) lost to the defending champion Philadelphia Soul (3-0) 69-34. The Soul’s 21-0 lead in the first quarter proved too great for Baltimore to overcome. In the opening quarter, the Soul found multiple ways to score, including a rushing touchdown from FB Mykel Benson and a 15-yard pass from QB Dan Raudabaugh to WR Ryan McDaniel. This was the first of five touchdowns for McDaniel who was named the game’s MVP.
At the start of the second quarter, WR LaQuan Williams found the end zone following a 14-yard pass from QB Shane Carden. The teams traded touchdowns with Brigade WR Julian Talley adding a 34-yard touchdown and FB Rory Nixon scoring on a four-yard pass, bringing the score to 35-21 at the end of the first half. Carden was 6 for 7 for 88 yards and threw for three touchdowns in the second quarter while the Brigade defense kept the pressure, limiting the Soul to 14 points.
The second half started with Philadelphia’s McDaniel catching another touchdown pass from Raudabaugh. Baltimore’s Talley pulled in his second touchdown of the night while McDaniel closed out the third quarter with an eight-yard pass, giving the Soul a 48-28 advantage over Baltimore.
Things didn’t get better in the fourth quarter for the Brigade. Philadelphia scored a pair of touchdowns and DB Dwayne Hollis intercepted the ball for a 40-yard touchdown return. Baltimore WR Paul Browning scored the final touchdown of the game. As a team, Baltimore’s defense recorded 23 tackles and six pass breakups.
“I am disappointed in our execution,” said Head Coach Omarr Smith. “We still have a lot of work to do and will use this week to continue to improve as we get ready for our home opener.”
The Brigade’s home opener will take place on May 7 when the Tampa Bay Storm come to Baltimore on May 7. Kickoff is at 1:00 pm at Royal Farms Arena.
KEY STAT: WR Ryan McDaniel recorded eight receptions for 123 yards and five touchdowns.
KEY MOMENT: Once the Soul opened the game with a 21-0 lead to start the game, Baltimore spent the night playing catch up against the experienced defending champions.
Offensive Player of the Game: Philadelphia QB Dan Raudabaugh
Defensive Player of the Game: Philadelphia DB Dwayne Hollis
MVP of the Game: Philadelphia WR Ryan McDaniel