The second seed Baltimore Brigade (7-5) begin their quest for an ArenaBowl XXXI title this Sunday, July 15 at 6 p.m. at Wells Fargo Center, taking on the three seed, defending-champion Philadelphia Soul (7-5). Sunday night’s matchup is the first meeting of a two-game series and a rematch of last season’s semifinals. Baltimore will host the second game of the series on Friday, July 20 at 7 p.m. at Royal Farms Arena.
BRIGADE PLAYER TO WATCH:
QB Randy Hippeard – Hippeard has been a steady performer over the course of the entire season, ranking second in the league in passing yards (2,901) and passing touchdowns (61) and completing 60% of his passes in all but two games. Hippeard has thrown 17 touchdowns and zero interceptions in his four games against Philadelphia this season.
SOUL PLAYER TO WATCH:
QB Dan Raudabaugh – Raudabaugh started the final two games of the regular season after missing the previous five games due to injury. In those two games, Raudabaugh threw a for a combined 559 yards and 14 touchdowns, and finished the regular season ranked second in both passing yards per game (246.9) and passing touchdowns per game (5.1).
MATCHUP TO WATCH:
BAL DB Virgil Gray vs. PHI WR Darius Prince – Gray leads the AFL in total tackles, amassing 73 over the course of the regular season – 4.5 more than any other player. His three interceptions are tied for fourth in the league. Gray will be tasked with slowing down Soul wideout Darius Prince, who leads the AFL with 89 receptions.
BROADCAST INFORMATION: All five games of the AFL postseason will be broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network.