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July 11, 2017
The Arena Football League announced today that Brigade QB Shane Carden and DB Varmah Sonie have been named Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, for their performances in Baltimore’s 49-42 win over the Philadelphia Soul Saturday night at Royal Farms Arena. Carden threw five touchdowns and ran for another while Sonie’s end zone pass break-up on fourth down with under 10 seconds left in the game sealed the Brigade win.

Carden completed 20-32 passes for 271 yards and five touchdowns, including a scrambling 41-yard strike to Paul Browning, who fell over the wall to make the catch as time expired in the first half. The win marked his ninth-straight game throwing at least five touchdowns. The mid-season Rookie of the Year favorite also tallied his team-leading seventh rushing touchdown of the season, a one-yarder with 4:37 left in the second quarter. Carden was also named Offensive Player of the Week in Week 8, a 63-60 Brigade win over the Cleveland Gladiators. 

Sonie solidified the Brigade defense, registering eight solo tackles, an interception in the end zone and two pass break-ups, including the game-sealing deflection in the end zone to lock up the victory. The four-year veteran’s pair of end zone highlights keyed a one-score win, slowing down a Soul offense that had scored at least 59 points in three straight games before Saturday’s 49-42 final.

The Baltimore Brigade is owned and operated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE), which is one of the largest integrated sports and entertainment companies in the country with one of the most diverse partnership groups in all of sports. The company also owns and operates the AFL’s Washington Valor, NBA’s Washington Wizards, NHL’s Washington Capitals, WNBA’s Washington Mystics and Verizon Center, the premier sports and entertainment venue in Washington, D.C. MSE also oversees the management of Kettler Capitals Iceplex– the training facility for the Washington Capitals and EagleBank Arena at George Mason University. Monumental Sports Network, a digital platform that covers the region’s sports and entertainment news, is also owned by MSE.